Ross Finlayson’s Marlin Charters

Cairns Marlin Marina, D finger
Cairns QL, Australia

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. If you’re looking for monster Marlin, this is the man to turn to.

Ross will lead your charter trip aboard his 43 ft O’Brien flybridge cruiser, the “Bounty Hunter.” The boat is excellent to handle at sea, providing a dry and stable ride and featuring a wide and spacious cockpit. It 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.


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  • Private trip
    Giant Black Marlin, heavy tackle.
      FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    11 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 2326
    up to 6 persons
    Come and experience the heavy tackle giant black marlin fishing that Cairns is famous for. Season is from September to December. These trips can be tailored to suit with 5 and 7 day liveaboard the most popular option as you can make the most of the fishing day and enjoy the best anchorage at night behind the great barrier reef just minutes from the fishing grounds. You owe it to yourself to try this experience!
  • Private trip
    Blue Marlin year round, heavy
      FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    11 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 2035
    up to 6 persons
    Blue marlin hunt the deep canyons that fall away from the great barrier reef. We fish heavy tackle for the exciting blue marlin that that live in our waters year round. Blues have been caught here up 1000lbs with the average 300 - 500lbs (150 -280kgs ). We can do either day trips or multi day charters.
  • Private trip
    Popper Casting and Jigging
      FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 2035
    up to 6 persons
    Cast poppers for the hard fighting Giant Trevally or jigging the deep shoals and reefs for Dogtooth Tuna, GTs, Coral Trout and many different jig eating tropical fighters.
  • Private trip
    Light Tackle Gamefishing
      FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1817
    up to 6 persons
    Gamefishing for Black Marlin, Sailfish, Spanish Mackerel, Tuna, Giant Trevally. We use a variety of techniques from Trolling, Slow Trolling live and dead baits, casting lures, downriggers and mutiple teasers and dredges.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue)
Sailfish
Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
Trevally (Giant)

Tuna (Dogtooth)
Tuna (Longtail)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

O'Brien (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1998. Powered by 2 500HP Yanmar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
43 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Handline

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 60 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Bank Transfer

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

About the Captain

Ross Finlayson
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Member since March 2015
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Ross Finlayson is a Heavy Tackle and Light tackle/ Sportfishing professional. He has 29 years fishing experience from Cairns and all over Australia along with seasons in Hawaii. Marlin fishing is his passion along with all types of sport fishing.
Response time: 10 hours
Response rate: 93%

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4.58
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
67%
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Charles Africa
Cape Town, Western Cape
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VERIFIED   January 6, 2018
The boat crew and captain are excellent well worth the money
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Irina Menshikova
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 5.00
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VERIFIED   December 9, 2016
Captain is very experienced , dedicated to provide the best satisfaction ... a lot of sites to get the best you want
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Greg Linde
New Farm, Queensland
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Top shot trip

VERIFIED   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...
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Albany Creek, Queensland
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VERIFIED   December 7, 2016
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