Fishing charters

The 43' Jaymar Star is powered by a new 500 hp Volvo motor and has a large shaded deck ensuring plenty of room for up to 12 people, plus seating and an enclosed toilet.

On full day charters we provide light snacks, bottled water, soft drink and a BBQ to cook your BYO lunch. Port MacDonnell Fishing Charters supply everything you need to go fishing: rods, reels, tackle, bait, burley and tuition where required. At the end of the day we will fillet your catch, and then wash it in sea water to maintain freshness of the fish.

The Jaymar Star departs the Port MacDonnell boat ramp at 7 am for full day charters. Arrival time back to port approximately 3 - 4 pm (these times are negotiable with Jason). Departure time for half-day charters vary.

All levels of experience welcome!

Check out our gallery for some of our great catches.

Bluefin Tuna and Albacore  game fishing

The prime season for Southern Bluefin Tuna is February to August. Bluefin Tuna are an outstanding and powerful fighting game fish keenly sought after at Port MacDonnell. Fish taken in previous seasons have varied from 10 kg to 130 kg. Tuna is an excellent table fish and very versatile to cook with.

The Mahi Mahi (which means very strong in Hawaiian) or Dolphin Fish are an amazing fish to eat and highly sought after by the sport and commercial fisher. Being a surface-dwelling fish found offshore, they have been getting caught when trolling for Southern Bluefin Tuna at the continental shelf off Port MacDonnell. Mahi Mahi are commonly found in tropical waters but with warmer water temperatures they're being caught more often here.

Deep sea fishing

We use electric reels for Harpuka, Blue Eye Trevalla, Tasmanian Trumpeter and Ling.

Reef and bottom fishing

Full day tours targetting Gummy Shark, Snapper, Flathead, School Shark, Morwong and other reef fish.

Mako Shark fishing

The Mako Shark puts on a great fight - they have incredible speed, are champion ocean swimmers and are able to leap metres into the air. This shark is highly migratory, feeding mainly on bony fish including tuna which it hunts by lunging vertically. Makos are excellent eating.

With the option to fish at night, twilight or during the day, we can also do bottom fishing at the same time. Night-time fishing for the Mako and other species of shark are a great experience for the angler.

Coastal tours

Our flexible coastal tours can be adapted to your requirements and budget - just send us your request and we'll tailor a charter for your group.

Pricing

Full Day Charters
(Southern Bluefin Tuna, Albacore, deep sea and Mako Shark Fishing)
Half Day Charters 8 Hour Charters
(Reef and bottom fishing)
Group booking for up to 12 people:
$1700 boat fee for weekends and pulblic holidays
$1500 boat fee Monday to Friday
For individual bookings (per person on all full day charters):
$250
$900 boat fee for up to 12 people Group booking for up to 12 people:
$1700 boat fee for weekends and pulblic holidays
$1500 boat fee Monday to Friday
For individual bookings (per person on all 8 hour charters):
$250

Useful information

Please take the time to browse our website as it contains most relevant information, however if you have any unanswered question then please contact us. We are more than happy to assist you with any enquiries.

We are happy to recommend where the fishing may be at its best at a particular time of year but your choice of destination is always accommodated providing conditions permit.

What to bring

Remember sunglasses, hat, beanie, wet weather gear, warm clothing, rubber boots, sturdy footwear, camer and video camera. BYO alcohol is welcome (please note responsible drinking is a requirement on every charter).

Bookings

All bookings require a payment of 20% within 7 days to confirm the booking. Failure to pay the deposit may result in the booking to be cancelled.

Refunds

If a cancellation of your charter booking is made 15 days or more from departure you will receive a 100% full refund.

If cancellation of charter is made 1 - 14 days prior to departure, sorry there is no refund of deposit.

Weather

The southern coast off Port MacDonnell can experience rough weather. Your skipper has the freedom to decide if the charter must be cancelled, have a later departure time or whether the trip may be returned home.

If your charter is cancelled prior to departure due to bad weather and charter cannot be rescheduled a full refund will be returned.

Medical/Dietary Requirements

It is the responsibility of the clients onboard to inform the skipper of any medical requirements (including food allergies and special dietary needs) prior to departure. All clients are responsible for their own medication.

Port MacDonnell Fishing Charters may take photographs on the vessel and publish the photographs on the website, television, or written media for promotional purposes. Please advise the skipper if you do not want any photographs taken for such purposes.

FAQs

How far ahead should I book?

ASAP, especially in the months April, May and June as the Southern Bluefin Tuna season is very busy. Book early!

Do you operate all year round?

Yes, depending on weather and fishing conditions.

I have my own fishing gear?

That’s easy, just bring it along.

What if I only have two anglers?

You can pay a boat fee or you can let us fill the seats with other anglers. We will also place your name and contact details on a waiting list to ensure we get you out on a charter.

Do I get to keep my catch?

Yes you do! We will gut, gill, clean and bag your fish ready to take home. Of course there are size and bag limits which we will advise you of.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Yes we ask for a 20% deposit on most charters, with a 50% deposit on early bird boat fee specials.

Accommodation

We have a variety of accommodation in Port MacDonnell. Below are some of the accommodations that Port MacDonnell has available. We can also email a fact sheet with more telephone numbers on request.

The Bayside Manor

Avarest

Catalina Cottage

Springs Cottage

Rentahome

Port MacDonnell Foreshore Tourist Park

Jaymar House

The Customs House