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Fishing Smooth Water – Mooloolaba

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(25 reviews)
Mooloolaba
trips from $348

Hotshot Charters – Gold Coast

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Gold Coast
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,602

Top Gear Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(95 reviews)
Gold Coast
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trips from $104

Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(50 reviews)
Tewantin
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $122

Noosa Bluewater Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(38 reviews)
Noosaville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $122

Noosa Charters – Wild Thing 2

Excellent
4.4 / 5
(144 reviews)
Noosaville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $122

Hooker 1 Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(6 reviews)
Gold Coast
trips from $627

Discovery Fishing Charters

Very good
3.8 / 5
(47 reviews)
Gold Coast
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $104

Fishing Offshore Noosa – Trekka 2

Excellent
4.2 / 5
(65 reviews)
Noosaville
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trips from $122

Untapped Fishing Expeditions

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Noosaville
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $416

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Brisbane

The average price for a private 4 hour Brisbane fishing trip is $588, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $706 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Fishing Smooth Water – Mooloolaba, Hotshot Charters – Gold Coast, and Top Gear Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Brisbane. Full list of top fishing charters in Brisbane.

Fishing Smooth Water – Mooloolaba, Hotshot Charters – Gold Coast, and Top Gear Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Brisbane.

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

The capital and largest city of Queensland, Brisbane is the starting point for most Australian East Coast adventures. This is one of the oldest cities in the country, and while it’s mainly known as Queensland’s administrative and business centre, it’s certainly worth a visit—especially if you’re into fishing. Set around the Brisbane River and looking out into the bountiful Moreton Bay, Brisbane has water at its heart. Visit with a rod and a reel, and you’ll find that fishing’s part of its soul, too.
 
The whole of the southern coastline of Queensland is known for the diversity of its marine life. There’s something to be caught here all year round, and the various fishing charters Brisbane has to offer know how to give you the best experience for the time of year you’re visiting. Whether you’re after a Tuna or a Flathead, you’ll find your match here. 

Known for

The first thing you need to understand about fishing in Brisbane is that it revolves around two clearly defined seasons. In the summer, it’s all about the big game, with Tuna, Kingfish, and Cobia making their way close to town and Marlin being caught further offshore. Come here in the winter, though, and you can expect to fill your Esky with top-notch table fare—big Pink Snappers and Bream are what fishing Brisbane is all about at this time of year.
 

Where to fish

Once you’ve got the season down, all you need to do is figure out where to start. Here’s our rundown of the top fishing spots Brisbane anglers need to know about:

Moreton Bay 

 
Sheltered by Moreton Island, Moreton Bay is 14 km (just under 9 miles) from the centre of Brisbane. A massive 125 km (78 miles) long, it extends from Caloundra in the north down to Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast in the south. This huge, shallow bay has historically been an important port and access point between Australia and the wider world. Now, it’s known for its biodiversity, with around a quarter of Australia’s bird species coming here at some point in the year, and dungong, dolphins, sea turtles, and even whales dropping in. 
 
The fishing Moreton Bay plays host to is no less diverse. Despite its shallow waters (usually between 1-8 m or 3-26 ft deep), the bay attracts a kaleidoscope of species to its artificial reefs and natural sand banks and islands. Mack and Longtail Tuna, Mackerel, Bream, Sweetlip—and of course, the notorious Pink Snapper—are just a few of the species you could encounter round here. 
 
Some of the best fishing spots include West Peel Artificial Reef for a variety of Snappers, Sweetip, Tailor, and Bream, Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef for Snapper, Tuna, and Mackerel, and Mud Island for Tuna and Mackerel, as well as reef fish. 
 

Brisbane River

The sweeping meanders of the Brisbane River contrast with the dense apartment blocks of the city that bears the same name. Twisting and turning all the way up to Lake Wivenhoe, some of the river's most popular inhabitants include the local favourites of Bream and Flathead. That’s far from the end of the story though: adrenaline seekers will find that these waters are home to a large population of Bull Sharks. Brisbane River fishing usually revolves around the less toothy targets, though, with Threadfin Salmon, Sweetlip Emperor, Cod, Tailor, Mangrove Jack, and Jewfish all making their way onto the ends of lines.
 
Freshwater anglers shouldn’t miss Lake Wivenhoe, a huge dam located just 80 km from Brisbane The birthplace of impoundment fishing for native species, this is one of the best places in the country for Yellowbelly and Australian Bass fishing. 
 

Offshore

The best deep sea fishing Brisbane has access to starts beyond Moreton Island. Make the journey, and you’ll be out in open waters, where the ocean’s top predators are hungry for bait. Deep sea trips are best in the summer, with Marlin, Sailfish, and Tuna all putting up a serious fight on light or heavy tackle. You can find some good deep sea charters out of Manly, while Noosa and Gold Coast are also within easy reach and have a good selection available.
 

Types of fishing

If you’re after a famous Brisbane Snapper, focus your efforts around fishing at dawn or dusk. Target them by bottom fishing or jigging. Artificial lures are getting very popular in Moreton Bay—casting lures for Tuna in these shallow waters is a game fishing experience you won’t forget. 
 
Offshore, you’ll generally be trolling for Billfish, as well as Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo. Light tackle big game fishing is popular around here, and the ultimate test of an angler’s ability. Don’t worry though—all serious Brisbane Fishing Charters stock heavy tackle, too.

Need to know

Get there: Brisbane Airport is the main international airport serving southeast Queensland. There are good train connections between Brisbane and Gold Coast, and Noosa and Mooloolaba are also a short drive away. 
 
Budget: full day private charters cost around $2000 AUD for 10 hours, with shared charters around $200-$250 per person. 
 
Rules and regulations: Fishing licenses are not required for fishing in Queensland, although you do need a fishing permit for fishing Lake Wivenhoe. Size and bag limits apply to a number of species: your Brisbane fishing charter will inform you which fish you are allowed to keep.

January
New Year fishing in Brisbane is hot—literally. This is mid summer, and the peak time for catching big game such as Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi, and Wahoo offshore. Watch out for afternoon storms. 
February
The excellent summer fishing continues in February, with pelagics making their way into Moreton Bay as well as the open ocean. Look out for Tuna and Mackerel around the bay’s islands. 
March

As autumn approaches, the tropical weather gradually starts to cool. This is a welcome break and makes visiting the city even more attractive. Threadfin Salmon are just one of many species being caught in Brisbane River. 

April

As the water temperatures start to transition, the pelagic bite gives way to more action around the reefs. Mack Tuna is usually around in good numbers, and you’ll start to notice more frequent Snapper hook ups. 

May

May is a great time to visit Brisbane—the weather is cooler but it’s still not too chilly. As the temperatures drop, Snapper fishing just gets hotter, with Sweetlip Emperor often being caught alongside them.

June

Winter is here, but that shouldn’t stop you getting out on the water. This is peak season for Jewfish fishing in Brisbane River, as they follow the spawning mullet. It’s also the best time of year to target Snapper in Moreton Bay. 

July

The city of Brisbane can be a heat trap in the summer, so July is a good time to combine fishing with exploring in a more comfortable climate. Trevally, Bream, and Whiting are being caught alongside Snapper in the bay. 

August
Reef fishing season continues, with the usual suspects doing all they can to steal your bait: make sure that big Pink Snapper doesn’t do the same to you! If you’re lucky, you may see Humpback Whales in the bay.
 
September
The arrival of spring signals Cobia season in Moreton Bay. Look for them over deeper structure in the northern part of the bay. On land, the weather’s getting warmer and the humidity is starting to build. 
 
October
As the days lengthen and the weather gets warmer, you won’t need an excuse to get out on the water. Threadfin Salmon and Estuary Cod are heating up in Brisbane River, while Cobia is still going strong in the bay.
 
November
Summer’s here, and the festivities have begun. Don’t miss the Brisbane River Classic, an annual fishing tournament in the city’s main waterway. Meanwhile, Mackerel and Tuna are making their way into Moreton Bay.
 
December
The city is very hot, so take a trip to the waterside. Target Kingfish, Cobia, Mackerel, and Tuna in Moreton Bay or test yourself against Mangrove Jacks, Flathead, and Threadfin Salmon in Brisbane River.
 

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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
You have to ask where you can clean your fish without getting a fine/parking ticket
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You have to ask where you can clean your fish without getting a fine/parking ticket
Joe  P.
Joe P. Morayfield, QLD
We actually went out at Jacobs Well / it was a bit closer for us. A lovely overcast day. Pack / wet weather gear/ lunch/ drinks/ sun cream & hats.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We actually went out at Jacobs Well / it was a bit closer for us. A lovely overcast day. Pack / wet weather gear/ lunch/ drinks/ sun cream & hats.
Cassandra  T.
Cassandra T. Brisbane, QLD
Be prepared for any weather & conditions including Mother Naturte's creature activity- very little or going crazy!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for any weather & conditions including Mother Naturte's creature activity- very little or going crazy!
Bob  & Liam Fordham
Bob & Liam Fordham Peregian Springs, QLD
Have the best time possible and get your hands smelling like you have just jumped on a charter!!!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Have the best time possible and get your hands smelling like you have just jumped on a charter!!!
Gina  C.
Gina C. Kingston, TAS
Visit these guys for some info and guidence! They want you to have the best fishing experience, and you really do get it,! Thanks Paul and brock
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Visit these guys for some info and guidence! They want you to have the best fishing experience, and you really do get it,! Thanks Paul and brock
Hayley  C.
Hayley C. Lytton, QLD
If not sure about what is going on - ask questions and have the crew expliam what they are doing
Very good
4.0 / 5
If not sure about what is going on - ask questions and have the crew expliam what they are doing
Steve  M.
Steve M. Tallebudgera Valley, QLD
Only way to go (you dont have to bring any gear, or worry about cleaning up after)
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Only way to go (you dont have to bring any gear, or worry about cleaning up after)
Raymond  R.
Raymond R. Brisbane, Queensland

Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Took the family out and had a great time. Caught lots of different species of fish including Snapper, Red Emperor and some large Cobia. The crew made the day great, and were happy to answer questions from the kids. We could not have asked for a better day out.
Richard  H.
Richard H. Australia
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Had a fantastic day out despite being seasick. Hands down the best charter I've been on to date. Definitely recommend this team.
Kym  G.
Kym G. Brisbane, Queensland
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 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
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
I felt safe on the crazy waves. Though it was raining and the currents were strong, we had a great day out. Everyone was very friendly and knew the water well.
Joti  G.
Joti G. Sydney, New South Wales
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
A great 1/2 day fishing trip with an awesome relaxed crew who were right on to everything anybody needed. They made it so easy for a novice fisherman to have the best day out deep catching fish.
Adrian  N.
Adrian N. Concord, NH
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(95 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
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 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
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Everyone caught a fish at the end off the day due to the experience of the crew Evan got dropped off at the jetty off my hotel full star experience thank you 😊
Frank  N.
Frank N. Brisbane, QLD
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 reviews)
Highly recommend, we had a great time with the incredible crew. Caught a spanish mackerel!!!!!
Corey  S.
Corey S. Conroe, TX
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
An epic half day out, fish were not big but first timers had a great day out. Crew were amazing, very understanding and Uber helpful. Will be making his part of our annual holidays on the coast. You rock Deep Sea Fishing Co.
John  C.
John C. Rockhampton, Queensland
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Top Gear Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(95 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
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
My family had a great day on the water. And we are excited to book again in the new year. I would definitely recommend This charter.
Jason  K.
Jason K. Portland, ME
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
We had a great day. Captain and decky did an excellent job and were super friendly. Couldn’t fault the experience and would definitely fish with these guys again.
Steele  L.
Steele L. Redcliffe, Queensland
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
There were 3 of us that went out. The views going out were amazing.... my partner and daughter were sick but I caught some fish which were thrown back because they were to small. I was bummed out we never caught anything but totalled enjoy ourselves. NOTE: Take Sea sick tablets. The captain and captains side kick were awesome and helpful.
Eva  E.
Eva E. Farmington, NM
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Best fishing charter iv experienced on the Sunshine Coast . Had a great day these guys know there fishing grounds and the area . Very experienced crew , great guys , great boat I highly recommend this company. Great day out on the water we will be back again. Ooooooo and we absolutely smashed the fish!!!
Sam  E.
Sam E. Santa Clara, CA
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Was a awesome day out thank u so much for this experience couldn't ask for a better skipper and deck hand
Leigh  N.
Leigh N. Goodna, Queensland
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(50 reviews)
spent most my time puking, but felt well looked after. crew caught a tonne of fish and got some pity fish from puking so much. would go again but this time with sea sickness tablets. as well as you could be looked after offshore when seasick.
Eliot  H.
Eliot H. Adelaide, South Australia
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Best fishing charter , best crew, best fishing, best day out on the ocean catching the best fish 🤙🏻
Gary  W.
Gary W. North Lakes, Queensland
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
5 hour trip with Clint and Lee on deep sea 7 had a awesome trip. The guys knew what they were doing loads of fish !!!!! Would recommend this guys
Dane  W.
Dane W. North Lakes, Queensland
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(50 reviews)
Good quality gear , great mornings fishing , found a great spot in no time & fish of all variety were soon been reeled in , staff couldn’t help us enough rebaiting , rehooking advice how to bring in the fighters & a sense of humour & at the end of trip fillet & gut all the keepers. Will def do this trip again
Matthew  F.
Matthew F. Phippsburg, ME