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.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Black Marlin Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    11 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 2672
    up to 10 persons
    Fish the Great Barrier Reef for Giant Black Marlin. We normally travel about 40 nautical miles to the fishing ground, which takes our speedy vessel approximately two hours.There are more “Granders” (1000lb+) Marlin caught on the GBR every year than the rest of the world combined and in a hot fishing week you can encounter a bite a day from a 800lb+ fish!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Diving Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 2672
    up to 10 persons
    Diving with a qualified instructor around the Great Barrier Reef. All levels from beginner to experienced diver welcome. Trips usually include two to three dives and snorkeling the edge of the reef. We can also troll the reef for small Marlin, Sailfish and other pelagics if desired.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Light Tackle Sportfishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 1781
    up to 10 persons
    Fishing the Great Barrier Reef area for species including Spanish Mackerel, GTs, Tuna and Barracuda.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue)

Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
Trevally (Giant)
Tuna (Dogtooth)
Tuna (Yellowfin)


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


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Multimedia System
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included


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.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
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: 11 hours
Response rate: 80%

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