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Big Red Fishing Charters

Big Red Fishing Charters caters for the discerning angler wishing to experience the thrill of fishing the Rip at Port Phillip Heads and the fish-rich waters of Bass Strait.

Species available to our clients include Snapper, Whiting, Yellowtail Kingfish, Salmon, Mako Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Blue Sharks, Calamari, Barracouta and numerous reef fish.

Fishing at Queenscliff

Queenscliff is situated at the mouth of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria and offers a unique and diverse range of fishing options. These range from shallow sand flats to 90 metre canyons, all within 10 minutes of Queenscliff's sheltered harbour. Having shorelines that offer protection from 90% of the region's predominant winds, Queenscliff allows our clients to fish safely and in relative comfort. More importantly, it is rare for a trip to be cancelled due to weather.

Because of our close proximity to Port Phillip Heads, we are able to offer the option of fishing Bass Strait on all our trips (weather permitting). The vast majority of the grounds fished have no commercial pressure, and this coupled with nutrient-rich tidal flows make Queenscliff a fisherman's paradise.

Peter Smallwood

Big Red Fishing Charters is owned by Peter Smallwood. Peter provides his clients with sound local knowledge, having spent over 15 years full-time fishing in the Queenscliff/Bass Strait region.

In recent years Peter has been featured in a number of sport fishing videos put together by fishing expert and media identity Steve Cooper. The videos Snapper Secrets and Mako on the Fly both contain some great action footage shot in the Queenscliff region.

World-renowned saltwater fly-fishing expert and fishing writer Rod Harrison has fished with Peter, and commented:

"During the course of a normal day, it's not unusual to have a dozen sharks from 20kg to well over 100kg within casting range of the boat. Those numbers and sizes amount to world class fishing."

Fishing World Magazine May 1998.

Peter Smallwood offers his clients a number of different trips, designed to cater for everyone from the complete novice to the hard core game fisherman. All bait and quality tackle are supplied.

Departure from Queenscliff public boat ramp (Melways 236 H 4) or Portsea pier (Melway's 156 F 2).

Big Red Fishing Charters
27 Ward Rd
Queenscliff Victoria 3225
03 5258 4647

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