Fish 'n' Crab Deep Sea Charters

Fish 'n' Crab Deep Sea Charters
Fish 'n' Crab Deep Sea Charters
Fishing Charters-MOOLOOLABA, QLD
Fishing Charters-Mooloolaba, QLD
Fish N Crab Charters offers unique and memorable fishing and crabbing charters out of Mooloolaba, Queensland, on Australia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Originally established almost 18 years ..
Mooloolaba Marina, Mooloolaba, Qld, 4557.
Mooloolaba Marina, Mooloolaba, Qld, 4557.
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Fish N Crab Charters offers unique and memorable fishing and crabbing charters out of Mooloolaba, Queensland, on Australia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Originally established almost 18 years ago, it is the one of the first fishing charter operations in Mooloolaba. Our experienced and professional crew will take you on an adventure as you try your hand at several exciting fishing techniques including trolling, reef and wreck fishing and even setting and hauling crab traps. We target the most popular sport fish species including snapper, coral trout, wahoo, tuna, dolphin fish, mackerel, and even marlin and swordfish.
We offer ½, ¾, full-day and custom fishing charters, party cruises and corporate and group events aboard the Crusader 1, a 55 foot commercial crab and fishing vessel that has been completely refit to provide our passengers the best in comfort and safety. The roomy deck can accommodate up to 22 passengers with plenty of room to move around. And the bench seating, air-conditioned cabin, clean and modern deck and cabin restrooms, custom music system, and hard-cover canopy lets you fish and cruise in style. We truly feel we have the best charter fishing vessel in Mooloolaba, and our experienced, friendly and professional crew is second to none. Our goal is to provide all of our customers with a unique, enjoyable, rewarding, and memorable charter experience.

Our crew consists not only some of the most experienced fishermen in Australia, they are the most enthusiastic (some may say fanatical) fishing charter crews to ever set foot on board a vessel! Have a look on our “Meet the team” page!

Our Vessel –Crusader 1 – is a true commercial fishing vessel. 55 foot long, with the largest possible deck-space to cabin ratio possible. It has been completely refit to accommodate up to 22 passengers and 3 crew in comfort, without sacrificing any of the advantages and safety of its commercial heritage. The ultra busy Christmas period aside, we try to keep numbers, unless its a single group, to a max of 18 (we actually try to keep it to 16 when ever possible!) at a time on board. This ensures our customers always enjoy a huge amount of space, and also immensely helps reduce those annoying tangles. This all just ensures an even more enjoyable day out all round.

Never fished before? NO PROBLEM! The crew are there to help you grasp the key elements as quickly as possible, and will happily help you out at any point.

It’s pretty simple. Unless you already have that perfect rod ‘n reel combo, that you are totally in love with, it’s highly likely you will be using the gear supplied by the fishing charter you book with. And if that’s the case, the better the gear, the better the experience. So before you book any charter make sure you know what to expect in terms of gear supplied!

We have done a lot of research, and continue to do so, to make sure that when you come fishing with us you are able to use gear that not only up there with the best available, but is suited to your style and preference, as much as it is to the type of fish we are after and the type of fishing we do. Unlike most other charter companies that means we don’t supply just one type of Rod and one type of reel to all.

In reality a single tackle option on a charter boat is only done for a few reasons.

The equipment is cheap and easy to maintain. This is the WORST reason to choose any gear as far as I am concerned. few if any passengers are going to enjoy using the gear, and it often has an adverse impact on the ability to catch fish!

The charter company gets a great deal on that specific gear. This is almost as bad as the first reason. Maybe the gear is better, maybe not. Either way it’s not really aboard for the right reason is it?!
The skipper/owner likes that setup (often 2 and 3 both). Add in the fact that the owner/skipper on a fishing charter is usually a professional fisherman and the alarm bells should be ringing. Professional’s equipment NEVER suits the recreational enthusiast. For instance I challenge anyone to try and hit a professional golfer’s clubs as well as they can a set suited to a handicap player. Or try using Rafael Nadal’s tennis racket, apparently strung so tight that the strings last a max of 9 games! A piece of wood would be more forgiving to you and me! It’s the same when it comes to fishing gear. The professional’s setup are very seldom fun, or easy, to use for the majority of people. So why have a boat load full of that gear only?

Instead, we carry a wide range of tackle options to choose from. Each with their own feel, style and benefits. Each chosen for their mix of quality, reliability, popularity and ease of use. Believe me when I say that ease of maintenance and price have not been factored in to the reasoning! Price any of our reels or South Africa rods for online casino yourself game and bonus you will see what I mean. This gear is top of the range, without going silly. It’s great to use and it’s been pulled together through feedback and requests from our customers! That is the ONLY way to get the right gear in our opinion. And we know that once you have done a charter with us you will agree.


Rhino-Stik rods are the main brand we carry. They have a wide range of models, are Australian made and just look and feel great! The extra thick grip with it’s unique rounded/moulded wrap on top provides an extremely comfortable grip for all hand sizes. And the action these rods have is simply second to none! Most of our spinning setups have a 10 to 15kg Rhino-Stik spin rod matched to them. After all, you do not want to be “Skull-dragging” with a spin reel! Our overhead reels have a choice of 10-15kg and 15 -24kg Rhino-Stik overhead rods matched to them. If you need to pull that massive cod out of its hole you need the power in a stiffer rod to do just that. Of course we do carry a few other rods, like some that are “fully-rollered” and perfect for trolling for instance.  Each rod is selected to be best suited a specific style of fishing.


Rhino-stik fishing rods in both spin and overhead configurations are just a great rod to use when doing serious deep sea fishing. Strong, comfortable and good looking. But enough about me, the rod’s aren’t bad either!

Some time back we decided to make sure we added many (many many) more spin reels to our range. Why? Because the modern spin reel has so many advantages it’s hard to understand why more fishing charters are not doing the same! Give an overhead reel to anyone with less experience than a seasoned pro and the chances are that they will have at least one “birds-nest” (Line bunched up on the spool making fishing impossible until fixed). Frustrating for both the person using the reel, as it eats away at their fishing time, and for the crew who have to fix it. Fixing it often leaves much less line on that spool for the remainder of the charter as well. “Birds-nests” simply don’t happen on spin-reels! Sure, you have to use the rod to lift the fish before reeling in the line as you drop the rod tip back down, but that is the technique you are supposed to use with overhead reels as well. Overhead reels just cope better with the lazy “skull-dragging” approach taken by beginners. The modern spin reel has the same amount (often more!) of drag as an overhead reel, is far more comfortable to hold onto, and much much easier to wind in for the majority of people. Add in the fact they can usually be changed to both left and right hand operation and I am sure you are now asking yourself the same question.

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