Whale Watching - Ballina

Whale Watching Charters – Ballina

Whales migrate up the East Coast of Australia During the winter and spring.

We start to see the “teenagers” from May. The main groups arrive on the North Coast during late June with the Mum’s and Dad’s getting here July and August. On the way north, they don’t hang around long, on a mission to get to the breeding grounds in Queensland.

September and October see’s the Whales on the way home to the south and this trip is much more leisurely. Whales regularly “hang out” with the boat and are so close at times you can literally reach out and touch them. Some days you can’t fish, with their abundant curiosity they will follow the boat no matter how many times we move to get away from them.

It is reported that the Humpback Whales are increasing in numbers by about 10% annually. This is evident in the sheer numbers of them seen during the annual migration.

We offer to small groups the experience of meeting these wonderful mammals without the need to rub shoulders with hundreds of other people at the same time.

Bring your camera or video recorder, the current crop of mobile phones is wonderful for recording this awesome experience.

THE BOAT

Our pride and joy is a Clem Masters 34. The hull was laid in 1990 for the owners of the Esprit Company. Named” Esprit” the boat was purchased in 1992 and spent the next 25 years fishing Marlin and Tuna commercially and doing Charter fishing when available from Bermagui on the South Coast NSW.

  • Fozies Fishing purchased the boat December 2017
  • Clem Masters 34
  • Length 10.17m, Breadth 3.35m, Draft 0.96m
  • Hull: Fibreglass
  • Engine: Detroit 6V92 2 stroke diesel

An extensive refit in 2018 saw upgraded toilet facilities, improved kitchen with tea and coffee facilities, a fridge to keep the drinks cold, new electronics with GPS, Colour Depth Sounder, Radar and radios fitted. New carpet and paint gives the boat a fresh new look. A rear canopy covers the back deck to keep out the sun on hot days.

New fishing gear was purchased with Penn 850ssm reels with matching 10kg rods. This is fitted with 50lb Spectra braid line. We also have for the Game fishing people, Quality game fishing gear including the 50 Tiagra wide with matching roller rods.

The Skipper

Captain Rob Foster

Capt.Rob Foster has had 40 years fishing the Evans Head / Ballina region both professionally and recreational.

Rob started fishing from Evans Head in the mid 70’s from a small Seafarer v-sea. There was no such thing as a GPS then and spots were found using landmarks and a depth sounder. Rob’s first Marlin came from Ballina, a small Black Marlin caught about a mile from the North Wall on a lure.

Rob finished an apprenticeship as a Fitter/Machinist in 1983 and went to work on the Prawn Trawlers at Iluka. This fuelled a love of the sea which turned into a passion for the rest of his life.

1991 the opportunity came to live and work in Papua New Guinea, managing a large Engineering workshop in Port Moresby, Rob met other fishing enthusiasts and was soon skippering Game vessels for Charter and Tournament fishing for Marlin and the Yellowfin tuna. A move to Lae on the North coast of PNG opened more options for Game fishing. Rabaul famous for a spot known as the Hump, was fished often in the following years with clients enjoying a world class Marlin fishery.

2012 Rob went to Darwin to work for the Darwin Barra Base, this would provide many outstanding memories for the clients catching Barramundi and Salmon in the river systems around Darwin as well as the Large Black Jew and other reef fish from the Dundee fishing area.

2015 Rob was back on the North Coast NSW skippering a local charter boat with great success.

2018 saw an opportunity to purchase his own charter vessel and to provide his Knowledge and enthusiasm to help clients fish the Evans Head and Ballina areas.
Rob is a senior skipper with the Coastguard at Southport and a senior skipper with Marine Rescue NSW.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Are you ready to create a last memory?
Let’s go find some Whales!