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:
- Cairns, or;
- Port Douglas
August 2018 launched 47″ O’Brien Boat run by Capt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon.
More to come!
Ready, Set, Adventure
Atlantic Princess is an exemplary motor yacht that delivers classic and luxurious vacations.
Looking for adventure and exploration trips to the world’s largest water bodies such as The Great Barrier Reef, the Atlantic Princess offers luxury and comfort. She caters for a wide range of personal preferences, which may include one-day out on the Gold Coast or a liveaboard adventure in tropical North Queensland.
With the Atlantic Princess as your mothership, you are guaranteed of a remarkable cruising experience after your Marlin and game fishing adventures.
As your home at sea Atlantic Princess offers a large aft deck and upper deck ideal for outdoor entertaining while enjoying a BBQ and drink after a hard days fishing.
Atlantic Princess caters for up to 8 guests overnight in 3 Staterooms each with their own ensuite offering comfort and relaxation. Equipped with deluxe natural amenities, bathrobes, slippers and individually controlled air conditioning.
Our reputation for quality and service are unsurpassed and the new owner has over 30 years experience in the boating and charter industry and along with the crew, we will continue to give our clients the best cruising experience possible.
We also host corporate events or Whitsunday Island hopping holidays. The highly valued and experienced crew are always happy to help look after everything you may desire.
Aukai (Australian Sport Fishing)
Join Captain Brent James and his fantastic crew onboard the 65 Precision ‘Aukai’.
Brent and his awesome team provide fishing charters in a variety of locations thru the year.
With a genuine passion for fishing, Brent is the Captain you want when bluewater fishing is on your mind!
Call Brent on 0404 714 581
- 65 Precision
- Full Furuno Electronics Package
- Experienced Captain & Crew
- Live Aboard & Day Charters
- Great Barrier Reef
- Fraser Island
- Lady Musgrave Island
- Gold Coast
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.
Australian Sport Fishing Charters (Wild Turkey)
Australian Sport Fishing Charters
Providing extraordinary fishing adventures in some of the most remote and pristine regions of Northern Australia.
Bluewater & Big Game Fishing
It doesn’t get any better than this! Captain Dan and the crew will take you fishing in the uninhabited, crystal blue ocean; offering Giant Black marlin fishing you can only dream about! Throughout the 2018 season, we again saw Marlin (Granders) over the 1000 lbs, with the biggest one well over 11oo lbs, an incredible year of fishing! From Lizard Island to Cooktown, Port Douglas to Cairns and everywhere in between, you will be exposed to some of the best sports fishing available in the world.
Coral Sea Reef & Bluewater Sports Fishing
Light and Heavy Tackle Game Fishing
September – December
The Wild Turkey is used for our Blue Water Season. It is 34 ft long and best suited for 4-6 people. A fully equipped game boat fit out with all of the bells and whistles as we search to capture the elusive 1000lb+ fish in the deep blue. With the latest and greatest Garmin sounders and radars to ensure your fishing experience is second to none, the Wild Turkey is an easy choice for your next billfishing charter. The Iron Lady will be used as home base so you can be rest assured a great night’s sleep in comfort after a big day of fishing.
The Iron Lady
The Iron Lady is a 65 foot luxury live aboard motor yacht – equipped with full air-conditioning, sleeping arrangements for 8 guests (3 bedrooms all with their own ensuite), a large saloon, open air deck upstairs and four tenders to cater smaller, more personalised daily fishing adventures. The Lady is used as ‘home base’ throughout the duration of your fishing charter with a gourmet chef on board, a hostess and multiple fishing guides plus Captain Dan – you couldn’t be more well looked after during your charter.
Top End Barramundi & Estuary Fishing
Let Captain Dan take you fishing in one of the world’s last true wilderness areas with vast open rivers, mangrove lined estuaries and rich coastal waters that produce some of the best sports fishing available in the world. With 10,495 fish caught last season (of which 6,169 were Barramundi), 5 of them measured over the magic metre mark, the biggest reaching a whopping 109cms!
BELUGA is an explorer-style motor yacht, custom-built by Moonen. She was built as a go-anywhere yacht with 4,000 nm range, a robust elegant style, a wide beam, and therefore unusually large volume for her length. She is based in Port Douglas, and operates as luxurious mothership hosting sports-fishing yachts and their guests on the Great Barrier Reef during the Cairns marlin season. Beluga also operates with her own fleet of sports-fishing charter yachts which are available to package together to suit a number of charter requests. Having spent numerous years operating on the GBR with an experienced team – Beluga is the ultimate choice for mixing fishing and luxe comfort.
BELUGA’s interior layout sleeps up to 10-12 guests in 5 staterooms, including a full beam master suite, 2 double ensuite cabins (with splitting wall which creates 2 single beds in each cabin), 2 twin ensuite cabins with 2 optional pull-man beds. She carries up to 7 crew on-board 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.
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.
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.
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
Corey Hard grew up fishing the reefs surrounding Bouganville Island, P.N.G. On returning to Sydney, Australia at age 10 he continued his passion for fishing from his “tinnie” around Sydney.
At 24 years of age Corey headed north to pursue his dream of catching giant black marlin out of Cairns. He gained valuable commercial experience on prawn trawlers, longliners and mackerel fishing before getting a start as game boat deckhand. The next 5 years were spent on the great boats such as Kananhoee, Desperado, Sea Baby and Viking II before going on to captain Desperado, Inya Dreams and Iona. Corey was winning captain on Mauna Kea in the Cairns Black Marlin 40th Anniversary Tournament before achieving his dream of skippering the Assegai 55 custom Askari in 2009.
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.
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.
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.
In 2018, we are pleased to offer our guests a new level of comfort from one of the most comfortable and fishable boats in the fleet with the installation of a gyro stabiliser.
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 and Fraser Island as well as light tackle marlin fishing off both Cairns and Fraser Island as well.
KEKOA’s skipper Captain Luke Fallon is a 30 year veteran of the Australian marlin industry and aside from being a great skipper who has honed his skills since starting in the industry as a crewman at age 16, is a very competent angler in his own right.
Levante Fishing Charters
LEVANTE FISHING CHARTERS
Levante is fully equipped for day trips and live on-board fishing charters. Two cabins provide overnight accommodation for up to 4 guests + crew with 1 double and 4 single berths. Complete with air-conditioning, ample refrigeration, water-maker and ice chipper and a fully equipped galley she is a comfortable and efficient vessel.
(Sistership Zulu is also listed here.)
Levante is a 44.5 ft fly bridge cruiser. She was custom built on Queensland’s Gold Coast by Assegai Marine, renowned for building Australia’s finest sports fishing boats.Levante been totally re-powered and re-fitted in 2018 and now features a Seakeeper gyro and state of the art Furuno electronics package including a searchlight sonar. A full range of rods and reels and matching terminal tackle is provided ranging from 10kg to– 60kg (including fighting chair) to suit the targeted species of fish. Levante has fished many seasons on the Great Barrier Reef and is a well known sports-fisher.
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.
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 (Bounty Hunter)
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 Bounty Hunter, an O’Brien designed game boat and 43 foot fly bridge cruiser.
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.
Sea Fever (Reel Easy)
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
Topnotch Game Fishing (Brilliant Company)
65 Precision Sports Cruiser
Prestigious Precision Performance
Brilliant Company is the flagship for Precision Cruisers. On the azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Brilliant Company’s metallic blue hull sparkles like a sapphire on the waters of the coral sea. Like a marlin, the Precision’s coloured hull changes shades hues similar to that a hungry marlin depending on which way the sun shines onto her.
The Pristine Precisions Features
Powered by twin Caterpillar V-12 diesel engines and controlled by Twin Disk Power Commander throttles, Brilliant Company is an extremely agile boat her size and nimble enough to maneuver quickly to run down any fish as fast as the angler can crank the handle. With a fuel capacity of 6000 lt, the blue hull Precision is primed for long distance passage making marlin fishing adventures and exploring new frontiers at the Great Barrier Reef. Inside the bridge houses state of the art Garmin electronics, four 17in screens have been fitted to the rock maple dash displaying radar, sonar, navigation & Garmin cameras.
Brilliant Company’s 65-foot design integrates luxury, quality and pure comfort. Guests accommodation consists of two air-conditioned & ensuite cabins. Port side cabin has three single beds & the forward V berth cabin has a double size bed. Our vessel mixes contemporary finishes with a layout that is beautifully open-planned like a house. Alike a big sunroom, the main saloon is surrounded by plenty of glass for huge ocean views filled with lots of natural light. There is a generous, six-person L-shaped lounge to the port side & a Bose surround sound entertainment system complete with Samsung television, Blu Ray DVD player, vast satellite TV & Apple TV. Fusion surround sound system that connects easily to your smart phone’s Bluetooth allowing you to enjoy your favourite music while on your charter.
Indoor/Outdoor Living At Its Finest
The huge saloon door set in a solid-stainless frame opens to the mezzanine area where the indoor living meets outdoor living at it’s finest. On the mezzanine is a plush lounge & extendable table that seats up to several guests at a time. This area is fully shaded from the tropical sun which is perfect for watching the lures in the spread while fishing or entertaining on anchor behind the GBR enjoying a cold one in hand. After a long day fishing, there’s no reason not to end your day’s fishing with a nice hot shower.
She’s Just Brilliant
In fishing terms, Brilliant Company has proven herself to be a very effective vessel for comfortable live aboard charters and with too many extras to mention, she is the ultimate sports fisher when it comes to fishing or leisure. Whether it’s a liveaboard marlin fishing adventure to the Great Barrier Reef, a full day cruise exploring the Whitsunday Islands, planning your wedding day or a celebration on the water with a sunset cruise. Brilliant Company is a versatile luxury vessel that can be chartered to suit all your needs.
Topwater Sportfishing & Billfishing Charters (Black Ops)
Sportfishing specialists, day trips or extended stay live aboard charters available – popping, jigging, casting, light tackle, heavy tackle, snorkelling aboard the 36 Blackwatch Black Ops
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 Charters
Zulu is a 54ft Assegai, custom built game fishing vessel which was launched late 2014, and released for charter in 2015. Zulu is one of the most technologically advanced game boat to hit the waters of Australia thus far and can accommodate up to 4 guests on extended live-aboard trips.
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.
Primarily based in Port Douglas, Far North Queensland – the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Zulu offers a variety of charter options all year round including reef & sports-fishing, snorkelling, diving and leisure, however we specialise in light and heavy tackle marlin fishing.
Capt Casey Dent has spent over 10 years on the GBR and runs a professional operation with a total of 4 experienced crew (Captain, wireman, deckhand and hostie/cook).
WINNER – 2018 LIZARD ISLAND BLACK MARLIN CLASSIC
WINNER – 2015 LIZARD ISLAND BLACK MARLIN CLASSIC
(Sistership Levante & Mothership Beluga also listed here )