A new concept which is increasing in popularity are Mothershipping Charters, with boating everything is a compromise, but not any more.
Professional charter operators out of Mackay Australia are running big Comfortable Motherships with gameboats and smaller dories as support and day boats from the Mothership.
This provides the speed and specialised vessels, to fish hard all day, and come back to the mothership base for that hot shower, meals and comfortable air conditioned comfort to wind down after a hard day’s fishing.
This is the way to go fishing, usually the game-boats, dories are towed into remote regions, out of the range of smaller trailer boats and day charter boats. With fishing Generally the further you go, the better the fishing. These areas receive less fishing pressure and some pristine fishing can be found.
With the ever rising costs of Boat ownership, fuel, moorings and maintenance, Charter boat fishing is the affordable alternative. With Big Motherships and other gameboats, as tenders, big dollars and capital are tied up in these vessel’s, well out of the reach of the average fisherman, Mothership charters give the opportunity and an affordable price to enjoy this type of remote long range fishing.
With a fishing charter shared between a group of friends, the cost is quite reasonable without the headaches, sit back, relax and enjoy the trip, let the crew do all the work. Most cases the food is cooked for you, the boat is stocked, fishing gear is supplied, and even the fish filleted for you, it really is too easy. Plus at the end of your charter, just pack your gear up and head home, no boat to clean.
Reefari has got mothershipping charters covered with an 80 foot mothership, Centurion and Raptor II, a 33 foot cougar Cat gameboat as a tender, and also three 14 foot dories. Operating out of Mackay Marina which is located in the middle of the Queensland coast, approximately 1000 kilometres north of Brisbane, and also smack bang in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef.
Mackay is an easy hour and a half flight from Brisbane and easily accessible. Sydney is a two hour flight, and Melbourne about three hours. With Cheap airfares now available, it’s not worth driving. Your catch is cleaned and packed for you in aircraft approved eskies, and sealed for your flight home.
Mackay also has great fishing and climate all year round and catering to all fishing styles. Centurion is an 80 foot vessel with all the comforts of home and more, with three 14 foot fishing dories. Centurion is ideal for extended fishing charters for living aboard form three to seven days or even more if need be. Centurion is surveyed for up to 16 people with 12 an ideal group size.
Accommodation is big and roomy with Air conditioned cabins and full size shower and toilet facilities. Don’t forget full walk around sides and a great fishing deck at the stern of the vessel at water level, a great place to get amongst the action. For a real fishing adventure nothing beats a few days out fishing and cruising on the Great Barrier Reef.
Mackay fishing charters offer a great range of charter boats, but Centurion is a great way to go for a personalized fishing experience with your mates or family. These extended charters have the time and the range to go to the remotest areas of the Great Barrier Reef some 200 kilometres offshore and rarely fished areas, even uncharted.
Raptor II is a 33 foot Cougar cat, and used as the fast dayboat with still plenty of comfort and all the facilities you’d expect. This vessel is great for bottom bashing for the reef species, and gamefishing the reef edges for large Spanish mackerel. Reefari is also a great base for GT Fishing, casting poppers in the hunt for Giant Trevally and those spectacular surface strikes.
The dories enable the anglers to do there own thing, with reef fishing in the shallows amongst the coral, casting lures and soft plastics or a big of snorkeling or Spear fishing. Mothershipping charters allow for heaps of flexibility and a variety of vessels. It just doesn’t get any better.
These Mothershipping trips range to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef with countless fishing destinations and choices and even out to the edge of the continental shelf. This is where Centurion is ideal for cruising these remote reefs, with huge fuel capacity to reach Bugatti Reefs, Kindemar and heaps more from 200 Kilometres,.
Centurion is the way to go for comfort and size, with boats size really does matter and where the mothershipping concept really comes into play. Gone are the days of roughing it. This is where on a long trip, the space and good accommodation, makes the trip more enjoyable over a longer charter.
Centurion cruises at 8 knots, towing Raptor II, which covers these large distance comfortably, cruising thoughout the night and then waking up at the prized fishing locations. Prized reef species which are likely to be caught include Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Redthroat Emperor, Nannygai and heaps more.
If you are lucky enough even Barramundi Cod and Maori Wrasse are caught on occasions, although now protected and release only. These fish are still great fish to catch and see, and worth taking a photo, even better to release.
Our annual run of Spanish Mackerel is from June to October, with good quality and numbers of Spanish mackerel improving with new strict bag regulations. Mackay is famous for Big Spanish Mackerel and every year Monsters over 30kg are regularly caught. A combination of Skipping Gar or wolf herring, and lures are your best bet trolled about 6 knots.
A mothershipping charter is well worth considering and definitely a great way to go on your next fishing holiday offering an endless amount of fishing spots and great fishing destinations, also with a huge variety of fish species to match. Mackay fishing Charters will look after you and be able to tailor a charter to suit your needs. Take the stress out of your next fishing trip and enjoy what the Mackay region has to offer.
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