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
(224 reviews)
Cairns
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Fishing Tin Can Bay

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

Sublime Sportfishing Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(58 reviews)
Port Douglas

Tropical Sportfisher

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Cairns

Hook Up Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(187 reviews)
Port Douglas
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Great Barrier Reef Fishing & Tours

Cardwell
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trips from $244

Great Barrier Reef Fishing & Tours

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(3 reviews)
Cardwell
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trips from $244

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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trips from $836

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 $418, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $799 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Gone Fishing Cairns, Fishing Tin Can Bay, and Sublime Sportfishing Adventures 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 Sublime Sportfishing Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in North Queensland.

The most popular fish species you can target are Giant Trevally, Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel, and Coral Trout. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and bottom fishing. Inshore fishing, reef fishing, and wreck 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 24798 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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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
(187 reviews)
I have no hesitation in highly recommending Glenn & the team at Hook Up Fishing Charters if you are interested in a fun & informative day on the water. The weather was great but the conditions weren’t conducive to the fish being on the bite. Glenn used his local knowledge & wealth of experience to take us to different locations & conditions to ensure that we all saw a bit of action. We even got to see a croc lying in the sun on the riverbank.
Matt  L.
Matt L. Gold Coast, Queensland
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
Jacob was full of knowledge for the area and the fish we were casing and a great easy going bloke to go with it thanks for a great morning.
Barney  B.
Barney B. Australia
Sublime Sportfishing Adventures
Sublime Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(58 reviews)
Great day had by all, A good number of barra caught Along with other species Will definitely be back for more action
Aaron  M.
Aaron M. Australia
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
We had a morning fish with Shawry he was a wealth of information took us to some really nice spots knew where the fish were, we took home a couple of nice fish and we really good day
Bill  Y.
Bill Y. Brisbane, Queensland
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
Fantastic afternoon out on the water around Cairns catching bait, spotting crocs and of course catching fish. Caught Bream, Rock cod and Salmon. Great boat, gear, and excellent Captain.
Christine  S.
Christine S. Australia
Fair Dinkum Fishing Charters
Fair Dinkum Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Townsville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Captain Dave does everything possible to make sure that you have a very memorable day out on the waters around Townsville. He will certainly be the 1st person I call when I come back to Townsville.
Darren  R.
Darren R. Brisbane, QLD
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
Thank you so much Russel! Beautiful day on the water full of good banter and some great fishing. Definitely would go again!
Nikita  B.
Nikita B. Brisbane, Queensland
All Tackle Sportfishing - River
All Tackle Sportfishing - River
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Captain Justin, at all times was professional and accommodating of all my fishing needs. So much so, I landed some of the best estuary gamefish of my fishing career. All in the near reaches of the Cairns estuary river system. He made it so easy for me to land the big one. I only wish I could carry CJ in my back pocket every time I go fishing.
Campbell  R.
Campbell R. Brisbane, Queensland
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
The trip was great… my 11yo caught multiple fish and even got to steer the boat back home.. Steve was a great captain full of knowledge and fun! Highly recommend!
Thomas  G.
Thomas G. Townsville, Queensland
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
Had a great time I caught a few fish and one was over 750 mm long Highly recommended
John  C.
John C. Brisbane, QLD
Fair Dinkum Fishing Charters
Fair Dinkum Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Townsville
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(17 reviews)
Two sisters trying something new! We had a great morning together and David was very patient and encouraging
Ann  T.
Ann T. Australia
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
We had a great trip stopped at a few places to target various fish. Russel very friendly and informative.
Allan  P.
Allan P. Australia
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Very good
4.0 / 5
(216 reviews)
A good day out, not much fish but still enjoyable. The Captain was friendly and I think we all had a good time.
Frank  F.
Frank F. Australia
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
Great fishing with a friendly and obliging skipper in Shawy. A very exciting time for an inexperienced fisherman. Thanks Captain Shaw.👍
Chris  T.
Chris T. Brisbane, Queensland
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
My grandsons wanted more than anything to go fishing and had a wonderful experience. Thank you
Jo  W.
Jo W. Australia
Sublime Sportfishing Adventures
Sublime Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(58 reviews)
Had a great time on a half day coastal tour with Darren. Myself and 2 others had plenty of room to fish and Darren was very knowledgeable about the area we were fishing. We caught plenty of fish including coral trout and mackerel. Can’t wait to book another trip!
Jackson  B.
Jackson B. Brisbane, Queensland
G&T Fishing School & Charters
G&T Fishing School & Charters
Fishing charter in Townsville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
Terrific day of fishing in Alligator and Crocodile Creeks south of Townsville Captain Graham very helpful in showing me how to cast for Barramundis Pretty pleased with myself when he said I even casted better than Tommy Lee Jones 🤣 Can highly recommend G&T Fishing School & Charters for a day of fun sport fishing and relaxation.
Stephen  S.
Stephen S. Australia
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
A good genuine bloke with heaps of knowledge and experience of the area. The weather was good so spent the whole trip just off the coast. There was enough action to keep it interesting as well as seeing turtles and dolphins. Thanks
Philip  K.
Philip K. Beenleigh, Queensland
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
Great day out. Caught quite a few fish and highlight is mud crabs for tea. Great captain
Bev  V.
Bev V. Christchurch, Canterbury
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(224 reviews)
So welcoming and friendly, boat was steady and very nice to ride in. Our captain gave us detailed information about all the different marine life. He assisted with everything including putting the bait on. Was great to talk too and have a chat with. 100% will be going back! We also caught 4 fish and a stingray!!
Jerome  G.
Jerome G. Australia