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ABROLHOS ISLANDS LIVE ABOARD FISHING CHARTERS - ON BOARD VESSEL LADY GRACE

Abrolhos Islands 2018 Information    



2018 season starts March 1st 2018
4 and 5 day charters
Min 10 pax/ Max 12 pax

Charters start 5pm Sundays at the Geraldton Marina
Abrolhos charters season is from March to mid May annually.



SUNDAY
Arrive Geraldton marina and board vessel at 5pm on Sunday to load your gear. Overnight accommodation is supplied complimentary tonight in order to depart for the Abrolhos islands early Monday morning. Dinner is not provided tonight, we recommend you head to the restaurants nearby.

Day one - Monday
Departing Geraldton Marina , breakfast is served en route to the Pelsart or Southern Group of the Abrolhos. It normally takes about 3 hours to reach the southern end of the Pelsart group where we start trolling the area of Wreck Point for Spanish Mackeral and Tuna. From there we fish our way around the western side of the Pelsart group bottom fishing for Dhufish, BaldChin Grouper, Pink Snapper and Coral Trout. Time to pull the daily cray pots , you can add fresh crays to the dinner menu tonight.

If you can reel yourself away, lunch is served. After a hard days fishing we steam into the island group and anchor in a well protected spot where the water is crystal clear and the marine life abundant. While your relaxing having a few beers or flicking a line, the cook will be preparing your meals .

TUESDAY
Up and at em early and after a hearty cooked breakfast its out chasing Dhuis, Baldies, Mackeral, coral trout and snapper again to the late afternoon. Then its time to anchor in another part of the magnificent Abrolhos Islands, the Easter group.

Day Three - Wednesday
After another big breakfast its another day of fish, fish, fish and more fish, bottom bouncing, trolling or jigging with some soft plastics the choice is yours. Cray pots are again pulled and reset for tomorrow.

Day Four - Thursday
Yet another day of fishing and great times ahead. We take you out wide chasing great bottom fish or if you like we can also chase big pelagic species like Marlin and don't forget to pull the pots so we can throw another cray on the Barbie. If you have opted for the 4 day trip, late in the afternoon we arrive back in Geraldton. Stay on board tonight and leave the Lady Grace by 8am in the morning for your return home. Dinner is not provided on the last night, we suggest you head to the nearest watering hole.

Day 5 - Friday (if you have booked a 5 day trip)
Lucky you, you have booked a 5 day trip, so today is still all about fishing the Abrolhos. Fish for most of the day before heading back to Geraldton, . Stay on board tonight and leave the Lady Grace by 8am in the morning for your return home. Dinner is not provided on the last night, we suggest you head to the nearest watering hole.

What we supply on the charter
Fishing gear, trolling lures , bait, ice tackle, all main meals, morning/afternoon tea, tea/coffee, nibbles for happy hour, on board accommodation. Skipper, deckhand and Cook. Drinking water from tap.

What we don't supply on the charter
Alcohol, bottled water ,soft drinks and snacks such as lollies, crisps etc.

What you need to bring on the charter
Please bring your sleeping bag, pillow, single fitted sheet, toiletries and towel. Please only use a soft bag to pack your clothes, large suitcases are not permitted. Pack clothes for all seasons. Pack light, we do however have a dryer and washing machine on board for clients to use. Please also bring hat, sunscreen. Alcohol, bottled water (if reqd) and soft drinks. Snacks/lollies/crisps. Please also bring along an esky and leave it in your car for the end of the trip.

What type of food is provided
Breakfast is varied but consists of a selection of bacon, eggs, sausage, beans or bacon/egg cheese muffin or scrambled eggs.

Lunch - cold meat and salad wraps, cooked cold chicken and salad, sandwiches.

Dinner - varied but consists of mainly fresh fish and fresh crayfish cooked various ways. Scotch fillet steak is on the dinner menu for one night, plus hot chips, vegetables, potato dishes. Dessert is also served. Menus subject to change.

Morning and afternoon teas - fruit cake and biscuits.

Happy hour - cheese, olives , crackers , Italian sausage.

Where do I sleep?
The Lady Grace has many options for sleeping arrangements:

  • 4 single bunk beds on main deck
  • 4 single bunk beds on enclosed flybridge
  • 4 single bunk beds in V berth
  • 5 single bunk beds in lower cabin
  • 2 x double beds in bottom cabin
  • NB all beds are dorm style - there are not individual private cabins

  • What is the mobile coverage like at the Abrolhos Islands?
    Telstra has probably the best coverage for mobile reception but it is unreliable. We do fish in remote areas and most of the charter will be without phone reception. Better time of day is late in the afternoon or evening when the boat is back in the island group and on anchor. Texting seems to work best. However in case of emergencies, the vessel is equipped with a satellite phone. We recommend if your family needs to get hold of you, they call the office on 089 339 2432 or a/h 0409 968371 and our Apache office will call the satellite phone on your behalf as its very costly at approx $20 per minute.

    Fish Handling
    All fish is filleted daily by our crew and is then snap frozen in our commercial on board freezers. At the end of the trip, all fillets are then packed into your eskies. Please bring along your esky, to take home your fish fillets.

    Transporting of Fish
    Unaccompanied recreationally caught fish cannot be transported by commercial couriers. You must accompany your fish if transporting by land, sea or air. This includes all parts of the fish. At the end of your trip, you must take your fish with you, we cannot store it for you due to fishing possession limits.

    CAN I BRING MY OWN TACKLE?
    Yes you can bring your own rods, reels and tackle. We do not supply jigs or soft plastics.

    Fishing info
    We will be fishing for species such as Dhufish, Coral Trout, Pink Snapper, Baldchin Groper norwest snappers. We also target all the pelagic action you can handle, chasing species such as Spanish Mackeral and Tuna. Crayfishing is also included in our Abrolhos charters.

    All fish kept must adhere to all Dept of Fisheries WA rules and regulations.
    Fish bag limits for West Coast Zone - 10kg. The itinerary may change subject to weather.
    Fishing tackle
    We supply quality fishing gear Fin-or 650 reels and Shimano Tiagra trolling reels. We supply trolling lures but you will need to BYO jigs and soft plastics.

    DRINKS
    The bottle shop is near the Geraldton Marina if you need to purchase any drinks when you arrive into Geraldton on Sunday.

    Airport Information
    Qantas and Virgin both offer flights to Geraldton.

    Airport Transfers
    Easy just to get a taxi from the Airport.

    Foam eskies
    We do encourage you to bring along your esky, however we can purchase foam lobster boxes from Geraldton if you need one. They are bout $10 each. Please let the office know prior to your charter if we need to arrange one for you.

    What time can I board the vessel on Sunday?
    5pm is the boarding/arrival time, please do not ask to arrive earlier as refusal may offend.

    Car Parking
    There is a car park at Batavia Marina, with free parking for your cars.

    Map Directions for Batavia Marina
    From Chapman Road, turn left into Bayly Road at the lights  (almost opposite the Target shopping centre), turn first right into Stella Maris drive. Turn left into Wiebbe Hayes lane, at the end of the lane is carparking and then the jetty .

    Fishing and Cray fish licence
    All our clients are covered under our Fishing Tour Operators Licence. No need for clients to have their own licence.

    So whats on the Lady Grace?
  • 9 single beds inside
  • 4 bunk beds on enclosed fllybridge
  • 4 x bunk beds on fully covered back deck
  • 2 x double beds inside cabin
  • Airconditioning
  • Lounge, galley, TV, DVD Player, satellite TV
  • Two toilets
  • 2 hot showers
  • Huge deck area with bbq and large table with plenty of seating
  • Freshwater maker
  • 2 x 1T commercial freezers
  • Crayfish winch
  • And much more


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    So how do I book?
    Just call 089 339 2432 or email matt@apachcharters.com.au, let us know what date you would like to book and we will email you a booking via our netbookings system with all charter information. You can book the whole boat for a minimum price of 10 persons or you can book just yourself to join a mixed group. All we need is your email address, phone number at this stage.

    How much deposit to book?
    All we need is a $500 deposit per person to secure your booking.

    When is the balance due?
    The balance payable 60 days before your charter. You will be issued with a booking number, so its easy to make payments either via direct debit or call the office to pay with visa/mastercard with no surcharge.

    Payment updates
    You will receive an email with your receipt , when payments are received. If you have booked the whole boat and you are the organisor, a weekly update will be emailed to you when payments are received in the week.

    What happens the week before my trip?
    The week before your charter, you will receive an email to finalise the charter. We will ask for an emergency contact and to confirm if you have any food allergies. A couple of days before your trip, we will also call you to see if you have any questions.

    Terms and conditions, bank account details and cancellation policies.
    There is a separate PDF file with all this info.

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