Topnotch Game Fishing Charters

Shute Harbour Rd At Airlie Bea…
Airlie Beach QL, Australia

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About this listing

Boat Specs

Rivera (Flybridge) originally built in 2006. Powered by 2 990HP MTU engines with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

56 ft
5 persons
Types of Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Targeted Species
Coral Trout
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue)

Trevally (Giant)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Topnotch Game Fishing Charters’ purpose built 56 ft Rivera game boat can cater for a wide variety of species. Fishing from Airlie Beach most of the year round (except during heavy tackle season, when they travel to Cairns to fish for enormous Black Marlin), they are easily accessible from all major cities with connections to Hamilton island and Proserpine airports.

Topnotch is a fully functional live aboard game boat catering for up to 5 guests and crew. 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!

Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Tank
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rod, Reels & Tackle
Live Bait
Catch Cleaning & Filleting
First Mate
Fishing Licence
Fly Fishing Equipment
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 trip and number of days booked

Other Policies 
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Allowed

15% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain 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
Having grown up in Western Queensland with the ocean over 300km away visits were few and far between. But even back then the ocean was calling out to me. It was not until my early 20's that things began to change with the first purchase of a old 17" plate boat which we would take well beyond its limits. Behold the 8m(28") sport fisher with its twin 150hp outboards and over 530l of fuel. It was on this vessel that I had my first encounter with a small black marlin a small fish around 20kg, not longer after that the decision was made to go bigger again. We found a 36' Luhrs this is were my obsession really got going with marlin. This boat produced a lot of marlin up to 150kg, but with only 1500l of fuel we were still limited in range. This vessel was sold to make way for a 42' game boat which we have been taking to Cairns were the big girls are (1000lb). We then purchased a 57'custom built Riviera AKA Topnotch so now the fun begins with full live a board capabilities.

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.

Mark Hetherington • Fished Mar 02, 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

Guy Munckton • Fished Nov 06, 2015
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