Geelong Fishing Charters runs family-friendly fishing charters on their purpose-built fishing vessel Sidewinder I in Corio Bay out of Geelong. Only venturing out when calm waters prevail, and with a large flat area to move around comfortably in, the larger boat offers a greater degree of stability and a smoother travelling experience suitable for all ages.
The covered vessel is 11.6m x 3.9m, and houses a toilet and licensed bar (9am-8pm Sun-Thur, 9am-11pm Fri-Sat). The boat is surveyed for 20 passengers (& 2 crew), though the number of passengers on each charter is usually limited to around 16 where possible.
Due to the size of the vessel, lifejackets are not required to be worn unless in case of emergency, though they are located on board. There is also a large, inflatable life raft on board.
Geelong Fishing Charters is owned and operated by Tracy & Brian with the view to making it a more family-friendly option and endeavouring to cater to fishers of all ages and skillset. Fishing gear brands on board include Shimano and Shakespeare, as well as small children’s rods for younger fishers. An unlimited selection of baits is offered, and of course, everyone gets to take home the fish they catch (after it’s been cleaned, of course!).
A loyalty programme rewards regular fishers with a free 4-hour fishing charter worth $80 after 9 adult tickets have been purchased.
Despite two closures due to Covid-19 restrictions in place, Geelong Fishing Charters has enjoyed a busy, but enjoyable season to date which can be seen in the pictures and reviews on its facebook and instagram pages.
Geelong Fishing Charters currently offers gift vouchers (which are fully transferable, do not have any expiry dates, are subject to weather and availability, and are not redeemable for cash) for any of the charter options below. All charters include bait, tackle, food, hot drinks and all legal-sized fish caught, cleaned, filleted and bagged for you (bag limits apply).
The duration of family fishing charters suitable for children of any age are: *2-hr short fishing charter ($50 adults, $25 10-15yrs, kids u/10 free),
*3-hr family fishing charter ($70 adults, $35 10-15yrs, kids u/10 free),
*4-hr regular fishing charter ($80 adults, $40 10-15yrs, kids u/10 free)
For more passionate (and older) fishers, there are longer charters:
*5-hr new charter ($100 adults, $50 10-15yrs, no u/10s)
*6-hr Gummy Shark fishing charter ($120pp, 12+ years only)
*3-hr Snapper fishing charter ($80pp, 12+ years only)
*6-hr Gummy/Snapper fishing charter ($120, 12+ years only)
*8-hr special Winter fishing charter ($180pp)
*8-hr all-inclusive Gummy/Snapper/Whiting/Flathead Fishing charter $250pp)
*3-hr, 4-hour, 5-hour, 6-hour and 8-hour private charters up to 20 people also available.
Gift vouchers can be purchased which make great birthday, Father’s/Mother’s Day, anniversary and Christmas presents!
Tracy & Brian look forward to welcoming you aboard Sidewinder I!