About Us


Big Red Fishing Charters has been operating from Queenscliff since 1990. We work both inside the heads of Port Phillip Bay and in Bass Strait, depending on the weather and where the fish are. We provide quality tackle and have over 30 rods on board, from light whiting outfits to 24kg game gear. We currently use a 10 meter walk around cabin vessel that gets along at 30 knots, powered by twin 200hp outboards. We believe in tuition and cater from the complete novice, to the seasoned professional. Clients have the option of booking a sole charter or booking as individuals.
We like to keep our groups small with generally a maximum of 8 clients on board. However, we are licensed to carry up to 12 passengers so we can cater for birthday parties, bucks days, work events, etc.
Mid-week bookings are a good idea and one of the major advantages you can give yourself as you often miss the weekend warriors. While some days they don’t impact our results, other days they can make a hard job even harder. Generally mid-week bookings are the only trip for the day so we don’t watch the clock to much.
Departure times vary depending on a lot of factors including weather, what the fish have been doing, tides, etc. Normally our morning trips will leave between 4am and 6 am, and the second trip will depart between 9am and 2pm, depending on the duration of the morning trip and departure time.
All individual bookings are required to pay close to the time of booking so no one is left holding the candle on the day. All group booking require a deposit. Trips cancelled due to weather are entitled to 100% refund or they can be rescheduled for a later date.
We encourage people to call us on 0412 315 661 and have a chat about what we get up to and what you wish to get up to as far as fishing goes.
We run a very active Facebook page that allows you to see what’s been going on. Have a look at our gallery of images on Facebook HERE.


Peter Smallwood

Big Red Fishing Charters is owned by Peter Smallwood. Peter provides his clients with sound local knowledge, having spent over 15 years full-time fishing in the Queenscliff/Bass Strait region. In recent years Peter has been featured in a number of sport fishing videos put together by fishing expert and media identity Steve Cooper. The videos Snapper Secrets and Mako on the Fly both contain some great action footage shot in the Queenscliff region.

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