Ross Finlayson’s Top Shot 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. 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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    10 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 2158 private charter
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    10 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
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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
8 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

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 change your booking free of charge up to 60 days before the trip date.
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: 11 hours
Response rate: 100%

Cairns Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.58 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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The boat crew and captain are excellent well worth the money

Fished January 6, 2018
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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 20, 2016
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Captain is very experienced , dedicated to provide the best satisfaction ... a lot of sites to get the best you want

Fished December 9, 2016
Ross Finlayson (The Captain)
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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