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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
4.4 / 5
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Airlie Beach
trips from $1,633
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(215 reviews)
Airlie Beach
trips from $160
Excellent
4.2 / 5
(71 reviews)
Airlie Beach
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4.9 / 5
(7 reviews)
Airlie Beach
Excellent
4.5 / 5
(2 reviews)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Airlie Beach

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Airlie Beach, Queensland are: Full list of top fishing charters in Airlie Beach

The average price for a private 4 hour Airlie Beach fishing trip is $431, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $761 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Airlie Beach that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Airlie Beach are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Airlie Beach are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Airlie Beach are:

Many fishing charters in Airlie Beach provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Airlie Beach are:

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Airlie Beach are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $337
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $225
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,254

If Airlie Beach charter fishing was a photo competition, we bet the jury would have a hard time deciding on the winner. It’s not just the surprisingly high quality of photos that most local charters seem to have a knack for, it’s just that local fisheries are superb. Colorful prize fish, smiling anglers, beautiful bright sky, and the Great Barrier Reef nearby―Airlie Beach fishing spots are any angler’s dream!

Known For

Tourists love Airlie Beach. And for a good reason. Its waters are populated with fish and it’s bustling with entertainment. This place is one of the major stopping points before moving further to fish around the Whitsundays Islands. Backpackers are a common sight, and the city has been blooming in recent years. But, that’s just a side dish.

The main course is water activities. Which brings us to fishing. Abel Point is the main launch pad for numerous day trips from Airlie Beach. Groups of anglers board charter boats every day. Where do they go? The Great Barrier Reef.

The names of the fish are as picturesque as their fins. Here you will find Red Emperor, Black Jew, Coral Trout, Sweet Lip, Giant Trevally, Fingermark Bream, Nannygai, and Mangrove Jack. Other fish may not have shiny names, but are no doubt a big time prize. Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Grunter, Barramundi, Marlin, and Sailfish. We recommend that you pack your eskies and have them ready for your catch.

Now that we have that sorted out, let’s see your itineraries. Productive Airlie Beach fishing spots aren’t far away from the shore. Most of the time half day trips will give novice fishermen and families with kids enough time to land a catch. A quick boat ride, and there you are. You know how fish love reefs? Well, this is something of a fish mecca. You’re in for reef fishing and bottom bashing.

For more experienced anglers, full day trips will let you charter your boat to the sport fishing territories. This is where you can indulge in bottom fishing or deep sea fishing. The outer Whitsundays Islands will let you chase Marlin, Tuna, GTs, Nannygai, Emperor, and Sailfish. If you have the time, you should go there. Find a charter to take you to the Great Barrier Reef―fishing there will likely get your heart racing!

Rules & Regulations

You don’t need a license to fish recreationally in Queensland. Bag limits do apply, so it’s best to always check the valid regulations before hopping onboard.

Types of Fishing

The question when fishing Airlie Beach is not just what to get, but how. There are many techniques to try, so let’s talk about what to expect.

Basically, there are two main types of fishing here. You can either go around the reefs and drop your lures to entice bottom fish. These are Red Emperor, Coral Trout, Sweetlip Emperor, Snapper, Queensland Grouper―though the last ones can lurk near the surface as well. Here, you can also find Black Jewfish, but mostly during the night.

If you want to go to deeper waters and try get some strong fish to bite, trolling is a productive method. Trolling works excellently with Giant Trevally, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Juvenile Black Marlin, and Sailfish.

Now, onto baits and lures. Live bait is good to use when fishing for Barra. Judging by recent fishing reports, the rock walls of the Port of Airlie are the place to be. Grunter of Queensland readily take strip and prawn bait. Metal lures make Queenfish, Trevally, and Mackerel bite.

Don’t be put off if fishing for the first time. The local charter captains have plenty of knowledge to help you out and give you an Airlie Beach fishing 101. Hire a charter to take you out, and you will have a great intro into fishing. More seasoned anglers, you will also find a charter that can take you further out for some vein popping action.

Airlie Beach
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 25525 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

It seems that here it’s all about Giant Trevally. Check out the canals. You can also get Mangrove Jack around rock walls and bridges.

February

The rainfall season peaks. You can get Coral Trout. Go to the reefs and wrestle with the fish. Barramundi season is reopened. Offshore, you can catch Black Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna.

March

We all love GTs. They are strong, and fishing for them with poppers and stickbaits is a real treat. You can also get Barra, Mangrove Jack, Coral Trout, Sweetlip, and Emperor. Further out, you may get a Blue Marlin.

April

Barras are biting, and you might stumble upon a real monster. Mackerel are also on the chew. You might even catch a big Flathead.

May

May’s the month of Barra bonanza. For recreational anglers, Barramundi are a staple of angling in these waters, and you don’t want to miss them.

June

Coral Trout and Morwong are biting. Barracuda and Sweet Lips are in abundance, and even a short trip can take you to them. Red Emperor and Nannygai are also a good choice.

July

Go trolling for GTs, or aim for the reefs and go bottom fishing for Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Sweet Lips, and Nannygai. Juvenile Black Marlin swims offshore.

August

Spanish Mackerel are on fire. Find a narrow channel with some deep water between the islands. You’ll be amazed. Else, go to reefs, and catch the colorful ones. Wahoo lurks out there.

September

Days are warm, and spring begins. Black Marlin arrive, so look for an offshore charter. If you like trolling, go after Macks, Wahoo, and GTs. Fishing around the reefs is equally rewarding.

October

Black Marlin are offshore. Basically, you can’t miss, whether you go to the reefs or go trolling. The fish are there, and like to bite.

November

You may want to focus on offshore trips. Yellowfin Tuna, Black Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi are in abundance. Reefs aren’t bad, either.

December

Not much has changed. The big names are still out there, and a typical offshore full day trip should do the job. You can treat yourself to some big game fishing. Black Marlin, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna are the main prize.

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Yes definitely a great first timing fishing location, with the Whitsundays as the backdrop
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes definitely a great first timing fishing location, with the Whitsundays as the backdrop
Jason  M.
Jason M. Brisbane, Queensland
Don't expect to drop the line and be on the fish straight away! If it happens count yourself lucky!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Don't expect to drop the line and be on the fish straight away! If it happens count yourself lucky!
Craig  Y.
Craig Y. Granville Harbour, TAS
Don’t waste your time fishing off the bank go with A one if really want to catch a feed you won’t be disappointed
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t waste your time fishing off the bank go with A one if really want to catch a feed you won’t be disappointed
Tracy  V.  E.
Tracy V. E. Sunnybank, Queensland
Book a trip with Stryker Sportfishing Formerly Coral sea fishing Charters they are amazing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Stryker Sportfishing Formerly Coral sea fishing Charters they are amazing
Stephen  P.
Stephen P. Australia

Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We had a great morning fishing. we had hits about every 15 minutes, so there was lots of action. the boat was a great size for the 3 kids and I have to a fun morning. Jim was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Gregory  B.
Gregory B. Central Coast, New South Wales
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Travelled from Alberta Canada and had a great morning out with Cap'n Jim. He got me on to some nice schools of feeding Queenfish and Tuna with my fly rod. Highly recommend!
Glen  D.
Glen D. Townsville, Queensland
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Best fishing trip we've done. Great skipper and gear. So many fish to see. Jim is an absolute pleasure to spend the day with. Small group and great value
Greg  W.
Greg W. Brisbane, Queensland
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Great trip, great fishing. Snagged a really good catch. Cpt Jim was very friendly and helpful. Definitely go again if I was staying ln the area.
Paul  O.  O.
Paul O. O. Australia
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
We had a fantastic morning out with Jim , my 2 boys caught many different types of fish and Jim accommodated us to the changing winds and tides . Book a trip with Jim you won't be disappointed .
Nicole  H.
Nicole H. Brisbane, Queensland
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Jim’s an excellent host and most accomodating. Had a great time on the boat and caught some good fish. Highly recommend!
Jesse  A.
Jesse A. Sydney, New South Wales
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Travelled up from Hobart to visit family and the south easterly weather followed me here. Not exactly ideal conditions but Jim took us to various honey holes and had us hooking up to all sorts of tropical species. Went home happy and with a solid feed for the family. Definitely recommended.
Matthew  W.
Matthew W. Cairns, QLD
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
The weather was against us but Jim worked hard to find fish for us in sheltered areas. We ended up with two solid trevalley, a 57cm coral trout and one a bit smaller and numerous other smaller fish. Also dropped a good Spanish. Also sighted a whale and it’s calf and a number of turtles. My friend who is a twitcher loved it when Jim enticed a sea eagle to the boat with a small pike which it took off the water metres from the boat.
Steven  T.
Steven T. Brisbane, Queensland
A-One Fishing Charters
A-One Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(130 reviews)
Had an awesome morning out on the water with Jarrad & Johno! Even in the windy conditions they both made our experience one we won’t forget! Very knowledgeable on all the fish we caught & very helpful when needed. Thanks for an awesome trip Jarrad & Johno - we’ll definitely be back! 😊
Angela  H.
Angela H. Easton, ME
A-One Fishing Charters
A-One Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(130 reviews)
Awesome afternoon out, would highly recommend you give these guys a call and book. We will definitely will book again
Tracey  J.
Tracey J. Australia
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
From the first communication to packing the fish at the end of the trip, Captain Jim was an amazing host! We had a fabulous day, caught a wide variety of fish, learnt a lot and would thoroughly recommend Captain Jim & his boat to anyone wanting a private, well managed fishing expedition. #goatbeer
Alana  R.
Alana R. Townsville, Queensland
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Highly recommended the personal trip with Max 4 people in the boat. Friendly nice guy.
Jeremy  S.
Jeremy S. Brisbane, Queensland
A-One Fishing Charters
A-One Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(130 reviews)
Jarrod and Tex where awesome with the kids. If I could I would give them 6 stars. Highly recommended this trip
Paul  I.
Paul I. Foxborough, MA
A-One Fishing Charters
A-One Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(130 reviews)
This was the best charter I’ve been on, from the crew being friendly and accommodating when getting snagged. This trip from the catching of fish to swimming with fish was amazing.
Ivan  B.
Ivan B. Brisbane, Queensland
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Great day out. Jim put us on the fish all day. Great bloke to have a chat and learn from. Fantastic boat and equipment. Highly recommended if you want a personalised trip.
Sam  F.
Sam F. Australia
A-One Fishing Charters
A-One Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(130 reviews)
Good day out fishing with good people Olly and Tex couldn’t be better blokes at A1 fishing
Michael  G.
Michael G. Melbourne, Victoria
A-One Fishing Charters
A-One Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(130 reviews)
Awesome day out with captain Olly! Great top bloke!!! Been on many charters but ollys was the best! Good experienced skipper and knows the area well! Put the family onto to some great fish! Everyone enjoyed the day even me misses who has never been on boats much she was very happy!!! Highly recommend!
Michael  S.
Michael S. Medford, MA
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
The perfect friendly captain for our trip. Great knowledge in fishing. Took us to various spots to fish, dependent of course of how the fish were biting. Had a wonderful trip, great company, perfect weather, and caught some fish. Very happy client. You’ll have a great time if you go out.
Edward  L.
Edward L. Australia
A-One Fishing Charters
A-One Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(130 reviews)
Highly recommend!! Staff very friendly and knowledgeable. Had the best day out on the water. Would do it again!
Clint  H.
Clint H. Brisbane, Queensland
A-One Fishing Charters
A-One Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Very good
4.0 / 5
(130 reviews)
Good weather, good grew, good trip, kids had a great day catching more fish than dad,so they were happy, I'm happy to
Matthew  A.
Matthew A. Plano, TX