Cairns Black Marlin Charters - 43’

out of 5 stars from 3 reviews See all 3 reviews
Charlotte Street
Cooktown QL, Australia

Cairns Black Marlin Charters offers anglers the ultimate fishing adventure in some of the best waters on the continent. Operating out of Cooktown, QLD, Cairns Black Marlin specialises in going offshore to target the giant pelagics which have made Cairns a household name among anglers worldwide.

You will be fishing aboard the Hellraiser 2, a 43ft O’Brien flybridge cruiser with room aboard for up to 6 anglers (4 on multi-day trips), which is powered by twin 450HP Cummins engines up to a top speed of 28 knots, making sure you lose no time getting out to the best waters. She comes equipped with high tech Simrad and Garmin electronics, a fighting chair, outriggers and livewell to make sure you have the best chance of reeling in some massive blue water monsters. The Hellraiser 2 offers luxury as well as functionality, with a fully air-conditioned interior featuring a private ensuite double cabin as well as four berths, a second bathroom, a full galley and a saloon complete with a spacious lounge for those who want to relax in the cool, instead of on the large tuna tower above.

When it comes to the fishing, you will want for nothing with Cairns Black Marlin Charters. They specialise in targeting the giant Black Marlin the area is famous for, and provide all-Shimano tournament-grade gear for a variety of techniques including trolling, popping, and jigging, as well as a choice of high quality lures or the freshest live bait. Captain Steve and his crew set their trips up to focus either on light or heavy tackle, and will base their game plan around what you choose to fish with, as well as what you’re fishing for. Truly this is set to be the trip of a lifetime, and you’ll be sure to come home with some unforgettable memories, as well as amazing fish!

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  • Private trip
    Multi-Day Trip—Heavy Tackle (MAX 4)
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    2 days trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US$ 2228
    up to 6 persons / day
    2 days and up liveaboard going way offshore to target Marlin, Tuna, and many more amazing pelagic species.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Light Tackle
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1633
    up to 6 persons
    A full day on the water targeting Marlin, Tuna, GTs and more! Departure destination can change between Lizard Island, Cooktown, Port Douglas, and Cairns.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

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

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


Boat Specs

O'Brien (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1998, and restored in 2012. Powered by 2 450HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

43 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Fly Fishing


Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

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


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 30 days before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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 Charter Operator

Cairns Black Marlin Charters
Cooktown, Queensland, Australia
Member since January 2015
Steve and Sue Ahlers share a passion for big game fishing, and consider Cairns as the biggest fishery of its kind in the world. Specializing in extended charters on the Great Barrier Reef, chasing large Black Marlin
Response time: 24 hours
Response rate: 83%

Customer Reviews

4.44 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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Steve, Sue and Dan were exceptional hosts for a day out with my wife and kids. Caught a wide variety of fish by both trawling and bottom fishing and took enough fresh Mackerel and coral trout home to feed a small army. All up a great experience for the family.

Fished July 19, 2016
Cairns Black Marlin Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 21, 2016

Thank you Ben

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Boat and crew all good
fishing very poor

Fished November 28, 2015
Cairns Black Marlin Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on December 2, 2015

Yes it was one of those days where the reef just shuts down for a few days

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Everything was great! Great service, exellent food. The crew was extremely nice , really great people, always willing to go the extra mile. Deffinitively would recomend this trip to anybody

Fished November 22, 2015
Cairns Black Marlin Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on December 2, 2015

Thank you Tomislav

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