The 5 Hour Deep Sea Fishing Charter.

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

With varying departure times this is a fantastic way to get out on the water and have a great time on a lovely, large and safe vessel, being 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!

Billy showing off his catch

This short charter offering is by no means a “Hard-Core” / “Trophy Fish Chasing” charter offering.  Its why we only recommend this 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.


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! Or the evening versions of this charter if at all possible which make great use of the 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!

  • 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.
  • All legal (size and gender) spanner crabs caught are cooked, iced and shared between passengers interested in trying them!
  • 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.

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 “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.


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 Coast Guard Pontoon, 50 Parkyn Parade, 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.
WHAT TO WEAR & BRING Comfortable clothing, enclosed shoes, hat and sunglasses. Bring a rain jacket just in case. Alcohol is on a BYO basis.
Professional and experienced crew. Coffee and Tea
Light Refreshments. Fishing equipment
Meals included


 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.
  • Early charters have Morning Coffee and tea provided aboard. (We know how hard it can be to find a coffee at 5AM!)
  • 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.


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.


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 comnplete. Have a balance to pay for the day? This is where and when you do that part too.


Once the paperwork has been done for you, make yourself a coffee or tea (all waiting for you on the large table) and have a look about the boat to get comfortable. The Coffee and tea will be put away by the crew as we exit the river so make sure you have yours well before that!

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.

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.

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.

Setting the crab traps

On a 5Hr trip the initial “steam” is normally about 20 to 30 minutes. The vessel will then slow down to a gentle cruise speed (about 8 knots) and the crew will set the crab traps from the rear of the vessel. This will take all of 5 minutes before the skipper is able to speed up again for another 5 or 10 minutes to the first fishing location.


The first of what will normally be 3 or 4 different locations. 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. Of course if you are still unsure just ask for help! Thats why we have more crew that most other charters aboard!


On a 5 Hr charter you will normally have about 3 1/2 hours of actual fishing time not taking into account the move from location to location. on the return trip an additional 15 to 20 minutes is needed to collect the crab traps we set on the way out. The crew will haul these aboard, and passengers are encouraged to get involved in the collection of the crabs and the sorting of them. No need to be frightened as Spanner Crabs are very docile and really cannot harm you (unlike their mud cousins). Its a fun experience and one you may never have the opportunity to do again. The crabs that pass the sorting process are then cooked aboard by the crew and put on ice. Depending on the number of crabs caught, they will be bagged and shared between interested passengers, or made available for eating on the remainder of the return voyage.

Back home

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 the crabs, and hand them out based on the tagging done at the time of catching them. All your fish and crabs will be in plastic bags (never mix cooked with fresh) with ice to keep them cold. The crew will also demonstrate the quick and easy way you can prepare the crabs for eating (SO much easier than other crabs!) Once you have your seafood bounty you are free to disembark the vessel. 
5Hr Deep Sea Fishing Charter  - 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!

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 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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