A hard earned catch of Tuna


Sunday 4th June 2017

Tuna Fishing Charter


On Sunday, with a frosty morning start, we headed out to catch some Tuna off Port Fairy. We managed one early hook up  but from then on we had to work a little harder.

At midday we still hadn't managed to get another hook up but with a bit more perservance we got onto another school and soon had the numbers to satisfy our group.

For most on board it was their first Tuna experience and all left happy after they had caught atleast one Tuna each.


The group enjoyed their trip back to the wharf, sitting in the warm cabin - on our comfortable lounges enjoying a quiet drink. The perfect way to end a successful days fishing!


The Tuna have arrived!

The Tuna have arrived!

Tuna Charter

Saturday 29th April 2017


Today we headed out for a Tuna Charter. It was a little chilly and drizzly and the sea conditions were not perfect but that didn't stop us from having a great day fishing!

We were joined by Geoff with a group of mates from Beaufort area, along with Ray from Warrnambool.

The Tuna certainly turned it on for us as they came to the party (our lines) and kept everyone busy reeling them in! The boys all had a great time - bagging out on school sized Bluefin Tuna. We kept enough for what the men could use and the rest were returned to the ocean.


If you are keen to get amongst the Tuna Fishing action here in Port Fairy be sure to give Mary Ann a call to book your place on our next charter! ph: 0429983112

Non stop fishing action!

Non stop fishing action!

5hr Reef FishingTrip 

21st April 2017

On Friday with overcast skies and calm seas we headed out for a 5hr Reef Fishing Charter with a group of 11 who had travelled from Melbourne.

It turned out to be an action packed morning with non stop fishing action. There wasn't a moments rest for our crew who were kept busy unhooking fish and baiting the lines. Once again the Snapper were on the bite and every took home a few feeds of yummy Snapper!


A boat out of Water!

A boat out of Water!

Monday 27th March 2017

On Monday the Southern Explorer came out of the water and up the Slipway in Port Fairy. This is quite the sight to see, and usually attracts a little attention. The boat looks so much bigger when out of the water (and reminds me of the build that took place here on the farm - what a strange sight a large boat was in a paddock!)

This happens once a year so that checks can be made to the hull of the boat, repairs and maintenece can be carried out and the hull can be resprayed with anti-foul. Each year anti-foul (a thick black rubbery like paint) is painted onto the hull, and as the name suggests this prevents the hull from fouling up by preventing the growth of algae.

The timing of the boat going up the Slipway needs to be carefully timed, being a big boat the tide needs to be high to ensure she can get up onto the Slipway without any trouble, sometimes this means going up in the night time but this time round we were able to do it around midday.

This time round the prop was removed and some small repairs were made to it, now she looks as good as new!

On Wednesday the boat was off land and back into the water, ready for Charters and the year ahead!


King Island Dive Adventure

King Island Dive Adventure

10th-13th March 2017

King Island Adventure Charter

We have just returned from a great trip to King Island with a fantastic group from the Warrnambool Sub Aqua Club. They wanted to explore the island from a different angle-underwater. The sea conditions were in our favour the entire trip, even though there were strong winds on the East side of the island, we could still dive off the West side. There is always somewhere to get shelter around King Island depending on wind direction.



We headed off from Port Fairy on Thursday night and travelled overnight to King Island. The group were able to sleep on the way in our comfortable bunks.

We arrived at King Island on Friday morning and the group had a dive on the East side of the island, along with some fishing. There is always good fishing available around the island. The divers saw a lot of abalone on their first dive.

We arrived at Grassy Harbour in the afternoon, where the group unloaded their dive equipment into their van, so they could dive off the island on the Saturday.


Meanwhile the crew had a well deserved rest, fishing out of Grassy, catching Sweep and Flathead, with the Flathead coming up two at a time. While in the harbour at night with a light, Jack Mackerel was caught.

Next morning while waiting for the group to arrive, we were entertained by the Searoad Mersey bringing in the weekly supplies for King Island. Cattle,cheese and other Island produce was then loaded onto the Searoad bound for Tasmania and the mainland.


During this Long weekend each year a yacht race occurs from Queensliffe to King Island - we were also lucky enough to witness lots of these yachts arriving at King Island.


In the afternoon we headed up the West coast past Currie towards Phoques Bay. On the way the group had one last dive coming up with some nice crayfish. That night while anchored in Phoques Bay, Mark cooked up some delicious Alabone- (I always thought Alabone was like boot leather, but I have changed my opinion now! Amazing what a defference it makes when its cooked up proeperly).


Come Monday morning we headed off back to Port Fairy, trolling part of the way. We caught a salmon and lost three good tuna - theres always next time though!


In all it was an absolute pleasure having Mark, Gary, Linda, Victoria, Nicole, Jeff and Andrew on board.

A big thank you from all the crew : Barry, MaryAnn, Ian and Paul.




Want to Join a King Island Fishing Adventure Trip? Go fishing, take in the sights of King Island, Sample the Local Produce or simple relax and take photographs? Our next King Island trip is coming up from the 7th-10th of April and we are taking bookings now! Phone Mary Ann 0429983112 to secure your spot! More information can be found HERE

5hr reef fishing Charter - a great prize to win!

5hr reef fishing Charter - a great prize to win!

4th March 2017

5 Hour Reef Fishing Charter


Today the winners of a Fathers Day raffle sponsored by Gateway Plazza joined us to use their prize! The charter was made up of people from Port Campbell and others from  Melbourne.

The sea was reasonable and the sun shone down as the families on board enjoyed the spacious Southern Explorer while fishing the reefs off Port Fairy.
They had an enjoyable time on the water (sea sickness aside) and the day was made better by the catching of Snapper and Flathead.

Thanks for joining us - we hope to see you all again!


Bucks party celebrations with a day of fishing

Bucks party celebrations with a day of fishing
2nd Macrh 2017

8 hour reef fishing charter

We had a lively bunch of lads from Western Victoria on board on Thursday celebrating a Bucks Party with an 8hr reef fishing charter. It was not a perfect sea but every one still enjoyed their fish on the deeper reefs off Port Fairy.

The beers flowed and the reels were kept working, as the fishing action continued throughout the day. Jackass morwong, Nannygai, Rock Cod, Flying Gurnard, Flathead and a small Mako were all landed. To top it off we struck a school of salmon and the boys had a ball catching Salmon a plenty,  up to 3 kg.

Thanks for joining us to celebrate boys, and all the best for the upcoming nuptuals. 

King Island adventure fishing success!

King Island adventure fishing success!

23rd-27th February 2017

Onbaord our recent trip to King Island we had a group of 10 happy fisherman, keen to see the sights and catch some fish off King Island.

We departed the wharf at Port Fairy on the Thursday night at 10pm, allowing the group to sleep the night away in the comfy bunk quarters whilst we travelled to King Island. This set up seemed to work much better and we didn't loose a day travelling so we may continue this arangement for future trips!

The group arrived at King Island the following morning and started fishing on the reef. The group caught plenty of good sized Flathead with one of the fishermen using his chef skills to cook dinner for the group that night at Waverider Lodge, on King Island.

There were no sightings of Kingfish on the sounder on the Friday but the crew were hopefull they'd find some over the weekend.

After the first day we of fishing we off loaded the passengers at Grassy Harbour, while the crew headed to Naracoopa to anchor for the night.


In the morning, to our surprise we found a Shearwater sheltering in the anchor well. It was successfully released after it stretched its wings and flew off.


On Saturday the crew went fishing off Naracoopa, while all the passengers used their hire car and had a good look around King Island. Visting the sights and attractions that King Island had to offer. They picked up treats from the King Island Cheese Shop.


Come Sunday Morning the wind was getting stronger from the south east, so we picked up our passengers and headed west into deeper water, where we got on to some good School Shark, Jackass Morwong and a big Nannygai. We still didn't find any Tassie Trumpeter but it is only a matter of time before we do, and we look forward to trying again next trip to the island. With sea conditions worsening throughout the day, we headed to the Northwest tip of the island where we anchored in Phoques Bay for the night.


On Monday we headed home early with sea conditions improving all the way back to Port Fairy. On the way we trawled for Tuna and managed to land another 26kg Southern Bluefin Tuna, to the delight of everyone on board. Another fantastic King Island Trip!

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