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

Abel Tasman III

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Work Phone: +61 7 5526 4144Website: Visit the website

Abel Tasman III is a luxury 75ft Salthouse motor sailor. This unique vessel offers the ultimate charter experience by allowing guests to cruise to their destination with the reliability of twin diesel motors or the peacefulness and tranquility offered by being under sail.

Experience nature in its purest form, crystal clear waters and beautiful blue skies that seem to go on forever. Enjoy the complete outdoors with the breezes and the sun or retreat to the air-conditioned comfort of the main saloon, truly the best of both worlds in so many ways.

This elegant charter vessel features a luxurious master stateroom with spacious ensuite bathroom and jacuzzi, and a twin berth cabin with ensuite, both privately located aft of the main saloon. There is also a double berth guest cabin with ensuite located forward of the main saloon catering for up to 6 guests in 3 separate cabins.

The huge outdoor aft deck is perfect for cocktail parties and the massive main saloon features a panoramic ocean view through large windows.

Whether planning a special occasion, looking for the ultimate family holiday, creating the perfect dive charter, or just want an exclusive getaway for the weekend, then Abel Tasman III is your perfect luxury charter vessel. Imagine the peace and serenity of an intimate honeymoon for two or the diving adventure of a lifetime with some of your closest friends.

Abel Tasman III is supplied with a professional captain and dedicated crew, so you can spend your time doing as much or as little as you like, knowing that an experienced team can either show you the ropes or just help you to relax by looking after all the finer details.

Aukai (Australian Sport Fishing)

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Capt. Brent JamesWork Phone: 0404 714 581Website: Visit the website

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

Beluga Expeditions

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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.

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.

KEKOA Sport Fishing & Personalised Charters

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Capt. Luke FallonWork Phone: 0428 789 840Website: Visit Website

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.

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.

On Site Game Fishing

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

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

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

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