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North Queensland fishing charters offer some of the most exclusive trips out of Australia. With quick access to the Great Barrier Reef, numerous estuaries, rivers, and lakes, you’ll be front and centre in one of the world’s hottest fishing spots!

The northern region of Queensland is well known for its excellent Marlin and Tuna fishing, but there are many other species on offer as well. Giant Trevally, Red Emperor, Nannygai, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Kingfish, and Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel are just a few of the A-listers you can expect to target.

Local charters offer a wide range of trips tailored to their customers’ preferences. You can find half day trips lasting up to four or five hours, full day trips lasting up to eight or 10 hours, or multi-day trips that will have you fishing for up to 2 days. Shorter trips are perfect for beginners or families with kids as you’ll stay inshore in calmer waters. Longer trips are ideal for deep sea “fin-atics” looking to go further offshore and hook bigger species.

North Queensland hosts a variety of fishing locations that can accommodate all types of anglers. Towns such as Cairns, Port Douglas, and Cardwell are phenomenal locations for reef and estuary fishing. Other places to check out include Arlie Beach, Townsville, and Yorkeys Knob. Weipa, most famous for its Barramundi fishing, should also be on your radar. With so many places to choose from, it’s no wonder North Queensland has become a top-visited destination over the last few decades.

Rules & Regulations

The best part is, you don’t have to worry about purchasing a license if you’re fishing from shore or a charter boat. However, you may need to get an impoundment license if you plan on fishing in certain stocked fisheries. There are size and bag limits that apply to most species, and certain areas are closed, depending on the season. Your best bet is to join a skipper who is familiar with the local regulations so you stay within the law and catch lots of fish!

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January

The weather is hot down under and so is the fishing! Now is the best time to hop on a charter and go big game fishing off the coast. You’ll target Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and many more.

February

Summer fishing continues well into February. Sailfish and Blue Marlin fishing is still hot and you can also expect to target Yellowtail Amberjack, Yellowfin Tuna, Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi.

March

Autumn begins in North Queensland and the Barramundi fishing is excellent. Shallow water fishing is great, especially if you’re targeting Threadfin Salmon. Look for murky waters, particularly tidal streams, and you’ll find lots of Threadfin as they swim upstream.

April

Reef fishing is solid in April. Head out to the Great Barrier Reef and get ready to reel in Coral Trout, as well as Red, Spangled, and Sweetlip Emperor. If you’re lucky, you may even catch yourself a juicy Pinky!

May

As the weather cools down, excellent reef fishing conditions continue. Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna fishing is also still solid, and Blue and Striped Marlin are still attacking the lures aggressively. 

June

Head to the Great Barrier Reef for some bottom fishing action and target Red and Sweetlip Emperor, as well as Pink Snapper. You can also expect to target Coral Trout and Nannygai.

July

July is technically the coldest month in Queensland but daytime temperatures still hover around 25 degrees. These pleasant conditions put Flathead fishing at the forefront along the many inlets and bays of North Queensland.

August

Barramundi, Queenfish, and Flathead fishing are solid inshore. Further off the coast you can still hook Blue and Striped Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Bonito, Dogtooth Tuna, and many other pelagic species.

September

Locals have been waiting patiently to be able to target Black Marlin and the time has finally come! Mahi Mahi and Wahoo also make a comeback, making it possible to hook multiple pelagic fish on one trip.

October

Threadfin Salmon fishing is excellent in October. Stalk the shallows with live or dead bait and have a local skipper help you find some of the most productive spots. Barramundi is often targeted at the same time, so you might land multiple fish on one trip!

November

Now is the time to head offshore to target Giant Trevally. This fish can be targeted in many different ways but the most important thing to remember is that they like to put up a battle. Come prepared for a fight and don’t be ashamed to take out the heavy tackle.

December

Inshore fishing for Cobia is all the rage in December. You can also target Barracuda, Threadfin Salmon, and Geelbek. Offshore, you can deep drop for Tuna and Sailfish or troll for Mahi Mahi and Marlin. Your options are endless!

North Queensland 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.
Morning trip with Justin
Vicki G. fished with All Tackle Sportfishing on October 31, 2019
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The weather starts to get a bit rainy after October.
Afternoon half day trip on 18 Sep.
Yuk Yee Helen Leung fished with Whitsunday Fishing–Reel Deal on September 18, 2019
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Everything ready onboarding, friendly crew and beautiful scenery.
July fishing trip
Trevor P. fished with Gone Fishing Cairns on July 28, 2019
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Relax and have a good time learn the ways of the experienced angler like the captain
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
Half day trip with Adam and the legendary skipper!
Alex M. fished with Airlie Beach Fishing Charters on June 30, 2019
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A little bit windy but the weather was gorgeous. Sunny and clear.
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.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in North Queensland

According to customer reviews, Aquis Fishing Charters, Sublime Sportfishing Adventures, and Gone Fishing Cairns are some of the most popular fishing charters in North Queensland. Full list of top fishing charters in North Queensland.

Aquis Fishing Charters, Sublime Sportfishing Adventures, and Gone Fishing Cairns all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in North Queensland.

The best way to experience fishing in North Queensland 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 North Queensland.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in North Queensland are:

Reef fishing is solid in April. Head out to the Great Barrier Reef and get ready to reel in Coral Trout, as well as Red, Spangled, and Sweetlip Emperor. If you’re lucky, you may even catch yourself a juicy Pinky! Check availability for local fishing charters in North Queensland.