North Queensland

33 Fishing Charters

North Queensland Fishing Charters

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North Queensland: 33 fishing charters available

Gone Fishing Cairns

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(188 reviews)
Cairns
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Fishing Tin Can Bay

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Airlie Beach
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trips from $115

Hook Up Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(174 reviews)
Port Douglas
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Sublime Sportfishing Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(53 reviews)
Port Douglas

Tropical Sportfisher

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Cairns

Billfish Sports Fishing

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(8 reviews)
Cairns
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,980

Great Barrier Reef Fishing & Tours

Cardwell
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trips from $243

Great Barrier Reef Fishing & Tours

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(3 reviews)
Cardwell
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trips from $243

Aquis Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(28 reviews)
Port Douglas
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trips from $833

Ian Moody Sportfishing–MissionBeach

Mission Beach

FAQs about Fishing Charters in North Queensland

The average price for a private 4 hour North Queensland fishing trip is $421, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $903 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Gone Fishing Cairns, Fishing Tin Can Bay, and Hook Up Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in North Queensland. Full list of top fishing charters in North Queensland.

Gone Fishing Cairns, Fishing Tin Can Bay, and Hook Up Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in North Queensland.

The most popular fish species you can target are Giant Trevally, Coral Trout, and Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and bottom fishing. Inshore fishing, wreck fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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!

North Queensland
Excellent
4.2 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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!

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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
The wind can definitely be a factor but with the right crew, you will catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The wind can definitely be a factor but with the right crew, you will catch fish.
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

Sublime Sportfishing Adventures
Sublime Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
We had a great day out, caught some Barra, GT’s & I have to mention 1 Queeny, Damon new where to go for the tides, really worth doing, great experience
Gregg  H.
Gregg H. Brisbane, QLD
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(205 reviews)
Thanks Mike for a great morning, we had a wonderful time onboard with you. The highlight of the trip was fishing in the estuary and catching some different fish (especially the mangrove Jack). You were so helpful and kept us entertained with your stories. Thanks once again! The Gallagher Family
Melanie  G.
Melanie G. Australia
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(174 reviews)
Fantastic day with Shawry, who was brilliant with the full crew on the boat and especially my 8 year old boy, who both caught a heap of fish and learnt a lot about the local area / environment/ creatures - highly recommend
Sam  S.
Sam S. Salem, NH
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(205 reviews)
Been on the road for six months now and this was the young blokes best day by far thanks to the skipper for a ripper of a day 👍👍
John-Roy  W.
John-Roy W. Brisbane, QLD
All Tackle Sportfishing
All Tackle Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(56 reviews)
Communication with skipper and details of where to find vessel were excellent. Good friendly skipper, weather not that great but some of the lads caught fish. Would certainly go with Justin again when I go back to Cairns. Highly recommended for a 4hr trip to fill up the day.
Alan  O.
Alan O. Perth, WA
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(205 reviews)
Had a great morning with captain Paul. Boat was good and we tried different areas to catch fish. Captain Paul was very friendly and made our experience great. We really enjoyed it.
Julia  M.
Julia M. Hawthorn, Victoria
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(143 reviews)
Great trip. Started by netting bait amazing. Spent time moving to fish. Great time.
Leonie  S.
Leonie S. Australia
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Well organised great communication and very friendly team also lots of knowledge about fishing up north waters had an Awesome day 😊👌🔥
Tai  V.
Tai V. Australia
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(174 reviews)
Best day. Caught good fish, heaps of muddies and a great skipper. Knowledgeable, entertaining and works hard at his trade. We're going back again, definitely.
Rod  F.
Rod F. Brisbane, Queensland
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(188 reviews)
The cold windy weather meant we caught only a fish but the experience is still worth it as we don’t view catching a big fish to be the most important element of the trip. It would have been a bonus. The nice ride and introduction to fishing on a boat is still nice. We saw a croc, eagle, etc as bonus
Peng Wee (Henry) Ong
Peng Wee (Henry) Ong Australia
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(174 reviews)
Great trip with variety of fish. Shawy was very knowlegable with heaps of fishing experience and patience.
Phil  S.
Phil S. Melbourne, VIC
Sublime Sportfishing – Blackwatch
Sublime Sportfishing – Blackwatch
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Booked for husband and son, great professional company. Would definitely recommend and will be going back out next time in town
Emily  S.
Emily S. Boston, MA
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(174 reviews)
I really wanted my wife to have a great first time fishing experience and Glenn Shaw made it happen! I was an excellent day fishing. Thanks Glenn.
Victor  M.
Victor M. Boston, MA
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Fantastic experience, great captain who trued he’s best to put us on fish , would recommend to anybody
Leighton  A.
Leighton A. Brisbane, QLD
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Very good
4.0 / 5
(205 reviews)
Overall good experience. Big ones weren’t biting but that’s fishing. Just wanted to suggest getting cushions for the bow seats. My girlfriend and I slammed our rear ends against the hard surface for the 25 minutes trip out to the first spot. We are extremely sore today, I can’t imagine what kind of shape an older couple would be after that. We were not warned about the turbulence we would encounter either I might add. Other than that no complaints!
Samuel  C.
Samuel C. Brisbane, Queensland
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(174 reviews)
Great morning out. SShawy was a great bloke to spend a few hours fishing with. We fished a mixture of inshore reefs and the river. Plenty of bites happening all morning but we weren’t able to land them all. Caught enough for a meal or two. Shawy was very organised and made sure we allhad baited hooks and also cast our line out if needed. If you are looking for some fishing then I would highly recommend Hook Up Fishing Charters.
Mark  K.
Mark K. Bristol, ME
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(174 reviews)
A great morning. Boat and gear was good, Glenn was fantastic, very informative and obviously knows his stuff and being a local of 25+ years, he knew where to go, and didn’t mind heading to new places when the bites were drying up in any particular place. Highly recommended. James from Sydney
James  D.
James D. Pyrmont, New South Wales
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(174 reviews)
I took the family out with Shawry hoping to give the kids the experience of catching a fish or two. He was fantastic and did all the work for us. We just sat back and enjoyed the fun stuff. Shawry was great with the kids, even when we kept losing tackle in the coral. He worked hard, took us to numerous locations and we even did some trolling. It was a really good fun session on the water, and the kids loved it.
Christopher  A.
Christopher A. Port Douglas, QLD
Fair Dinkum Fishing Charters
Fair Dinkum Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Townsville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Great Captain, very knowledgeable of the NQ area. & guarantee plenty of fish caught on the day.
Andrew  J.
Andrew J. Brisbane, QLD
Sublime Sportfishing Adventures
Sublime Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(53 reviews)
Unreal experience fishing with Damon on the great barrier reef , He was able to find fish straight up with a trevalley on the first cast. Excellent local knowledge and quality service put in every effort to make sure I landed fish. Highly recommended
Scott  R.
Scott R. Australia