7 Hour Deep Sea Fishing & Crabbing Charter
What we will doWe recommend this length of trip to those relatively 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 more fishing than the 5-hour charter allows. The medium duration of this charter does still somewhat 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 15nm offshore on this charter.
More experienced fishing enthusiasts should strongly consider 9 or 11 hour Charters or even an Evening or Night fishing Charter. Enjoy the use of a variety of types of rods, reels and bait. Snacks, unlimited soft drinks and bottled water are supplied throughout the trip. Our 55 ft vessel, Crusader 1 is surveyed for a maximum of 25 persons. On mixed groups we keep it to around 18 people crew so as not to overcrowd our charters and to give you plenty of room to move around the boat comfortably.
We have male/female toilets on board along with the most up to date electronic safety and navigation equipment. Every effort is made to make sure your day is an enjoyable success. Obviously weather conditions are critical to a successful day on the water.
Where we will be
We depart from The Coast Guard Pontoon, 50 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia. (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.
52 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557, Australia. See map.
About your guide
Here at Sunshine Coast Afloat we are local, family run and based in Mooloolaba on the incredible sunshine coast. A location that delivers outstanding marine and adventure experiences time and time again. Because of this, our companys passion and focus is aimed purely at ensuring the best possible experience is delivered to all adventurers, as well as showcasing just how stunning this amazing place is we call home.
Our passion has led us to win the sunshine coast business awards in 2014 as well as seeing us become finalists in 2015, a prestigious and well sought after award that truly encompasses the pride and outstanding service every adventurer will experience when booking with us.
This award also gives recognition to the hard work every single member of our small but dedicated team, puts in every single day to make sure you have the best possible experience.
You will find that we are also members of visit Sunshine Coast, a local tourism body as well as tourism Queensland.
All this means is that if you book with us, here on the amazing sunshine coast, you can book with the confidence that you will be looked after!
Everything we do here at Sunshine Coast Afloat is done with you in mind! We cater for everyone and have designed it so that no matter what the activity is, it will be an enjoyable experience!
Time and time again we have been told by adventurers that sunshine coast Afloat encompasses these key points! COMFORT, ROOM TO MOVE, FUN, ATTENTIVE STAFF, QUALITY and a clear PASSION for the business we are in! These are all things we strive to achieve each and everyday! We are problem solvers and are here to make your experience the best one possible.
Let us focus on you and the things important to your enjoyment, that way you can just focus on having fun!
Guest requirementsMinimum height requirement is 120cm.
Minimum age of 10 years is recommended.
All children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Passengers must be at the departure point a minimum of 20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
See our terms and conditions.
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.
Setting the crab traps
On a 7Hr trip the initial steam is normally about 45 to 60 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 7 Hr charter you will normally have about 5 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.
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.