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Sea Fever Sportfishing Whitsundays began operation in 2009. The company is maintaining strong growth with many guests returning for repeat trips. We are passionate about fishing, the area we live in and most of all providing memorable fishing trips and a professional service to our guests.
Ashley Matthews – Director & Skipper
|Ashley’s diverse and extensive fishing experience and knowledge of boats, boating and the ocean has come from over 25 years fishing both recreationally and commercially.
He began fishing in Bairnsdale Victoria for bream and flathead around the Gippsland Lakes before his passion grew for the ocean and he started venturing offshore from Lakes Entrance chasing snapper and sharks on weekends. Before long he was looking for bigger and better fishing grounds and ventured to the legendary fishing port of Bermagui on the South Coast of NSW chasing marlin and yellowfin tuna. It was during this time he completed his apprenticeship as a qualified cabinet maker.
After reading about the Giant Black Marlin of the Great Barrier Reef Ashley moved to Cairns in 1995 to experience it first hand. He secured a job as full time deck hand on the vessel “New Moon” under Captain Kim Andersen. 2 years were spent working for Kim in which approximately 200 billfish were released ranging from 20lbs up to 1150lbs. They had many Japanese guests onboard wanting to target giant trevally, and this is where Ashley gained his passion for chasing the mighty GT on poppers.
The crayfishing town of Geraldton on the mid West Coast of WA was Ashley’s next port of call, where he did 5 seasons of crayfishing around the Abrolohos Islands. During their 3 month off season each year, Ashley chased Broadbill swordfish and Big Eye Tuna up and down the WA coast. He also achieved his Open Master V skippers ticket and MED 2 engineering qualification while in WA.
In 2000 Ashley moved to the Whitsundays where he ran day trips around the islands before securing a job on Daydream Island looking after and driving the owners 68ft luxury vessel “Champagne Princess”. He also ran fishing charters for 4 ½ years on the island’s 3100 series Noosa Cat.
In 2006 Ashley met his prize catch Kathryn. Ashley’s passion for fishing and his enthusiasm to take people to the outer reef, led him and Kathryn to start Sea Fever Sportfishing Whitsundays.
Ashley is a current member of the International Game Fish Association as well as the local Whitsunday Game Fish Club in which he was President for the 07/08 and 08/09 seasons. During his stint as president, the Whitsunday Game Fish Club was the Queensland Champion Club for Tag and Release. He has been heavily involved in organising the club’s last 4 major tournaments as well as competing successfully in a number of other club tournaments from Cairns to Brisbane. He loves nothing better than helping people catch their 1st fish or putting someone onto a target species trophy fish.
Our 32ft custom game boat ‘Reel Work’ is a fisherman’s heaven! The vessel is fast, super maneuverable and will get you to the reef in comfort allowing more time to fish. With a full size toilet, hot water shower and sleeping onboard for 4 (+ 2 crew) Reel Work is also ideal for overnight charters. Powered by Cummins Turbo charger diesel engines she has a comfortable cruise speed of 22knts. Reel Work is in 2c survey for 8 passengers and 2 crew or 2d survey for 12 + 2. The layout is express style with a lower central helm with lounge seating on both port and starboard sides. There is also another driving station in the upper tower. She is fitted out with up to date Furuno and Raymarine electronics including 2 GPS plotters 3 fishfinders/sounders and a radar. We carry enough fuel and water for at least 4 days at sea and there is an ample sized bait freezer for extended trips. The aft deck can have either the heavy tackle chair fitted or the light tackle station; there is also a full size outward opening transom door to pull in the big ones! With her great manoeuvrability, chasing down marlin or GT's around the reef is a breeze. Visit our Gallery to view more 'Reel work' pics.