Before you undertake a charted fishing trip or cruise with Tidemaster Charters and Cruises, there are few things you need to do and be made aware of.
DO I NEED A FISHING LICENCE
Every charter passenger must have a Victorian fishing license to fish in Victoria. The exception is if they are under 18 years or over 70 years of age.
Short and long term fishing licenses can be purchased online via the Department of Primary Industries here.
For those that don't have a fishing licence it is illegal to keep your bag limit of fish, and you will be asked to catch and release, otherwise fines are applicable. Tidemaster adheares strictly to fishing quotas and regulations, and we expect all our onboard fishermen to do the same. Upon time of booking you will need to be able to produce your fishing licence in advance to boarding, which can either be as a paper printout or via your phone if purchased online.
WHAT DO IN NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
When fishing the seas, weather can change at any moment, so it is best to be prepared in advance. The items you need to bring along are;
Sunglasses, Sunhat and Sunscreen - even on the cloudiest days the sun-glare from the water can result in sunburn so sun protection is a must. Also make sure those sunnies are strapped to the head - on rough days or when your pulling in the big one, many a fisherman has lost his sunnies at sea!!
Warm Clothes - Even if it is the middle of summer, always bring a jacket or warm jumper, especially on long fishing days. The sea surface temperature varies quiet significantly from land surface temperature.
Fishing Licence - make sure you bring this along or have a copy of it on your phone.
Your own fishing gear if you prefer your own - otherwise we supply all.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Dress appropriately for fishing which means also come well equipped with closed in shoes. We advise on not wearing thongs, but suitable boating shoes or enclosed shoes for fishing. Some fish have sharp spikes and when the swell turns up, traction on the boat is a must and thongs simply don't cut it.
WHERE DOES TIDEMASTER DEPART FROM?
Tidemaster departs from the floating jetty at Tooradin, 100 metres south of the South Gippsland Highway, Foreshore Road, Tooradin. Car parking is available.