OBrien Boats

Boat Directory: Central QLD / Fraser Island Operators

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.

This page shows a list of operators who offer marlin and game fishing charters out of:

  • Central Queensland, or;
  • Fraser Island

Beluga Expeditions

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Beluga is a 34.7M custom built Moonen explorer-style motor yacht built in 2006 and last refitted 2011. She was built as a go-anywhere yacht with a robust elegant style, a wide beam, and therefore unusually large volume for her length.

Beluga, being an explorer displacement yacht, is equipped with an ultra-modern stabilisation system which reduces roll motion effect and results in a smoother more enjoyable cruising experience.

Beluga is built to comply to MCA and Lloyds Register standards. She has a cruising speed of 10 knots, max speed of 13.50 knots and a range of 4500.00nm from her 45,000.00l supply.

Beluga’s interior layout sleeps up to 12 guests in 5 staterooms, including a master suite, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins and 2 pullman beds. She normally typically carries up to 6 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. Timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating feature throughout her living areas to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere.

Beluga comprises of four impressive decks, providing privacy and numerous dining and lounging options. See the website for details.

Emerald Lady

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Work Phone: 0437 765 012Website: Visit the website
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EMERAL LADY can be chartered in the majestic Great Barrier Reef and surrounding areas on Australia’s north east coast or anywhere in the South Pacific.

The iconic Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. It offers hundreds of picturesque tropical islands and world famous beaches.

You can enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, helicopter tours, kayaking, standup paddle boards, waterskis, swimming and many other activities at any time you wish as the yacht carry all those equipment for you.

VESSEL INFORMATION

  • 45 guests
  • 4 cabins
  • 8 guest overnight capacity
  • Cabin configuration 1 Master 1 King 2 Twin

Hotshot Fishing Charters

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Capt. Craig “Sparra” DenhamCell Phone: 0477111767Website: Visit Website
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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.

On Site Game Fishing

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Capt. Daniel KleinWork Phone: 0400910684Website: Visit the website
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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.

Sea Fever (Reel Easy)

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Capt. Ashley MatthewsWork Phone: 07 4948 2798Cell Phone: 0427 524 975Website: Visit the website
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Our boat “Reel Easy” is a purpose built 40 foot O’Brien flybridge gamefisher and is perfect for small groups to fish and live aboard on the Great Barrier Reef. She is powered by twin Cummins QSB 425hp turbo diesel engines which makes her fast and manoeuvrable.

“Reel Easy” also has a “Tuna Tower” with a driving station making her great for spotting schools of baitfish, billfish and navigating around the reef. “Reel Easy” has ample accommodation for 4 guests and 2 crew and enough fridge/freezer room for supplies for long trips and also keeping any edible fish chilled for the trip. Fitted out with a suite of furuno and raymarine electronics on the bridge and tower and all shimano and live fibre gear on the deck to ensure you have the best chance on catching a trophy fish. We carry enough fresh water to get through the long trips (hot and cold water) and all cooking and cleaning requirements.

We offer live aboard trips in October-November Cairns/Cooktown/Lizard Island for giant black marlin. Mother shipping is also available.

The rest of the year available ex-Whitsundays.

  • Full day reef trips
  • Overnight or extended trips
  • Specialised GT trips
  • Bugatti reefs
  • Sportfishing, reef fishing and light tackle for marlin, sailfish, mackerels, tunas etc

South Pacific II

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Rob SigantoWork Phone: 0417275799Website: Visit the website
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South Pacific II is one of Queensland’s most famous and favourite classic ocean going timber vessel. Built in 1964 by esteemed Brisbane shipwright Norman R. Wright & Sons the 72ft iconic vessel is steeped in history.

In 2017, South Pacific 2 underwent a major refit on all decks, galley and engine room providing it with all the modern features while remaining its unique character. With capacity for up to 8 guests, mother shipping includes a skipper, chef and hostess with pricing starting from $4,500 per day.

Each year she will follow the rough itinerary below:

  • July and August, South Pacific II will operate in the Whitsundays.
  • September, she heads to Lizard Island where she will run as a mothership up until late October operating around the Ribbons and Jewell Reef.
  • November she heads to Lockhart River to mothership around the Bligh Reef area before returning to her Brisbane base in late December.

Vessel specifications:

  • Major fitout in 2017 to replace the galley, replace all beech decking with new and opening of the aft deck area by reducing the head height of the aft cabin.
  • 72 feet (22 metres)
  • Equipped with stabilisers and steadying foresail for offshore comfort
  • Four air conditioned cabins and 3 bathrooms
  • Central galley and dining saloon with seating for 10 guests
  • Spacious upper and lower decks
  • Large swim platform with boarding ladder
  • Flat screen TV, video, surround sound stereo
  • Soundproofed engines with 240 volt generators,
  • Water maker, ice maker, extensive refrigeration and freezer capacity and serviced by computerised electronics