Big Fish Down Under – Moana III

Capt. Daniel McCarthy of Big Fish Down Under has been a Cairns local for over 30 years, skippering a variety of Marlin and game fishing vessels since the age of 21. Over the years, he’s garnered an intimate knowledge of the profuse waterways surrounding Cairns, Cape York, Coral Sea, and New Guinea, and is happy to share his findings with all of his charter guests.

The Moana team is no stranger to numerous fishing achievements and recognitions either, including several prized tournaments and many 900+ lb grander Marlins.

Captain Daniel owns and operates “Moana III,” a 47’  luxury custom-built Dick Ward sportfisher powered by twin Cummins QSM 11 engines (660 HP each), with an average cruising speed of 25 knots. The boat is outfitted with a wide range of quality navigational electronics and marine technology, including Furuno 1100L depth sounder and fishfinder with twin 2 kW transducers, Wesmar 110 kHz 360” scanning sonar, as well as a Furuno NavNet VX2 chartplotter.

The boat is fully air-conditioned and outfitted with two showers and two separate toilets. Onboard facilities include a private stateroom with ensuite and TV/DVD, a convection microwave oven and cooktop, 2 refrigerators and 3 freezers, as well as a desalinator. For overnight trips, Moana comes equipped with 4 single, 1 extra double, and 2 crew bunks.

Moana III started offering fishing trips back in 2006, specializing in the famous Cairns’ Marlin, while also providing light tackle and reef fishing expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef and beyond. They’ll do everything to put you on Marlin, Mahi, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Snapper, and much more.

All the fishing gear for your party is provided by the Moana crew; in particular, the team utilizes a full set of custom-built Laurie Casey rods mounted onto Penn International and Shimano reels. Snacks, lunch, as well as drinks are all parts of the standard fishing charter, as is the cleaning and filleting of your catch following the trip.

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Marlin
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Mar 30
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    This 8-hour trip is exactly what the doctor ordered! The captain will show you the best fisheries and the most efficient techniques for landing your dream catch. You'll be focusing on Marlin, but the waters are also teeming with Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Snapper, and many others – catch them if you can!
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About the Captain

Daniel McCarthy
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
1 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since November 2014
Fishing since he could walk, Captain Daniel McCarthy is not the least bit shy about the scale of his fishing addiction. As the president of Cairns Game Fishing Association, he's a strong proponent of conservation efforts, as well as tag and release game fishing. He has more than a quarter of a century of fishing experience and has been skippering boats since he was 21.

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Targeted Species

Coral Trout Coral Trout
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black) Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)

Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Red Emperor) Snapper (Red Emperor)
Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred) Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
Trevally (Giant) Trevally (Giant)

Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Dogtooth) Tuna (Dogtooth)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Custom-built Dick Ward (Flybridge) originally built in 2006, and restored in 2017. Powered by 2 660HP Cummins QSM 11 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots.

47 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible


Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Marlin on December 5, 2018
Had a blasted out with Dan and his crew. Top service and attended to our specific requests. Be definitely coming back.
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