A kids catch on a 5 hour Deep Sea Fishing charter with Sunshine Coast Afloat

The 5 Hour Deep Sea Fishing Charter.


5 hour deep sea fishing charter key details

Our 5 hour deep Sea fishing charters – aka 1/2 day charters – are a great way to experience a (Lite) Deep Sea Fishing while still having the majority of the day remaining for other activities.

With varying departure times this is a fantastic way for novices and families to get out on the water and have a great time on a lovely, large and safe vessel,. All while looked after and assisted by super friendly and highly experienced crew.

 

Never been fishing out at sea before? This is probably the ideal charter for you!

Juvenile Red Emperor caught on a 5 hour deep sea fishing charter
Juvenile Red Emperor caught on a 5 hour deep sea fishing charter

This short charter is not a “Hard-Core” / “Trophy Fish Chasing” charter offering!  If that is what you are looking for we strongly recommend you consider longer duration charters such as our 9 hour or longer charters!

Of course if all you have is a few hours to spare then by all means, come join the fun. Just understand that the short duration of the charter does limit the actual amount of time available for fishing as well as the distance we are able to travel to the fishing locations. 

Sunshine Coast Afloat's Tripadvisor Travellers Choice award (white) for their deep sea fishing charters, Short Cruises, Whale Watching tours and other activities.

Everyone at Sunshine Coast Afloat prides themself on being extremely dedicated and  responsible to our guests. On all our trips we do our utmost to limit vessel capacity to to the best suited numbers to ensure that you have a safe, comfortable and memorable experience.

No doubt this is why we have, for the last 9 years won the top Tripadvisor awards each year!

 

  • All legal fish are yours to keep, return or share.
  • Bag and size limits obviously apply and are strictly adhered to.
  • All kept fish will be “Gutted and gilled” for you by our crew, bagged and put on ice for you to take home at the end of the charter. (Please leave empty eskys in your car)
  • Use of fishing equipment and bait is included (you are of course welcome to bring your own if you prefer).

 

5 hour deep sea fishing charters, especially on weekends, tend to fill very fast, so we strongly recommend booking early to avoid missing out!

We really look forward to seeing you aboard soon!

 

COVID Safe Fishing – for detailed information on how we’ve adjusted our tour to be COVID Safe as well as for our fully updated terms click here.

Wondering what the weather might be like? A great place to get an idea up to 7 days out is Seabreeze! or BOM or Willy Weather. Of course please remember that these sites are generalised and focused on the Beach conditions, and as such may not accurately reflect what is happening further out to sea.

Please note that final confirmation is subject to the actual availability of the requested charter. This is because other impacts such as phone and agent bookings, weather and other unforeseen things  could impact on the true availability. You could potentially be requesting the charter online at the same time as an agent or other person is doing by phone or email. 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 “BRIDGE SEAFOOD ” Pontoon (located at the rear of the restaurant),
209 Brisbane Road Mooloolaba Qld.

For a GPS use “Bridge Seafoods” or “209 Brisbane Road Mooloolaba Qld”.    In iPhone Maps “Bridge Seafoods” is far more accurate.

Please DO NOT park your car here on the service Road, but rather in the FREE public car-park next to the BP service station across the road. 

The location is the corner of Incana Court and Brisbane Road. This parking is free and unlimited in time, and only a 2 minute stroll (100m) from the departure point.

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

FOR BOAT-BOOKINGS ONLY, ON SPECIAL REQUEST, THE FOLLOWING  LOCATION CAN ALSO BE ARRANGED:

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).

Key Details:

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION The Pontoon at Bridge Seafoods, 209 Brisbane Road (Service Road), Mooloolaba( Sunshine Coast), Queensland. Australia
DEPARTURE AND RETURN TIMES Sunrise: 5.30AM Departure & 10.30AM Return

Mid Morning: 11.00AM Departure & 4.00PM Return

Afternoon: 1.00PM Departure & 6.00PM Return

Sunset: 3.00PM Departure & 8.00PM Return

DEPARTURE NOTE Please arrive 30 minutes prior for a prompt departure.Please ensure you have checked in via the Covid Safe link sent with your confirmation or with the QR code at the departure location. We cannot depart until EVERYONE has properly checked in.
WHAT TO WEAR & BRING Comfortable clothing, enclosed shoes (NO BLACK SOLES & NO STILETTO HEELS PLEASE!), hat and sunglasses. Bring a rain jacket just in case.Alcohol can be purchased aboard. NO BYO! We reserve the right to check bags and other items to ensure alcohol is not brought aboard.

You are welcome to bring your own fishing equipment if you so desire.

We recommend you bring a lunch pack with you on these longer trips as we do not supply food!

Please note that Crusader 1 is  NON-SMOKING vessel.

NO HEELS NO BLACK SOLES NO SMOKING
FOR YOUR SAFETY AND FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR VESSEL PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS ON ALL VOYAGES WITH SUNSHINE COAST AFLOAT.

INCLUDED
Professional and experienced crew. Coffee and Tea on arrival.
Soft drinks and Water

Bar available for purchases.

All Fishing equipment including Frozen Bait and lures.
NOT INCLUDED
FOOD
SPANNER CRABBING

Our 5 hour deep Sea fishing charters – aka 1/2 day charters – are an ideal way to experience an actual Deep Sea Fishing trip while still having the majority of the day remaining for other activities.

We offer a range of departure times providing a fantastic way to get out on the water and have a great time. All on an immaculately maintained, large and safe vessel. You will be looked after and assisted by super friendly and highly experienced crew.

Never been fishing out at sea before? This is probably the ideal charter for you! A fun and enjoyable trip that will show you what you can experience on longer trips, but is far more focused on having a fun time offshore!

It’s obvious that this short charter offering is by no means a “Hard-Core” / “Trophy Fish Chasing” charter offering.  It’s why we really only recommend this – short – length of trip to those new to Deep Sea Charter Fishing, or those just wanting to get out on the ocean for a few hours and try their hand at a bit of fishing.  Of course if all you have is a few hours to spare then by all means, come join the fun. Just understand that the short duration of the charter does limit the actual amount of time available for fishing as well as the distance we are able to travel to the fishing locations. (In general we travel up to 8nm offshore on this charter.)

Sunshine Coast Afloat's Tripadvisor Travellers Choice award (Green) for their deep sea fishing charters, Short Cruises, Whale Watching tours and other activities.

More experienced fishing enthusiasts and those seeking a more “True Deep Sea Fishing” focused trip, should strongly consider longer duration charters. Perhaps our 7 hour,  9 hour , 11 hour, 12 hour or even our 18 hour (overnight) charters are a better fit in such cases!

The evening versions of this charter do make great use of the often more rewarding sunset fishing period.

Everyone at Sunshine Coast Afloat prides themself on being extremely dedicated and  responsible to our guests. On all cruises, including the wildly popular New Year’s Eve cruises, we limit vessel capacity to to the best suited numbers to ensure that you have a safe, comfortable and memorable experience.

No doubt this is why we have, for the last 9 years won the top Tripadvisor awards each year!

What is included in this charter offering? Have a look;

  • All legal fish are your to keep, return or share.
    • Bag and size limits obviously apply and are strictly adhered to.
  • All kept fish will be “Gutted and gilled” for you by our crew, bagged and put on ice for you to take home at the end of the charter. (Leave any empty Eskys in you car)
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 PANDEMIC RULES AND REGULATIONS WE ARE NOT ABLE TO SAFELY CONDUCT SPANNER CRABBING ON THIS OR ANY FISHING CHARTER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  • Use of fishing equipment and bait is included (you are of course welcome to bring your own if you prefer).
  • Our onboard bar facilities will be open (with a slightly more restricted range of drinks of course) for you to purchase a beer or other drink.
  • Soft Drinks and water are available free of  charge
  • You can bring any food or snacks you would like with you aboard.
  • Our bait includes not only the usual frozen squid and pilchards but also soft lures (plastics) and if possible salted pilchards as well.
  • Our crew are there to assist you in any area we can and even help with instruction on deep sea fishing techniques to get you up to speed as quickly as possible.

Please understand that these 5 hour deep sea fishing charters, especially on weekends, tend to fill very fast, so we strongly recommend booking early to avoid missing out!

We really look forward to seeing you aboard soon!

COVID Safe Fishing – for detailed information on how we’ve adjusted our tour to be COVID Safe as well as for our fully updated terms click here.

PLEASE ALSO CHECK OUT THE FAQ’S PAGE TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT CONDITIONS MAY APPLY TO THIS OR ANY OF OUR TOURS.

Wondering what the weather might be like? A great place to get an idea up to 7 days out is Seabreeze! or BOM or Willy Weather. Of course please remember that these sites are generalised and focused on the Beach conditions, and as such may not accurately reflect what is happening further out to sea.

A kids catch on a 5 hour Deep Sea Fishing charter with Sunshine Coast Afloat
Sea Fishing - Sunshine Coast Afloat
Sea Fishing Charter - Sunshine Coast Afloat
Fishing Charter - Sunshine Coast Afloat

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 11 reviews
October 17, 2016

“Family day out – couldn’t have asked for a better day.”
Reviewed on trip advisor on the 11th October 2016
All the staff helped make the day exceptional experience – for the adults and the kids….hard to do!! We were all inexperienced and were patiently shown what to do and helped throughout the day. Will be doing this again no doubt

October 18, 2016

“Something different for our third anniversary!!!”
Reviewed on trip advisor on the 11 August
Matt surprised me for our anniversary by taking me out on a 5 hour charter on Monday 10 August. We had a lovely day and it was certainly a very memorable experience. The crew made it fun and were extremely helpful. Matt caught the first fish and I am yet to hear the end of it!!!! :-). We will be back and would look at a longer charter to spend more time on the water. Thanks to the team at Sunshine Coast Afloat’s Fish n Crab Deep Sea Charters!
Alyssah

October 18, 2016

“Great day out fishing”
Reviewed on trip advisor on the 10 January
What a great day out, plenty of fish and friendly, helpful staff.
Nothing was too much trouble and they were always there to help, getting lines untangled, unhooking fish etc. I’d never caught spanner crabs before. We got a quantity and cooked and ate them on the way back in. All in all a great day, and highly recommended. Thanks heaps!

October 18, 2016

“Great Day Out”
Reviewed on trip advisor on the 9 March
Both my husband and I went for a 5 hour trip to see if we would like it. We took Qwells just in case!!!! But from the very start it was great. Welcomed by Paddy the owner and once on board made welcome by the crew. Plenty of room on the boat. Heaps of help fishing, and caught a couple of fish which we threw back… It didn’t matter as we still ended up taking home a bag of spanner crabs for dinner – what a bonus. Had a great time and now looking forward to a longer trip.

October 18, 2016

“What a wonderful trip!”
Reviewed on trip advisor on the 3 April
Paddy and Jerry of Sunshine Coast Afloat create the most authentic, wonderful fishing charter experiences ever! Experienced, knowledgeable and personable staff make every charter wonderful and I can’t recommend their charters highly enough. They are so accommodating and do their utmost to personalise and maximise your day. :) No wonder we come back to them every time!

October 18, 2016

“A girls day out”
Reviewed on trip advisor on the 6 April
I had booked a trip for my and the girls to go fishing, something different for us to do while we were getting out of the freezing Melbourne weather
the moment we contacted Sunshine Coast Afloat’s Fish n Crab Charters, to the stepping off the boat at the end of the day, everyone made sure we were looked after. Amazing service!
I am a travel agent and have a few clients who ask for charters, there is no doubt I will recommend Sunshine Coast afloat’s Fish and Crab Charters to my clients knowing full well they will have a time they won’t forget!

October 18, 2016

“Group Trip”
Reviewed on trip advisor on the 2 August via mobile
Great trip with work mates, picked the best day to go, a few whales and water was flat! Not a huge amount of fish but those we did get were great. We only did the 5 hour sunrise trip, which limits the opportunity a little. Crew were great and helpful. A little disappointed about the lack of crabs on the way back (Dam Turtles) but we are considering going on the longer trip with these guys for our next outing!
Thanks guys

October 18, 2016

“Family day out – couldn’t have asked for a better day.”
Reviewed on trip advisor on the 9th October
All the staff at Sunshine Coast Afloat helped make the day exceptional experience – for both the adults and the kids….hard to do!! We were all inexperienced and were patiently shown what to do and helped throughout the day.
Will be doing this again with them no doubt!

June 13, 2017

a 5hour fun fishing trip!
Reviewed on SunshineCoastAfloat.com.au on the 13th June
Took partners father out last week his 1st time fishing at 70 years age and despite a bit of a bumpy trip and a.couple.sickies on board everything from vessel equipment and a special mention to the crew highly professional in every aspect attention to detail and amazing service .
Highly recommended !!!

June 13, 2017

Very professional setup, and the perfect crew.
Reviewed on trip advisor on the 9th October
We had such a great time. It was all well organized. The whole crew paid attention 100% to everyone. The equipment was perfect and its suitable for all levels. If you are a beginner you can still go have a blast. If you are experienced go join the blast ;)
Everything gets well explained. From safety to the final catch. Simply nothing missing!
Thank you team !

October 17, 2020

Cannot fault the charter or crew! So helpful – especially for someone like me who has never been deep sea fishing!
We saw dolphins and whales aplenty too!
Would highly recommend!!!
(Father-Daughter Day out!)

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