Shikari Marlin Charters

Marlin Marina
Cairns QL, Australia

Big Game Charters offer world‐class fishing adventures to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Our highly reputed game boat “Shikari” is a 40ft ‘Vindex’ that has associated in multiple world records and tournament wins. The boat’s design makes her very stable in all weather conditions, and she offers a fast and comfortable ride to the reef. Equipped with a tuna tower for spotting bait fish and birds, as well as the full range of navigational systems, she is well designed for getting you near fish. With an open cockpit, the boat is comfortable and lets you stay close to the action throughout your trip

The waters around the Great Barrier reef offer some of the best sport fishing opportunities in the world. From May-September you can fish for juvenile Black Marlin, Sailfish and Spanish Mackerel, while light tackle sport fishing for Wahoo, Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi-mahi and Giant Trevally is better in the warmer months (October to March). From September to December you can try your hand at Giant Black Marlin fishing in the area renowned as the ‘Black Marlin Capital of the World’. If you are an experienced Marlin fishermen or a complete novice, Cairns Big Game Marlin Fishing should be on your “bucket list”!

The variety of fishing techniques used aboard, such as live baiting, jigging, popper fishing, fly fishing and trolling, ensures all anglers’ requirements are fully catered for. Charter trips include the use of quality fishing tackle, including Penn 130 2-speeds for heavy tackle fishing and TLD Shimano overheads and Penn spinning reels as light tackle gear. 

We offer multi-day trips for up to four anglers. You can enjoy a snorkel/spearfish after breakfast, sportfishing for bait and the table during the morning, before heading out to do battle with the Giant Marlin. Scuba diving equipment is also available on board to let you explore the underwater treasures of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Boat Specs

Custom built Vindex () originally built in 2000. Powered by 2 330HP Cummins 6BTA engines.

40 ft
10 persons
Types of Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Targeted Species
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue)

Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
Trevally (Giant)

Tuna (Dogtooth)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Tuna Tower
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Bank Transfer.

About the Captain

Alex Johnston
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Member since November 2014
Captain Alex Johnston started crewing as a 'third' deckhand on his father's boat at the age of 9. Since then, he has broken 18 IGFA Junior and small-fry World Records. He still holds some outstanding records including 1093lb Giant Black Marlin, 1070lb Tiger Shark, 533lb Whaler Shark, 513lb Hammerhead Shark and a 134lb Dogtooth Tuna. He started running 'Shikari' in 2012, and is now a both a fishing charter operator and a qualified dive instructor.
Response time: 5 hours
Response rate: 100%

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