Port Douglas Fishing Charters

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Port Douglas: 26 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(88 reviews)
Port Douglas
trips from US $106
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(54 reviews)
Port Douglas
trips from US $106
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(28 reviews)
Port Douglas
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Port Douglas
trips from US $1,059
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(250 reviews)
Port Douglas
trips from US $106
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4.5 / 5
(2 reviews)
Port Douglas
trips from US $2,052
Just added to our fleet
Port Douglas
trips from US $417
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(350 reviews)
Port Douglas
trips from US $545
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(2 reviews)
Port Douglas
trips from US $109
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(1 review)
Cairns
trips from US $353

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Port Douglas

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

The average price for a private 4 hour Port Douglas fishing trip is US $459, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,094 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Port Douglas that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Port Douglas are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Port Douglas are:

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Many fishing charters in Port Douglas 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 Port Douglas are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Port Douglas are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $488
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $900
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $882
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $1,200
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,531
  • 9-hour fishing trips – US $1,650

Fishing in Port Douglas

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
4.7 / 5
Based on 28570 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

Port Douglas Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in Port Douglas

We loved it. The fish were biting and we were laughing and smiling the whole time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We loved it. The fish were biting and we were laughing and smiling the whole time.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
Just get out and give it a go. Hooked a few great ones lost a few to sharks and the reef. Great day. Life time of memories. Captain was an absolute legend!!??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just get out and give it a go. Hooked a few great ones lost a few to sharks and the reef. Great day. Life time of memories. Captain was an absolute legend!!??
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Even though the floods came through a week or two ago we still managed to hook some big fish and even catch a couple smaller ones
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Even though the floods came through a week or two ago we still managed to hook some big fish and even catch a couple smaller ones
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Give it a go even if you don’t catch a fish it’s still worth it. We went thinking we probably wouldn’t which made it such a joy when we caught fish bigger than we expected.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Give it a go even if you don’t catch a fish it’s still worth it. We went thinking we probably wouldn’t which made it such a joy when we caught fish bigger than we expected.
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Get in quick with the bookings, check the weather and listen to the Captain.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get in quick with the bookings, check the weather and listen to the Captain.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter Bridgeman Downs, QLD
Book with shawry at Hooked Up, a very knowledge man with years of experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with shawry at Hooked Up, a very knowledge man with years of experience
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters Mildura, VIC
Weather was definately windy and I understand now this was typical for month of July. So if that's not for your party maybe ask when it would be less windy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was definately windy and I understand now this was typical for month of July. So if that's not for your party maybe ask when it would be less windy.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas Lochailort, Scotland
Remember to check the season you're in so you know what fish may be biting. Heed the sage advice of the professional fisherman you've engaged for your charter - they really do know what's best! Relax and enjoy the trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember to check the season you're in so you know what fish may be biting. Heed the sage advice of the professional fisherman you've engaged for your charter - they really do know what's best! Relax and enjoy the trip!
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters Port Douglas, Queensland
Even though it’s not peak fishing season, Shawry found plenty for us to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Even though it’s not peak fishing season, Shawry found plenty for us to catch.
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
My fishing experience in Port Douglas was absolutely incredible. The stunning scenery, knowledgeable guide, and abundant fish made it a truly unforgettable adventure. Highly recommended for all fishing enthusiasts!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My fishing experience in Port Douglas was absolutely incredible. The stunning scenery, knowledgeable guide, and abundant fish made it a truly unforgettable adventure. Highly recommended for all fishing enthusiasts!
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter Brisbane, Queensland
Depending on the day, weather could prohibit you from fishing the reef but that’s to be expected anywhere.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Depending on the day, weather could prohibit you from fishing the reef but that’s to be expected anywhere.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter Parker, CO
Worth the drive. Less overfished relative to Carins and shorter boat ride to the fish (this makes it good for kids).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Worth the drive. Less overfished relative to Carins and shorter boat ride to the fish (this makes it good for kids).
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas) Brisbane, Queensland
Go with the OUT N ABOUT fishing team and you will have smiles for miles off 4 mile... Trust me as i aint a rookie and had one of most memorable days
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with the OUT N ABOUT fishing team and you will have smiles for miles off 4 mile... Trust me as i aint a rookie and had one of most memorable days
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas) Brisbane, Queensland
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.
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas) 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.
Aquis Fishing Charters
Aquis Fishing Charters 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.
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas) 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.
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas) 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.
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters 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.
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters 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.
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters Latrobe, TAS

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Port Douglas?

Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(250 reviews)
After several canceled trips due to bad weather. Our captain shawry made sure we got the best fishing possible on the river . Would highly recommend this character to anyone wanting to get the best possible fishing available on the day . You won’t be disappointed Cheers Shane & Julian
Shane  S.
Shane S.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
We had a great variety of fish and moved whenever they went off the bite. Dean worked tirelessly to make saw we were always baited up and had lines in the water. Great family trip!
Lachie  U.
Lachie U.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Went out for a 3/4 day outer reef trip. Dean was great and managed to put us on top of fish all day. Would recommend 👍👍
Matt  M.
Matt M.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
We had a great time. Jason has wealth of knowledge and it was like we had been mates for years. He took us to 3 locations and we all caught fish. It was so much fun. We learnt a lot about what kind of fish we were catching and Jason helped us get the fish off the hook. We took loads of photos and enjoyed a great day out with our teens and not a phone in sight. (Other than mine for photos) Highly recommend going on this tour.
Carmen  B.
Carmen B.
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(250 reviews)
So easy, had a great morning, got onto fish in no time. Relaxed, accomodating and knows the place like the back of his hand highly recommended
Steve  M.
Steve M.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Dean made the wife and kids aged 10 and 12 feel very comfortable, took us to the right places to catch and keep the family interested and engaged, would definitely recommend, had a great time
Andrew  D.  B.
Andrew D. B.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Thanks Dean for an epic day on the water. The river was surely a beautiful place to fish! Two meals sorted after catching a golden snapper and mangrove jack. Thanks again
Katherine  K.
Katherine K.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Great charter jason was very good to deal with he put us on some great spots and we got some nice fish. Will definitely go again
Narelle  B.
Narelle B.
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(250 reviews)
Captain Shaw was awesome. Extremely knowledgeable on the area as well as the fish. Never skimped on the bait and was quick to make sure your line was loaded up and you were fishing. Friendly and patient with me as a newby and could easily switch on a dime to my partners more experienced level. Caught some delicious fish that we took with us for dinner.
Kim  C.
Kim C.
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(250 reviews)
Awesome boat, quality tackle, captain very knowledgeable had a fantastic trip, highly recommend.
Warren  S.
Warren S.
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Out N About Sportfishing (Port Douglas)
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(350 reviews)
Was a ripper day, dale was great and always very helpful and put us onto the fish, catching over 80 fish and at least 8 different species
Vickie  H.
Vickie H.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
We enjoyed our half day trip earlier in our holiday so much we asked Captain Dean if we could take another trip with him to hunt for bigger fish and coral trout. Well - he did not disappoint! We caught shark, rock cod, an assortment of brightly coloured reef fish and FIVE coral trout, three of which are going on the barbecue tonight ! Thanks Dean !!
Julia  S.
Julia S.
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(250 reviews)
We had a great day fishing with Captain Shawry and felt confident being guided by such an experienced professional. He put my wife and I on an impressive variety of fish and was always helpful and kind. I promise his fishing expertise far outweighs yours so please relax, respect and do what he says.
Travis  K.
Travis K.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Had myself and my 2 teenage boys go out. Allot of options for fishing and we caught some decent fish. Was also great to listen to Jason with his knowledge and tips he gave over the day, he was very patient and helpful with my youngest boy when he was winding up fish. Very enjoyable day on the water.
Jesse  B.
Jesse B.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Had a great morning - caught upwards of 50 fish between 5 of us. Dean was so patient and helpful - he was brilliant. Can’t recommend it highly enough !
Julia  S.
Julia S.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
I did a solo reef trip with Jason, he was a great skipper with plenty of knowledge. He made sure he made the most of my time, if the fish stopped biting he wouldn’t waste a drop down, we were just onto the next spot. Even showing me to some of his personal spots to get me onto some trophy size fish. Highly recommend and will be doing a full day trip next time I am in Port Douglas Cheers Jason
Jarrod  M.
Jarrod M.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Our fishing experience with Dean was fantastic. He is very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Would highly recommend booking with him. We will definitely be back. John and Mel
John  H.
John H.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Absolute legend. Took great care of my little one. Ended up being a great day. If anyone wants a great fishing experience and has kids Dean is the man. Nothing but time, patience and a great captain with exceptional experience. Thanks mate look forward to next time.
Chris  B.
Chris B.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Great day out. Highly recommend akula to anyone. Jason’s a great guy and a big thanks for teaching my family to fish…and me!
Geoff  C.
Geoff C.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(88 reviews)
Was a great day on the reef and highly recommend. Got many species and a couple of the targeted ones also. The family enjoyed the day and are still taking about it, having fully enjoyed their experience.
Jeffrey  M.
Jeffrey M.

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