Fishing Charters Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Port Stephens, Bermagui, Exmouth and more
Thinking of fishing this fabulous fishery? The Black Marlin Fishing Blog – Fishing Charters – Boat Directory is an alphabetical listing of the professional fleet who also contribute reports to this blog. If you have any interest in fishing with any one of the amazing boats, please use the links below to visit each boat’s website directly.
Many of these boat provide fishing charters in Cairns during the heavy tackle Cairns marlin season. Many also work year-round in other busy fishing ports across the country. Please click below for a geographical listing per location or visit each boat’s website directly for more information about the various fishing charter options they offer.
- Cairns / Port Douglas
- Central QLD / Fraser Island
- South East Queensland (Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Brisbane)
- Port Stephens / Sydney
- Bermagui / Merimbula
- Western Australia
You can also read more about the very experienced captains that run these boats in the Black Marlin Fishing Blog Captains Directory.
If you would like your boat included in the directory, please contact me.
Askari is the latest and most advanced custom Assegai to come from Barry Martin’s shed on the Gold Coast.
The Assegai hull form has become synonymous with fishing and charter operations out of Cairns. Assegai’s are renown for their speed, sea keeping qualities and soft, dry ride in the punishing trade wind conditions outside the Ribbon Reefs.
Her strength is derived from her female molded Western Red Cedar strip plank construction. This technique requires skill and is labour intensive but provides the lightest and strongest hull required for constant offshore work. A unique design feature is the convex and slightly raised transom which means she can back down hard in rough sea safely. She is fitted out with state of the art electronics and equipment including sonar, watermakes, icemakers, livebait tanks, tuna tubes, twin Gensets, disco lights and 1015hp Caterpillar C18′s.
Australian Fishing Expeditions
Captain Laurie & Julie Wright and have been ‘hooked up’ and organising sport fishing charters on the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia for over 20 years. Their team work and dedication has come about through their love of the region and its fishing potential.
Having both fished and traveled the world for many years they understand what all avid anglers desire to make their experience that “fishing trip of a life time”.
Australian Fishing Expeditions is a luxury fishing charter company with the finest, modern sportsfishing boats and luxury motherships, operated by professional captains and crew available. This style of fishing expedition allows the avid angler the freedom to roam the 150 nautical miles expanse of reef system where the continental shelf abuts the outer Barrier reefs from Cairns to Lizard Island. This is the ultimate game fishing experience and is available for those purist big fish anglers, and is the best way to enjoy your angling adventure.
Big Fish Adventures
*best contact via telephone.
Haydon Bell grew up with the Great Barrier Reef as his playground. He has more than 25 years experience in the sport and gamefishing industry and is one of Australia’s top light and heavy tackle skippers.
At the wheel of “RELEASE”, Hayden is world-renowned as a big black marlin specialist. Many of his clients have entered the elite 1000lb + club, while fishing with him, one of the top rated tag Captain’s of the Cairns heavy tackle black marlin fleet.
Big Fish Down Under
The Worlds absolute very Best Giant Black Marlin Fishing is between Cairns and Lizard Island. Fishing for your ‘Grander (1000lb+) Black Marlin is most enjoyable with’ BIG FISH DOWN UNDER’ aboard ‘Moana III’, 47ft Luxury Private Charter Boat, are permanently based in Cairns Queensland, Australia.
Moana III, Cairns’ finest fishing charter vessel, custom built specifically for extended live-onboard Black Marlin fishing between Cairns and Lizard Island with an open permit to operate in waters up to 200NM from the coastline. From Townsville in the south, along the Great Barrier Reef and continental shelf, the Ribbon Reefs of the Coral Sea, Cairns, Lizard Island and Cooktown to the north and beyond.
That allows for the best Black Marlin Fishing Charters, luxury day cruising to unique locations or scuba diving and snorkeling in brilliant pristine locations on the Great Barrier Reef. The Cairns region has long been recognised as the Giant Black Marlin Fishing Capital of the World and so attracts anglers from around the world that want that ultimate game fishing adventure.
Black Magic (Far North Sportfishing)
Black Magic is available for sole charter from Port Douglas year-round for day and liveaboard trips both light and heavy tackle.
The fishing North of Port Douglas on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is like nowhere else on the planet. Whether your passion is popping, jigging, trolling, fly or reef fishing, Black Magic has it covered. Expect Giant and Juvenile Black Marlin action, Sailfish, Tuna, Giant Trevally, Spanish
Mackerel, Red Emperor and many other trophy species. FNSF only use top-of-the-range equipment from custom built rods to the very best in Shimano and Penn reels.
The Full Package
Choose between a bespoke day charter or an extended voyage out on the Reef for two or three nights. Black Magic can also be combined with FNSF’s own luxury 70 foot mothership Blue Martini for tournament fishing or your own bespoke adventure.
With its own private chef, on-board hostess and the accompanying professionally guided 20’ centre consoles, the Blue Martini mothership package makes for an unforgettable on the water experience.
Blue Lightning Fishing Charters
Offering experience-of-a-lifetime fishing trips to the Montebello Islands and Abrolhos Islands off the remote Western Australian coastline.
The Blue Lightning Fleet includes:
- Blue Lightning 111 – a 55ft Conquest charter vessel powered by a V10 820 Doosan engine.
- Heart Starter – a 26ft Boston Whaler
- Reely Black – our new addition, a 2005 Black Watch 40 with tuna tower.
Skipper Chad Mills has been in the charter industry all his life. Blue Lightning offers live aboard charters to the Abrolhos and Montebello Islands as well as day trips off Mandurah.
Bounty Hunter Cairns
Greg & Michelle Sims have been involved in Fishing Charters and Sports fishing on the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns for the last 12 years. Bounty Hunter is a Cairns locally run vessel, owned by Cairns SIM Trans, who specialise in Diesel Engines & Transmission repairs. Greg is Cairns born and bred and has had a passion for fishing for Black Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna and other ocean trophies since the time he could walk. Bounty Hunter has a dedicated team who support the passion and love of marlin fishing, keeping her the pride of their fleet.
Bounty Hunter is a custom built 42ft Vindex designed vessel, built in Queensland with the thrill of fishing in mind. From 2010 – 2012 she has under gone extensive refitting to accommodate the pleasures of Black Marlin fishing. Bounty Hunter has a practical fishing layout while still achieving angler comforts of air-conditioning and direct angling action with an open rear bulk head.
Due to the size of Bounty Hunter, she is the perfect day trip Outer Barrier Reef fishing vessel, yet combined with her power, speed and manoeuvrability she is perfect for extended Black Marlin Live aboard charters. For the ultimate Giant Black Marlin fishing adventure, Bounty Hunter teams up well with any size mother ship, giving you the fishing trip of a life time on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Calypso (Marlin Fishing Australia)
The Calypso was built in 1997 by O’Brien Boats in Townsville. A family business just like Calypso Fishing Adventures Peter and his son Leigh saw the need for a purpose built sportfishing vessel, able to handle the rugged oceans along Australia’s east coast.
With the construction of the Calypso, Peter and Leigh got it right. Twin 500hp NEW YANMAR engines and a 12Kva Genset, water maker, brine tanks, live wells
Sleeping for 7, Marlin Tower and all necessary electronics to get the job done.
An open rear bulkhead layout puts you right in the action when laying on the sofas inside ac comfort.
Since 1997 Captain Tim has maintained the vessel to the highest standards The accommodation on board is ample for upto four guests liveaboard and upto 6 anglers for a day trip marlin fishing day in Port Stephens. Rest assured you will realise your every need is catered for onboard when marlin fishing on the Calypso.
The 47 foot Obrien Castille IIIis powered by twin Cummins QSM11 engines rated @ 660 BHP cruises at 26 knots with a top speed of 31 knots. It is extrememly fast and travelling times are short, therefore your fishing time is longer. Our hull is very efficient which gives our guests a very soft ride.
Castille III and its crew cater for all kinds of sports fishing and personalized charters from Lizard Island, Cooktown, Cairns and Townsville in North Queensland to the Gold Coast and Port Stephens in the south.
Our team is dedicated to traveling long distances to fish in the best locations at the best time’s of the year and have over 30 years experience charter fishing. Castille III would love to show you and you friends the ultimate charter experience.
Hellraiser 2 – Cairns Black Marlin Charters
Steve and Sue Ahlers own and operate Cairns Black Marlin Charters. Steve is born and bred in North Queensland with more than 20 years experience fishing the Great barrier Reef and the Gulf of Carpentaria and has been involved on many winning teams, whether angling, crewing or skippering, and competed in the Offshore I.G.F.A. World Championship in Mexico in May2010 . Sue won champion female angler in the prestigious Lizard Island Game Fishing Tournament 2010.
Hellraiser 2 is 43′ O’Brien game boat, manufactured in Townsville by legendary boat builder, Peter O’Brien’ specifically built to handle the conditions of the Great Barrier Reef doing extended charters. She is a comfortable, modern, fully air conditioned fly bridge cruiser and is powered by twin 450hp Cummins.
Hotshot Fishing Charters
Hot Shot is a 43ft O’Brien Sports Fisher. O’Brien Boats are world renowned for sea handling capabilities with a dry and very stable ride.
She was specifically built for live-aboard charters and is very comfortable; Client Accommodation forward – is four V berths and a Master Cabin Inc double berth. With 2 air conditioners, one unit supplying sleeping areas and second running saloon.
2 bathrooms, both including toilets and showers, water maker (Desalinate), and entertainment system including Blue ray DVD and ipod compatible music system, all add to angler comfort.
Iona Game Fishing Charters
Iona Game Fishing Australia offers the optimum in fishing charters in Australia from as far north as Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, following the migrating marlin along the East Coast of Australia to as far south as Port Stephens and Newcastle.
Our 2 world recognised game boats and world class Captain’s with 20 years combined experience will make your fishing charter in Australia a life time dream to remember!
The Iona is a 43ft O’Brien complete with tuna tower and powered by twin 450hp Cummins motors, designed and built for game fishing charters with manoeuvrability and stability capabilities a major factor in mind for all sea conditions. The Iona II is a 50ft Custom-built million dollar Dick Ward Sportfisher built in Cairns in 2007 to the owner, Adam Jordan’s specifications. Powered by two 450hp Cummins motors she was specifically built for live-aboard charters and to specialise in marlin fishing, big game fishing, sports fishing, light tackle and reef/bottom fishing.
Kaizen Sport Fishing Charters
Join the crew on our state of the art vessel for the gamefishing and sportfishing adventure of your life. Our experienced skipper, Russell Caporn has a lifetime of experience finding trophy class fish and Tournament and Record fishing are specialties.
Our boat is a 52 foot Kaizen luxury hand built fishing and cruising vessel. It utilizes state of the art technology and arguably the newest and best set up in the country and is set up for overnight or extended charter sleeping 8 comfortably.
Kaizen is fully air conditioned with all the “mod cons” including a fully equipped galley, laundry and entertainment centre and is also equipped with the best light and heavy tackle rods and reels. All tackle and bait are provided. Food and drinks may be provided at the client’s discretion.
Launced in 2009, Kalira has been built to go the distance and battle the conditions when finding the grander black marlin, enjoying the remote locations of sport fishing or simply cruising the Great Barrier Reef for that snorkeling experience.
The comfort and ride of the Maritimo 500 has to be experienced to be believed and Kalira is the finest example of the new 500.
KEKOA Sport Fishing & Personalised Charters
KEKOA, a 56 foot O’Brien, custom built for game fishing in North Queensland waters, was launched in March 2010. KEKOA is a 56 foot O’Brien Boat custom built for the Cairns marlin fishing season. She integrates luxury, quality and comfort to cater for all your individual charter experiences.
KEKOA offers packages at all prime light/heavy tackle destinations on the East Coast of Queensland including Giant Black Marlin Fishing off Cairns, Lizard Island & Cooktown as well as light tackle marlin fishing off Townsville.
KEKOA’s skipper Captain Luke Fallon is a 28 year veteran of the Cairns marlin season.
Levante Fishing Charters
Levante is fully equipped for live on-board fishing charters. Two cabins provide overnight accommodation for up to 6 guests with 1 double and 4 single berths. Complete with air-conditioning, ample refrigeration, water- and icemakers, fully equipped galley and Wi-Fi internet (depending on location).
(Sistership Zulu is also listed here.)
Levante is a 44.5 ft fly bridge cruiser. She was custom built on Queenslands Gold Coast by Assegai Marine, renowned for building Australias finest sports fishing boats.
A full range of rods and reels and matching terminal tackle is provided ranging from 15kg 60kg (including fighting chair) to suit the targeted species of fish. Finding the fish is aided by a state of the art electronics package installed in 2012, which includes a CHIRP sounder and searchlight sonar. Four deck cameras, and an underwater tow camera are connected to digital recorders to capture the action.
Little Audrey is a 76ft Warren Yacht we call the fishing theater. This is a lean, luxury fast fishing machine. It includes superior and uncompromising comfort and style.
One of the first things you will notice as you step aboard Little Audrey is the attention to detail on this outstanding craft. The fishing chair and fishing equipment reflect the owners “no compromise” mind set clearly the best money can buy!
Fishing tackle is the best available ranging from 12 to 120 lb test. The split-level cockpit features dual in-transom bait tanks, huge fish hold, BBQ and added seating outside, allowing everybody aboard to be part of the action, and still be comfortable.
Marlin 4 Miles
Capt. Chris “Sharky” Miles has worked his way up through the ranks to become well known in the industry for his fishing abilities and consistencies, and has great expectations of continuing the same for many more years to come.
Sharky has driven game boats varying in size from 44’ to 65’ that are all fully equipped with the creature comforts for up to four persons that may be required at sea. Living aboard permits the boat to fish later and extends flexibility and mobility in chasing the fish to different parts of the reef reducing travel time is also an advantage and anchoring in the protected waters behind the reef at night gives anglers a prospective early morning swim and or snorkel.
Explore some of the most beautiful and remote locations on earth from a position of uncompromising comfort
MV Mustique is a superbly appointed 110 ft luxury motor yacht available for Mother Shipping or private charter. She has earned her outstanding reputation for highly personalised and exclusive service while exploring the most sought after and remote destinations around Australia and the Pacific.
Mustique’s features and facilities are second to none, and on board dining and accommodation are guaranteed to please the most discerning guest.
If it’s a superb mother ship you’re looking for look no further – you will find everything you need and more aboard Mustique.
On Site Game Fishing
On Site is a luxury, high speed charter vessel available for charter on Australia’s East Coast. From Sydney to the beautiful waterways of Port Stephens and the Great Barrier Reef including the Whitsunday Islands, Port Douglas, and Lizard Island.
With a top speed of 36 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots she is the perfect vessel for cruising. Capable of sleeping up to 8 persons with a Master cabin with double bed and ensuite, a Guest cabin with double bed and ensuite, plus 2 x 2 single cabins with bunks and adjoining bathroom.
Specialising in private charters anywhere on Australia’s east coast On Site is a full surveyed vessel, and is equipped with all the latest electronics. State of the art GPS, radar, fish finder, sonar, sounder, VHF & HF radio, 22kva Genset producing AC & DC, water capacity 1,000L & desalinator, fuel capacity 6,000L.
On Site offers the ultimate in heavy game fishing, light game fishing, reef fishing, leisurely cruising and snorkeling or diving. Whatever your level of expertise or confidence our crew is trained to introduce you to a whole new magical world.
Reel Chase Charters (Amoukura & The Joker)
The fishing fleet features the 57ft Amokura Assegai and the 36ft The Joker Blackwatch vessels.
We have an experienced and dedicated team to make your Great Barrier Reef experience a trip to remember whether it be game fishing, snorkelling, diving and adventure cruising. Our two luxury vessels offer the perfect platform for a day filled of adventure and life long memories.
Skippered by Brett Goetze, Reel Chase Charters offers Light and Heavy Tackle fishing whether it be targeting the mighty Black Marlin, popper fishing for monster Giant Trevally or chasing down many of the pelagic species which roam the Great Barrier Reef.
Ross Finlayson Marlin Charters (Top Shot)
Ross Finlayson, one of Australia’s leading marlin and sportfishing captains, with more than 25 years professional game fishing experience, provides exclusive marlin and game fishing charters directly from Cairns year round on the Great Barrier Reef for anglers from all over the world.
Ross operates Top Shot, an O’Brien designed game boat and 43 foot fly bridge cruiser, repowered in July 2011 with twin 500 HP Yanmar engines.
About Top Shot
With a top speed of 30 knots and cruise speed of 22 knots, she is known for her excellent sea handling capabilities. Providing a dry, stable ride, she sets a benchmark for craft in her class. A fine fishing platform, with a wide, spacious, uncluttered cockpit area allowing ample room for anglers and deckhands.
Electronic fit out is extensive and includes 2 radios, radar and 2 navigation systems for pin point accuracy on fishing grounds. Twin Furuno sounders with dual frequency and sea temperature sensors provide state of the art fish-finding capability.
The air conditioned cabin and saloon plan, affords anglers indoor comfort. A complete view from the saloon invites instant response to any action in the cockpit.
Accommodation forward is four V berths with the lower V forming a double berth, when necessary. The forward cabin also includes an additional double berth and single berth. The saloon has table and surround lounge seating on the port side with another lounge on the starboard side. Separate toilet and shower are housed in the cabin.
Saltaire is a classic 34ft blue water quarter-horse vessel and has witnessed some of the most exciting fishing to be experienced on The Great Barrier Reef and also beyond to the vast reaches of the untamed waters of Papua New Guinea.
Based in Port Douglas, Saltaire is available for Heavy Tackle Black Marlin fishing, Light Tackle Marlin and game fishing,Jigging, Reef Fishing and personalised charters including adventure cruising, snorkelling and diving.
It is a Dick Ward custom made vessel built specifically for the Great Barrier Reef conditions and is beautifully designed for daily and extended trips.
With comfort, speed and great service on your side you will be amongst the serious action on offer whether it be pursuing Giant Black marlin,Giant Trevally,Jigging, pelagic species or classic reef fish.
Saltaire is a well-oiled operation equipped with all the bells and whistles, and prides itself on the reputation it has built.
Shikari (Big Game – Dive | Fish | Film)
The legendary Shikari is a custom built 40ft (12m) vindex. This well known vessel is a Cairns favourite that has won many fishing tournaments and associated with multiple world records. This design gives superior stability in all weather conditions and is a fast and comfortable ride out to the reef. Built to 2C survey, she can accommodate 10 passengers.
She has a tuna tower for spotting bait fish and birds, with the help of our recently new electronics. The open cockpit design delivers superior angler comfort and provides direct contact with all the action.
Shikari is also equipped with an array of quality fishing tackle. Heavy tackle marlin gear is Penn 130 2-speeds and custom built bent butt rods. Light tackle gear includes TLD Shimano overheads and Daiwa Saltiga spinning outfits. We can accommodate the extensive variety of fishing the reef has to offer, depending on what you want to catch!
The huge spacious back deck is ideal for scuba diving charters. Shikari is fitted with all dive and safety equipment.
Built in 2000 by Dick Ward of Cairns Boat Builders in Cairns, she is the latest in a long line of famous boats including, the original Kanahoee, the new Kanahoee, and TRADITION CHARTERS latest boat, built as Desperado.
Captain Tim Richardsons’ passion for purpose built custom boats, has led him to now own this beautiful game fishing boat. Tradition is kept in the finest condition of any boat in the country by Capt Tim and his professional crew.
Tradition is 49 feet in length and was designed and built for one purpose – to catch 1000lb black marlin with no compromise in design or construction. This means a comfortable boat for clients and the crew to fish and relax while maintaining levels of fishing performance without equal. This nimbleness and comfort makes Tradition a great platform for all types of sportfishing.
Watchdog Fishing Charters
Based in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Watchdog is a state of the art, custom built, 40ft Black Watch. With twin 540hp Cummins diesel engines powering her, you can spend more time fishing and less time travelling.
Other features include air conditioning throughout, TV, DVD and an entertainment system. Watchdog has a state of the art electronics and navigational system, generator and desalination plant, making life aboard comfortable and luxurious.
Our professional crew have extensive knowledge of the ocean and fishing grounds offshore South East QLD. Whether you are trolling for Marlin or fishing for Snapper, Kingfish and mixed Reef Fish, all top quality equipment is provided.
We provide both top quality Shimano reels with braid and Shimano, Wilson rods for Reef Fishing. During the Marlin/pelagic season, top of the range heavy and light tackle outfits and a Reelax fighting chair are offered to cater for all fishing conditions.
Full or extended day reef fishing charters, with the option to combine or switch to a light or heavy tackle Marlin charter, are available for up to eight anglers. For the extreme angler/s, ask our crew about our live aboard packages for up to four anglers in our spacious, air conditioned bedrooms.
Complimentary morning tea, lunch, drinks and snacks are included in all charter packages (alcohol excluded).
Zulu Game Fishing
Zulu is a 54ft Assegai, custom built game fishing vessel which was launched late 2014, and released for charter in 2015.Zulu is the most technologically advanced game boat to hit the waters of Australia thus far.
(Sistership Levante is also listed here)
She boasts a Seakeeper gyro, Furuno omni-directional sonar, three wetfaced keel mounted transducers connected to the new Furuno chirp sounder system as well a Furuno 1150 sounder with a widebeam transducer.
No fish is safe from Zulu!
Zulu Game fishing Charters operates primarily out of North Queensland in Australia.
Tropical Port Douglas is our home base, however we travel down the east coast of Queensland and seasonally all the way down to Port Stephens in New South Wales to follow fish migrations and ensure you are targeting the densest fishing grounds.
Queensland is home to some amazing waters which flourish with fish species and is a popular destination for anglers from all over the world. Townsville, Innisfail and along the coastline up to Cairns, Port Douglas and Cooktown are a focus for Zulu Gamefishing Charters from September through till December when the Black Marlin and Sailfish species migrate to spawn.
Light tackle and heavy tackle game fishing are our focus for keen anglers during this period and Far North Queensland provides one of the best series of reefs and ocean for this sport in the world.
The Black Marlin Fishing Blog began in 2005 and is the brainchild of Kelly Dalling, daughter of one well-known Australian skipper Jim Dalling and now wife of another, KEKOA’s Luke Fallon.