Bumper day on the water for the Crew!

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Tuesday 12th Sepetmeber

Reef Fishing

 

The crew treated themselves today and took advantage of some good weather and headed out to have a fish for themselves - something they don't get the opoortunity to do when on Charters. They were not disappointed with what the day delivered!

Ian started off with a 53cm Snapper (a personal best) while skipper Barry started with a 29 kg School Shark. The action continued for the day, with the guys reeling in many snapper and school shark. We also brought up 2 big Seven Gill Sharks which were released. Jason - our Shark king, struggled a bit today, maintaining he didn’t want to show up the skipper.

 

Fishing is exceptional at the moment and there is plenty of action to be had. Join us for an action packed fishing charter - you won't be disappointed.

Give Mary Ann a call on 0429 983 112 or 55983112 - don't delay!

 

Reef Fishing action to kick us off again

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Reef Fishing Charter

Saturday 9th Sepetember 2017

 

We were back in the action today after a brief spell. The weather of late has not been ideal for fishing and this has lead to some very large and wild seas. Thankfully the sea became more settled as the day went on, as we headed out on a reef fishing trip. The fishing is good at the moment as we move away from Tuna season and onto Snapper and Shark. Today did not disappoint  with some good Snapper up to 49 cm, small Nannagai, Rock Cod  and some good Shark over 20kg.

It wasn't our day on the Shark though, we managed to find every way possible to lose our Shark from bent hooks, cut lines and couta cutting us off. We are looking forward to having another crack at them next time we are out!

The story of the Southern Explorer!

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To anyone new following along with Souther Coast Charters you may be unaware of the history behind our boat the 'Southern Explorer'.

Today marks 3 years since she was launched in the water from her humble beginnings in a farm shed at Timboon.

The idea for building the boat came after Barry (captain and skipper) decided that his old boat (a catamaran boat that was built for mussel farming) could be improved upon to better cater for the fishing charter business and provide more comfort for the passengers onboard. And from this idea in 2010, the boat grew!

Barry decided that in order to get exactly what he wanted that he would design and build the mono hull boat himself. Countless hours were invested in sitting at the computer and drawings pictures in his CAD program. The final plans were sent off for approval to MSV (Marine Safety Victoria) before any construction could begin. From here, a CNC machine was purchased and the shed cleared out so that the cutting out of the boat could begin. Barry, together with the help of his son William, worked to cut out the various pieces for the boat and bit by bit she was pieced together. William doing most of the welding. The initail construction took place inside the shed with the boat 'upside down' sitting on her deck. Once the main hull and body of the boat was constraucted and welded, the end of the shed was then removed and she was slowly and carefully towed out into the paddock (on a custom built trailer) so that she could be rolled over and sat upright. This was a nervous time but thankfully all went off without a hitch.

From there construction was to another shed, where more welding could take place and the inner structures of the boat built. Once this was done she was moved outside so that the wheelhouse could be built before being lifted off and worked on seperatly. In Autumn of 2014, painting began on the boat. Primer, undercoat and then the final paint color. Afterwards Antifoul was painted on the hull on anything that would be under the water.

Fit out of the main cab was completed and the kitchen and lounge area also fitted out. On August 31st 2014, the task of moving the boat off the farm began with a day long trip down the driveway, trimming trees as they went. From there it was carefully transported to Timboon, before being loaded onto trucks on 1st September. The cab of the boat was transported on a seperate truck to the main hull, and as you can imagine it was quite a process to have it craned and lifted onto the trcusk safely and was a very nervewracking time for all involved.

On the 2nd of Spetember, 2014 the procession to move the boat to Port Fairy began, we drew many onlookers along the way - its not everyday that you see a 60ft boat on the back of a truck. We arrived at the river wharf in Port Fairy around lunchtime where the wheelhouse of the boat was lifted onto the hull and bolted in place, before the entire boat was picked up via crane and placed into the water! And she floated, lol! The 'Southern Explorer' was now at home on the Moyne River in Port Fairy. It was still another 6 months before construction was completed, final fit out took place and sea trials were carried out. The boat was found to be too top heavy so she was taken up the slip in Port Fairy and a heavy keel welded to her underside. Once that was done she passed MSV inspections and we were right to begin operation!

I remember when I would tell people that we were building a boat, no one really quite understood the size of the boat until they saw it! and then they were both shocked by its size and by the achievements of Barry and William. 

Our finished 60ft boat is super comfortable with kitchen, lounge/dining area, bunks, shower and toilet. As well as having a gyro stabiliser to help stabilise the boat in the water. A trip on board the 'Southern Explorer' is an expereince not to be missed, and one that can accomodate large groups of people for a days fishing or an overnight charter.

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No Tuna, but a happy fisherman none the less

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Saturday 8th July

Tuna Fishing Charter

 

Last Saturday we had Peter and his mates from Melbourne and Geelong join us for what was a trying day chasing tuna. With rough seas we tried to lure the tuna, but it was not our day.

 

To give the boys a bit of a go we ended up bottom bouncing for a short time in about 100m of water - coming up with a mixed bag of Morwong, Snapper, Nannagai, Rock Cod, Pike and Couta. The boys all took home some fish to eat and enjoyed the opportunity to catch some fish, even if it wasn't the sought after tuna.

 

As every fisherman knows “that is fishing”

 

Chilly start to an action packed day

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Saturday 1st July 2017

Tuna Fishing Charter

 

After a slow weekend of fishing last weekend we had high hopes for today and we were not dissapointed.

We got onto the Tuna again today with Peter and his group from Melbourne. With a fairly brisk northerly blowing offshore we had a rather cool winters day on the water but the lads were kept warm reeling in Tuna! The group managed to fill their needs of Tuna. They will be enjoying Tuna for a few months to come.

We welcomed back a keen fisherman for the fourth time-it was great to have him on the boat again.

 

Thanks to Jason our Deckie who makes things run smoothly on the fishing side.

 

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