North Queensland Fishing Charters

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Top North Queensland Destinations

North Queensland: 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
(434 reviews)
Cairns
trips from US $62

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in North Queensland

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in North Queensland are: Full list of top fishing charters in North Queensland

The average price for a private 4 hour North Queensland fishing trip is US $467, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,060 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in North Queensland that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in North Queensland are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in North Queensland are:

The top 3 types of fishing in North Queensland are:

Many fishing charters in North Queensland 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 North Queensland are:

Who are the top awarded captains in North Queensland?

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in North Queensland 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 North Queensland

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 Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in North Queensland

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 North Queensland?

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.
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.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(83 reviews)
Skip was very engaged and clearly wanted the best for the clients We were lucky to catch a couple of magnificent coral trout which on advice from Skip we had cooked for us for a table of 8 at the Anchor bar where they did a great job - a magnificent day followed by a superb meal
Carl  A.
Carl A.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(83 reviews)
Good captain that will try to get the fish you are targeting and cater for your experience levels. Was very helpful with some of our group that got seasick.
Drew  C.
Drew C.
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Paradise Sportfishing Adventures
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(203 reviews)
We caught 2 catfish, 1 shark, 1 stingray, and a venomous sea snake. Good job we weren’t hungry but we had a great day!
Anthony  A.
Anthony A.

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