Hotshot Charters - Cairns

2 Pier Point Road
Cairns City QL, Australia

Hotshot Charters is a staple of the Cairns Black Marlin charter boat scene. Fishing these waters every year from September until the end of November, this family owned and operated company has caught and weighed many fish over the 1000 lb mark. Let this be your chance to break a record.

Hotshot is a semi custom built 43 ft O’Brien sports fishing boat that can accommodate up to four anglers on liveaboard multiday fishing excursions. Equipped with a Furuno colour sounder and Simrad electronics in the flybridge and tower, she has the best electronics on the market to put you on fish in the Great Barrier Reef. She has all the big game fishing necessities and more, with Lee’s outriggers and a Reelax fighting chair to help you tackle a monster. And with a smooth, fast ride and comfortable liveaboard amenities, your time on board will be nothing but a pleasure.

Hotshot Charters mainly uses dead bait to attract huge Black Marlin, with lures also being used on occasion. You will usually start your day on the water by having some fun catching the bait on light tackle before heading out to look for the behemoth of the seas - a Cairns Black Marlin. You could be fishing all the way from Cairns up to Lizard Island, tracking the movement of the best sportfish. Fishing through till sunset every single day, this is a real sport fisherman’s dream. The best part is, on a multiday excursion, you will have multiple attempts at catching the fish of a lifetime.

Let your multi-record-holding skipper show you how he does it. Come aboard and get ready for an unforgettable Cairns fishing experience!

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  • Private trip
    Giant Black Marlin of Australia
      FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    4 days trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US$ 2678
    up to 4 persons / day
    Spend a minimum of 4 day's and 3 nights fishing off of 1 of the 7 wonders of the world. Start your day leaving Cairns,Cooktown or Lizard Island as we bait fish our way to the marlin grounds. We fish everyday till sunset and tuck in behind the reef for the night. Wake up and go for a swim in the beautiful waters of the Coral Ocean then head back out to chase marlin. Your last day we fish till around mid afternoon and are back at dock around 6pm. Maximum of 4 passengers.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Coral Trout
  Marlin (Black)
  Marlin (Blue)
  Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)

  Trevally (Giant)
  Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

O'Brien (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2016. Powered by 2 430HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

43 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle


Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
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 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
Disabled Accessible


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

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

About the Captain

Craig "Sparra" Denham
Cairns City, 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?