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Fishing Trips

Reality Cruises are Now offering 7 and 9 Day Fishing Expeditions to Swains Reef and Cato/Wreck Reef.  

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7 Day Swain Reef Fishing Adventure

             

This 7 Day trip is ideal for all levels of fisherman and a perfect trip to enjoy with all your mates.  "Reality Cruises" will take you to the beautiful reefs and coral cays of the swains.  This remote reef system is full of life with nice size coral trout, sweet lip, Spanish Mackeral and Red Emperor just waiting for you.    

This amazing experience is all made possible due to our 25m Mother Ship "Big Cat Reality" and her dedicated crew.  Big Cat is well set up for this remote expedition with spacious dining and living areas, large fishing decks and 6x 4.3m fishing tenders. 

7 Day Swains Reef trip Itinerary

Departure DayAll guests are to arrive at Bundaberg Port Marina between 3 to 4pm and board the vessel at 4pm. The crew will show you where to stow your gear and give you a tour of the vessel before you meet the other guests on the top deck for some afternoon refreshments.  Once all guests have arrived the Master will conduct a Safety brief   before you sit down to a fresh meal as we prepare the vessel for sea.  We will depart Bundaberg Port Marina at about 7 pm and steam north over night to Fitzroy Reef.

Day 1: At first light we arrive at Fitzroy reef where we anchor up for a hot breakfast.  After you are comfortable with the tender you will have the opportunity to explore the reef yourself or stay on-board and fish off the big boat.  First tender is normally in the water by 8am.  All tenders return back to Big Cat by 12:00pm where the diligent crew clean and fillet your catch, cryovac seal it before snap freezing in the freshness while you sit down to a hearty lunch.

After lunch you will again have the opportunity to fish the reef from the tenders until around 5:00pm.  After all the tenders are back on-board the crew again look after your catch while you have the chance to freshen up before dinner.  The evening meal is served by 6pm followed by dessert every night.  After dessert, Big Cat continues north while you settle in for a good night’s sleep.

Day 2: We will be in the calm waters of the Swains Reef for breakfast and have you out on the tenders by 8:30am at one of the many amazing reefs this area has to offer. 

Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 will be spent working the Swains Reefs, fishing some of the most remote fishing destinations this area has to offer.

Day 5: After dinner, the vessel steams south back to the Bunker Group ready for another full day of fishing.

Day 6: Today is spent at Lamont Reef where you have the opportunity to fish the reef edge or fish the deep blue from Big Cat chasing the prized catch!  After lunch the day is yours to make the most of the final session. At the close of the day presentations will be made for the fish of the week and other awards.   Big Cat will then head south steaming over night to Bundaberg.

Day 7: We will arrive at Bundaberg around 6am where a hot breakfast will be served.  The crew will assist you with your gear and catch before we farewell all guests around 8am.  Ice and boxes are available from the marina to transport fish home. 

 

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9 Day Cato Reef Sports Fishing Adventure

          

This really is a sports fishermans trip of a lifetime.  "Reality Cruises" will take you to this very remote and rarely fished sea mount with pristine reefs, crystal clear waters and massive drop offs.  The sea life around this incredible reef has to be seen to be believed.  Every type of sports and reef fish that you can imagine from Massive Dog Tooth Tuna, Yellow Fin tuna, Giant Travally, Wahoo to huge Coral Trout and Jobfish.  

Cato Island and the lagoon will also give you a unique opportunity to veiw nature at it's best with thousands of nesting sea birds, pure white coral beaches and an untouched natural environment.   This is one of the only places you can land a GT from the beach!  

This amazing experience is all made possible due to our 25m Mother Ship "Big Cat Reality" and her dedicated crew.  Big Cat is well set up for this remote expedition with spacious dining and living areas, large fishing decks and 6x 4.3m fishing tenders. 

9 Day Cato trip Itinerary

Day 1: All guests are to arrive at Bundaberg Port Marina between 3 to 4pm and board the vessel at 4pm. The crew will show you where to stow your gear and give you a tour of the vessel before you meet the other guests on the top deck for some pre-dinner refreshments. Once all guests have arrived the Master will conduct a Safety brief before you sit down to a fresh meal as we prepare the vessel for sea. We will depart Bundaberg Port Marina after dinner.


Day 2: This Morning you awake to a hot breakfast and the opportunity to hook-up as we steam past the top of Fraser Island. The crew keep you well feed and comfortable as you prepare your rigs and equipment ready for tomorrow's first fishing session.


Day 3: By first light we are anchored behind Cato Reef and have your tender launched and ready for you to head out straight after breakfast to explore the pristine reefs.
The Morning session is normally from 6:30am to 11:30am with Lunch from 12:00 to 1:00pm. The afternoon session is 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
Afternoon snacks are served before the main meal at 6:00pm.


Day 4, Day 5, Day 6 and Day 7: are all spent on location at Cato Reef with the opportunity for the following:


• Fish and troll the deep water out of your 4.3m tender;
• Fish and troll the lagoon of your 4.3m tender;
• Explore the Island beaches;
• Popping off the Beach;
• Night fishing sessions off the Mother Ship each night;
• Afternoon trolling and jigging in the deep water from Mother Ship;
• Relaxing onboard;
• Snorkelling the crystal clear waters around the reef;


Day 7: After an epic 5 days of fishing this remote reef we sit down to our last dinner at Cato reef and review the photos from the week. After dinner and a few laughs we stow the ship and start to head back to Bundy.

Day 8: Today gives you the chance for a big sleep-in as we steam home. The troll lines are out for the afternoon session as you enjoy a few quiet drinks and swap stories from the week.


Day 9: We will arrive back in Bundaberg around 5am where a hot breakfast is served. The crew assist you with your gear and catch before we farewell all guests around 9am. (There are ice and fish boxes available from the marina for your catch if required)

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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

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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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