Captain
Mark Ratchford

Member since September 2015 Melbourne, Australia
Background
Captain Mark has been involved in the fishing industry for over 20 years. He is the only person to have fished the whole Australian coast in one trip – this was a 5-month epic journey catching more species then he can remember. He has stories about catching fish from every state in Australia that he is happy to share with you. He is an able fisherman and skipper who can put his clients on Squid or offshore species such as Mako Shark and Bluefin Tuna. Mark and his friendly staff will be more than happy to accommodate you.

Hey, I'm Captain Mark Ratchford

Melbourne, Australia
Background
Captain Mark has been involved in the fishing industry for over 20 years. He is the only person to have fished the whole Australian coast in one trip – this was a 5-month epic journey catching more species then he can remember. He has stories about catching fish from every state in Australia that he is happy to share with you. He is an able fisherman and skipper who can put his clients on Squid or offshore species such as Mako Shark and Bluefin Tuna. Mark and his friendly staff will be more than happy to accommodate you.

My Charter Listings

The Reel Thing Charters – Carrum

57 reviews
Melbourne
trips from $107

The Reel Thing Charters – St Kilda

9 reviews
Melbourne
trips from $914

Fishing Reports

October is the start of our season

September 23, 2019

If you would like to catch fish like the people in the video, there is no time like the present to book in for the start of the season. spots are filling fast. Read Full Report →


Great weekends fishing for all on board

November 25, 2017

Fishing out from Carrum last weekend, everyone on board enjoyed good catches of fish, Ranging from good size snapper, Banjo Sharks, Eagle rays, Slimey Mackerel and some large flathead. the weather was perfect. Read Full Report →


Beautiful morning on the bay

November 22, 2017

Had to work hard for the fish this week, cubing was a key to success, Best bait was silver whiting. Read Full Report →


The Snapper have fired up.

November 10, 2017

Fishing this weekend, Snapper were on the menu, fish up to 6kg were caught on the morning and evening charters. best bait being Squid and pilchard. Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.69
out of 5 stars from 66 reviews
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Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
73%
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Clyde V.
Melbourne, VIC
 5.00
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Morning trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   January 15, 2020
What a wonderful day fishing, took my two daughters and their boyfriends out fishing, the two girls had all the luck and outperformed...
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Adam H.
Brisbane, QLD
 5.00
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A great fishing experience

VERIFIED   December 9, 2019
Captain Mark is a very experienced operator and clearly loves his job and more importantly takes care of the customer, my son...
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Robert J.
Cranbourne, Victoria
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Great evening with Captain Mark

VERIFIED   November 11, 2019
The big Snappers were elusive ,but Captain Mark kept at it until we had fish in the boat!  I highly recommend him.
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Olgun H.
Melbourne, VIC
 5.00
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Fishing with Mark

VERIFIED   February 2, 2020
Mark the Captain is awesome very helpful can’t wait to get out there again
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Chris H.
Melbourne, VIC
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Cool Trip

VERIFIED   January 27, 2020
You might get a bit seasick if you go in rough weather, despite the heavy rocking fishing at the front, still managed to catch...
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