REEF FISHING – CHARTER OPTIONS
REEF FISHING – CHARTER OPTIONS
Cairns is the closest major port to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, arguably the greatest fish attractor on earth.
Daily, all manner of craft steam out from the shelter of Trinity Inlet and descend on this wonderland of life as travelers from around the globe swim, snorkel, scuba, fish and just laze about immersed in this celebration of color and diversity that is the Great Barrier Reef – the only living thing on earth visible from space.
The food chain here is complete, with the mass of coral providing shelter and food as predator eats predator. This abundance of life provides the perfect opportunity for the visiting angler to capture some truly magnificent fish.
Reef fishing is commonly called “Bottom Bouncing” where anglers use heavy 60-100lb handline techniques to target such prized eating fish as Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Sweetlip and Nannygai. You may also drift a ganged pillie (small baitfish) for Spanish Mackerel, great light tackle sportfish and excellent on the chew as well.
This style of fishing is not for every one but gives the angler the best possible chance to land these superb fighting and tasty fish – the absolute best way to extract the prime-ating reef dwellers ……mmm! DELICIOUS. The crew will clean and pack your catch ready for the BBQ or restaurant.
REEF CHARTERS - PRICING
Full Day Share Charter
From $260 pp
Full Day Private Charter Available POA
CAIRNS REEF FISHING ex Cairns
Cairns Reef Fishing take pride in giving their passengers an enjoyable, reef and deep sea fishing charter experience aboard our large, comfortable, fully equipped, purpose built fishing vessels, Aqua Cat and Blue Whaler. We know where the fish are, and we will put you on them!.
SHARE CHARTER Price: Adult- $260 – Child (up to 14yrs)- $220
PRIVATE CHARTER Price: 9 hour $2,950 – 12 hour $3400 All-Inclusive up to 12 passengers (Extra $150 per person above 12 passengers)
We fish anywhere in a 25 nautical mile radius from Cairns depending on where the fish are biting, tide and weather conditions.
You are likely to share this trip with people from all walks of life and all around the world, from mums and dads, to girls and boys, mad keen fisherman and inquisitive tourists. It’s a great day out on the Great Barrier Reef.
Our boats have capacity to carry over 20 passengers, however, to improve your chance of a great catch on our share charters we keep passenger numbers between 6 & 12 on Blue Whaler and 6 & 14 on Aquacat !.
You don’t need to bring much of anything on our fishing charter trips, as we provide quality, well maintained fishing equipment, bottled drinking water and a delicious, full, fresh lunch of selected meats, salads, bread rolls and fresh slices fruit. We clean and ice your fish and then bag them up ready for you to take home. We can even give you some cooking tips for your catch!
Northern Conquest – Cairns
Northern Conquest Charters cater for 12 & 24 hour trips for those clients on the go and for those who simply need a fishing fix but are constrained by time. We are proud to have options suitable for most budgets. We have plenty of extended Reef Fishing options as well, check out our Extended Charters section.
Leaving the Marlin Marina in Cairns CBD, our roving permits allows our experienced skipper to take us to where the fish are biting. We generally fish around 20 nautical miles off the stunning Tropical North Queensland coast, moving between the most active fishing spots during the day.
OVERNIGHT FISHING TRIPS – $325.00PP
These are a very popular trip option due to the balance of both night and day time fishing. Typically departing between 4pm and 6pm, we will return 24 hours later. For your convenience “Sir Reel” has air conditioned cabins if a rest is required. If you have the stamina, you can most definitely opt to fish all night.
Check out Northern Conquests page for more fishing charter options.
GBR Sport Fishing offers reef and sport fishing charters out of Cairns, fishing on the great Barrier Reef for Red Emperor, Coral Trout, Giant Trevally, Nannygai, Makeral, Wahoo, Tuna, Black Marlin Dolphin Fish and much more.
This charter will have you fishing bommies, wrecks, shallow and deep water reef and rubble patches for Small and Large Mouth Nannygai, Red Emperor, Coral Trout, Trevally, Fingermark, Jobfish, Cod, Sweetlip, Spangled Emperor and various other reef fish species depending on weather conditions and time of year.
Reel Deep Charters
With Reel Deep Charters our 4 day Cairns liveaboard fishing charters cater to fishing and spearing fanatics. We’ll load you up and take you offshore to some of the best locations, you’ll ever visit. Reel Deep Charters provides the best Cairns liveaboard charters, aboard Norkat II.
Suitable for families and/or groups of friends, Reel Deep Charters can accommodate up to 12 guests per trip. You’ll be comfortably appointed aboard our vessel Norkat II which has spacious outdoor decks and a fully air-conditioned interior. This is a purpose-built fishing/spearing vessel and she is crewed by passionate, professional locals who know these waters like the backs of their hands. Reel Deep Charters is committed to providing their guests with the complete charter boat fishing experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard for one of our Cairns liveaboard fishing charters. Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s also one of the closest mainland ports, providing quick and easy access to the reef and marine wilderness of the Coral Sea beyond.
Fish Tales Fishing Charters
Enjoy a day Bluewater Fishing with Don’t Know, the trip includes inshore (close to the coast), Wrecks i.e. sunken boats, Trolling, Jigging as well as Lure Fishing & Popper Fishing with surface lures.
Private Charter $1080 + $6.50 reef tax, for up to 4 people.
Your Cairns Bluewater fishing charter can be tailored around your needs and wants plus the experience your guide equals a great day Bluewater fishing from Cairns. Vessel `Don’t Know` is a 6.3 metre Cairns Custom Craft (north wind).
Trolling for the many different Tuna species
Full Day Share Charter – including Yellow fin Tuna;
Fishing the Wrecks Cobia and Large Mouth nannygai;
Jigging for Spanish mackerel and Golden Trevally;
Fishing the headlands for Fingermark;
Bottom Bouncing for Red Emperor and Coral Trout;
Fishing the harbour leads for School & Doggie Mackerel;
Bait Fishing for Small & Large Mouth Nannygai;
Lure and Popper Fishing for GT-Trevally;
Fishing the closer inshore reef for Spangled Emperor;
Custom fitted for maximum comfort and space. Powered by the very efficient 4-stroke Suzuki 140hp to get you to your fishing locations fast and safe.
On all our charter we supply all top quality rods & reels, all bait & tackle, jigs, lure & poppers, bottles of water & tea/coffee, a delicious lunch and our experienced fishing guide. You are welcome to bring along your own fishing gear as well as sunnies, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and camera.
Bookings & Enquiries
Ring 0448 563 586 for all bookings and enquiries.
Terms And Conditions
- Share charters subject to minimum and maximum numbers
- All top quality bait, dead and live, tackle are provided.
- Light refreshments provided
- Subject to availability (seasonal conditions apply)
- Rates include 10% GST
- General Terms & Conditions apply
- All rates quoted are in Australian Dollars
MV Norseman – Port Douglas
Reef fishing from Port Douglas? Then look no further than Norseman! A custom-built reef fishing boat with the latest technology for fish finding and every modern convenience for your comfort. Norseman has ample shade, broad open deck space and a fully air-conditioned licenced saloon.
Port Douglas based MV Norseman is a fast and comfortable dedicated reef fishing vessel. Individuals, groups or corporate days can be catered for – if you want a great reef fishing adventure then Norseman is your best choice from Port Douglas.
Norseman specialises in a reef fishing adventure for all of the top quality table eating fish found in the Coral Sea. Norseman offers a daily reef fishing adventure where you can try your hand at landing some of the best fighting and eating fish the Coral Sea has to offer.
Species such as Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Sea Perch (Nannygai), Mackerel, Cobia, Trevally, Cod, Spangled Emperor and Reef Red Bream (Mangrove Jack) will be targeted whilst bottom fishing, using either handlines or rods.
Whenever possible, you can float live baits for GT’s (Giant Trevally), Spanish Mackerel, Tuna and Wahoo on a Norseman reef fishing adventure.
With over 25 years local reef fishing history, Norseman is the longest operating fishing day tour in the region.
History and local knowledge of the best reef fishing spots that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer are an invaluable asset to have
Our main target being the Giant Trevally, however, casting big poppers, high speed slugs and minnows in around green-top coral mommies you really never know what tootsie monster is going to tighten your line. We catch everything from Trevally to Trout, Spanish Mackeral, Cobia, Tuna and many more.
Among the different techniques you will find yourself trying are, popper casting, spinning, jigging (wrecks and reef), soft plastic jigging and trolling. Quality spinning combos are supplied, loaded up with 30lb and 50lb braid, all loss of lures is covered in the cost, and believe us… you will lose a couple.
All of our Bluewater Sportfishing charters include, transfers to and from your accommodation, lunch, snacks and cold drinks, all tackle and equipment (although you can bring your own if you wish), sunscreen & hat and of course the whole boat to yourself.
Heading out to the reef from Port Douglas you can expect to catch Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Small & Large Mouth Nannygai, Trevally species, Spanish Mackerel, Emperor species, Cobia, Reef Mangrove Jack, Sweetlip, Cod species and a host of others.
REEF FISHING SHARE CHARTERS
$260pp. 48ft Westcoaster. Dragon Lady
- Max. 12 passengers ensures quality service inclusive of rod/reels, handlines, lunches, soft beverage, EMC tax – no more to pay.
- Trips run from 8.30am to 4.30pm. There will be a deck hand on board to clean and bag the fish for you should you choose to keep legal catches.
- Targeted species during the course of the day can include: Coral Trout, Nannygai, Red Emperor, Trevally and Mackerel species amongst a host of others. These fish are found on the outer reef some 20 miles offshore. Locations are normally reached within 50-60 minutes of departure.
Reef Sole Charter: from $2200 (all year round)
- 34ft Vessel – max. 8 passengers Reef Fishing, Game Fishing, Snorkeling & Diving, Sand Cays & Island Lagoon visits
- 48ft Vessel – max. 17 passengers Reef Fishing, Snorkeling & Diving, Sand Cays & Island Lagoon visits
DAINTREE RIVER FISHING
Our calm water Fishing and Nature Tour targets Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Trevally and mudcrabs (when in season) whilst enjoying the wildlife and scenic beauty of the Daintree River.
The Daintree area is a Heritage Listed site, with spectacular scenery and magnificent waterways. You’ll visit the local inshore reef and wrecks of the Daintree coast. Using a mixture of live baiting, lure, fly and trolling in search of Spanish Mackerel, Tuna, Coral Trout, Nannygai and reef sharks. Maximum 6 people and dependent on weather conditions.
Cooktown Barra Charters
Cooktown Barra Charters give you the opportunity to the magnificent waters surrounding Cooktown. There is so much to offer in this spectacular part of the world. With the reef is close proximity, you’ll be hauling in muscle burners in no time. An Thomas offers so much more, including camping and hunting options.
Run by Thomas Nevins, you’ll be catching fish in no time!
River 2 Reef
Cooktown Adventure Camping
The weather in the tropics is always changing, Thomas will work with you to ensure that your party always has fun, regardless of tropical downpour, tradewinds, or impending cyclone. No two fishing charters are the same, we cater for clients who have come from the USA specifcially to target a particular species on saltwater fly rods, right through to kids that have never caught a fish before.
Cape York Peninsula Fishing – Seisa
Cape York Peninsula Fishing offers a variety of fishing opportunities. Open blue water, vast river systems, coral reefs, rocky headlands, sand flats, swamps and billabongs hold a wide number of fish species.
Charter Rates Full Day $920 Half Day $550 (Max 4pax)
Depending on the length of your fishing adventure, charters consist of fishing areas from Virlya Point (West Coast of Cape York) to Cairns Cross Islands (East Coast of Cape York). This includes all angles of fishing.
Fish Species Fish regularly caught are: Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Finger Mark, GT, Jew Fish, Mackerel, Queen Fish, Coral Trout, Cod, Bream, Spangled Emperor, Red Emperor, Cobia, Queensland Groper, Grunter, Parrot Fish, Nannygai, Tuna, Sharks and many other species.
Wild Life and Aquatic Animals During hunting your targeted fish species, various wild life and aquatic animals can be sighted. Migrating birds, Dingoes, Crocs, Wallabies, Dugongs, Turtles and assorted Rays are few of the regulars.
CY Fishing Charters – Seisa
CY Fishing Charters just happens to be located right in the middle of some of Australia’s best fishing waters. We understand that not everyone has the time for an extended fishing adventure but you would love to get a ‘taste’ of what it’s like to fish our amazing waters.
We have all the fishing gear that you need and our island chef will have prepared you a delicious lunch. If you have any of your own fishing gear that you wanted to use your more than welcome to bring your own. We believe in sustainable fishing practices where we offer you an opportunity to catch some of Australia’s best eating fish for dinner not an opportunity to fill your freezer. It is our hope that the evening of your fishing charter you will be eating a beautiful fresh fish dinner that you caught with us.
There are a number of combinations to how we can make this day work for you so please contact us to learn more.
We understand that not everyone has the time for an extended fishing adventure but a ‘taste’ is just not enough. You have been looking at the magical waters of the Cape York long enough… It is time to leave your car behind for a couple of days and let us spoil you with some of northern Australia’s best fishing and food.
Our Escape Adventure options are perfect for those looking to indeed escape the mainland and forget about life for a couple of days. The escape adventure package starts at two nights but we can extended to as many as four nights.
Depending on where you are coming from we will pick you up and drop you back after your Escape Adventure on Albany Island with CY Fishing Charters. All of your fishing equipment is included in the exchange adventure if you have some of your own gear that you wish to test against the North’s best sports fish you are more than welcome to bring along.
Every meal whilst with us is prepared by our resident chef who takes delight in exceeding your culinary expectations. Our meals are not complicated they are delicious and made with the ingredients of Far North Queensland primary producers.
It is not all about fishing at Albany Island there are some incredible bush and beach walking trails. We can also organise some seafood cooking classes using ingredients that you have collected like oysters/mud crabs or maybe even a crayfish or two.
There are a number of combinations as to how we can make this day work for you so please contact us to learn more.
We don’t believe in wasting fishing time travelling so we recommend you arrive the afternoon before your getaway adventure starts and depart the morning after your getaway adventure finishes. Depending on your numbers we can configure the accommodation to suit your needs.
Our Absolute Adventure packages are designed for those that love to fish and disconnect from the world. The fishing potential around Albany Island is almost unlimited… A fish of a lifetime is often only a subtle variation in your cast action and retrieval away. That thing you learnt from the day before where just as the GT smashes your popper you pause and then strike.
Over your week stay with us on the Absolute Adventure package we will spend as much time as possible refining your skills to perfectly target our tropical sports fish. Our guides are certainly not righteous in that they know that there is a lot of things that they can learn off you as well. With five or six days up your sleeve you have time to experiment and indeed time to learn.
Moana III Fishing Charters
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest fish attracting device on the globe with a varietiy of excellent fighting fish to catch.
Reef Fishing for Coral Trout, Nannygai, Red Emperor, Job-fish and many others are also a perfect way to enjoy a memorable fresh fish meal.
Moana III also cater for Sport and Game Fishing Day Trips – 12 pax, Overnight Trips – 6 pax, Extended Charters – 4 pax, P.O.A.
Aboard Moana III, experience Great Barrier Reef fishing, deep sea fishing and exhilarating light tackle sports fishing, with the thrill of catching the stunning juvenile Black Marlin, Sailfish, Spanish Mackerel, Giant Trevally, Yellow and Blue Fin Tuna, Dog Tooth Tuna, Wahoo, Cobia, Mahi Mahi and many other varieties. These fish all roam the waters on edge of the magnificant Great Barrier Reef, just an hour out from the Cairns Marlin Marina. The Juvenile Black Marlin, roam areas less than one hour from Cairns. These fish range in size from 20lbs to 120lbs and are prime fun light tackle sportsfishing. The cobalt waters off Cairns are world renowned for its action and variety of pelagic sports fish and our trips visit different parts of the reef depending on where the fish are biting!
Giant Black Marlin Fishing the deep blue waters between Cairns and Lizard Island and out to and beyond the continental shelf well into the Coral Sea is unquestionably the World’s premier location for prestigious game fishing and that is why it is attractive to many anglers from around the globe. Black Marlin peak season runs from September through to end December and this is generally the best time to come and experience the very best in Australian Game Fishing in Cairns.
These marine giants congregate along the seaward edge of the Great Barrier Reef, and along the 150 NM edge of the continental shelf and from Lizard Island and the Ribbon Reefs to the north, to south of Cairns. This is what makes our region so desirable with the reliability of their return each season. Many years of tag and release fishing and use of circle hooks by the Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association has ensured this area remains the most sustainable fishery for the Giant Black Marlin in the world. There are many Huge Marlin caught and released every season. Last year over half the fish we caught were over 900lbs!!!!!
Moana III specialises in liveaboard overnight or extended charters or day trips for:
- Heavy Tackle Giant Black and Blue Marlin Fishing
- Game Fishing, Reef & Deep Sea Fishing on Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea
- Remote Expeditions to Cape York and Gulf of Carpentaria for ultimate fishing adventures
- Light Tackle Sportsfishing trips
- Private Scuba Diving Charters and/or Snorkelling Charters to the Coral Sea, including the world famous Lizard Island, Cod Hole, Holmes, Bougainville, Shark and Osprey Reefs.
- Barramundi Expeditions to remote locations
- Luxury Private Charters for Corporate Functions, Day Cruising with family & friends and Honeymoon Getaways
Reef fishing can be experienced all year round with a large variety of species. Rod and reel or the more traditional hand line can be used with dead bait, live bait or soft plastics when on a Reef Fishing Charter.
REEF FISHING CHARTERS
Reef fishing can be experienced all year round with a large variety of species. Rod and reel or the more traditional hand line can be used with dead bait, live bait or soft plastics when on a Reef Fishing Charter. The main species we target are coral trout, large and small mouth nanyagai, red emperor, spangled emperor, sweetlip, reef jacks & trevally.
HEAVY TACKLE CHARTERS
The 150 miles from cairns to lizard island is the undisputed home of the Giant Black Marlin. More Black Marlin over 1000Lbs (Granders) are caught here every season than anywhere else in the world. September to mid December is the best time to catch one of these monsters. Fishing for Giant Black Marlin is the ultimate experience of a lifetime. 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, the coral sea and beyond to the vast reaches of the untamed waters of Papua New Guinea. Based in the Reef Marina Port Douglas, 30nm north of Cairns and a short run to the barrier reef , Saltaire is available for popper casting for Giant Trevally, light tackle, heavy tackle, reef fishing and personalised charters including cruising, snorkelling and diving. With comfort, speed and great service on your side you will be amongst the serious action on offer whether it will be giant Black Marlin, pelagic species, Giant Trevally or classic reef fish.
LIGHT TACKLE FISHING
Available all year round, the change of seasons brings different species to target. The run of juvenile black marlin are from july to october and are an exciting catch on 10kg line. There is a number of mackerel species to catch and can be caught most of the year. Other species are northern bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi & giant trevally.
GT POPPER CHARTERS
Casting Poppers for Giant Trevally is one of the most exciting forms of fishing. Watching a GT smash a surface bait and head straight for the reef edge or bommie can make you week at the knees. We specialize in targeting these big GT’s and use Shimano Stella 18000 Reels with 100lb gerry brown braid on a Yamaga blue reef rod to land these amazing fish.
Nomad Sportfishing Adventures
Nomad Sportfishing has a long history of providing pioneering and unique mothership trips to fish some of the world’s most remote reefs. Our 80ft mothership and years of experience allow us to access places that nobody else can get to.
Fishing the Ribbon Reefs?
The Ribbon Reefs provide excellent year round fishing, and we access the area as part of our Coral Sea Lagoon Explorer trips , offering 3 and 4 day packages, starting at $3100/person + flights ex Cairns.
Nomad Sportfishing Extended Mothership Charters start at $2950pp + transfers ex Cairns. We can customise dates for whole boat bookings, or we cater for individuals or smaller groups to join one of our scheduled trips. Odyssey can accommodate up to 12 anglers. Nomad Gameboat day trips ex Port Douglas start at $2400/day for the boat which can be shared between 4-5 anglers. Just fill in our enquiry form and we’ll get you on the water in no time.
The Iconic Far northern Great Barrier Reef – A Sportfishing Paradise
- Excellent GT fishing
- Light tackle lurecasting the reef flats for Groupers, Red Bass, Emperors, and much more
- Micro jigging and soft plastic fishing the reefs is spectacular
- Big Spanish Mackerel trolling the reef edges
- Great reef fishing for Coral Trout, Emperor and other reef fish
- Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and Dogtooth are possible on the outside edge of the reef
- Accessed on a Mothership Drive out trip
Ribbon Reef Location Information
The Ribbon Reefs were the scene of the iconic and groundbreaking video by Malcolm Florence titled “The Great Reef Exploration”, filmed in the late 1970’s. Back in the seventies, this area was considered the ultimate in remote Sportfishing locations – incredibly remote, pristine reefs that could only be accessed by large vessels with significant fuel capacity.Not much has changed really….And the fishing is just as good as it ever was. It’s still very remote, and rarely fished.
The Ribbon Reefs are famous for the incredible fishing for giant black marlin, and this 100 mile stretch of reef is the single best place in the world to catch giant black marlin. But it’s not just marlin that find these waters incredibly appealing. This stretch of reef is home to a massive variety of species, with big GTs, Yellowfin, Coral Trout, Red Bass, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish and many other species calling this place home. So, no matter what bluewater species you want to catch, the Ribbon Reefs offer an amazing fishing experience
When do we fish the Ribbon Reefs?
The Ribbon Reefs provide excellent year round fishing, and we access the area as part of our Coral Sea Lagoon Explorer trips , offering 3 and 4 day packages, starting at $3100/person + flights ex Cairns.
Nomad Sportfishing Extended Mothership Charters start at $2950pp + transfers ex Cairns. We can customise dates for whole boat bookings, or we cater for individuals or smaller groups to join one of our scheduled trips. Odyssey can accommodate up to 12 anglers. Nomad Gameboat day trips ex Port Douglas start at $2400/day for the boat which can be shared between 4-5 anglers. Just give us a call and we’ll get you on the water in no time.
Doreen Too Pt Douglas Fishing Charters
Doreen Too Port Douglas Fishing Charters offer a variety of 3 to 10 day live aboard reef and estuary fishing charters. We fish throughout the Great Barrier Reef aboard the motor vessel Doreen Too operating from Port Douglas. Charters start from just $400 per person per day.
Coral Sea Fishing and Adventure Tours cover the tropical east coast of Far North Queensland from Cairns to beyond the tip of Cape York.
Doreen Too is a magnificent purpose built charter vessel. She weighs 70 tons, is 55ft. long and underwent a recent major refit. She is an extremely comfortable live aboard vessel with long-range capabilities.
For fishing enthusiasts Doreen Too offers: Extended charters, live aboard charters, true sea going capabilities, air-conditioned cabins, generous accommodation, full walk around decks under shade, two sports fishing dinghies, ample refrigeration including snap freezers, large BBQ and drinks fridge on back deck.
Fishing activities include: Day and night reef fishing Trolling from mother ship and fishing dinghies for pelagic species Barramundi and estuary fishing available Mud crabbing Snorkelling, island walks and other activities available.