Easter Saturday on the water did not disappoint!

Easter Saturday on the water did not disappoint!

15th April 2017

5 hour reef fishing x 2!


Easter Saturday saw many eager fisherpeople join us for what was a great day out on the water with flat seas and overcast skies making it ideal for fishing. We ran two 5hour reef fishing charters to cater for the groups.


Our morning group caught good feeds of Snapper and a couple of Flathead. 


While our afternoon group caught approx. 60 Snapper, with some up to 42cm, and a couple of Nannyagai.

Our Deckie Jason successfully landed his first small Mako, which he will thoroughly enjoy eating, along with the others he shared it with.


We call that a very successful day on the water and was the perfect way to spend a day on this easter long weekend.


A fitting end to the King Island Charter season!

A fitting end to the King Island Charter season!

7-11th April 2017


On the weekend we undertook our last trip to King Island for the season. We will resume King Island Adventure charters following winter.


This was a very special trip to King Island with one very keen lass, Charlotte fulfilling one of her dreams. Along with Captain Barrys' cousins John, Wayne and his wife Karin we left Port Fairy on Thursday evening and travelled to King Island overnight. The guests were able to sleep the journey away and make full use of a days fishing on Friday.


On Friday we set about trolling for Tuna and were pleased to have bagged out by the end of the day. Charlotte was very excited to land her first Tuna - weighing in at 32kg and the heaviest Tuna caught for the trip! John and Karin also landed their first Tuna.



Saturday the group enjoyed themselves looking around beautiful King Island in the hired car, while a group of King Island locals had a turn of fishing out from Grassy, catching Flathead, a Gummy along with big Sting fish (common Guarnard Perch) which was delectable for lunch.



Sunday was a wipeout because of 45 knot winds so the the crew had a fish in the harbour, catching mostly Jack Mackerel and Flathead. (Back here at home we battled through fierce winds, sideways rain and power outages and were thinking or Barry and the crew!)


Monday when the wind had eased off a little so we loaded the group aboard and headed out of the Harbour and up the East Coast to a very sheltered Lavinia Bay - as the winds were still quite strong. Up here we caught some very handy Flathead, lots of Couta, Mackerel and upon nightfall caught a good Gummy.

Tuesday on our return trip to Port Fairy, when seas had subsided we caught a couple more Tuna to the excitement of everyone. 


The very happy group departed from the Port Fairy Wharf with their eskies full of fish packed with ice, for their journies home.

Thank you for joining us for a great final trip of the season, we hope you all enjoyed yourselves and the feed of fish.


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!


A Great Day out on the Ocean!

A Great Day out on the Ocean!

8hr Reef Fishing Charter

18th March 2017


Steve was lucky enough to be gifted a Gift Voucher for Christmas from his lovely wife!

On Saturday he made good use of his voucher, getting together a group of his mates and heading out for an 8hr reef fishing charter off Port Fairy.

We encountered good seas for the day, and with the sun shining down on us and good company it made for a great day out.

The Flathead action was aplenty and a great day was had by all. Thanks for joining us Steve and co!

If you think a gift Voucher would be a great gift idea for someone you know, be sure to give Mary Ann a call to organise one! We have many voucher options available and they can be tailored to suit your needs and budget! ph: 0429 983 112 or 55983112

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

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