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Great Barrier Reef: 29 fishing charters available

Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(20 reviews)
Airlie Beach
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trips from $115

Gone Fishing Cairns

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(257 reviews)
Cairns
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Sublime Sportfishing Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(58 reviews)
Port Douglas

Billfish Sports Fishing

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

Aquis Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(28 reviews)
Port Douglas
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Mission Beach

Hook Up Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(201 reviews)
Port Douglas

Ian Moody Sportfishing – Cardwell

Excellent
4.1 / 5
(4 reviews)
Cardwell

Ian Moody Sportfishing – Ayr

Ayr

Australian Black Marlin Charters

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

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Great Barrier Reef

According to customer reviews, Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures, Gone Fishing Cairns, and Sublime Sportfishing Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Great Barrier Reef. Full list of top fishing charters in Great Barrier Reef.

The average price for a private 4 hour Great Barrier Reef fishing trip is $433, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $809 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures, Gone Fishing Cairns, and Sublime Sportfishing Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Great Barrier Reef.

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

When you think ultimate big game fishing, think of the “Marlin Mecca” down under. If catching a 1,000 lb grander is at the top of your bucket list (as it should be!) then you’ll want to book a Great Barrier Reef fishing charter. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world and covering 344,000 square kilometers, this is the only naturally occurring phenomena that can be seen from space. The cherry on top? You can fish it!

What type of fishing charter is best for me?

There are plenty of private and shared trips available, of varying lengths, for anglers of all skill levels.

If this is your first offshore fishing trip:

There are plenty of reefs that can be found well within an hour’s ride of the harbours found along the coastline of Queensland. Cairns is 26 km from the reefs, so book a trip from here to not waste any time of your trip on a long ride out. This is the reason Cairns is called the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

The inner reefs are perfect for snorkeling, spearfishing (in the areas where it’s allowed) and fishing for Trevally, Coral Trout, Nannygai, Red Emperor, Sweetlip, and plenty more species.

If you’re thinking of places to go for your honeymoon, Lizard Island is a great choice. With a luxurious resort, spectacular scenery, and only a 15-minute ride to the top fishing grounds, all couples will find this the perfect destination getaway.

If you have more experience and more time:

Longer trips are needed to get to the Outer Barrier Reef, Cod Hole, and Ribbon Reefs. You’ll need to have sturdy sea legs, as one night is the minimum you’ll want to spend out here. A three-day trip is best.

You’ll be heading 60–100 miles from shore, and be able to fish loads of species, including Black Marlin, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. Before the continental drop off are some excellent spots for diving, including multiple shipwrecks. You can dive these in the morning and fish the afternoons when the Marlin fishing is best.

What to Bring

With the temperature reaching highs of 32°C, the Great Barrier Reef gets a lot of sunshine throughout the year. Make sure you dress appropriately, with a long sleeved, light-weight shirt, white-soled shoes, a sun-hat, and plenty of sunscreen.

You should bring an esky (cooler) along with you to take your fish home in. Your packed lunch can usually go inside the captain’s esky on board.

You’ll need a fishing license before you step aboard the boat.

When to Go

The wet season is from November to April, during the summer down under. The dry season, from May to October, offers cooler temperatures.

The peak season for tourists is from May to October, so remember to book your hotel and trips well in advance. Trips running mid-week are usually quieter.

The whole family can enjoy Great Barrier Reef fishing. You can choose to snorkel, dive, fish, and spearfish at various reefs. There are hundreds of reefs to visit and thousands of species of fish to discover. Book a Great Barrier Reef fishing charter and get ready to experience fishing like no other place on earth!

Great Barrier Reef
Excellent
4.2 / 5
Based on 25043 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Either in January or February, join in with the Cairns Chinese New Year Festival on land, or catch big game out in the reefs. Blue Marlin and Mahi Mahi are hot this month.

February

Blue Marlin and Tuna remain hot this month, along with the weather. Expect highs of 32°C but two weeks of rain to go with it.

March

Striped Marlin is excellent in March. You’ll likely see another two weeks of rain with highs of 31°C.

April

Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin continue to bite well this month. Although temperatures will reach 30°C, remember to have layers when out at sea – it can get cold out there.

May

On land, watch the Port Douglas Carnivale, a spectacle great for the whole family. The rain is slowly easing up, with around 10 wet days in the month of May.

June

See if you can spot the friendly dwarf minke whales. These can be seen off the coast of Queensland in June and July. Nannygai is biting well this month.

July

From July to September, join in the events and competitions at the Burdekin Water Festival, established in the 1950’s. Barracuda and Trevally are great this month.

August

August hails in the light tackle season (until January). On land, visit the Whitsunday Reef Festival, for family fun, food, fireworks, and an epic street party!

September

Now is a great month to dust off your heavy tackle and go after some big game fish! On land, from the last week of August to the beginning of September, is the Cairns Festival.

October

Put your skills to the test in the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic. On land, show your support with the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival in Port Douglas.

November

Despite the start of the wet season, fishing is still great now – just watch out for the deadly box jellyfish. Don’t miss the Airlie Beach Festival of Music!

December

December to January are top months for targeting Sailfish. This is the last month to catch lots of Red Emperor and Coral Trout.

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Eat light before going on the water and when you are on the water, drink coffee.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Eat light before going on the water and when you are on the water, drink coffee.
Campbell  R.
Campbell R. 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.
Ian  W.
Ian W. Melbourne, VIC
Yes definitely a great first timing fishing location, with the Whitsundays as the backdrop
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes definitely a great first timing fishing location, with the Whitsundays as the backdrop
Jason  M.
Jason M. Brisbane, Queensland
Any fishing is luck of the draw , some days your lucky some your not , its all about being on the water and relaxing, taking in the new experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Any fishing is luck of the draw , some days your lucky some your not , its all about being on the water and relaxing, taking in the new experience
Rob  P.
Rob P. Huntington, VT
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
Relax and have a good time learn the ways of the experienced angler like the captain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Relax and have a good time learn the ways of the experienced angler like the captain
Trevor  P.
Trevor P. Brisbane, QLD
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
Must book this fella had an awesome day even had home made muffins very nice indeed ! 10/10
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Must book this fella had an awesome day even had home made muffins very nice indeed ! 10/10
Robert  G.
Robert G. Lewisham, TAS
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
Make sure you use Paradise Sportfishing Adventures.. A great way to see the Cairns waterway inlets and catch your live bait before you fish..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you use Paradise Sportfishing Adventures.. A great way to see the Cairns waterway inlets and catch your live bait before you fish..
David  M.
David M. Woolloongabba, QLD
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
Don't expect to drop the line and be on the fish straight away! If it happens count yourself lucky!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Don't expect to drop the line and be on the fish straight away! If it happens count yourself lucky!
Craig  Y.
Craig Y. Granville Harbour, TAS
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
Don’t waste your time fishing off the bank go with A one if really want to catch a feed you won’t be disappointed
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t waste your time fishing off the bank go with A one if really want to catch a feed you won’t be disappointed
Tracy  V.  E.
Tracy V. E. Sunnybank, Queensland
Go with a pro, they work hard to put in the best position to catch quality fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a pro, they work hard to put in the best position to catch quality fish
Alan  M.
Alan M. Palm Beach, QLD
Fishing without a boat can be difficult. However, doing some research beforehand can result in some success.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing without a boat can be difficult. However, doing some research beforehand can result in some success.
Bohdan  K.
Bohdan K. Macleod, VIC
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
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Cairns
Very good
4.0 / 5
(154 reviews)
John was a pleasant skipper who was as very helpful, he ensured that everyone caught something and would move on if the fish were not biting, I would recommend John and Paradise Sports fishing adventures.
Christopher  Y.
Christopher Y. Australia
Fair Dinkum Fishing Charters
Fair Dinkum Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Townsville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
I took my visiting son-in-law and 2 grandkids for a morning of estuary fishing and we had a ball!! David was very helpful and encouraging and did his best to make sure we had a good catch. We ate our catch for dinner that night we all enjoyed it! Would definitely go again, thanks David!
Giuseppe  C.
Giuseppe C. 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
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(257 reviews)
Had a great morning fishing with Jacob who took our family to multiple spots to throw in a line. All gear supplied, and the 4 hour trip was a perfect amount of time for our family.
Ngaire  K.
Ngaire K. Australia
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(257 reviews)
Great morning of fishing. Caught some live bait first and headed out for two stops for the morning. Caught a total of 7 fish for the morning with my son. Had a group of 6 on the boat (another family of 4) and everyone caught a fish. Plenty of room on the boat with a total of 6 anglers and captain Russell. Thanks Russell.
Wayne  M.
Wayne M. 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
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(257 reviews)
Great experience for both myself and my boys. Being keen fisherman, they caught one new species each and enjoyed the experience. Russell is friendly and knowledgeable in his area. He even made sure we saw the Redbull Stunt Plane event at the end! Would recommend 5 star! Will be back to do another.
Nicole  S.
Nicole S. Lowood, QLD
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
G&T Fishing School & Charters
G&T Fishing School & Charters
Fishing charter in Townsville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Top bloke, perfect if you want to get amongst some Barra and flick a few amongst the mangroves. Top bloke with some ripper stories
Levi  F.
Levi F. Cairns, Queensland
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(257 reviews)
Russell was really good and very knowledgeable! Even though not everyone caught something it was still a great day & bonus points for having a toilet on board! 😊
Nickholle  S.
Nickholle S. Cairns, Queensland
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(257 reviews)
I took my two younger boys with me (5 and 7YO) and we had a great day out fishing. The captain Jacob spent the time showing the boys everything and they got to come home with a few good fish. All in all we all had a ball and the boys are still talking about it. Would happily go again. Thanks guys. 👍
Jessica  D.
Jessica D. Australia
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
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
We had a fantastic morning out with Jim , my 2 boys caught many different types of fish and Jim accommodated us to the changing winds and tides . Book a trip with Jim you won't be disappointed .
Nicole  H.
Nicole H. Brisbane, Queensland
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(257 reviews)
Wow! What an amazing morning we had with Russell fishing. Would highly recommend this trip to everyone. Russell is such a friendly, knowledgeable person who made our morning unforgettable. We caught a few fish and had a ball. 10/10.
Sarah  K.
Sarah K. Australia
All Tackle Sportfishing
All Tackle Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Great day on the water. Water was cold, so fishing was limited. We still caught fish and the Captain suggested a great Thai restaurant to cook our fish. It was fantastic and overall a great experience.
Tom  D.
Tom D. Guelph, Ontario