Topnotch Game Fishing Charters

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The “Topless” is a purpose-built Riviera 51 sports fisher that caters completely to keen game fishermen. The crew fish light tackle all year round from Airlie Beach Whitsunday’s (except during heavy tackle season in October/November when they travel to Cairns to fish for giant black marlin. They are easily accessible from all major cities with connections to Hamilton Island and Proserpine airports or Cairns international airport for heavy tackle charters.

The “Topless” is a fully functional live aboard game boat catering for up to 4 guests and crew on overnight stays. Thanks to her superb liveaboard options, you can have the opportunity to stay out on the reefs for extended periods (mother shipping available at extra cost). Topnotch is based in the heart of the world famous Whitsunday Islands, an archipelago of 74 islands nestled inside the Great Barrier Reef where you can catch a wide variety of fish, from the arm-stretching GT, to the colourful Coral Trout, to the Mackerel, and the Red Fish, not to forget our run of small Black Marlin and Sail Fish.

Remember you will never ever know if you never ever go!

The “Topless” is a purpose-built Riviera 51 sports fisher that caters completely to keen game fishermen. The crew fish light tackle all year round from Airlie Beach Whitsunday’s (except during heavy tackle season in October/November

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  • US$ 3737 private charter
  • Multiday Trip
    Overnight stay, liveaboard, 2 day minimum, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 2972 private charter / day
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About this listing

Targeted Species

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

  Spanish Mackerel
  Trevally (Giant)

  Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Rivera (Flybridge) originally built in 2006. Powered by 2 1000HP MTU engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

57 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing


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

Trip Includes

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


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 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
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 Captain

Russell Hicks
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
Member since March 2016
My passion for fishing commenced in my early 20's with the purchase of a 28ft Sport Fisher. This was the vessel that I had my first encounter with black marlin & it wasn't long after that the decision was made that this boat wasn't quite the size we required for chasing marlin. So in 2008 I flew over to Florida to upgrade to a 36ft Luhrs & imported it into Australia. This boat "STILL PRODUCEN" delivered us plenty of marlin in the waters around the Kepple's, but we were still limited in range & to sea conditions. This vessel was sold to make way for the Eureka 42 "TOPLESS". A one of a kind Aussie built game boat that we used in the Whitsunday's & 2014/15 heavy tackle seasons in Cairns. Early 2016 saw yet another vessel upgrade to a Riviera 51 (17.75m) Launched in 2006 Sydney boat show in the joint venture between Riviera & MTU. "TOPLESS" turns heads everywhere she goes & I'm pleased to say there will be no more bigger boats as the riv meets all the requirements & luxuries needed.
Response time: 9 hours
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.83 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews

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First class equipment, meals, hot shower, cold beer & great crew, all contributed to a memorable experience in March 2016. Highly recommended. If you want to catch a Marlin, go with a crew with years of experience. I’ve invited some mates to meet up with Topless in far North Qld at the end of 2016 to experience the adrenalin rush of catching a big predator.

Fished March 2, 2016
Russell Hicks (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 9, 2016

Thanks you Mark we are so glad that you enjoyed your 6 day trip on-board Topless, yes she is an exceptional vessel with a couple of days of 25-30kt winds it tens to bring out the best and wost in equipment. Topless charters are looking forward to having you back on-board during the heavy tackle season in October later this year.

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From the moment we arrived aboard Topless we were made feel welcome by Russel and Marlene and were looked after all day by there excellent service and attention to detail. The day was special as my son Keiren caught and released his first billfish using only up to date tackle and a vessel that can be best described as amazing I would highly recommend a fishing charter on Topless and to be looked after by Russell and Marlene and crew.
Guy Munckton Airlie Beach Queensland

Fished November 6, 2015
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