Fishing for Kingfish is a lot of fun and they also make for great eating. In season around January to April, Kingfish will try to take you down to the bottom to find any structure they can to bust the line off. They will give you your money’s worth with line screaming runs and good head shakes throughout the fight.
Kingfish Charters – Summary
Departure from Hastings or Rye
Starting from $1,800
5am departure in season (6am other times - check schedule)
Up to 8 hours
Offshore Fishing - Bass Straight
Details & Itinerary
Catching Kingfish is a challenge even for an experienced angler. They are a great fighting fish and will get your line screaming as they take off to the bottom. They are very powerful fish and provide a lot of excitment when you get a bite. Mal typically runs just 1 offshore charter per day, leaving early in the morning. Mal will always be in touch with you to let you know where your particular charter will be departing from. (See How To Catch Kingfish).
When you go on a Kingfish fishing charter, you will need to come prepared for around 8 hours on the water. For those who need it, there is a toilet onboard. You will need to be prepared with appropriate clothing to prepare against seaspray and be aware that you may get a little dirty when dealing with the fish.
Kingfish Charters - Schedule
- Meet at the boat ramp at Rye or Hastings
- Head out through the heads of either Port Philip or Westernport Bays
- Search for possible schools of fish.
- Change location if required
- Head back home
What You Should Bring
- Sunglasses and hat
- Drink bottles of water
- Sunscreen lotion
- Esky in your car (Please don’t bring it onboard, we will give you bags to take your fish home)
- Bring a packed lunch and some snacks to see you through the day.
- A weather proof jacket and older clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Best time for Kingfish charters in Victoria
If departing from Melbourne, then the best time to fish for Kingfish is Januray to April
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you clean our fish? No, but we will bleed them once caught and have them placed on ice to keep them in the best condition.
Do I have to fight the fish by myself? You can take it in turns. Some fish can take time to bring in. We always leave that question to the person on the rod.
Do I have to wear a life jacket? When going through Port Phillip heads every person on the boat must wear a life jacket, then it is up to you once we are out of the heads.
What size will the fish be? There are limits placed on the minimum size of most fish by the Victorian Fishing Authority. Visit our Fishing Tips page to read the FAQ’s for each type of fish.
What sort of lures do you use? We use a mixture of skirted lures and hard body lures
What is the minimum age for children? For offshore fishing, 12 years and over. In the bays, we recommend children aged 5 and above.
Kingfish Charters – Taught By Experts
A lifetime of learning by Mal is your secret weapon to picking up all the tricks of the trade and looking like an expert in no time.
All Fishing Equipment Included
Equipped with all the best kingfish charters gear, Mal will get you set up to catch some great kingfish. Learn how to bait and fight the big ones on this dedicated kingfish fishing charter.
We’re confident you will have a really fun day and if you land a big one, Mal will take a photo and put it on his Instagram page so there is no doubting you caught it. Let your mates see what you’ve caught and tell the tale at your next BBQ!
Make sure you have a fishing licence before you leave. They are available online.