Captains bLog

These are reports on some recent charters

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!


Overnight Fishing Adventure

Overnight Fishing Adventure

28-29th January 2017


We had a very eventful Overnight trip on the weekend. Fishing the deeper reefs and out wide over the Continental Shelf we ended up with 10 different species of fish. We also managed to hook two big Makos with one spitting the hook and the other cutting the wire trace. The Mako did put on a good show for us, coming out of the water a couple of times, to the delight of all on board.


Overnight when trying for a Broadbill we ended up losing our baits to two Blue Shark which were released.


Species caught for the weekend were : Jackass Morwong, Nannygai,Flying Gurnard,Couta,Rock Cod,Gemfish,Snook.Flathead, Pink Ling, Silver Dory and Blue Shark.


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