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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!

Gold Coast Fishing Calendar

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Half day trip with captain Brian and 1st mate billy
Daniel G. fished with Top Gear Fishing Charters on January 3, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Best at high tide and even better if you go out on a boat or charter
Half day trip with Captain Brian and decky Billy
Jason Q. fished with Top Gear Fishing Charters on December 23, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
Half day fishing trip
Siyu W. fished with Top Gear Fishing Charters on December 15, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take motion sickness medicine before the trip, wear sandals as your shoes will get wet.
Half day trip
Amee J. fished with Top Gear Fishing Charters on August 3, 2019
Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
Target bottom species in August there won’t be any Pelagics around
Half Day Trip
Wayne M. fished with True Blue Fishing Charters on February 12, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go out with True blue fishing charters, well worth the money.
Half day with Captain Brian and deckhand Billy
Matt L. fished with Top Gear Fishing Charters on February 9, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go to Fishing Gold Coast with Brian and Billy Mariners cove. A+
Fishing with Mark
Kennet G. fished with True Blue Fishing Charters on November 30, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
Great owner & skipper, excellent boat, lots of fish caught, overall a great days fishing.
Bill F. fished with Discovery Fishing Charters on August 15, 2017
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Fish early, and use lures & soft plastics.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Gold Coast

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

Hotshot Charters – Gold Coast, Hooker 1 Fishing Charters, and Top Gear 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 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.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Gold Coast.