Hotshot Charters - Gold Coast

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Main Beach QL, Australia

Hotshot Charters invites you to try out Queensland’s world famous fishing for yourself. With a local crew, a top of the range vessel, and a 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 from Cairns from September to December.

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

The crew of Hotshot Charters are members of the Billfish Foundation and they tag and release all Marlin unless chasing world records.

The crew offers two types of fishing trip: two single day charters and multi-day fishing adventures. Both will take you heading offshore in search of Blue Marlin, which you will target both by trolling lures and by using bait and switch - one of the best-proven methods for catching a quality fish, and a technique the crew is very experienced in. As well as Blue Marlin, you could hook other Billfish, including Black and Striped Marlin and Short Billed Spearfish.

If you are after light tackle fishing, there is excellent fishing for Black Marlin and Sailfish from December to March. 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. Please note that the crew doesn’t do bottom fishing.

Hotshot Charters invites you to try out Queensland’s world famous fishing for yourself. With a local crew, a top of the range vessel, and a track record of catching record-breaking fish, this Gold Coast fishing charter leaves nothing to be desired.

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Trip Date:
  • Multiday Trip - Fraser Island MAX 4
    Overnight stay, liveaboard, 4 day minimum, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 2418 private charter / day
  • US$ 1765 private charter
  • Full Day Trip - Light Tackle
    10 hour trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 1689 private charter
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About this listing

Targeted Species

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

  Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
  Tuna (Yellowfin)


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


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 Included


Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
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

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

About the Captain

Craig "Sparra" Denham
Main Beach, Queensland, Australia
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 worldwide, including Fiji, New Zealand, New Guinea, Hawaii, Japan, Ghana, Cape Verde and all over the east coast and north west of Australia. Throughout that time he has always come back for the Cairns Black Marlin season, working as a crewman for 10 seasons and as captain for a further 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. Who could be better to guide you to Billfish in Cairns and the Gold Coast?
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

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Fished December 22, 2017
Craig "Sparra" Denham (The Captain)
Replied to this review on December 22, 2017

Obrigado For coming out on Hotshot Charters. You were a pleasure to fish with and we hope to get the chance again on day. Enjoy the rest of your stay in beautiful Gold Coast.

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Fishing Reports

February Fishing Report for HOTSHOT Char

February 28, 2018

February was a great month for lots of juvenile black marlin, mahi-mahi and Wahoo!!! The weather Gods as well as the fishing Gods were good to us. We had great currents and heaps of bait inshore allowing us some… Read Full Report →