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With its endless sunshine, thousands of kilometres of coastline, and vast territory, Queensland is the epitome of Australian living. Add to that easy access to the prolific Coral Sea, and it’s not hard to figure out why so many anglers love coming to the Sunshine State. Whatever species you’d like to target, whatever technique you prefer, fishing charters in Queensland can put you on the bite.

Premier deep sea fishing is what comes to mind whenever someone mentions Queensland. Among all the A-listers you can catch here, Black Marlin stand out the most. They’re the most prized fish, along with their Blue and Striped cousins. If that’s not enough, Tuna (Yellowfin, Pacific Bluefin, Longtail and Dogtooth) join the fray, along with Giant Trevally and Mahi Mahi.

Queensland is the home of the Great Barrier Reef and the action on the reefs along the coast is indeed great. We’re talking about a slew of Snappers, Coral Trout, Mackerel and Kingfish, all at your disposal. Barramundi and Flathead, the country’s favourite fish, are abundant in the inshore waters, as well as Mangrove Jacks and Tailor.

There are many skippers all over Queensland that organise fishing trips, long and short. From multi-day expeditions to the remote Saumarez Reefs to half day jaunts to the nearby reefs, you can reserve a spot on just about any type of trip you can think of.

Some of the biggest fishing hubs on the continent are in Queensland. Port Douglas, Cairns, Gold Coast and Brisbane all have charter fleets at your service.

Rules & Regulations

One of the many advantages of hitting the water with fishing charters in Queensland is that you don’t need a fishing licence. Still, it’s important to follow the catch limits and closed seasons, so make sure you’re informed before you head out.

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January

Kick-off the year by chasing Blue Marlin in Northern Queensland. Yellowfin Tuna enter their summer peak, and the rest of the Billfish are out and about as well. Barramundi are biting left and right in the shallows too.

February

If you’re in the mood to chase some of the feistiest and hard-fighting fish in the sea, hit Queensland’s bluewater in February and battle Black, Blue, or Striped Marlin. Giant Trevally are on fire this time of year, giving you an excellent reason to hit the reefs.

March

Shallow-water anglers are fighting monster Barramundi and tasty Mangrove Jack in March, while big game chasers go after Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna and Wahoo. The GT bite is still going strong this time of year.

April

Out on the reefs, lucky anglers are pulling in Coral Trout, Snapper, Red Emperor and more. In fact, April is the best time of the year to target Snapper species and come back to shore with fish fillets that can be easily turned into a delicious meal.

May

Reef fishing continues to be excellent as the weather cools down, Marlin aren’t going anywhere and tasty Bonito show up in force in May. Even though the weather is becoming more unpredictable, game fishermen have plenty to do on the water.

June

Just because it’s winter, don’t think for a second that you’ll be bored when you go fishing. Queenfish, Pearl Perch, Coral Trout, Sweetlip Emperor, Red Emperor, Pink Snapper – these are just some of the species you can find on your line.

July

July is the coldest month of the year in Queensland, but temperatures still hit 25ºC during the day. That’s the perfect weather for taking on huge Flathead in Central Queensland’s inlets and estuaries.

August

Northern Queensland is poised and waiting for the first big Black Marlin as winter draws to a close. Yellowfin Tuna action is very good this time of year, and inshore, Barramundi are getting bigger and you can find good Flathead around.

September

Heavy tackle season kicks off in a frenzy of screaming drags at the Australian International Billfish Tournament. This event has been going for over half a century and still draws the sport’s biggest names.

October

Black Marlin are once again the main stars of the show, with “grander” Blacks up for the taking every year. If you don’t feel like venturing far offshore, you can take on landlocked Barras, as well as Brown and Rainbow Trout.

November

More and more Blue Marlin join Black Marlin and Sailfish in the deep waters. If you’re after a Billfish Grand Slam, this is the time of year to try. If you prefer fishing the reefs, worry not, there’s plenty of Snapper and Trevally for the taking.

December

There’s so much to celebrate at the end of the year, including great numbers of Billfish and Tuna prowling the offshore waters. Big and strong Giant Trevally are out and about as well. Closer to shore, make sure you catch a Cobia while they’re still actively biting.

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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.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Fishing is fishing, sometimes you catch fish sometimes you don't. Don't get upset if you expect something and it doesn't work out.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Fishing is fishing, sometimes you catch fish sometimes you don't. Don't get upset if you expect something and it doesn't work out.
Jason  Q.
Jason Q. New Farm, QLD
Take motion sickness medicine before the trip, wear sandals as your shoes will get wet.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take motion sickness medicine before the trip, wear sandals as your shoes will get wet.
Siyu  W.
Siyu W. Pinjarra Hills, QLD
Relax and have a good time learn the ways of the experienced angler like the captain
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Relax and have a good time learn the ways of the experienced angler like the captain
Trevor  P.
Trevor P. Brisbane, QLD
You have to ask where you can clean your fish without getting a fine/parking ticket
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
You have to ask where you can clean your fish without getting a fine/parking ticket
Joe  P.
Joe P. Morayfield, QLD
Don’t be cheap and pay for a full day if time permitted, you will not be disappointed.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
We actually went out at Jacobs Well / it was a bit closer for us. A lovely overcast day. Pack / wet weather gear/ lunch/ drinks/ sun cream & hats.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We actually went out at Jacobs Well / it was a bit closer for us. A lovely overcast day. Pack / wet weather gear/ lunch/ drinks/ sun cream & hats.
Cassandra  T.
Cassandra T. Brisbane, 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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Take a charter with an experienced captain who ca put you amongst the fish.
Dean  W.
Dean W. Glenella, QLD
Be prepared for any weather & conditions including Mother Naturte's creature activity- very little or going crazy!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared for any weather & conditions including Mother Naturte's creature activity- very little or going crazy!
Bob  & Liam Fordham
Bob & Liam Fordham Peregian Springs, QLD
We like very mutch the captain do his best and take us too severel spots but the fish wanted play whit us. Thats how fishing is :-) Coming back next time we are in Australia. Kennet and Florence from Sweden.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We like very mutch the captain do his best and take us too severel spots but the fish wanted play whit us. Thats how fishing is :-) Coming back next time we are in Australia. Kennet and Florence from Sweden.
Kennet  G.
Kennet G. Teneriffe, Queensland
Must book this fella had an awesome day even had home made muffins very nice indeed ! 10/10
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Must book this fella had an awesome day even had home made muffins very nice indeed ! 10/10
Robert  G.
Robert G. Lewisham, TAS
Have the best time possible and get your hands smelling like you have just jumped on a charter!!!
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Have the best time possible and get your hands smelling like you have just jumped on a charter!!!
Gina  C.
Gina C. Kingston, 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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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..
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book a charter and talk to locals about desired fishing species and locations.
Craig  C.
Craig C. Penrith, NSW

Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 121 reviews
We had an awesome morning on the water with a local guide, he was awesome! Lots of local knowledge and good banter in general, highly recommend and we will be back to get a barra next time, cheers, Scotty and Tiffany Kelly, Gold coast.
Scott  K.
Scott K. Yandina, QLD
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 128 reviews
Went off Port Douglas. Lots of little reef fish caught, plus a shark. Three big fish, probably sharks, broke the line unfortunately. Still had a lot of fun. Only two of us on the trip, plus Malcolm, which was a bonus. Malcolm very helpful and knowledgeable. Bit frustrated we didn't catch bigger fish like a coral trout or Spanish Mackerel, but that's fishing.
Garry  Y.
Garry Y. Plano, TX
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 29 reviews
My family had a great day on the water. And we are excited to book again in the new year. I would definitely recommend This charter.
Jason  K.
Jason K. Portland, ME
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Great Crew, knew their spots in Nd alth of ugh we didn't catch big we caught many. Cheers
Timothy  H.
Timothy H. Brisbane, QLD
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 29 reviews
We had a great day. Captain and decky did an excellent job and were super friendly. Couldn’t fault the experience and would definitely fish with these guys again.
Steele  L.
Steele L. Redcliffe, Queensland
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Paul, the skipper was great, very accommodating to the way I wanted to fish, local knowledge and advice much appreciated. Booked boat and skipper as a personal charter, all went very smoothly. Enjoyed myself and would do it again in a heart beat….Well done to all…
Brian  G.
Brian G. Litchfield, ME
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 121 reviews
Awsome day caught coral trout spotted cod red throat emperor can't wait ta do it again 10 out of 10
Rod  H.
Rod H. Andover, ME
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 135 reviews
Highly recommend that trip. Russell got great knowledge about fishing. The boat and equipment are in great shape. My son and myself had a great day. Thanks so much…
Heiko  H.
Heiko H. Australia
A-One Fishing Charters
A-One Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Airlie Beach
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 100 reviews
Amazing fun day Jarred and Jackson they were good hosts, found us some great spots and looked after us so well. If you’re looking for a fun fishing experience this is it
Sallyanne  L.
Sallyanne L. Brisbane, QLD
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Malcolm was a great skipper who worked extremely hard to get us fish. He was very knowledgeable of the area and local species and was very cocious of protecting the fish and environment. I would highly recommend this charter, thanks Malcolm 👍👍
Chad  M.
Chad M. Brisbane, QLD
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Hook Up Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 121 reviews
Awesome Skipper, very informative and helpful. Highly recommend Hook up Fishing Charters!
Michelle  D.
Michelle D. Australia
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Whether you are an experienced angler or an outright beginner these guys have you covered. Mal was fabulous and knowledgeable, highly recommended. If you want to get to know and catch reef fish, these are the guys to contact. Thanks for a great half day and lots of fish. Will see you again soon but next time it will be for a full day.
Kylie  W.
Kylie W. Ipswich, QLD
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Casey was a champ, we saw plenty of big stuff, just couldn’t hook it, bit great local knowledge. Tonne of fun
Troy  B.
Troy B. Australia
Noosa Charters – Wild Thing 2
Noosa Charters – Wild Thing 2
Fishing charter in Noosaville
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 134 reviews
Amazing skipper . Nat and assistant Arthur. Nat worked hard finding different fishing spots.We caught heaps of fish as a result. Would highly recommend Noosa Charters for your next fishing trip
Seraven  N.
Seraven N. Australia
Noosa Bluewater Charters
Noosa Bluewater Charters
Fishing charter in Noosaville
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 29 reviews
Had a fantastic day out the crew, are absolutely amazing guys had a laugh and enjoyed the company of the other guys, on the trip I would highly recommend this charter company, to me it was not about catching a lot of fish but the enjoyment of being out on the water I did bring one nice fish home got a few just undersized that went back for another trip, which I would love to go again
Joe  T.
Joe T. Sydney, NSW
True Blue Fishing – Sea Quest
True Blue Fishing – Sea Quest
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 2 reviews
First time my wife and I went fishing. Dylan and Anthony were fabulous. They taught us everything. Explaing, fixed the gear and guided us on how to use the gear. We caught plenty fish - Tuna, Snapper, and other - no need to go shopping for a month. A brilliant day on the water, in great company of the crew, learning new skills. An experience we will repeat again!
Nicolas  F.
Nicolas F. West End, QLD
Noosa Charters – Wild Thing 2
Noosa Charters – Wild Thing 2
Fishing charter in Noosaville
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 134 reviews
Unfortunately I didnt catch anything but others did. Captain and Crew good blokes and did a great job.
Scot  D.
Scot D. Brighton, QLD
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Deep Sea Fishing Co. Noosa
Fishing charter in Tewantin
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 29 reviews
There were 3 of us that went out. The views going out were amazing.... my partner and daughter were sick but I caught some fish which were thrown back because they were to small. I was bummed out we never caught anything but totalled enjoy ourselves. NOTE: Take Sea sick tablets. The captain and captains side kick were awesome and helpful.
Eva  E.
Eva E. Farmington, NM
Out N About Sportfishing
Out N About Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Port Douglas
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 128 reviews
Awesome day out on the water, not too many fish biting but a bad day fishing still beats a good day at work!!! Captain was informative and moved us on to spots to get bites. Really enjoyed the morning fishing!! Thank you.
Frances  P.
Frances P. Brisbane, QLD
Discovery Fishing Charters
Discovery Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Gold Coast
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 42 reviews
Excellent team on a very capacious boat. We caught 6 beautiful Tunas. Despite of rough sea the team handled the trip very professionally. Will definitely come back.
Amgad  S.
Amgad S. Brisbane, QLD

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Queensland

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Queensland costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $467, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $984. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Queensland is 29 ft and the most common vessel type is a Aluminum fishing.

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

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

The best way to experience fishing in 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 Queensland.

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

There’s so much to celebrate at the end of the year, including great numbers of Billfish and Tuna prowling the offshore waters. Big and strong Giant Trevally are out and about as well. Closer to shore, make sure you catch a Cobia while they’re still actively biting. Check availability for local fishing charters in Queensland.