Hotshot Charters – Cairns

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 pound mark. Let this be your chance to break a record!

Hotshot is a semi-custom built 43’ O’Brien sportfishing boat that can accommodate up to 4 anglers on liveaboard multiday fishing excursions. Equipped with a Furuno sounder and Simrad electronics in the flybridge, she has the best equipment to put you on fish in the Great Barrier Reef. The vessel has all the big game fishing necessities and more, with outriggers and a fighting chair to help you tackle a monster.

Along with all the top fishing gear, she also comes fitted with your comfort in mind. Expect a smooth, fast ride, with comfortable liveaboard amenities, such as air conditioning, plush bunks, a kitchen, toilet, and plenty of seating space. Come aboard and make yourself at home!

You’ll be mainly using dead bait, as you go after the legendary Black Marlin, but you’ll also have a fair share of lures to choose from too. Get ready for a thrilling adventure, as you start your day by 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 ‘til sunset every single day, this is a real sport fisherman’s dream. The best part is, on a multi-day 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 as you come aboard and experience unforgettable Cairns fishing trip with Hotshot Charters!

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  • Private trip
    4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 60 days notice
    4 Day Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    price breakdown
    Spend a minimum of 4 days and 3 nights fishing off of one of the 7 wonders of the world. Start your day leaving Cairns, Cooktown or Lizard Island, and bait fish your way to the Marlin grounds. You'll fish everyday 'til sunset, before tucking 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 that prized catch. On your last day, you'll fish till around mid-afternoon, getting back to the dock aroun 6 P.M.
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About the Captain

Matty B Boyle
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
10 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
2 Customer Reviews
Member since October 2016
Captain Matty B has been in the fishing industry for over 20 years. During his time he has explored numerous sports fishing hot spots around the world. including New Zealand, Tahiti, Great Barrier Reef Australia. He has a passion for chasing giants in the ocean.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Trevally (Giant) Trevally (Giant)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

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
Deep Sea Fishing


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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 60 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 60 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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.

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