Good catch for local family taking over Out N About Sportfishing


Jeremy Lebeuf

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Paul, Samantha, and Ashleigh Ernest are the new owners of Out N About Sportfishing. Image: Supplied.
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Paul and Ashleigh Ernest have always had an affinity for the water – from finding love a float to circumnavigating the seas of Australia - so to dedicate their passion as the new owners of Out N About Sportfishing was an easy decision.

Avid about fishing their whole lives, co-owner Ashleigh Ernest said when the opportunity to buy Out N About Sportfishing came up it was a good fit for their family.

“We are proud to be the new owners of Out N About Sportfishing in Port Douglas, we have called Port home for over ten years and we are excited about our latest venture,” said Ashleigh.

Along with their 16-month-old daughter Samantha, the young family is thrilled about the endless opportunities and adventures that come with owning two fishing charter boats.

When the rod starts dancing and the pull is on you can rest assure that you are being coached by true professional guides for positive results - Paul and Ashleigh are elated to be keeping on the long-term skippers who are in the know of where and when the fish are biting. 

The crew are quick to spin some great tales while supplying all the gear and advice necessary to reel in prize catches while cruising in comfortable modern fishing boats.

It’s always a nice catch in Port Douglas, Paul and Ashleigh’s enthusiasm for fishing and the great outdoors is what they hope to share with every single guest.

Regardless if you are fishing for the first time or you are a seasoned angler - they strive to give each guest the experience of a lifetime and want you to come back and fish with them again! Their goal is to have you come as their guest and leave as their friends.

“Opportunities range from shared day trips, half days, to all-inclusive private charters with options up the estuary or out to the reef providing great fishing all year round.

“There are no two days the same out on the water, every day is as exciting as the day before.

“We can provide our guests with an outing that they will remember forever,” said Ashleigh.

Out N About Sportfishing is the perfect opportunity to leave the crowds and step into the natural paradise of Port Douglas - there's no better place for any boating and fishing enthusiasts than Port Douglas with its stunning coastline and endless fishing, it’s a wonderful way to spend time outdoors, make memories with friends and family, get children involved in a healthy fun activity.

Ashleigh said it is an affordable outing with a focus on family friendly service and safety. You will never have a better time with your children than when you see their pride and joy when a fish is on the line.

Being on the water provides an excellent opportunity to teach kids about the environment, boating, fishing and safety skills.

During this time, you will not only be teaching them lifelong skills, but will be sharing family stories and childhood experience.

“Our daughter Sam has been camping and boating since she was six weeks old, she had her sea legs before she could walk.

“The more you can get children involved in outdoor activities the better,” said Ashleigh.

To get hooked on the some “Reel Therapy” you can contact Ashleigh and Paul on 0409 204 985, or visit   

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