Ross Finlayson’s Top Shot Charters
One of our top picks in Cairns. Captain Ross Finlayson is one of the most respected game fishermen in Australia, and he has over 25 years experience of professional big game fishing. He will lead your charter trip aboard his 43 ft O’Brien fly bridge cruiser, which is excellent to handle at sea, providing a dry and stable ride and featuring a wide and spacious cockpit. The boat is equipped with numerous electronics including two Furuno sounders with dual frequency and temperature sounders, as well as two navigation systems and two radios. The comfortable living area is air conditioned, and the full galley features multiple fridge/ freezer arrangements and a hi-fi radio and CD player.
Cairns is one of the most desirable fisheries in the world, with good reason. Visited every year by thousands of huge Black Marlin, who travel between Cairns and Lizard Island from September to December as part of their annual migration, this is the place to come if you’re hoping to hook a ‘grander’ weighing over a thousand pounds. On top of this, the area’s light and medium tackle game fishery is excellent all year round, meaning you don’t have to be in the area in peak season to enjoy a top notch day of game fishing.
When fishing for Black Marlin you will mainly be using dead bait. Black Marlin season runs between September and December, with Blue Marlins normally in the waters until April. October to March also sees good fishing for Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and Spanish Mackerel, while the winter months are best for Spanish Mackerel, Sailfish, and juvenile Black Marlin. These will be targeted using lures, live baits and natural dead baits. Ross and his crew also specialize in saltwater fly fishing, targeting Marlin and Sailfish with the bait and switch technique.
Captain Ross Finlayson is one of the most respected game fishermen in Australia, and he has over 25 years experience of professional big game fishing. He will lead your charter trip aboard his 43 ft O’Brien fly bridge cruiser, which is excellent to
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O'Brien (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1998. Powered by 2 500HP Yanmar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.
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Member since March 2015
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Went fishing on January 6, 2018
The boat crew and captain are excellent well worth the money
Fished January 2018Fished January 6, 2018Charles Africa recommends Ross Finlayson’s Top Shot Charters
Went fishing on December 20, 2016
Great day caught some fish and met two good blokes who made myself and my son have an enjoyable day will be going out again in the new year thanks Ross and Dan very good
Fished December 2016Fished December 20, 2016Greg Linde recommends Ross Finlayson’s Top Shot Charters
Went fishing on December 9, 2016
Captain is very experienced , dedicated to provide the best satisfaction ... a lot of sites to get the best you want
Fished December 2016Fished December 9, 2016Replied to this review on December 9, 2016
It was a great day Irina so happy you enjoyed the fishing and the Great Barrier Reef experience.Irina Menshikova recommends Ross Finlayson’s Top Shot Charters
Replied to this review on December 9, 2016
It was a great day Irina so happy you enjoyed the fishing and the Great Barrier Reef experience.
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