Great Barrier Reef Fishing Charters

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Great Barrier Reef: 38 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
Airlie Beach
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trips from US $107
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(1 review)
Cairns
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trips from US $325
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(81 reviews)
Port Douglas
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trips from US $107
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(83 reviews)
Airlie Beach
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trips from US $130
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(51 reviews)
Port Douglas
trips from US $107
Cooktown
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trips from US $2,434
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Yorkeys Knob
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trips from US $260
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Cairns
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trips from US $1,136
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Cairns
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trips from US $110
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(436 reviews)
Cairns
trips from US $62

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Great Barrier Reef

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Great Barrier Reef are: Full list of top fishing charters in Great Barrier Reef

The average price for a private 4 hour Great Barrier Reef fishing trip is US $468, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,057 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Great Barrier Reef that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Great Barrier Reef are:

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Many fishing charters in Great Barrier Reef 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 Great Barrier Reef are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Great Barrier Reef are:
  • Extended fishing trips – US $2,317
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $390
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $1,000
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $638
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,121
  • 9-hour fishing trips – US $1,016
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $1,433

Fishing in Great Barrier Reef

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 Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in Great Barrier Reef

Make sure you take motion sickness medication and be prepared for a superb trip, this skipper is the best
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you take motion sickness medication and be prepared for a superb trip, this skipper is the best
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Brodie definitely knew where the fish were . We caught so many Barra and were totally impressed . He helped and advised us on all Aspects and any questions were answered . Will definately recommend. A great day out
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Brodie definitely knew where the fish were . We caught so many Barra and were totally impressed . He helped and advised us on all Aspects and any questions were answered . Will definately recommend. A great day out
Tropic Barra Adventures
Tropic Barra Adventures
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)
Great way to see the inlet & fish whatever the tide. You might see a crocodile. Minimal travel time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great way to see the inlet & fish whatever the tide. You might see a crocodile. Minimal travel time.
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Really only giving this four stars because we couldn’t get to deeper water due to wind. I don’t know if this is October specific, but if you can take a look at the weather forecast and book a calmer day to have all options on the table.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Really only giving this four stars because we couldn’t get to deeper water due to wind. I don’t know if this is October specific, but if you can take a look at the weather forecast and book a calmer day to have all options on the table.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Yes. We had a great time even though we did not have any prior experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. We had a great time even though we did not have any prior experience.
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
If weather is not looking good make sure you take sea sickness tablets 4 hours prior to your trip
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If weather is not looking good make sure you take sea sickness tablets 4 hours prior to your trip
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
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
I would definitely recommend going on a charter with Jimmy or an experienced captain to help find the fish and make the day enjoyable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would definitely recommend going on a charter with Jimmy or an experienced captain to help find the fish and make the day enjoyable.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours Brisbane, QLD
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
Yes our youngest was 11 probably wouldn't go younger than that as was quite choppy in some areas so depends on the weather conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes our youngest was 11 probably wouldn't go younger than that as was quite choppy in some areas so depends on the weather conditions.
Whitsunday Fishing–Reel Deal
Whitsunday Fishing–Reel Deal Cairns, QLD
Mornings are best for the wind, choose your target fish and charter to suit.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Mornings are best for the wind, choose your target fish and charter to suit.
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns Foxborough, MA
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
Plenty of sunscreen & a good hat , long sleeve shirt and lots of refreshments ,
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Plenty of sunscreen & a good hat , long sleeve shirt and lots of refreshments ,
Whitsunday Fishing–Reef Adventurer
Whitsunday Fishing–Reef Adventurer Brisbane, QLD
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

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Great Barrier Reef?

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.
Out N About Sportfishing (Cairns)
Out N About Sportfishing (Cairns)
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Fishing was rough on a bad tide but matt made it up with his great personality and good vibes what a trip, would recommend to everyone thanks so much
Matthew  J.
Matthew J.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 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.
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(245 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.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 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.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Sensational day out, Andrew was excellent and made the experience to remember.
Chris  K.
Chris K.
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(434 reviews)
Very good day out. Caught fish, had a few laughs and wee good with the my young boy showing plenty of patience and putting him onto fish too.
Ismail  L.
Ismail L.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Andrew the skipper was a true gentleman and really knows his stuff. What a great experiance👌
Peter  K.
Peter K.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 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.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
I have been on many fishing charters over the years but Andrew leads the way on how it should be done. He is a very knowledgeable skipper who knows exactly where to find the fish, he helps with baiting the hooks and even fillets the fish at the end of the trip. You will not regret booking a trip on this boat. Thanks Andrew you gave me a great 3/4 days fishing which has made many great memories.
Phil  Y.
Phil Y.
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(203 reviews)
We found john with plenty of years of experience made the trip very informative and enjoyable. We caught around 11 fish of all different types. Catching the live bait was pretty cool to see as well. Loved it and would go again
James  M.
James M.
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(203 reviews)
We joined a shared trip on 16/2 and we booked again a private trip on 17/2. Get more big fishes !!
Jimmy  T.
Jimmy T.
Tropical Sportfisher
Tropical Sportfisher
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
I had an excellent morning, Rory was an excellent guide and saw a saltwater Croc close up! I didn’t catch anything but that was my fault for getting over excited and not listening to Rory’s advice properly. Would definitely recommend
MARK  H.
MARK H.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Just finished eating our fresh catch from the day, it was superb! Had a great day on the water, caught plenty of fish to have for dinner, rest were catch and release. We were also able to also snag a big Queen fish! Captain was really great and knowledgeable, he took us to excellent spots to make sure we had plenty of bites and a great time! Highly recommend and will be back when in Airlie next...
Kerttu  K.
Kerttu K.
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 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.
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(203 reviews)
Took the father in law out fishing and had a great day. Very knowledgeable crew, good equipment and a lot of laughs. Caught great fish, will definitely be booking again!
Christian  G.
Christian G.
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(434 reviews)
Had a great day with Jacob from Gone Fishing Cairns. A well set up vessel perfect for fishing and we were well looked after. Will definitely spend another day with Jacob next time we visit.
Troy  K.
Troy K.
Fair Dinkum Fishing Charters
Fair Dinkum Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Townsville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Thank you Dave had a great morning on the water a few Barra really capped it off. Good operator.
Anthony  S.
Anthony S.
Catch My Drift Charters
Catch My Drift Charters
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
amazing experience, had two of my family members onboard who had never fished before and Murray was really patience with them and guided them through the day, helping them catch their first fish. Also lucky enough to see dolphins, turtles and mantaray along with many other protected species. 100% recommended
Craig  B.
Craig B.
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 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.

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