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Boat Directory: South East Queensland 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:

  • Sunshine Coast, or;
  • Brisbane, or;
  • Gold Coast

Australian Fishing Expeditions

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Capt. Laurie WrightWork Phone: 07 4095-2260Website: Visit Website

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.

Beluga Expeditions

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Website: Visit the website

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

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.


  • 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

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.

Kaizen Sport Fishing Charters

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Capt. Russell CaphornWork Phone: 07 5478 3502Cell Phone: 0417 657 167Website: Visit Website

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.

Mistress Sportfishing Charters

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Capt. Brett AltyWork Phone: 0417 766 734Website: Visit Website

Mistress is a 50 foot custom designed charter boat specifically designed for extended day overnight big game fishing charters  – fishing Australia’s Gold Coast and Fraser Island.

Mistress and her crew are proven fish raisers and tournament winners. No compromise was made in her construction and layout to ensure she is one of the ultimate machines to chase marlin, period.

Mistress uses the best available tackle and electronics to put you on to the fish of a lifetime and ensure you have the best opportunity of capturing marlin with ease.

We record all the action from our mounted cameras to leave you lifetime memories of your trip. Come fish with us for an experience you will not forget.

Mufasa Sport Fishing

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Capt. Glanville HeydenrychCell Phone: 0404 157 103Cell Phone: 0433 318 242Website: Visit the website

Not just another sport fishing operation on the Gold Coast.

The Mufasa is based out of the Gold Coast in SE Queensland and the focus is primarily game and marlin fishing, Gold Coast is one of the most under rated marlin fishing destinations in the world with good numbers of juvenile Black Marlin ranging from 20-100kg from November through to March.

The Blue Marlin fishing off the Gold Coast is all year round with the best month being from October-June with the ultimate months being March, April, May.

During our off season we do a variety of fishing from Blue Marlin fishing, general reef fishing, deep dropping and yellowfin tuna.

We do this for the love of it and that’s why we all on the water, we are into helping our clients and helping them understand the hows and whys of what we do on any given day.

One thing is for sure if there is a fish to be caught you can rest assured we will find it and we will catch it!

We put huge amount of effort into making sure we are in the best possible spot at the right time no expense spared. We try make the whole event and over all experience an enjoyable day. There will no doubt be an extensive amount of laughs had and a relationship that will bring you back to experience Mufasa Sportfishing again and again.

You can be assured that every day on the water you will be looked after with a great assortment of food provided during the day as well as complimentary drinks.

About Mufasa – the vessel

Mufasa is recently refit 34ft Blackwatch. fitted out with only the best and latest electronics available on the market.


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Ocean Trek ChartersWork Phone: 0428231230Website: Visit the website
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.

Tradition Charters

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Capt. Tim RichardsonWork Phone: 0427 758 768Website: Visit Website

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.

Zulu Game Fishing

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Capt. Casey DentWork Phone: 0413 996 696Website: Visit the websiteWebsite: Sistership Levante

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.