Captain
Craig "Sparra" Denham

Member since October 2016

Main Beach, Australia

Background
Captain Craig "Sparra" Denham has been in the fishing charter industry for over 30 years, during which time he has explored numerous sportfishing hotspots worldwide, including Fiji, New Zealand, New Guinea, Hawaii, Japan, Ghana, Cape Verde and all over the east coast and north west of Australia. Throughout that time he has always come back for the Cairns Black Marlin season, working as a crewman for 10 seasons and as captain for a further 20. He is very experienced in a wide range of techniques, and holds a string of records for light and ultra light tackle Marlin fishing, including the one, two, and three kilogram men's Black Marlin records and the two kilogram Striped Marlin record. He has guided countless anglers to big game catches on the fly, including an incredible 101 kg Black Marlin on 10kg tippet! On heavy tackle, he has caught over a dozen granders, including one Black Marlin that weighed 1389lb. Who could be better to guide you to Billfish in Cairns and the Gold Coast?
Techniques
Baiting and switching for blue marlin on the Gold Coast and dead baiting for the giant black marlin off of Cairns

Hey, I'm Captain Craig "Sparra" Denham

Main Beach, Australia
Background
Captain Craig "Sparra" Denham has been in the fishing charter industry for over 30 years, during which time he has explored numerous sportfishing hotspots worldwide, including Fiji, New Zealand, New Guinea, Hawaii, Japan, Ghana, Cape Verde and all over the east coast and north west of Australia. Throughout that time he has always come back for the Cairns Black Marlin season, working as a crewman for 10 seasons and as captain for a further 20. He is very experienced in a wide range of techniques, and holds a string of records for light and ultra light tackle Marlin fishing, including the one, two, and three kilogram men's Black Marlin records and the two kilogram Striped Marlin record. He has guided countless anglers to big game catches on the fly, including an incredible 101 kg Black Marlin on 10kg tippet! On heavy tackle, he has caught over a dozen granders, including one Black Marlin that weighed 1389lb. Who could be better to guide you to Billfish in Cairns and the Gold Coast?
Techniques
Baiting and switching for blue marlin on the Gold Coast and dead baiting for the giant black marlin off of Cairns

My Charter Listings

Hotshot Charters - Gold Coast

Main Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from US$ 1596

Hotshot Charters - Cairns

Cairns City
trips from US$ 2612

Fishing Reports

June 2018 Blue and Striped Marlin

June 15, 2018

Weather has been a bit hit or miss lately but we were able to catch a great window opportunity to take out young Riley and his dad Doug from Gladstone. We had a great day going 2-3 on blue… Read Full Report →


February Fishing Report for HOTSHOT Char

February 28, 2018

February was a great month for lots of juvenile black marlin, mahi-mahi and Wahoo!!! The weather Gods as well as the fishing Gods were good to us. We had great currents and heaps of bait inshore allowing us some… Read Full Report →


Dolphin bite on the Gold Coast

December 22, 2017

Hotshot was happy to have a great couple from Brazil join us today. Lots of action with the Dolphin fish today, going 2-4 and we also jumped a little black off. Read Full Report →


Amazing black marlin caught after 2 hrs

February 18, 2017

Great day out with some fantastic people celebrating Leigh's 40th birthday with us! Went out wide to look for some blue marlin only to have the water go off after a few hours. We ended up heading back in… Read Full Report →


Hotshot Charters Marlin Report

February 01, 2017

February had some fantastic weather on the Gold Coast. This allowed us ample opportunity to fish the in shore waters for black marlin using live bait, trolling lures and baiting/switching. Taking full advantage of conditions we also were able… Read Full Report →


Hotshot Charters latest catch

January 31, 2017

What a fantastic day out fishing with our new friends from Costa Rica. We started the day out a bit slow but thankfully because as the day went on so did the action! We started with a beautiful feisty… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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Went fishing on Friday, December 22, 2017

Fished December 2017

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Replied to this review on Friday, December 22, 2017

Obrigado For coming out on Hotshot Charters. You were a pleasure to fish with and we hope to get the chance again on day. Enjoy the rest of your stay in beautiful Gold Coast.