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Gold Coast Fishing Charters

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Gold Coast: 8 fishing charters available

Top Gear Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(94 reviews)
Gold Coast
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trips from $106

Hotshot Charters – Gold Coast

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Gold Coast
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trips from $1,622

Hooker 1 Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(6 reviews)
Gold Coast
trips from $635

Discovery Fishing Charters

Very good
3.8 / 5
(46 reviews)
Gold Coast
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trips from $106

True Blue Fishing – Sea Quest

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Gold Coast
trips from $1,163

Lucky Strike Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(11 reviews)
Gold Coast
trips from $1,269

True Blue Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.2 / 5
(97 reviews)
Gold Coast
trips from $106

Northern Rivers Sportfishing – East

South Murwillumbah
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trips from $282

When a city is named the Gold Coast, a picture of a place framed with sandy beaches and gorgeous waters comes to mind. Nestled on Australia’s east coast and hugged by the Coral Sea, the Gold Coast is a great vacation destination and an even better fishing spot. If you don’t believe it, one trip with Golden Coast fishing charters will change your mind.

With over 40 miles of coastline, the city is an epicenter of angling activity. Whether you’re in the mood for deep sea fishing, reef exploration, or inshore opportunities, you’ve come to the right place. Come in the summer months, and you’ll be blown away by the premier Black Marlin bite and pelagics like Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Mackerel, Sailfish, and Yellowfin Tuna in the fall.

Reef fishing is just as productive, with an impressive array of species to target. The reefs are a playground for Yellowtail, Snapper, Cobia, Pearl Perch, Tailor, and Amberjack, among many others. Mangrove Jacks, Flathead, Tailor, and Trevally hang out closer to shore, which is perfect when going offshore isn’t advisable.

Because fishing opportunities are so diverse here, there’s no shortage of experienced skippers to take you to your catch. Gold Coast fishing charters organize trips that can last anywhere from 3–10 hours and often there are specialized expeditions on offer as well. A half day excursion is enough to fish the reefs, while longer trips are perfect for deep sea runs.

It’s recommended that you book your charter a couple of months in advance. Alternatively, you can head to Main Beach and pick one of the charter boats from the lineup.

Rules & Regulations

When you’re casting a line in Queensland, you don’t need  a fishing license for recreational fishing. Bear in mind that size and possession limits apply to a variety of fish species, so make sure to follow the rules.


January

January kicks off with some of the best deep sea fishing you’ll find all year. Black Marlin are abundant at the beginning of the month, with plenty of other game fish in tow, including Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Mackerel, and Mahi Mahi.

February

There’s a lot of Blue Marlin offshore, so if you don’t mind the trip, you’ll have a blast. Black Marlin catches start to thin out, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of Mackerel, Wahoo, and Sailfish to keep you busy. Pearl Perch is coming into season.

March
As fall settles in, the fishing changes. Game fishing is focusing more on Yellowfin and Mackerel Tuna, with Wahoo still giving anglers a run for their money. If you hit the reefs, you’ll have a lot of fun reeling in a variety of Snapper.
April
The water temperatures drop but the action heats up around the reefs. Amberjack, Cobia, Snapper, Pearl Perch, and Yellowtail Kingfish are up for grabs when bottom fishing or jigging. This is a great time of year to fish the Gold Coast. 
May
The fantastic reef fishing continues, only improved by the reappearance of Yellowfin Tuna offshore. The talk of the town is the Humpback Whales’ migration. Time it right, and you might enjoy excellent fishing and whale watching on the same trip.
June

It may officially be winter, but that doesn’t stop the Gold Coast from dazzling visitors with its famously pleasant climate and sunny weather. And the fishing is better than ever over the reefs, with monster Cobia, Pearl Perch, Snapper, and Trevally in the cards.

July
Some say winter is the best time for fishing around the Gold Coast. The weather is warm, there are fewer people on the water, and there's plenty of fish. As well as Cobia, Snapper, and Tuna at the reefs, Tailor and Flathead are caught inshore.
August

If you’re a Flathead fan, get on down to the Gold Coast! The Dusky Flathead – one of Australia’s favorite fish – is schooling in preparation to spawn. Whales are being sighted and Sharks are following close behind, so you’ll have some competition when battling your prey.

September

Spring is in the air, which means mild tropical evenings and sunny days. Sometimes in September, winds don’t make it easy to go offshore, but that’s ok. Look for Cobia, Pearl Perch, Pink Snapper, and Sweetlip Emperor over the reefs, you won’t be disappointed.

October

As the currents warm, the migratory patterns change. There are fewer sharks out there and plenty of Wahoo, Tuna, Trevally, and Flathead. Sport fishers are polishing up their gear in preparation for the big game season.

November

As warm bluewater currents start moving southwards down the coastline, sportfishing boats come up against Wahoo as well as Yellowfin Tuna. Things are still going strong around the reefs, where you can hook into Jacks, Snapper, and Trevally.

December

It’s summertime and living is far from easy – if you’re a game fish, that is. This is the season for both Blue and Black Marlin, as well as Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Mackerel, and Wahoo. Catching your next record might just be the best thing to give yourself this Christmas!

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Fishing is fishing, sometimes you catch fish sometimes you don't. Don't get upset if you expect something and it doesn't work out.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is fishing, sometimes you catch fish sometimes you don't. Don't get upset if you expect something and it doesn't work out.
Jason  Q.
Jason Q. New Farm, QLD
Take motion sickness medicine before the trip, wear sandals as your shoes will get wet.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Take motion sickness medicine before the trip, wear sandals as your shoes will get wet.
Siyu  W.
Siyu W. Pinjarra Hills, QLD
We like very mutch the captain do his best and take us too severel spots but the fish wanted play whit us. Thats how fishing is :-) Coming back next time we are in Australia. Kennet and Florence from Sweden.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We like very mutch the captain do his best and take us too severel spots but the fish wanted play whit us. Thats how fishing is :-) Coming back next time we are in Australia. Kennet and Florence from Sweden.
Kennet  G.
Kennet G. Teneriffe, Queensland

Top Gear Fishing Charters
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Brian and Billy were absolutely fantastic and they ran a great trip. We found plenty of fish and hooked up on a lot, we just weren’t lucky enough to hook up that big Marlin, there will be a next time. I would definitely recommend Top Gear charters to everybody!
Tim  C.
Tim C. Wellington Point, Queensland
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Brain and Billy were great hosts, always there to help hook a bait, untangle lines, free line from rocks…always jolly and cheerful. What more can you ask for than hooking up a 28kg GT! Billy guided with clear instructions to get the beast onto the boat. Amazing experience for all.
Winnie  C.
Winnie C. Brisbane, QLD
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(94 reviews)
Captain Brian and Jimmy are the best guys for the job. Fun, knowledgeable and passionate about getting you onto the fish. Would definitely recommend them and will book again.
Philip  S.
Philip S. Brisbane, Queensland
Discovery Fishing Charters
Discovery Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
Fantastic first time fishing charter experience for my 10 year old son. Captain and crew so helpful and very attentive to my son making his day a complete highlight. Great experience.
Garth  H.
Garth H. Brisbane, QLD
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Highly recommend, we had a great time with the incredible crew. Caught a spanish mackerel!!!!!
Corey  S.
Corey S. Conroe, TX
True Blue Fishing – Sea Quest
True Blue Fishing – Sea Quest
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Had a great day out on the water, caught some amazing fish. Crew were awesome and really added to the whole experience. Would recommend others to book with “True Blue Fishing”
ADAM  R.
ADAM R. Hobart, TAS
True Blue Fishing Charters
True Blue Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Great day out on the water with Great crew definitely know their stuff and it was great to put the game rods out and have a chance to Jagger trophy fish
Raymond  W.
Raymond W. Abbotsford, NSW
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Great Crew , equipment etc , creating a great day for our annual Christmas party ! Thanks Guys Regards: Reid Plumbing… Earl
Earl  R.
Earl R. Auburn, ME
Discovery Fishing Charters
Discovery Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(46 reviews)
Excellent skipper. Todd is a great deckie. Loves naviy sandwich 🥪 and Maltese’s. Great 👍 blokes couldn’t wish for more. The old bloke. Cheers
Dave  A.
Dave A. St. Louis, MO
True Blue Fishing – Sea Quest
True Blue Fishing – Sea Quest
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
First time my wife and I went fishing. Dylan and Anthony were fabulous. They taught us everything. Explaing, fixed the gear and guided us on how to use the gear. We caught plenty fish - Tuna, Snapper, and other - no need to go shopping for a month. A brilliant day on the water, in great company of the crew, learning new skills. An experience we will repeat again!
Nicolas  F.
Nicolas F. West End, QLD
Discovery Fishing Charters
Discovery Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
Excellent team on a very capacious boat. We caught 6 beautiful Tunas. Despite of rough sea the team handled the trip very professionally. Will definitely come back.
Amgad  S.
Amgad S. Brisbane, QLD
Discovery Fishing Charters
Discovery Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(46 reviews)
Had a great morning out-very friendly and accommodating for the young fella I took with me. Highly recommended and would look to again in the future.
Michael  W.
Michael W. Caloundra, QLD
True Blue Fishing Charters
True Blue Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(97 reviews)
quit rough everyone was sick, execpt me and we went in early. did not catch much as it was rough but other then that the crew was great, and i enjoyed it.
Robert  H.
Robert H. Hobart, TAS
True Blue Fishing Charters
True Blue Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
We enjoyed the skipper and crews knowledge, experience and how they mingled with our group. They showed professionalism and we had a great day, catching 30 great fish. We all just enjoyed our day out
Phillip  T.
Phillip T. Brisbane, QLD
True Blue Fishing Charters
True Blue Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Great afternoon spent with True Blue Fishing charters. Adam and Dylan were super supportive and made the trip great. A+ for the effort and day. Cheers guys, I’d go again for sure. Thank you.
Sara  W.
Sara W. Tingalpa, Queensland
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(94 reviews)
Best charter ever, great crew with great laughs, forever memorable , cheers boys
Tuuaga  L.
Tuuaga L. Brisbane, QLD
True Blue Fishing Charters
True Blue Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Our captain looked after us on a pretty choppy day. Put us on some good spots. Highly recommend and very professional.
Peter  F.
Peter F. Mount Gravatt, QLD
True Blue Fishing Charters
True Blue Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Had an absolute blast, cobia and Tina were on fire the day we fished. The worked hard to make sure we caught as many as possible. we will be back. bmBig thanks to captain Adam.
Angelo  C.
Angelo C. Labrador, QLD
True Blue Fishing Charters
True Blue Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
1st class, the crew where very helpful, boat is clean and tidy. we caught snapper, trag and tuskfish.
Brendan  T.
Brendan T. South Stradbroke, QLD
True Blue Fishing Charters
True Blue Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
First Timers on a Charter boat, and from the time we boarded till the time we left the boat Crew and Skipper "Ben and Jase" were nothing but welcoming, entertaining and full of knowledge about the fish everyone was catching. We saw dolphins and whales along the way and everyone on the boat were quite pleasant to be around. We unfortunately caught under sized fish, but we had an amazing time out on the water with these two guys. Honestly and great experience for even the novices to try.
Lillian  M.
Lillian M. Loganholme, QLD

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Gold Coast

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Gold Coast costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $1,097, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,642. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Gold Coast is 38 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Top Gear Fishing Charters, Hotshot Charters – Gold Coast, and Hooker 1 Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Gold Coast, Queensland. Full list of top fishing charters in Gold Coast.

Top Gear Fishing Charters, Hotshot Charters – Gold Coast, and Hooker 1 Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Gold Coast.

The best way to experience fishing in Gold Coast is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Gold Coast, Queensland.

The most popular fish species you can target are Yellowtail Amberjack, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), and Snapper (Pink). Top fishing techniques include deep sea fishing, light tackle, and trolling. Offshore fishing, reef fishing, and wreck fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The fantastic reef fishing continues, only improved by the reappearance of Yellowfin Tuna offshore. The talk of the town is the Humpback Whales’ migration. Time it right, and you might enjoy excellent fishing and whale watching on the same trip. Check availability for local fishing charters in Gold Coast.