Airlie Beach Reef Fishing Charters

Airlie Beach Reef Fishing Charters

Best Reef Fishing Charters in Airlie Beach

Reef Fishing in Airlie Beach

To put it simply, Airlie Beach reef fishing is colorful and packed with fish. And like most of Australia’s fisheries, the fish somehow seem bigger than elsewhere. Facing the Whitsunday Islands, and with a quick access to the Great Barrier Reef, there is much anglers can enjoy here. Most charters offer half or full day trips to the local reefs simply teeming with fish.

What to catch around the reefs

With all the fish out there, we’ve had a hard time figuring out what to put first. The reefs attract schools of Coral Trout, Sweetlip, Red Emperor, Snapper, and Giant Trevally. To begin with, that is. If you’re coming onboard for the first time, these fish will be something to boast about. They are big, they are fun to catch, and they are cute. Well, most of them are.

We all know it, but don’t want to jinx it by saying it out loud. Yes, we’d all like to catch a ‘grander’ Black Marlin around these reefs. Fishing for these beasts is any hardcore angler’s dream, and here, you can do it almost as much as you desire. A full day trip should be enough when the season peaks—and the local records confirm it. If you’re on vacation, you’ll still have the time for many other summer activities.

To do justice to other fish around here—yes, you should try fishing for Giant Trevally, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna.

Now, how to do it? Well, fishing around reefs is productive. You can go trolling for the likes of GTs, Mackerels, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi. Of course, any Billfish as well. Trolling is great—you’re soaking up the sun, listening to the rhythmic drumming of the waves—and bam!—the drag starts screaming, and the chase begins. Most of the local captains will try lure trolling, trolling and switching, using live or dead bait. For a bit more of the local flavor—do try using poppers. Marlin often flock to the sound.

Then again, bottom fishing can be really rich. Snapper, Red Emperor, Coral Trout—they are tasty, shiny, and like going at the bait. Book a bottom fishing charter and these reefs will reward you.

Airlie Beach
Excellent
4.4 / 5
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What anglers said about Reef Fishing in Airlie Beach

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
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
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
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
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
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
Don’t visit Airlie without going fishing - experience or not. It’s an all round unforgettable experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t visit Airlie without going fishing - experience or not. It’s an all round unforgettable experience.
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
Get Out & About Whitsundays Fishing & Tours
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
Whitsunday Fishing–Reel Deal
Whitsunday Fishing–Reel Deal Brisbane, Queensland
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!
A1 Fishing Charters & Tours Whitsundays
A1 Fishing Charters & Tours Whitsundays Granville Harbour, TAS
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
A1 Fishing Charters & Tours Whitsundays
A1 Fishing Charters & Tours Whitsundays Sunnybank, Queensland
Book a trip with Stryker Sportfishing Formerly Coral sea fishing Charters they are amazing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Stryker Sportfishing Formerly Coral sea fishing Charters they are amazing
Airlie Beach Fishing Charters
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