Hotshot Charters - Gold Coast

Hotshot Charters invites you to try Queensland’s world famous fishing for yourself. With a local crew, top of the range vessel, and track record of catching record-breaking fish, this Gold Coast fishing charter leaves nothing to be desired. Fishing their home waters from December through August, the dedicated crew can also be found chasing giant Black Marlin in Cairns from September to December.

Hotshot is a semi-custom 43’ O’Brien that is family owned and operated, famous for its dry and stable ride. This comfortable vessel is fully stocked with top brand equipment. On board, you’ll be treated to Simrad and Furuno electronics to put you on fish, and will be aided and abetted in your fishing quest by Lee’s outriggers and a Reelax fighting chair.

The crew offers single day charters and multi-day fishing adventures. Both will take you offshore in search of Blue Marlin, which you’ll target by trolling lures and using bait and switch — one of the best-proven methods, and a technique the crew is very experienced in. As well as Blue Marlin, you’ll hook other Billfish, including Black and Striped Marlin and Short Billed Spearfish.

If you’re after light tackle fishing, visit from December to March to hook Black Marlin and Sailfish. And with a bycatch of Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Spanish Mackerel, this is a game fishing extravaganza you shouldn’t miss.

On multi-day trips, you will head out to some of the most remote and productive Gold Coast fishing spots, such as Lady Musgrave Island and Fraser Island. Here, you will be targeting the same species but will have time to really get the most out of everything the area has to offer.

Your crew are members of the Billfish Foundation, and they tag and release all Marlin unless chasing world records. They won the Billfish foundation’s “Top-tagging Captain” award for Black Marlin, and have won the “Top-tagging Angler” award 2 years in a row for this species, too!

Please note that the crew doesn’t do bottom fishing.

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  • Private trip
    Full Day - Bluewater Heavy Tackle
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Aug 30
    up to 6 persons
    Join us as we head offshore to the Blue Marlin fishing grounds. Here we use 80's and a pitch 50. We will troll lures as well as bait and switch. You may also catch Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Yellowfin Tuna, according to season. This price is all inclusive excluding alcohol (BYOB) We are a pelagic fishing vessel we do not bottom fish. Hotshot Charters is affiliated with The BillFish Foundation and all marlin are tagged and released.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Light Tackle
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 15 - May 1
    up to 6 persons
    Fishing light tackle inshore for Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, with the occasional Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna (seasonal). This price is all inclusive (except alcohol BYOB) We troll lures as well as bait and switch. We are affiliated with The Billfish Foundation: all Marlin are tagged and released. We are a pelagic fishing charter, we do not bottom fish.
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About the Captain

Craig "Sparra" Denham
Main Beach, Queensland, Australia
10 Fishing Reports
2 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2016
Captain Craig "Sparra" Denham has been in the fishing charter industry for over 30 years, during which time he has explored numerous sportfishing hotspots, including Fiji, New Zealand, New Guinea, Hawaii, Japan, Ghana, Cape Verde and all over the east coast and north west of Australia. He always returned to Australia for the Cairns Black Marlin season, working as a crewman for 10 seasons and as captain for 20. He is very experienced in a wide range of techniques, and holds a string of records for light and ultra light tackle Marlin fishing, including the one, two, and three kilogram men's Black Marlin records and the two kilogram Striped Marlin record. He has guided countless anglers to big game catches on the fly, including an incredible 101 kg Black Marlin on 10kg tippet! On heavy tackle, he has caught over a dozen granders, including one Black Marlin that weighed 1389lb. As well as this, he won the Billfish foundation award for top-tagging captain for pacific Black Marlin.

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Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black) Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)

Sailfish Sailfish
Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred) Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
Swordfish Swordfish
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)

Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

O'brien (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2016. Powered by 2 450HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

43 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

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


Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. 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
Catch and Release Mandatory
Disabled Accessible


Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Duke O.
Brisbane, QLD

10 hr marlin trip

VERIFIED   December 23, 2019
Had a great day a hooked onto two marlin around the 60-80kg mark
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Caio T.
Virginia, Queensland

December fishing trip

VERIFIED   December 22, 2017
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