A new fishing charter business has launched in Bundaberg Region waters, with experienced fisherman Luke Truant announcing the opening of Truansea Charters.
In the past two weeks since it went live, Luke said he had about 3500 views on the Truansea Charters website.
“Without advertising at all, that’s just people typing in Bundaberg fishing charter,” Luke said.
“Just the interest we’ve had so far is outrageous really, I’m getting 15 to 20 phone calls a day.
“There’s currently nobody in Bundaberg offering reef-fishing day charters.
“There is a massive need for it and it’s something that I’m well versed to pick up the slack with.”
As a local Luke’s spent plenty of time fishing, in fact he has been fishing in about 16 different countries.
But Luke said he always returned to the Bundaberg Region, garnering more than 20 years of experience fishing locally.
“Being born in Bundaberg I spent a lot of time fishing out of Bundaberg,” Luke said.
“Fishing from Bundy is really exciting in that we get fish that you find in more southern waters – really big snapper for instance – but we also get the northern species – like Spanish Mackerel – all the fish you associate with warm water.
“The fishing locally is as good as I’ve experienced anywhere in the world.”
He’s not new to running fishing charters either, with experience from Mission Beach and Brampton and Dunk Islands.
“Fishing has been a big part of my life.
“I’ve been a professional mariner for my entire adult life, quite a deal of that I have taken people fishing with me.”
Luke launches Truansea Charters
Luke said he was looking forward to working from his new office.
“I’m pretty excited about being able to offer charters.
“It’s something that I’ve done before and I love it.”
Now Luke is ready to share his years of experience and local expertise through Truansea Charters.
The business strives to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience fishing on the exclusive boat with a maximum of 6 fishers.
“Yesterday was the first charter and it was an awesome day,” he said.
“The guests were ecstatic when they left the boat and they were excited to be the first clients out of Bundaberg.
“That was a first for most people in the boat!”
“One of the gentlemen owns a fishing tackle shop down in Victoria.
The group caught 15 different species of fish and even hooked a massive squid on a gaff.
“To get the positive comments out of a tackle shop owner I feel like I’m doing something right!”
Luke said he hoped his business would complement the other tours currently being offered from the Burnett Heads marina including diving, snorkelling and whale watching experiences to increase the length of stay for visitors.
“If we can work together and increase bed nights locally then even better.”
Luke is also the owner of the successful Seafood Smokery which he said was jumping ahead in leaps and bounds.
For anyone interested in heading out on a Truansea Charters trip Luke encouraged them to consider booking with a window of time in mind to avoid disappointment as weather conditions may delay a trip for a day or two.
For more information head to truansea.com.au.