Bumper Trip to King Island


Thursday 1st February - Wednesday 7th February

King Island Adventure Fishing Charter

King Island turned it on for us this trip with Greg & Michael and John & Wendy, assisted by deckies Ian & Jason, on board. Below are some highlights from our very successful and enjoyable trip!

Day 1: Departing from Port Fairy on Thursday we travelled to Apollo Bay, where we spent the night, picked up the final 2 passengers and then headed to King Island on Friday morning.

Day 2: On arrival at the top of the island good sized flathead were mainly caught.

Day 3: The group explored the island with Matthew Archer ( King Island Coach & Bus Company) calling in on King Island Cheese Tasting, Cape Wickham Lighthouse and various spots of interest.

Day 4:  While Wendy explored the Southern part of the island, the others jumped back onboard the Southern Explorer and went out wider. We bagged out on Gummy and School Shark as well as some Jackass Morwong and Nannygai. Going out deeper we caught some beautiful Striped Tassie Trumpter up to 10kg.

Day 5: With everyone back on board we ventured from Grassy Harbour and went up the West side of the Island, catching and releasing small Gummys and more Flathead. Overnight we anchored up in sheltered Quarantine Bay.

Day 6: In the morning before heading back to Port Fairy, we trolled for Kingfish, but ended up bagging out on Tuna which included a 4 way hook up, along with plenty of big Salmon. Bottom Bouncing for Snapper produced some good fish. After midday on the way back we hooked a 39kg Tuna, which topped off a fantastic trip to King Island.

The passengers will be eating fish for a long time, taking home full eskies.

We managed to find good areas to fish,using different parts of the island depending on prevailing winds.

A big thankyou to Ian & Jason for their assistances during the entire trip and to Anita for keeping everyone informed of the fishing events from day to day on Facebook.


If you would like to experience the fishing and sights of King Island be sure to give Mary Ann a call to enquire about our next trip ph:0429983112 or 55983112 - an experience not to be missed. Charters can be tailored to suit your needs. More information on the different options is available here

A great morning on the water


11th January 2018

5hr Reef Fishing Charter


On Thursday we made the most fo the nice calm weather and headed out on a morning 5 hour Reef Fishing Charter exploring the reefs closer to Port Fairy. There were 3 father and son couples, along with Tom getting away for a well earned break who boarded Southern Explorer for an enjoyable mornings fish.

With good seas,we had a great morning on the flathead which was backed up with snapper earlier.

The boys are going to enjoy fish for awhile.

Overnight fishing success


Overnight Fishing Charter

Sunday 5th November 2017


Keen to get some mates together and spend some time fishing and catching up? Then an overnight fishing charter is a great idea and thats exactly what the group of 6 mates from Melbourne did on Sunday-Monday!


With a great bunch of blokes we headed off from Port Fairy on Sunday morning and had an enjoyable couple of days on the water, spending overnight in a sheltered area.


With a South Easterly blowing, it made fishing very hard, although we did catch some very good fish, including Snapper, Rock Cod and a fine specimen of Rock Flathead.


The boys enjoying the roe cooked up in the evening, along with a hot meal that Mary Ann had supplied us & a glass or 2 of wine. Everyone slept well in our bunk rooms and was up to enjoy some more fishing on Monday morning.


It was also Decky Ian’s birthday and all devoured the cake whipped up by MaryAnn.


Full day on the sea delivers the goods


Sunday 22nd October 2017

Full Day Reef Fishing Charter


On Sunday we headed out for a full day of Reef Fishing. A full day charter allows us to head out deeper and explore the deeper reefs off Port Fairy & target some shark as well.

The deeper reefs are still producing good fish. We landed  Snapper to 53 cm, Gummies to 16 kg and some handy Nannygai. Providing lots of enjoyment for our group on board.

One unfortunate thing was one of the  gummies was full of pups, which were not far off being born naturally as they were very active, we managed to place all the pups into a bucket of sea water and release them into the ocean. They all swam off when released and we hope most of them made it safely back to the bottom. We were also disappointed to find that the Gummie Shark had picked up some litter and the contents of its stomach revealed an organge plastic netting. This certainly highlights the importance of fishing safely and not using things like orange netting to burley up.

Pinkies on the bite for Bucks Party


Saturday 21st October 2017

Half Day Reef Fishing Charter

On Saturday we headed out for a 5 hour reef fishing charter to celebrate the upcoming nuptuals of Adrian. Although the sea was not perfect Adrian and his Bucks Party mates had a good time on the water.

We hooked onto many snapper and although they were not big they kept the boys entertained.

We also snagged a Sea Gull which we had to retrieve after it became tangled in one of the lines.

Thanks for joining us for your Bucks Party guys and best wishes for your upcoming wedding.

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!


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