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Top Fishing Charters in Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef: 42 fishing charters available

AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas
AKULA Sportfishing – Port Douglas

Port Douglas • 24 ft • 5 persons

Based out of Port Douglas, AKULA Sportfishing is your ticket to a memorable time on the water.

"We had a great time. Jason has wealth of knowledge and it was like we had been mates for years." —⁠ Carmen,
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trips fromUS $473
Tropic Barra Adventures
Tropic Barra Adventures

Cairns • 16 ft • 3 persons

Tropic Barra Adventures, is a premium Barramundi Sports Fishing Charter.

"Spent a day on the Daintree for barra and got 7 fish! Brodi is..." —⁠ Steven,
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trips fromUS $642
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures
Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures

Airlie Beach • 20 ft • 4 persons

We’ve changed our business name to reflect our new playground Airlie Beach Fishing Adventures and we think sums it up pretty darn well.

"We had an amazing experience with Jim. He took good care of myself and my son and we caught lots of coral trout amongst other fish 👌🏻 👌🏻 We charted his boat, which made a much more pleasant experience than going with other anglers." —⁠ Bruce,
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trips fromUS $223
Cairns Sportfishing
Cairns Sportfishing

Cairns • 20 ft • 5 persons

Ready to catch some fish in Cairns? Cairns Sportfishing is here to make it happen!

"I am not usually inclined to give reviews unless it has exceeded my expectations, however, this occasion has done exactly that." —⁠ Tim,
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trips fromUS $230
Fishen Charter
Fishen Charter

Port Douglas • 20 ft • 5 persons

FISHEN CHARTER is a local run business and have been operating by owner, based at Port Douglas, in beautiful Far North Queensland, Australia.
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trips fromUS $223
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours

Airlie Beach • 20 ft • 5 persons

Make an adventure out of your next trip to Airlie Beach and go fishing with Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours!

"Andrew and his partner were great from begining to end. I strongly recommend getting out on the water with Andrew!" —⁠ Shyan,
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trips fromUS $290
Daintree Barramundi Charters
Daintree Barramundi Charters

Cairns • 15 ft • 2 persons

Daintree barramundi charters! Are brought to you by the extremely reputable TROPIC BARRA ADVENTURES!
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trips fromUS $743
Australian Black Marlin Charters
Australian Black Marlin Charters

Cairns • 51 ft • 4 persons

Based in Cairns Australia and in operation for over 40 years, Australian Black Marlin offers heavy tackle charters to suit your needs.

"Was a great trip. The crew was great worked very hard for us." —⁠ Michael,
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trips fromUS $2,870
Bounty Hunter Cairns
Bounty Hunter Cairns

Cooktown • 43 ft • 4 persons

Leaving from Cooktown! Calling all Big Game enthusiasts! Get ready for the ultimate Extended Live-aboard Heavy Tackle Fishing Adventure with Bounty Hunter Cairns!
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trips fromUS $2,533

Cairns • 26 ft • 7 persons

Gone Fishing Cairns offers the most spectacular fishing adventures in Trinity Inlet!

"The morning started early with an amazing weather forecast for the day ahead." —⁠ Michael,
trips fromUS $162
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Great Barrier Reef

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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!

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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.

Great Barrier Reef Fishing Calendar

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Featured photos from Great Barrier Reef

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What anglers said about fishing in Great Barrier Reef

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Top Types of Fishing in Great Barrier Reef

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Top Fishing Techniques in Great Barrier Reef

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Top Targeted Species in Great Barrier Reef

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