The mainly wonderful weather in July 2017  has allowed us to operate TWO overnight deep sea fishing charters in the same month for the first time ever. Mind you, as kind as the forecasts were we still had unexpected wind hit on both trips.  Luckily although not forecast, it was not enough for concern for to deter the experienced anglers aboard both trips.

The first of the overnight deep sea fishing charters

The first overnight charter was a celebration of two birthdays.  And what a way to celebrate! The forecast conditions were looking perfect nearly all week in the lead up, and all the boys were clearly really looking forward to this overnight deep sea fishing charter. So much so that they arrived in the morning and then waited anxiously till 3PM to board and head out on their adventure!

Two of the fish caught by Tama on the overnight Deep Sea Fishing Trip in July

The scene was set as best we could. The moon cycle, tides, wind, seas and swell were all ideally aligned, but you still wonder Will that mean fishing is going to be good?”

Once out on the Northern end of the Barwon Banks, Crusty, our resident dolphin, as almost always came to the party looking for whatever those aboard were prepared to part with. The crew found good shows on a number of our marks seeing the esky filling up fast with spangled emperor, snapper, moses perch, amberjacks and hussars, to name a few.

With beautiful weather, a few drinks, and Joe and Luke’s two birthdays being celebrated, it was a big night for some and one I am sure those aboard were ecstatic not to have missed out on. After heading back in from the Hards, a bit more fishing proved successful at sunrise. Combined with a big breakfast of bacon, eggs, & hash brown’s I doubt anyone would have wanted to be anywhere else!  We even spotted whales on the way home, which is always a great way to end a deep sea fishing trip.

Jessie cooking the BBQ breakfast on the Overnight Deep Sea Fishing Trip

A fantastic trip. Even the crew “loved every minute of it!”

The second of the overnight deep sea fishing charters

About 6 days later our second overnight deep sea trip headed out. This trip consisted mainly of  our regulars. It was was great to see a lot of familiar faces all together and it was clear they all enjoyed catching up again also.

There are a lot of phosphorescent jelly fish around at the moment along with a good amount of Whales coming up the coast.  This night saw some good snapper & a massive red emperor amongst a good spread of other fish.  Although again not forecast we had bit of rain. Luckily Crusader 1 has a well covered deck area ensuring everyone could stay comfortable and dry. Almost everyone had a bit of a sleep, allowing them to take advantage of when the fish came on the bite. As always everyone loved the BBQ dinner & breakfast, prepared by Zoe on this occasion.

Zoe played the catering host this trip with both Dinner and Breakfast cooked to perfection!

Almost everyone was able to get good fish on board. There was of course lots of banter and fun, and the whales again put on a show on the way home.

A few of the 2nd July Overnight Charter results.


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