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- Guided deep-sea fishing charter off the coast of Mooloolaba on board Crusader 1 with options to suit your itinerary & experience:
- Half-day 5-hour charter OR full-day 9-hour charter
- Professional & experienced crew on hand to provide instruction & assistance & share their knowledge
- Use of fishing equipment, bait & lures (you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer)
- Coffee & tea on arrival & soft drinks & water provided throughout the cruise
- All kept legal fish will be gutted & gilled for you by the crew, bagged & put on ice to take home at the end of the charter
- Lower passenger numbers for a more personalised & comfortable experience
- Departs from the meeting point at Bridge Seafoods, 209 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba
Deep Sea Fishing Charter MooloolabaJoin a fun experience out on the water off the Mooloolaba coast, whether you are a fishing novice or expert, on a 5-hour or 9-hour deep sea fishing adventure.
- BYO food & snacks
What to Expect
The Sunshine Coast offers some of the best deep-sea fishing in Australia, and the waters off Mooloolaba are home to a plentiful variety of tasty reef fish, including coral trout, snapper and perch. Embark on a fishing charter on board a 55-foot vessel, Crusader 1, for one of the best ways to experience deep sea fishing in a fun, safe, comfortable and experienced environment and enjoy the greatest opportunity to be going home with dinner you caught yourself!
Whether you are a fishing novice or seasoned enthusiast, we have the deep sea charter for you. Choose between a half-day 5-hour charter or a full-day 9-hour charter to get the most out of your day and the experience that is best suited to your abilities and enjoyment.
Departing from Mooloolaba, head out on Crusader 1 with a highly experienced crew to assist you with anything you may need along the way. The crew can provide instruction or tips, share local knowledge and expertise, and when you haul in a catch, they will gut and clean them for you and keep them on ice for you to take home. All of the fuss is taken out so you can just focus on having fun on the ocean. Whilst onboard you are welcome to enjoy the use of a wide variety of rods, reels, bait and lures.
Not only will you be travelling on an immaculately maintained and well-appointed vessel, but capacity is also limited to ensure that you have a safe, comfortable and memorable experience. During the day, soft drinks and water will be provided and you are welcome to bring your own food and snacks along to enjoy. Other drinks can be purchased on board from the fully licensed bar.
5-hour Deep Sea Fishing Charter
The half-day charter is ideal for anyone new to deep-sea fishing to get a taste for what it's all about, is shorter on time, or is just wanting to get out on the ocean for a few hours of fishing. The short duration of the charter means you still have plenty of time in your day to enjoy other activities, however, it does limit the distance we are able to travel to the fishing locations. You will travel up to 8 Nautical Miles off the coast of Mooloolaba, where small reefs and crops are abundant and attract a wide array of species.
If you consider yourself a more seasoned fishing enthusiast and seeking those larger offshore or career size fish, then it is recommended to choose the full-day 9-hour charter as it has the ability to travel to the deeper waters and larger reef structures that are required for those types of fish.
9-hour Deep Sea Fishing Charter
This full-day charter is the best way to experience true Deep Sea Fishing. The longer duration of the charter not only allows for a lot more time for fishing, but it also enables us to increase the distance we are able to travel to fishing locations, as well as offering more time for you to try and catch that "trophy fish" you have been dreaming of.
It is recommended for those with a reasonable degree of experience in deep-sea fishing, or those ready and keen to build on their existing experience. For those completely new to deep-sea fishing, it can often prove overwhelming and difficult to master, due to the deeper waters, stronger currents, and larger fish posing a far greater challenge to bring your catch to the surface. This is when it is recommended to choose the half-day option.
Travel on the 9-hour charter is generally up to 15-20 Nautical Miles offshore with the view to make use of the Barwon Banks reef system (if weather permits). This reef system offers a massive range of fish species and large pelagics including kingfish, amberjack, cod, snapper, pearl perch, emperor and many more.
Where We Visit
- 5 Hour Deep Sea Fishing CharterA 5-hour Sunrise charter is a great way to begin to experience Deep Sea Fishing while still having the majority of the day remaining for other activities.
FromAUD $165Check AvailabilityNext available: 12 Nov 2022
- 9 Hour Deep Sea Fishing CharterWe recommend this length of the trip to the more experienced fishing enthusiasts as well as anyone wanting the best chance to catch that big one.
FromAUD $295Check AvailabilityNext available: 19 Nov 2022
Frequently Asked Questions
Comfortable clothing, enclosed shoes (No black soles or stiletto heels please), hat and sunglasses. Bring a rain jacket just in case. Alcohol can be purchased aboard. No BYO drinks, however you can BYO food if you wish.
You are welcome to bring your own fishing gear if that is preferred.
Obviously, nobody wants to head out on the ocean, rivers or canals if the weather conditions are not suitable to do so. We would all love to be able to predict the weather well ahead of time, but reality dictates that we have to wait until 24 hours before departure to be anywhere near confident of the forecasts (and even then on the odd occasion the BOM will still get it wrong!).
Rain is generally not a reason for cancellation. There are 2 key factors we need to consider. Wind and swell. Depending on how these 2 factors are impacting together will determine if we are able to head out or not on the day.
In the event of your activity being cancelled prior to departure, you can either choose to go on an alternative future date, exchange the amount for a gift voucher, or request the amount paid to be refunded should either of the other 2 options not be suitable/possible.
As much as we would LOVE to be fully wheelchair accessible and friendly, we are not.
We do have ramps from our office all the way to our boat, but not all comply with the regulations that are attached to being wheelchair friendly (and tides can make this even more difficult). Our vessel entry point tends to be just a little too narrow for most wheelchairs to fit through as well. And finally, our onboard toilets are simply too tight and small to be “handicapped friendly”.
If you think you might still be able to be aboard, but want to have a look to be sure, feel free to contact us and arrange a time to come and have a look at Crusader 1 to see if that is indeed the case.
Unfortunately we cannot make any such guarantee. Although it is not common, for anyone, to not catch any fish at all, it can happen.
We will do everything we possibly can to give you the best possible chance to catch fish, but in the end fishing is not only an often fickle endeavour, but also relies much on the person doing the fishing itself.
It is our job to take you out to, and to put you “over the fish”. We do so in comfort, safety and a fun filled enjoyable atmosphere.
From there the remainder is up to you to hook the fish and ensure you land it. Our crew will often hook fish and hand over the rod to the less fortunate people onboard. Even then it is not totally uncommon for the fish to escape before being hauled aboard. There is definitely a considerable level of skill and experience in fishing that is directly apportionable to fishing success.
Please understand, you are booking a charter to head out to fishing locations and use the vessel and fishing tackle to ATTEMPT to catch fish.
You are NOT booking a charter to be supplied with fish (or crabs for that matter).
As such it should be clear NO REFUNDS of any form are applicable should you not be successful in catching any fish.
There is definitely a large amount of skill involved in fishing. We recommend you simply try again as practice makes perfect.
Yes and No. As long as the fish is of legal size and within the normal “bag limits”, both as set by government regulations, you can choose to either keep or share your fish. We will tag each fish accordingly. Of course if you prefer you can release your fish.
All fish that are kept are “Gutted & gilled” by our crew and placed on ice. We also bag your fish at the end of the day for you to take home to cook and eat.
In general this question relates more to people that have been on charters that enforce the sharing of the catch. We do not operate in that manner. We understand that for those less experienced (or lucky), walking away with a good fish that someone else has caught might be a good thing. We are pretty sure that the person(s) that caught the fish that not as happy about it however. Life is an adventure, and comes with the highs and lows, and rewards and losses that keep in interesting. Fishing is no different. So we don’t force sharing of any catch. Like in life, it’s your decision to make.
- Minimum age for the 5-hour charter is 10 years & minimum age for the 9-hour charter is 12 years. Anyone under 16 years must be under parent/guardian supervision at all times
- Tours are subject to sufficient passengers numbers & safe, suitable weather conditions
- All legal fish are yours to keep, return or share & size limits are strictly adhered to
- Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure
- BYO drinks are not permitted, there is a licensed bar on board to purchase drinks
- Cancellations with a minimum 72 hours notice will be eligible for a full refund
- Cancellations within 72-24 hours notice will be charged either the full fare or 20% deposit, depending on whether or not the individual's place has been able to be filled prior to departure time
- No refunds for cancellations within 24 hours
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