Sunshine Coast Afloat Deep Sea Charters

Sunshine Coast Afloat offers a variety of tours and charters, including jet boat thrill rides, water taxi services, whale watching, party cruises, ocean and river cruises, kayak fishing, and of course, we offer deep sea fishing charters - with a wide range to choose from.

 

We are a local family business based in Mooloolaba on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, which delivers outstanding marine and adventure experiences. Our company focus is purely aimed at ensuring the best possible experience is delivered in all aspects to our customers.

 

Our deep sea fishing charters are organised by duration. The most common charters by far are the 9 hour charter and the 5 hour charter, followed by the 7 hour charter. 5 hour charters are also known as “Half Day Charters”. 7 hour charters as “Three Quarter Day Charters”, and 9 hour charters as “Full Day Charters”. Get to know more about what we offer here.

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Why Choose Us

Sunshine Coast Afloat has been widely recognised for our outstanding service. Our deep sea fishing charters are designed for great memories. We offer excellent pricing and excellent value for money across a range of deep sea fishing charter options, which are incredibly easy to book.

We've re-organised our deep sea fishing charters, which were formerly known as the Mooloolaba Fish N Crab Deep Sea Charters - they've been recognised and awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for 2017. So when you see that information on TripAdvisor, know that it applies to our current deep sea fishing charters.

Charter Options

We offer a total of 6 deep sea fishing charter options, ranging from a very short 1-hour charter for the inexperienced, right through to our 18-hour overnight charter, with a number of charters over different hours available. The most popular charters by far are the 9-hour charter and the 5-hour charter, followed by the 7-hour charter. 5-hour charters are also known as “Half Day Charters”. 7-hour charters as “Three Quarter Day Charters”, and 9 hour charters as “Full Day Charters”. Our 5-hour deep sea fishing charters are good for those who are new to deep sea fishing. 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.

Fishing Styles and Methods

Our experienced staff will help you to suit your needs with spinning reels and overhead reels.

Fish Species

Heading out for a full day of deep sea fishing with Blue Reef Fishing Charters, you'll never know what you will find, from Cod, Bass Groper, Sword-Fish, Marlin, Snapper, Kingfish, Morwong, Perch, Flathead, Nannygai, Jewfish, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Tuna, Sharks and many more deep sea species in waters ranging to 700m in depth, every charter is another exciting adventure.

What We Include

All deep sea fishing charters with Sunshine Coast Afloat include the following:

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.
All legal (size and gender) spanner crabs caught are cooked, iced and shared between passengers interested in trying them.
Soft drinks, water and snacks to keep your hydrated (coffee and tea in the morning tours).
The full assistance of our expert crew.
Use of fishing equipment and bait is included (you are of course welcome to bring your own if you prefer) - Okuma is almost exclusively the only overhead reel we use on board offering extremely high end high quality reels with up to 50lb drag. For spin reels we offer a range of Penn, Fin-Nor and Shimano reels. All brands have high end reels with 25 to 30lbs drag designed purely for deep sea fishing conditions.

A fresh lunch is also included on our 9-hour and 11-hour deep sea fishing charters.

Evening charters, and some winter charters, have a BBQ lunch or dinner included, and overnight charters have a hot breakfast as well.

What We Advise Against Your Bringing

There is no need for your own fishing gear, and while we allow it, we still prefer you use our gear because clients using their own gear often problems with the crew, which affects other customers.
Specialty gear such as snapper winches etc are permitted but use will again be at the sole discretion of the skipper on the day.
Knives or similar prohibited items will not be tolerated on board.
Do not bring eskies as the crew will bag and ice shared fish and crabs separately

What You Should Bring

Wear whatever will be comfortable given the weather conditions on the day.
We recommend you wear layers of clothing because conditions can change.
Choose clothing materials that will wick away perspiration and keep you dry and comfortable.
If you have special dietary requirements, please bring what you need.
Wear comfortable shoes, alway bring a rain jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
Alcohol is permitted on BYO basis.

Pricing and Rates

5HR DEEP SEA FISHING CHARTER
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION:
The Coast Guard Pontoon, 50 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia

DEPARTURE AND RETURN TIMES: Please arrive 30 minutes prior for a prompt departure
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

DESCRIPTION:
You will have around 3 1/2 hours of actual fishing time. The first part of the journey at "steam" normally takes 20-30 minutes, after which we slow to about 8 knots to set up crab traps for 5 minutes and we then head off to first fishing location of 3-4 different locations.

PRICING:
$140 Inc. GST, one tour per person

7HR DEEP SEA FISHING CHARTER
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION:
The Coast Guard Pontoon, 50 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia

DEPARTURE AND RETURN TIMES: Please arrive 30 minutes prior for a prompt departure
Sunrise: 5.30AM Departure & 12.30PM Return
Afternoon: 11.00AM Departure & 6.00PM Return
Sunset: 1.00PM Departure & 8.00PM Return
Evening: 3.00PM Departure & 10.00PM Return

DESCRIPTION:
You will have around 5 hours of actual fishing time. The first part of the journey at "steam" normally takes 20-30 minutes, after which we slow to about 8 knots to set up crab traps for 5 minutes and we then head off to the first fishing location of 3-4 different locations.

PRICING:
$180 Inc. GST, one tour per person

9HR DEEP SEA FISHING CHARTER
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION:
The Coast Guard Pontoon, 50 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia

DEPARTURE AND RETURN TIMES: Please arrive 30 minutes prior for a prompt departure
Sunrise: 5.30AM Departure & 2.30PM Return
Sunset: 11.00AM Departure & 8.00PM Return
Evening: 12.00PM Departure & 9.00PM Return

DESCRIPTION:
You will have around 7 hours of actual fishing time. The first part of the journey at "steam" normally takes 90 minutes, after which we slow to about 8 knots to set up crab traps for 5 minutes and we then head off to the first fishing location of 3-4 different locations.

PRICING:
$220 Inc. GST, one tour per person

11HR DEEP SEA FISHING CHARTER
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION:
The Coast Guard Pontoon, 50 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia

DEPARTURE AND RETURN TIMES: Please arrive 30 minutes prior for a prompt departure
Sunrise: 5.30AM Departure & 4.30PM Return
Evening: 11.00PM Departure & 10.00PM Return

DESCRIPTION:
You will have around 9 hours of actual fishing time. The first part of the journey at "steam" normally takes 60 minutes, after which we slow to about 8 knots to set up crab traps for 5 minutes and we then head off to the first fishing location of 3-4 different locations.

PRICING:
$250 Inc. GST, one tour per person

12HR DEEP SEA FISHING CHARTER
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION:
The Coast Guard Pontoon, 50 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia

DEPARTURE AND RETURN TIMES: Please arrive 30 minutes prior for a prompt departure
Sunrise: 5.30AM Departure & 5.30PM Return

DESCRIPTION:
You will have around 9 hours of actual fishing time. The first part of the journey at "steam" normally takes 90 minutes, after which we slow to about 8 knots to set up crab traps for 5 minutes and we then head off to the first fishing location of 3-4 different locations.

PRICING:
$270 Inc. GST, one tour per person

18HR OVERNIGHT DEEP SEA FISHING CHARTER
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION:
The Coast Guard Pontoon, 50 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia

DEPARTURE AND RETURN TIMES: Please arrive 30 minutes prior for a prompt departure
Vary between 3 to 4PM & Return Times 9 to 10AM.

DESCRIPTION:
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. Hot bunking and sharing sleeping bags is common among the 12 passengers. Trips are planned according to the key moon phases of each onth during June, July, August and September, while there is still a chance during October.

Bookings should made in groups of 2 or more people.

You will have around 9 hours of actual fishing time. The first part of the journey at "steam" normally takes 90 minutes, after which we slow to about 8 knots to set up crab traps for 5 minutes and we then head off to the first fishing location of 5 different locations. These fishing charters normally only occur 6 times a year. Our fishing locations are a closely guarded secret.

PRICING:
$540 Inc. GST, per person with an absolute limit of 12 persons

Travel and Accommodation Tips

There are a myriad of accommodation options to choose from on the Sunshine Coast. Many located right in Mooloolaba giving you walking access to most things. Some are “Pet Friendly” as well. Depending on your needs just advise us if you need somewhere that can cater for families, or a couple or even singles. Many offer massages and other forms of retreats as part of their accommodation packages. The Sunshine Coast is geared towards ensuring holidaymakers have more than just a room and bed to make their holiday special! We deal with most if not all accommodation providers and are happy to assist you with making the right choice.

Payments

Bookings are required for guaranteed spots on all activities. Minimum passengers numbers are required for all activities, and bookings allow us to know exactly how many passengers are aboard. This in turn helps us determine the number of crew needed to ensure that our groups remain manageable and enjoyable, and they allow us to notify you of changes to the tour due to weather or anything else that could affect the tours.The payment of a deposit, or indeed the full fare, constitutes a confirmed booking and the full acceptance of all related terms and conditions.

Booking Conditions

Once paid, any cancellation, in the case of individuals,including Gift Certificate Bookings, must be advised a minimum of 3 full days (72 hours) ahead of your scheduled tour to be eligible for a full refund. If advising within the 72 hours you will be charged either the full fare or the 20% deposit, depending on whether or not the individuals place has been able to be filled by the departure time. There are no refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of your tour, or if you decide not to show up, regardless of the reason(s) given for such.

In the case of groups, a cancellation must be advised a minimum of 7 days (168 hours) ahead of your scheduled tour to be eligible for a full refund. If advising within the 7 days you will be charged either the full fare or the 20% deposit, depending on whether or not the groups place has been able to be filled by the departure time. There are no refunds for cancellations within 72 hours of your tour in the case of groups, or if one or more decide not to show up, regardless of the reason(s) given for such.

Gift-vouchers are considered to have been redeemed in full should the applicable notice not be provided.

Same day bookings are always non-refundable. If cash payment on day of service is the chosen method of payment a credit card number must be provided to secure such a booking. Sunshine Coast Afloat reserves the right to charge the full fee to the credit card supplied as a pre-authorisation to ensure the information provided is valid and correct. Such amount will only be deducted from the card in the case of non-payment, regardless of the reasons for such.

Most of Sunshine Coast Afloat’s activities operate in an outdoor/offshore marine environment. As such trips may change or be cancelled due to weather conditions.Sunshine Coast Afloat reserves the right to cancel services due to inclement weather (generally defined as heavy precipitation creating visibility issues, extreme wind and extreme swell conditions, determined as dangerous by Sunshine Coast Afloat). Such determination is not subject to passenger input. In the event this occurs rescheduling to an alternative date will be organised for a convenient time.

All bookings for rides which are considered able to proceed (including all types of gift certificates) are non-refundable.

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https://sunshinecoastafloat.com.au/

PO Box 1116 MOOLOOLABA Qld Australia 4557

Mooloolaba
+61 (0)412 155 814 or +61 (0)7 5452 6697
4557

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Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Queensland
Sunshine Coast
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