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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. 

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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!

Port Douglas Fishing Calendar

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January fishing trip
Ivana O. fished with Out N About Sportfishing on January 20, 2020
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Didn’t catch any of legal doze on the day, but had heaps of fun. Would go again and will for sure.
Half day trip
Kwok N. fished with Out N About Sportfishing on July 19, 2019
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Don’t be cheap and pay for a full day if time permitted, you will not be disappointed.
Half day with capt paul
Gary H. fished with Out N About Sportfishing on July 15, 2019
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Yes , but keep on eye on changing wether , changes very quickly
Full Day Trip with Shawry
Alex G. fished with Hook Up Fishing Charters on June 28, 2019
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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.
Full Day Light Tackle Trip to the Outer Reef
Alex G. fished with Saltaire Charters - 34’ Blue Water on June 27, 2019
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The wind can definitely be a factor but with the right crew, you will catch fish.
Excellent Full Day fishing with Captain Will
Paul D. fished with Fish Hunter FNQ on June 21, 2019
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Book a trip in with Captain Will at Fish Hunter FNQ!
Half day with Captain Shawry.
Dean W. fished with Hook Up Fishing Charters on May 11, 2019
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Take a charter with an experienced captain who ca put you amongst the fish.
Half day with Captain Matt
Jennifer M. fished with Port Douglas Sportfishing on January 8, 2019
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Remind the operator that you want to eat what you catch

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Port Douglas

According to customer reviews, Aquis Fishing Charters, Sublime Sportfishing Adventures, and Hook Up Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Port Douglas, Queensland. Full list of top fishing charters in Port Douglas.

Aquis Fishing Charters, Sublime Sportfishing Adventures, and Hook Up Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Port Douglas.

The best way to experience fishing in Port Douglas 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 Port Douglas, Queensland.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Port Douglas are:

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Port Douglas.

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