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FULLY CATERED FISHING TRIPS

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Frequently Asked Questions

Reality Cruises is a  commercial marine charter business that has been operating in South East Queensland for over 16 years.  We own and operate a 25m liveaboard dive vessel "Big Cat Reality". 

This unique vessel allows Reality Cruises to offer a number of amazing experiences that take you to destinations that you can usually only dream about. "Big Cat Reality" offers 7 and 9 day liveaboard fishing trips in the stunning Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea departing out of the port of Bundaberg. 

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Frequently Asked Questions and Information


Contact Us

Contact Chris:   0422 517 792 or bookings@bigcatreality.com

Contact Office:  07 3204 9340 or info@bigcatreality.com

Contact James: 0438 812 384 or info@bigcatreality.com

Book a place online "Fishing Rocket Deal"


Departure / Arrival Times

(7 Day Swains Trip)

Guests for the week liveaboard trips board at Bundaberg Port Marina between 3 pm and 4 pm on the departure day. Guests board the vessel at 4pm.  You will arrive back to the marina by around 5am on the 7th day and depart the vessel after breakfast by around 9am.  

(9 Day Cato Trip)

Guests for the week liveaboard trips board at Bundaberg Port Marina between 3 pm and 4 pm on the departure day. Guests board the vessel at 4pm.  You will arrive back to the marina by around 5am on the 9th day and depart the vessel after breakfast by around 9am.  

 (9 Day Wreck Trip)

Guests for the week liveaboard trips board at Bundaberg Port Marina between 3 pm and 4 pm on the departure day. Guests board the vessel at 4pm.  You will arrive back to the marina by around 5am on the 9th day and depart the vessel after breakfast by around 9am.  


Where is Bundaberg Port Marina?

Address:

15-17 Marina Dr

Burnett Heads (20min drive out of Bundaberg Qld)

QLD 4670, Australia

Bundaberg Port Marina  (click here for a map)


What is Big Cat Reality Like?

"Big Cat Reality" is a 25m liveaboard vessel that caters for 15 to 18 guests.  She is all steel (164 tonne) and is well set up for extended fishing adventures with 6 fishing tenders onboard.     (Click here for full details)


Big Cat Fishing Tenders

Our six fishing tenders are "4.3m Smart Waves" which are specifically set up to help you get the most out of your fishing expereance.  Each 4.3m tender is set up with the following: 

  • 50 Hp fourstroke outboard with electric start and trim n tilt
  • SIMRAD 7' Colour sounder / GPS Plotter                              
  • 40mm front Sports Fishing Bar
  • 40mm back jigging Bar
  • 25 watt VHF radio (6nm range)
  • Full safety equipment including an Epirb
  • Anchor and line
  • 12x Rod holders
  • 2x trolling holders
  • Driver's swivel seat
  • Bait bin and cutting board
  • Built in Esky for cold drinks
  • front storage area under seats
  • Automatic bilge pump 

   

Note: All drivers need a current recreational boat licence and participate in an onboard induction programe.


What is the Accommodation Like?

"Big Cat Reality" is set up with large, comfortable bunk style accommodation which is fully air-conditioned and spacious to minimize sea sickness.  Everyone gets a separate bunk and they are located in the middle of the ship and down low which is the best place to be - No pokey bow berths! All bed linen and a bath towel are provided for the on-board fresh water showers. Please bring along a towel for swimming purposes. I'm sure you will have a pleasurable and comfortable stay on-board.


What Meals are Included?

"Big Cat Reality" offers professionally presented meals prepared on-board by our qualified chef for you to enjoy throughout your week's trip. Meals include: hot breakfasts, hot & cold lunches and of course the famous Big Cat Seafood Night. You will also enjoy healthy fruit platters and other exhilarating tastebud sensations for afternoon teas. If you have any dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of booking. This will allow our chef to cater for your needs.


What are the drink options?

"Big Cat Reality" is a fully licenced vessel. We have a POS system that caters for individual consumption and provides a print out of the drinks consumed at the end of the trip. 

Soft Drinks & Juices:            $2.00 per drink
Standard Beers:                   $4.00 per drink
Premium Beers and Spirits:   $6.00 per drink
Red/White Wine:                  $18.00 per bottle


Happy hour: 4:30 to 6:00pm $3.00 Standard beers and $5.00 Premium beers and UDLs.

Should you wish to have alternate beverages made available for the trip please advise when booking in the comments section. Special orders will be added at time of arrival on the boat to your bar tab.

(Please note: As we are fully licenced, No Alcohol is to be brought onboard)

Your Crew?

As usual on "Big Cat Reality" you will have the friendly and professional services of five "Big Cat" Crew, who are dedicated to your safety and the smooth running of the vessel's operation during your enjoyable and rewarding fishing trip. 


Fishing Gear?

Guests are required to bring along all their own fishing gear (including tackle).  We do offer a small range of tackle onboard.

We can offer a full range of gear and advice for this trip before we depart.

Pre-ordered Tackle Packs available: 

"Start Up Tackle Pack" (1 box of 25x Mustard 7/0 Big Red hooks, 25x size 5 bean sinkers, 2x packets of 25 120lbs Crane Swivels, 100m of 100lbs Mona Trace) $100

"Premium Tackle Pack" (1x box of 25x Mustard 7/0 Big Red hooks, 1x box of 25x Mustard 10/0 Big Gun hooks, 25x size 5 Bean Sinkers, 25x size 10 Ball Sinkers, 2x packets of 25 120lbs Crane Swivels, 2x Pelagic Z 180mm Hard Bodied Lures, 1x Thermite 180mm Popper, Mason 105lbs Single Strand Wire, 100m of 100lbs Mono Trace) $260

"Lure Pack" (2x Zerek Pelagic Z 180mm, 1x Zerek Pelagic Z 140mm, 1x Zerek Thermite Popper 180mm, 2x packets of 5 Zerek Live Flash Minnow 130mm, 4x Zerek Live Cherabon 6", 1x Sure Catch Knight 85g, 4x Mustard Darter Jig Head Sz6/0 14g,  3x Mustard Darter Jig Head Sz6/0 21g, Mason 105lbs Single Strand Wire, 100m of 100lds Mono Trace) $220


Your Catch?

Reality Cruises operates within the regulations of the Department of Primary Industry Qld.  These regulations govern fish sizes, species, bag limits and reef closures that apply to our guests, Please make yourself familiar with these regulations.  (Click here to see the Qld Fishing Regulations)

You are not required to hold any fishing licences to fish on our trips.

Our crew will clean and fillet your catch then it will be cryovac sealed before frozen to ensure freshness.

In the spirit of fairness and good team-ship: At the end of the trip the whole catch is evenly divided between all active fishers. Everyone gets a good pack of fish to take home.


What should I bring?

  • A positive attitude that's excited about a professional and rewarding fishing trip of a Lifetime.
  • A beach towel for optional swimming purposes. (preferrably named)
  • All required medications. (including seasickness remedies if required)
  • Toiletries and personal belongings,(Body soap and shampoo provided).
  • Rods, Reels and all the tackle you may need.
  • Old fishing clothes, preferably long sleeved.
  • Fish handling gear: pliers, lip gripers and knife
  • Big hat and sunscreen.
  • Proof of Boating Licence. 
  • Foot wear for boat & beach fishing. 
  • Cash or Credit Card to pay your bar tab.
  • Camera to capture the moment with USB Stick. 

Car Parking at the Marina?

Car parking at Bundaberg Port Marina:
There is ample free car parking at the Marina with lockup parking available for an additional $10 per day fee. (please advise when Booking)
 

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What other trips and events are coming up? 

(Click here for our trip calendar)

I hope the above is what you were looking for and hope to see you on board soon.  If you have any further inquiries (please send us an e-mail info@bigcatreality.com ) or just give us a call on 07 3204 9340.