Port Douglas

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Port Douglas Fishing Charters

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Port Douglas: 16 fishing charters available

Sublime Sportfishing Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(58 reviews)
Port Douglas

Aquis Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(28 reviews)
Port Douglas
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Hook Up Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(201 reviews)
Port Douglas

Sublime Sportfishing – Blackwatch

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Port Douglas
trips from $1,950

Port Douglas Sportfishing

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(100 reviews)
Port Douglas

Out N About Sportfishing

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(244 reviews)
Port Douglas

Gone Fishing Cairns

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(257 reviews)
Cairns
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Billfish Sports Fishing

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(8 reviews)
Cairns
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trips from $1,985

Australian Black Marlin Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Cairns
trips from $2,681

Cairns Fishing Charters Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Yorkeys Knob
trips from $279

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Port Douglas


The average price for a private 4 hour Port Douglas fishing trip is $385, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $707 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

The most popular fish species you can target are Giant Trevally, Coral Trout, and Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Trolling, and Bottom Fishing. Inshore fishing, river fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Port Douglas is easily one of the most popular fishing destinations in Australia. With the Great Barrier Reef at your disposal, and bluewater brimming with all kinds of game fish, how could it not be? You might come here for a vacation, but you’ll be blown away by the premier bite. That’s where Port Douglas fishing charters come in.

This part of Queensland is nestled next to vibrant reefs which are home to hundreds of fish species. Coral Trout, Trevally, Nannygai, Red Emperor Snapper and Narrow-Barred Mackerel are common catches in this area. Head beyond the Great Barrier, and you’ll be in the realm of grander Black Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo and Giant Trevally.

Fishing closer to shore on local rivers and estuaries is also very productive. This is where you go to hook into Barramundi, Queenfish, Permit, Tarpon, Threadfin Salmon, Fingermark Bream and Mangrove Jack.

Whichever fishery you decide to explore, there’s a Port Douglas fishing charter to help you out. Half day trips are a popular choice when you’re in the mood for excellent reef fishing with your family or you’d like to land something good in the inshore waters. Longer expeditions will take you further away from shore and put you on the trail of impressive trophy catches.

If you’re wondering where to go to get a taste of the Port Douglas angling action, head to Wharf Street and Ashford Avenue, where you’ll find a good number of charters ready to take you out.

Rules & Regulations

You don’t need a license to fish recreationally in Port Douglas. Size and bag limits do apply to some species, and these may vary depending on the season. Always be aware of local regulations regarding where you can and cannot cast lines, whether on land or by boat. 

Port Douglas
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 25043 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Game fishing is strong during the Australian summer. The inshore bite is excellent, with Barramundi, Queenfish, and Mangrove Jacks on the menu. Tuna, Wahoo, Giant Trevally and Marlin are also on the cards. Be prepared for heavy rains, with the possibility of cyclones.

February

The wet season continues, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying great fishing for Giant Trevally. On the reefs, you’re likely to catch Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Mackerel, Nannygai. Adrenaline seekers can target Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and, of course, Giant Trevally.

March

The peak season for game fishing is winding down, but the reefs and rivers still provide plenty of opportunities. You can fish inshore for Barramundi, Queenfish and Fingermark Bream, as well as Nannygai, Snapper and Mackerel around the reefs.

April

This time of year, you can still enjoy fishing the reefs, rivers and estuaries. The rainy season has ended, which means you’ll have beautiful days to target anything from Coral Trout and Cobia to GT and Tuna. Let’s not forget about Threadfin Salmon, Barramundi and Queenfish.

May

May is the break between peak seasons. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do on the water – you’re still likely to catch Nannygai, Coral Trout and Red Emperor in addition to all inshore species.

June

Come June, more and more fish are active in all fisheries. Reef fishing and inshore fishing are picking up momentum, with Queenfish, Red Emperor Snapper, Nannygai and Trevally biting more frequently. Sailfish, Tuna and Trevally are starting to appear more often offshore.

July

Reef fishing is in full swing, with very high chances of catching excellent Coral Trout, Nannygai, Red Emperor and Mackerel. This is a great time to go out and spend a day chasing Sailfish, Mackerel and Red Emperor Snapper and try out different angling techniques.

August

The long-awaited game fishing season is back! There’s no limit to what you can find at the end of your line these days – Sharks, Trevally, Tuna, Wahoo and Sailfish are all fair game. Closer to land, you can look forward to Fingermark Bream, Nannygai and Queenfish.

September

The Black Marlin breeding season has begun, and every major game fish is biting! This marks the beginning of the best time for fishing in Port Douglas, with pleasant weather and lots of fish. If you’ve got your eyes on landing a personal record, September is the time to come.

October

Now is the time to get out on the water, with every species biting vigorously in the rivers, reefs, and offshore! You can reel in pretty much anything you can think of, from Mangrove Jack to Barramundi, grander Black Marlin to feisty Dogtooth Tuna. It’s a real fishing carnival!

November

Angling action on the reefs is winding down, but deep sea fishing for monster catches is still very much on. Black Marlin are most sought-after this time of year, but you could easily stumble upon Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Sailfish and Giant Trevally, to name a few.

December

The holiday season is upon us, and going fishing in Port Douglas sounds like an amazing Christmas present. You can catch anything from Sailfish, Marlin and Giant Trevally to Barramundi. Be sure to get in on the action while the weather is still decent!

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Yes e everything is supplied and it depends on the day as to what you catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes e everything is supplied and it depends on the day as to what you catch.
Ian  W.
Ian W. Melbourne, VIC
Would be great for first time anglers as Blake took the time to ensure everyone was catered for and the weather was sensational. We caught some great fish and had a really great day.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Would be great for first time anglers as Blake took the time to ensure everyone was catered for and the weather was sensational. We caught some great fish and had a really great day.
Reuben  S.
Reuben S. Sydney, New South Wales
Didn’t catch any of legal doze on the day, but had heaps of fun. Would go again and will for sure.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Didn’t catch any of legal doze on the day, but had heaps of fun. Would go again and will for sure.
Ivana  O.
Ivana O. Rockingham, WA
Don’t be cheap and pay for a full day if time permitted, you will not be disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t be cheap and pay for a full day if time permitted, you will not be disappointed.
Kwok  N.
Kwok N. Burleigh Heads, QLD
A tough time of year to catch barramundi, but with so many other amazing fish to catch I wouldn't get caught up on solely targeting barra this time of year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A tough time of year to catch barramundi, but with so many other amazing fish to catch I wouldn't get caught up on solely targeting barra this time of year.
Alex  G.
Alex G. NO FORT MYERS, FL
Take a charter with an experienced captain who ca put you amongst the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a charter with an experienced captain who ca put you amongst the fish.
Dean  W.
Dean W. Glenella, QLD
Go straight to Glenn Shaw for the best charter at the best rate.A great bloke ,super friendly and full of knowledge about fishing around Port Douglas.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go straight to Glenn Shaw for the best charter at the best rate.A great bloke ,super friendly and full of knowledge about fishing around Port Douglas.
Garry  B.
Garry B. Latrobe, TAS
Wear appropriate sun protection clothing (long sleeved shirt, hat, face and neck protector) and use plenty of high factor sunscreen
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Wear appropriate sun protection clothing (long sleeved shirt, hat, face and neck protector) and use plenty of high factor sunscreen
John  W.
John W. Acton, ACT
Book a charter and talk to locals about desired fishing species and locations.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Book a charter and talk to locals about desired fishing species and locations.
Craig  C.
Craig C. Penrith, NSW
Be aware it’s hot, don’t just imagine you can chuck in and catch as there are a lot of variables the skipper can’t control.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be aware it’s hot, don’t just imagine you can chuck in and catch as there are a lot of variables the skipper can’t control.
Graham  C.
Graham C. Hull, England

Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(201 reviews)
We caught some really nice fish and also got good explanations about them. Lots of different fish, different locations in the river and the mangroves. Definitely recommend the tour with Captain Shawry!
Peggy  O.
Peggy O. Brisbane, QLD
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(244 reviews)
Best time I have had the captain was fantastic he knew where to go and if no bites didn’t hang around went off to another spot plenty of fish were caught
John  T.
John T. Brisbane, Queensland
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(244 reviews)
Went out for a full day fishing the outer reef with Paul. Had an absolute blast. Definitely one of my best fishing experiences. Highly recommend. Can’t wait to come back up to Port Douglas and go out again.
Robert  H.
Robert H. Brisbane, Queensland
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(244 reviews)
Captain of the boat was great, he was enthusiastic and helpful in providing our family of 5 with a great fishing experience. We caught quite a few smaller fish but unfortunately no big ones, maybe next time we will have more luck!
Michael  H.
Michael H. Melbourne, Victoria
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(244 reviews)
Sam was fantastic in everydway, willing to move frequently when the bites tapered off, great success and a great afternoon..., many thanks and will definitely book again on my next return... Cheers Al
Al  C.
Al C. Melbourne, VIC
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(244 reviews)
Lots of fun and in safe hands with Skipper Paul! We all caught loads of fish and the kids had a blast. Thanks guys.🐟🎣🐠☀️
Corinne  P.
Corinne P. Brisbane, QLD
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(244 reviews)
He was funny as well as taking us to brilliant spots letting us get 2 keepers and heaps more. We also were able to catch a brown-marbled grouper.
Christian  N.
Christian N. Brisbane, Queensland
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(244 reviews)
Great few hours, a few fish caught, good variety and great captain full of stories and helpful guide
Allan  M.
Allan M. Australia
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(244 reviews)
Our Out n about fishing trip was great although the fish weren’t biting much we still managed to get some. I would like to thank Paul for showing me how to fish properly and constantly putting the bait on my line and casting out for me I would recommend out n about fishing to anyone who wants to go out fishing hopefully next time we could do the reef.
Julie  C.
Julie C. Brisbane, QLD
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(244 reviews)
A great afternoon of fishing and viewing marine wildlife. Thanks Chris & Isaac
Christopher  D.
Christopher D. Australia
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(201 reviews)
Great captain with Shawry, excellent spots to fish and plenty of action. Experienced local who has all the knowledge on spots to go. Highly recommended.
Michael  F.
Michael F. Brisbane, Queensland
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(201 reviews)
Had a great morning out with Shawy! Patient and attentive. I didn’t have to bate a hook or tie a line. Great local service with years worth if Local wisdom! I will go out with him again when back in the North for sure! Thanks mate!
Blair  C.
Blair C. Australia
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(201 reviews)
We had the most amazing day out. Skipper was friendly and super helpful. Took us to several places to make sure we caught fish. We did this on our honeymoon and both loved it 😍
Helle  O.
Helle O. Brisbane, Queensland
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(201 reviews)
The captain made you feel welcome and very accommodating for the lady’s as there wasn’t a toilet in the mangrove’s. Put us on plenty of fish, always had bait on our lines and happy to cast out for you aswell. All in All it was a good day. Happy to go with Shawry again next time.
Aaron  S.
Aaron S. Brisbane, Queensland
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(201 reviews)
Had a great morning fishing with my son. Shawy was very helpful and very knowledgeable about the area
Barry  S.
Barry S. Brisbane, Queensland
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(244 reviews)
Good day couldn't get to the reef because of the Weather however the esterues were good. No barra but lots of other fish.
Lynette  P.
Lynette P. Sydney, NSW
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(201 reviews)
Due to the unseasonal wet weather including high winds the only fishing trip available was in the estuary but the experience was still well worth the dollars spent. Capt. Shawry is a true expert with a wealth of knowledge on fishing and local knowledge. Landing the Cod was certainly the highlight but not having to think about what rig or load bait was even better. My mate Scotty (Rawhide) and I will certainly be onboard when we visit Port next time.
David  H.
David H. Boston, MA
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(201 reviews)
He excellent knowledge the water ways and fishing made it a great half day fishing. I wouldn't hesitate going out with him again.
Dennis  W.
Dennis W. Australia
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(244 reviews)
An amazing and successful half day with Paul, who made sure everyone had the best possible chance of catching something. Super knowledgeable and happy to share any tips and tricks. My partner and I caught 6 different types of fish and had an absolutely delightful morning! Will definitely book again if we're back in Port Douglas.
Alexandra  P.
Alexandra P. Sydney, NSW
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(201 reviews)
Knowledgeable and welcoming.. made our experience very nice even though the species we wanted to catch was out of season
Alberto  C.
Alberto C. Brisbane, Queensland