22nd July, 2012

Booking a Fishing Charter on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast fishing charters provide an experience you will never forget. The following is a brief guide to how you go about booking one.

Who should book a Gold Coast fishing charter?

Whether you are a first-time angler or have been fishing for 50 years, fishing charters offer a fantastic excuse to get out on the water and be treated to a unique look at some of the most beautiful parts of Australia. Fishing charters are also great for family reunions, birthdays or even corporate team-building events; whatever function you are organising, chances are it is perfect for a fishing charter.

What to expect

Most Gold Coast fishing charters will offer a comprehensive service, often including transportation from your hotel to the boat, a fully trained skipper, rods, reels, tackle and bait provided, on-board toilets, light refreshments and modern, powerful and fast boats. Your catches are often even gutted for you and kept on ice until you make it back to land. Combine all of this with the benefit of years of local knowledge and experience, and you may just be looking at your best fishing trip ever.

Choosing the right one

There are quite a few different fishing charter companies on the Gold Coast and while most will cater to almost everyone, some may be more likely to suit you and your needs than others. Do a little bit of research online and check out the company websites, as well as reviews people have posted, and you will likely find that there become one or two stand-out options. If in doubt, ask the locals, as the concierge at your service apartments, or the other people fishing on the beach, are a good chance of knowing which operations are better than others.

When to book your trip

If you are going to be coming to the Gold Coast during the summer, be warned that it gets extremely busy, so apart from booking your Gold Coast accommodation early, you should also book any other major activities, such as your fishing charter. If you are only looking for a seat for one or two, you will often have some luck getting a last-minute spot, but if you are travelling with a big group and want to all go together, booking early is an absolute must.

What does the trip cost?

The price of going on a fishing charter varies considerably, and depends a lot on what you are fishing for, but for the most part the charters are reasonably inexpensive. From $90 per person you can get out on the water for a five-hour fishing charter adventure targeting bream, flathead, trevally, Mango Jack and jewfish. You can even book out the entire boat for your group for just under $1000. However, if you want to go after some of the bigger fish, such as tiger sharks, hammerheads, whalers and bull sharks, it will cost you more in time and money, at around $200 per person for a nine-hour adventure. Some Surfers Paradise resorts will offer discounts on some fishing charters, so be sure to check out any deals before you make your choice and book.

Gold Coast fishing charters provide an experience like no other, so if you haven’t gone deep sea fishing yet, try something new this year and head out to the deep off the Gold Coast.