|Batemans Bay Fishing presents the ultimate fishing and cruise charter boat. The M.V. Jean Marie is fast, comfortable & modern. Moored at the Batemans Bay Marina on the South Coast of NSW Australia the vessel is available for fishing trips, clinics, private charters, cruises & group bookings. |
ABOUT JEAN MARIE - CHARTER & FISHING BOAT:
M.V. Jean Marie is a 10 metre Cougar Cat, in 1E and 2C Survey with the New South Wales Waterways.
Powered by two 200 hp Yamaha outboard motors, it carries a full array of electronics for safety and convenience. EPIRB, radar, colour sounders, GPS plotter, HF, VHF and 27 meg marine radios, marine toilet, freshwater tank, galley and sink all add to the creature comforts.
Cruising speed is around 20 knots with a top speed of nearly 30 knots!!
Originally commissioned by the Queensland National Parks, it served it's early years on Patrol in the wilds of North Queensland and the Cape York Areas. Purchased in 1998 by its present owners it was brought to Batemans Bay where it has resided and been servicing the Batemans Bay Fishing Community ever since.
Its twin hull 'catamaran' design delivers a very stable ride and platform from which to fish with a wide beam and flat deck. Fishing from the covered aft cockpit you're shaded from the sun and protected by the bulwark while cushioned seats give a nice level of comfort.
Having seating available inside the cabin, protection from the elements is available should rain or wind appear.
Outrigger poles enable multiple line trolling if desired with a live bait tank built in to the rear transom.
Batemans Bay Fishing's M.V. Jean Marie is licenced to carry up to 15 people but we normally keep our fishing numbers down to much less than that to maximise your comfort and fishing pleasure.
Your safety on the water is important to us, please read the Batemans Bay Fishing safety notice...
ABOUT YOUR SKIPPER:
Batemans Bay Fishing's skipper, Tony Travers, is one of the most qualified and experienced within the fishing charters fleet at Batemans Bay on the South Coast of NSW Australia.
Tony was born in Batemans Bay and has been fishing in the Bay all his life. With such great local knowledge, Tony almost always manages to find the fish. For the past 19 years Tony has been involved in the Fishing Charter business and has skippered various boats during that time.
For comfort and stability Tony definitely regards the M.V. Jean Marie as the best fishing charter boat he has skippered.
Tony loves to target Snapper and Mako sharks. The satisfaction of helping people to catch their first snapper is a very rewarding aspect of the job as is the very enjoyable part of meeting so many different and interesting people.
ABOUT BATEMANS BAY:
Batemans Bay is a popular holiday resort town and fishing destination surrounded by nature - National Parks, Mountains, the Clyde River & it's easily navigable estuarys, the Bay itself and the open Sea. Batemans Bay is in the Eurobodalla Shire (Naturecoast) of the South Coast NSW Australia and is famous for it's all year round great fishing.
Located just 1 & 1/2 hours from Canberra in the ACT and approximately 4 hours south of Sydney NSW Australia. Whether you come for a day, a week or longer - you will always want to stay on.
Local Batemans Bay amenities include great shopping, restaurants, entertainment and tourism attractions of all varieties.
YEAR ROUND FISHING ON THE NSW SOUTH COAST:
From Durras in the North to Tomaga River in the south, Batemans Bay Fishing covers some of the best fishing grounds to be found on the South Coast of New South Wales Australia including the famous marlin grounds on the edge of the continental shelf.
With the beautiful Tollgate Islands a centre piece, the Batemans Bay area offers the fisherman or woman a fantastic variety of fishing environments with comfort and safety a premium aboard the M.V. Jean Marie.
Well protected from heavy seas, Batemans Bay is a safe and comfortable environment with unsurpassed scenic beauty. Crossing the bar is almost a non-event, making access to the Bay and it's surrounding fishing grounds a simple and pleasurable experience. The stability of the twin hull and power of the Jean Marie's twin 200 hp Yamaha outboards ensures a fast and comfortable ride enabling you to be fishing in around half an hour from departing the marina.
As the season change, the species of fish caught also change to some degree.
The colder months see cod, leatherjacket, redfish and the fun to catch sergent baker more active. As the water temperature rises the warmer currents bring on the kingfish, marlin, tuna and sharks.
Snapper, morwong, wrasse and flathead are 'year round' fish so no matter what time of the year, your chance of bringing home a fine table fish is always present.
SOUTH COAST FISHING CALENDAR & WEATHER:
A calendar of game fishing seasons on the NSW South Coast has been provided to show Batemans Bay fisherman what the best fishing times for the major game fish are.
Links to weather information and tide charts are also provided to help make your Batemans Bay fishing experience more enjoyable. Batemans Bay tides are 1 minute ahead of Fort Denison Sydney.
Fishing Calendar | Weather Forecast
BAG LIMITS and SIZE LIMITS
Batemans Bay Fishing works in conjunction with New South Wales fisheries to ensure bag limits and size limits are enforced to ensure the sustainability of our beloved sport and the future of fishing for our children. We measure and log all fish that are kept and send the data to New South Wales Fisheries to help in their ongoing research and field management plans.
As from 23 March 2001 you now need a fishing licence to fish anywhere in New South Wales. Licences cost $5 for 3 days, $10 for 1 month, $25 for 1 year and $70 for 3 years. You also need a licence for spear fishing, diving, hand gathering and bait collection. Children under 18 years and Commonwealth pension card holders do not need a licence. You also don't need to purchase a licence when you fish with Batemans Bay Fishing on board the M.V. Jean Marie - it's all included in your fishing trip.
You can obtain information about New South Wales Fisheries at www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au
YOUR FISH ARE YOUR FISH
Some fishing charter boats operate on the basis of all fish caught go to the boat. This is not so on the Jean Marie. So long as the fish is of legal size and you have not 'bagged out', what you do with your fish is entirely up to you. You can keep them for yourself, give them away or throw them back to fight another day. Like so much of what Batemans Bay Fishing is all about once again, IT'S YOUR CHOICE.
FRESH IS BEST
All the fish you decide to keep are immediately put on ice to keep them as fresh as possible, not just put in a box to get warm.
All your catch will be cleaned before we get back to Batemans Bay and then bagged up for you to take home with you.
BATEMANS BAY FISHING - SERVICE WITH A SMILE
Fishing is supposed to be a fun sport - not hard work - so we do the 'hard yards' for you. We supply, cut up and prepare your bait for you. We do however let you bait your own hook - as it is after all a 'participation' sport (hand towels are provided for your convenience). We will also handle the fish and net or gaff it and take the hook out for you. Some fish have poisonous spines so we don't want you to be spiked. In fact, you don't even have to touch the fish until you take it home and cook it!
From the time you board, to the time you disembark we're happy to have you on board - without you we wouldn't be here so our aim is that you enjoy your day with us and come back again and again.
FREE FISHING TUITION
So you haven't been fishing before? That's great, because we love to see people catch their first fish and ask any fisherman - nobody knows it all, everyone is always learning. Batemans Bay Fishing's experienced crew will gladly give you all the help you need to get you started with ongoing tips throughout the trip.
Designed for the person (or group) who hasn't ventured off shore before and wants to know the ins and outs of off shore reef and deep-sea fishing. Subjects and topics covered include bait selection, rigs, knots, gear to use, using a sounder, drifting, burleying, trolling for pelagics and other useful hints and tips. Run by a qualified trainer, you'll even receive a certificate! (non-recognised).
Batemans Bay Fishing offers the exclusive use of the M.V. Jean Marie. The ultimate fishing or cruise charter boat. You set the agenda including the times you would like to depart and arrive home. Some of Batemans Bay Fishing's private cruise tours have included a family cruise around the bay, a sunset photo shoot, a scenic trip off to the spectacular Tollgate Islands and memorial services for loved ones.
Tailor your own private charter, here are some ideas:
A MEMORABLE MOONLIT CRUISE:
For something very different why not try dinner at sunset in the calm waters of the Clyde River on your own floating retreat. Bring along a picnic hamper and we'll anchor in the waters out from Batemans Bay's foreshore and watch day become evening as the sun sets under the Batemans Bay Bridge and the lights of the town glitter across the water. The perfect romantic setting for a very special occasion or fine dining with a select group of friends.
A FISHERMANS DREAM:
Let Batemans Bay Fishing make your fishing dream come true with a personalised fishing charter adventure. You can hire the boat just for one or invite a few close friends. You call the shots and choose what type of fishing you would like to do. Bottom bouncing for snapper, mowong, flathead and maybe a kingfish and others or we can go trolling for the big pelagics, tuna, marlin, sail fish or perhaps a shark.
FOR A WHALE OF A TIME:
Whale watching is common on the NSW South Coast with the mighty Humpback Whales often calling into Batemans Bay during their migration to the southern Ocean and return. When the season is right, typically September, October and November, you might wish to try your luck at whale watching or dolphin spotting. We can even drop anchor at one of the beautiful sheltered beaches and you can take a dive yourself. Conventions and group bookings, small or large can be arranged to suit your requirements.
A TOLLGATE ISLAND TOUR:
The Tollgate Islands in Batemans Bay were named by Lt James Cook on his epic voyage along the East Coast of Australia in 1770. They lie only 10 mins by boat from Batemans Bay Marina and represent many a perfect postcard setting. The Tollgate Islands have been declared a National Park and permits are required to go ashore, but anchoring the boat in the sheltered waters provides you the ultimate pleasure observing the natural wonder of these islands from the comfort of the Jean Marie providing beautiful memories worth holding onto.
Four times each year, the Jean Marie takes a group of ornithologists out to the Continental Shelf to view the myriad of sea birds not found on land. The South Coast of New South Wales Australia is world famous among ornithologists and birdlovers for some of the best birdwatching of marine birds in the world. Albatross, Shearwaters, Petrels, Boobies, in fact around 30 different species have been sighted off shore from Batemans Bay on the Jean Marie.