Fishing Charter FAQ

fishing charter faq

Fishing Charter FAQ

Do I need a Fishing Licence?

A: Yes, unless exempt*, the Victorian Government requires all anglers, including clients on fishing charter vessels, to be in possession of a current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence. *Under 18 or over 70 years, pensioners, seniors cardholders don’t need a fishing licence.

How much does it cost to book a Fishing Charter ?

Prices vary according to your destination. See our prices info for more details.

Do I need to organise a whole group to go fishing?

A: No, we understand it’s not always possible to organise a whole group. Find a suitable date and make the booking. We will try and fill the remaining spots for you through our booking system.

What is the maximum number of people allowed on board a charter?

We  can host up to 8 passengers for offshore fishing trips or around the bays

Do I need to pay a deposit to book a Fishing charter?

A: Yes, all fishing charter bookings require a deposit in order to secure a booking.

Port Phillip Bay Fishing Charters require a $200 deposit when booking the boat or $50 deposit if booking a spot on an Individual Fishing Charter or Tuition Charter.

Westernport Fishing Charters require a $200 deposit when booking the boat or $50 deposit if booking a spot on an Individual Fishing Charter or Tuition Charter.

Offshore Fishing Charters require a $400 deposit when booking the boat or $100 deposit if booking a spot on an Individual Charter.

Visa/MasterCard is accepted.

Are kids welcome?

Yes, when supervised by an adult, we suggest children from 6 years of age as they are able to cast and reel in a catch.

Where do you launch from?

Carrum (Launching Point)

Hastings (Hastings Boat Ramp)

Mornington (Mornington Schnapper Point)

Rye (Rye Boat Ramp)

Do we take our catch home?

Yes, we will provide bags for your catch and please leave an esky in your car to keep your catch fresh. 

What do I need to bring on the day?

 Warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, spray jacket, camera and leave an esky in your car to keep your fish cool on the way home. 


 You are welcome to bring food onto the boat (NO BANANAS) please note there are no heating facilities to warm food. 

Do you supply lifejackets, first aid, etc?


What if the weather is bad on the day I have booked?

You will be given the opportunity to reschedule your fishing charter. If no other day is suitable, a full refund can be organised.

Do you clean our catch?


Can I bring bananas on the boat?


General Fishing Charter FAQ

(Frequently Asked Questions) can vary depending on the location, type of fishing, and the specific charter company. However, here are some common fishing charter FAQ that you might encounter:

1. What is a fishing charter?
– This question is often asked by people who are new to fishing charters. A fishing charter is a service provided by a captain and crew who take you out on their boat to fish in specific areas. It’s a way for individuals or groups to enjoy a fishing experience without owning their own boat.

2. What types of fishing charters are available?
– Charters can vary in terms of the type of fishing they offer, such as deep-sea, freshwater, fly fishing, or inshore fishing. Customers often want to know what options are available.

3. How much does a fishing charter cost?
– This is a common question, and prices can vary widely depending on location, duration, type of fishing, and the size of the group. It’s important to ask about the cost upfront and whether it includes equipment, bait, and licenses.

4. What is included in the charter fee?
– Customers often want to know if the charter fee covers everything they’ll need, including fishing gear, bait, licenses, and any additional amenities like snacks or drinks.

5. What should I bring on the charter?
– Charter operators may provide a list of items customers should bring, such as sunscreen, sunglasses, appropriate clothing, and any personal items they might need.

6. Do I need a fishing license?
– Regulations regarding fishing licenses can vary by location and the type of fishing you plan to do. The charter operator should be able to provide guidance on this. See: Victorian Fishing Authority

7. How long is the fishing trip?
– Customers often want to know the duration of the fishing trip, whether it’s a half-day, full-day, or overnight excursion. Our trips range from 4 hours to 8 hours.

8. Can I keep the fish I catch?
– Charter operators usually have rules and regulations regarding catch limits and whether you can keep the fish you catch. It’s essential to clarify this beforehand. On I’m Hooked Fishing Charters, you are able to keep the fish, limited to the bag limits set by the Victorian Fishing Authority.

9. Is there a minimum or maximum group size?
– Some charters have restrictions on the number of people they can accommodate, so it’s essential to inquire about group size limitations. I’m Hooked Fishing Charters have a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 for Port Phillip and Western Port Bays. On Bass Straight, there is a maximum of 6 people.

10. What is the cancellation policy?
– Understanding the cancellation policy is crucial in case you need to change your plans due to unforeseen circumstances. Please check our policies.

11. Is the charter family-friendly?
– Families with children often want to ensure that the charter is suitable for all age groups and if any special accommodations are available. If you’re fishing with children, we recommend our charters on the Bays.

12. What happens in case of bad weather?
– Customers should inquire about the charter’s policy regarding bad weather, rescheduling, or refunds if the trip needs to be canceled due to adverse conditions. Please check our policies.

13. Are there any restrictions on bringing alcohol or food?
– Some charters may have rules about bringing alcohol or outside food and beverages. It’s essential to know the policy in advance. Please check our policies.

14. Can I bring my own fishing equipment?
– Some anglers prefer to use their own gear. Charter operators might have policies about bringing personal equipment. At I’m Hooked Fishing Chartes we do allow anglers to bring their own fishing gear.

These are just a few common fishing charter FAQ, and the specific questions can vary depending on the location, regulations, and individual charter company policies. It’s always a good idea to contact the charter operator directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Do you have a fishing charter FAQ not covered by this page? Feel free to use the contact form and ask Mal directly.