When you wish to enjoy a day off in nature, gathering your family and friends and going on a fishing trip may be a good idea. There are several types of fishing adventures you can embark upon, which typically include catching tuna (from March to July) and kingfish, but also deep sea and reef fishing, etc. You can even go whale watching when the season is right.
Located ideally in a port near you, tuna charters can be booked online or over the phone, but be sure to enquire about the port of departure as well as the islands the fishing charter is likely to reach. These trips are short, usually lasting 5 to 10 hours; if you would like to embark on a longer (overnight) trip, make sure to check with the charter company in advance to see if they can accommodate your wish.
Depending on the weather and the sea on the day of the trip, fishing can be carried out either in sheltered waters, or out in the deep sea. If tuna and kingfish alone are not to your taste, and you want to watch and catch a wider variety of fish, then reef charters may be more suitable for you; just some of the species you can catch when you go reef fishing include pike, thresher and gummy sharks, squid, sweep, and snapper.
Safety and supplies
All fishing at Warrnambool should meet some safety requirements, and be equipped with liferafts that can hold up to 25 passengers each. The vessel should also be fitted with bunks, a kitchen, showers and toilets, especially if it is destined for longer trips where people will spend the night on board. Moreover, the charter company usually supplies all passengers with food, coffee, tea, and snacks for the duration of the trip, while all equipment (rods, reels) and other materials (such as bait) necessary for a successful fishing adventure are also provided on the day of departure. However, if you are a passionate fisherperson and possess your own fishing gear, you can bring it onboard and use it if that is more comfortable to you.
You can enjoy any of these trips no matter if you are a beginner or an experienced fisher, but make sure the company you choose is licensed for this type of activity, as this is very important not only for your safety, but also for the protection of the environment.
Finally, if you would like to take home and eat what you are able to catch, note that some companies offer the possibility of filleting your fish for you before you leave.