The 18Hr OVERNIGHT deep sea fishing charter.

Our 18-hour charters are a true overnight fishing trip, and a great way to experience a very different true Deep Sea Fishing adventure! Aside from the massive amount of time spent actually fishing, these charters are designed around a number of key elements.

  1. Making sure we get as close as we can to the best Moon cycle!
  2. Getting to the first fishing location to het the Sunset period.
  3. Getting to reefs known to work well for true late night fishing.
  4. Getting to another reef for true Sunrise fishing.
  5. And of course making the best use of the tide changes!

We recommend this length of trip to those highly experienced with Deep Sea Charter Fishing, or those wanting to get such experience.  In general we travel up to 35nm offshore on this charter.

Overnight charters include a dinner, breakfast (Both commonly prepared on our BBQ aboard) as well as snacks, soups and nibbles.

There is sleeping accommodation for up to 6 people at once. (This charter is not designed for a lot of sleeping! 😉 ), so we recommend doing this trip with a friend or family member so that you can each work out who gets to have a nap when. (This is known as “hot-bunking”). Its also not uncommon for people to bring a sleeping bag or swag as they prefer to sleep as close to their rod as possible!

With just 12 passengers on a boat, designed to be comfortable with 23, you have a massive amount of room. All designed to provide a really special experience!

Key Details:

Please note- These charters are a winter  option only, and available a max of 6 x per year. No Spanner Crabbing on these trips!

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONThe Coast Guard Pontoon, 50 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia
DEPARTURE AND RETURN TIMESFriday: 3PM Departure

Saturday: 9AM Return

DEPARTURE NOTEPlease arrive 45 minutes prior for a prompt departure.
WHAT TO WEAR & BRINGComfortable clothing, enclosed shoes, hat and sunglasses. Bring a rain jacket just in case. Alcohol is on a BYO basis.
INCLUDED
Professional and experienced crew.Coffee and Tea
All Refreshments.

Meals included

Fishing equipment
NOT INCLUDED
Alcohol

For a detailed “itinerary” for this charter please click on the Itinerary tab above.

All legal fish are your to keep, return or share. Kept fish will be “Gutted and gilled” for you by our crew, and put on ice.

Please note that no funds will be deducted until we have been able to also confirm the availability of the requested charter. This because other impacts such as phone and agent bookings, weather and other unforeseen things  could impact on the availability at the same time as you are requesting the charter online. Our Terms and conditions are available on this webpage ( Click here to view them now ) and will also be emailed to you as part of the booking confirmation.

The “Coast Guard & Boat Ramp” Pontoon (located between the 2 boat ramps),
51 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba Qld.

(Click on the RED 
icon on the above map for more information)

We depart from the “Coast Guard & Boat Ramp” Pontoon. (Pontoon is located between the 2 boat ramps).

For a GPS use 51 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba Qld. These are the units across the road from the ramp.

Please DO NOT park your car in the Boat trailer areas here but rather find a park along Parkyn Parade where parking is free and unlimited in time. Cars parked incorrectly in the Boat ramp car park are likely to be towed.

Once parked please wait at the top of the ramp to the pontoon until instructed by the crew that it is safe to come down the ramp and board the vessel.

Departure location for Sunshine Coast Afloat (includes Fish n Crab Charters and Coastline Cruises).
1

Departure

Please arrive 20 to 30 minutes PRIOR to your noted departure time. The vessels will depart on time should you be late and we have note heard from you!

Ensure you have enough time to find a car park if needed.
Please DO NOT bring empty eskies aboard. The crew will bag and ice your fish and your crabs (separately) for you so that you can take them to your can and easily place them in a waiting esky there.
Please do not wait on the pontoon itself as the crew will be mooring the vessel on its arrival and we safety is paramount for all.

2

Boarding

Once securely and safely moored, the crew will ask you to board the vessel. Make your way up towards the cabin, placing any bags in the locker seat that will be open and waiting.
3

Registering

We are heading out to sea so each and every person aboard must sign in on the ship register, and marked off by the crew. To this end see the skipper (at the cabin window) and he will indicate the passenger log for you to complete. Have a balance to pay for the day? This is where and when you do that part too.
4

Relax

Once the paperwork has been done for you, grab a drink from the drinks esky and have a look about the boat to get comfortable.
5

Safety First

As required by maritime legislation, the crew will have to do a safety briefing before we hit the open ocean. Much like on a plane any time you fly, we do need your attention for the couple of minutes it takes. We all hope and expect the information we are providing never to be needed, but its always best to be forewarned and prepared.
6

Pushing off

One of the few times we need you to be seated, out of the way of lines and other items. Just until the crew have cleared them away and the skipper is heading forward.
7

Crossing the Bar

Recognised in maritime as one of the potentially more dangerous things that happens aboard a vessel, this is the 2nd time the crew will ask everyone to be seated. Once through (It only takes a minute or 2) the ocean conditions will take effect.
8

First Location

On an 18Hr trip the initial “steam” is normally between 30 and 90 minutes. No spanner crabbing is done on these charters as the traps would be down WAY too long. The first fishing location is determined by the crew based on the time of year, fishing reports and recent results and the likelihood of the Sunset period’s fishing success. As such this will change from trip to trip.this first location is normally where you will be fishing for the all important Sunset period. The crew will provide everyone will a quick demonstration of how to put bait on, how to drop your lines and other relevant areas of using the fishing equipment. Just in case this instruction is needed. Of course if you are still unsure just ask for help! Thats why we have more crew that most other charters aboard!
9

Next Fishing Location.

The next of what will normally will be 4 or 5 different locations is an area the skipper(s) have determined will be the best for the late night fishing efforts. During the steam out to this area the BBQ will normally be fired up and dinner will be prepared and served. YUM!
10

Fishing various marks

Moving about between marks is a normal part of fishing. We try to minimise this as much as possible, and with just 12 passengers the impact on our marks is far less than with 22 of course!.
11

Sunrise Fishing

This is one of the very few charters that offer you the true opportunity to fish the outlying reef structures for those crucial hours before, during and just after Sunrise. Again the exact location will again vary from trip to trip, but its far more common to still be on the Barwon Banks or Hards for this period. Enjoy this super rare treat!  
11

Heading Back home

Once the sunrise activity dies down, or if it stays strong when the skipper determines he has to set off to get back to port in time, the BBQ will be fired up again during the trip back and a lovely breakfast of Bacon, ham, eggs, hash-browns, toast, coffee and tea will be prepared and served. Just the perfect way to finish an amazing deep sea adventure! Of course as we re-enter the bar, and during the mooring of the vessel, the crew will ask all passengers to be seated again for safety. Once moored securely, the crew will retrieve the fish caught, and hand them out based on the tagging done at the time of catching them. All your fish will be in plastic bags with ice to keep them cold. Once you have your seafood bounty you are free to disembark the vessel.

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