Fishing Charters Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Port Stephens, Bermagui, Exmouth and more

Thinking of fishing this fabulous fishery? The Black Marlin Fishing Blog – Fishing Charters – Boat Directory is an alphabetical listing of the professional fleet who also contribute reports to this blog. If you have any interest in fishing with any one of the amazing boats, please use the links below to visit each boat’s website directly.

Many of these boat provide fishing charters in Cairns during the heavy tackle Cairns marlin season. Many also work year-round in other busy fishing ports across the country. Please visit each boat’s website directly for more information about the various fishing charter options they offer.

You can also read more about the very experienced captains that run these boats in the Black Marlin Fishing Blog Captains Directory.

If you would like your boat included in the directory, please contact me.
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  1. Boats are listed alphabetically.
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Askari Charters Capt. Corey Hard Work Phone: 0433 747 413 Website: Visit Website

Askari is the latest and most advanced custom Assegai to come from Barry Martin’s shed on the Gold Coast.

The Assegai hull form has become synonymous with fishing and charter operations out of Cairns.  Assegai’s are renown for their speed, sea keeping qualities and soft, dry ride in the punishing trade wind conditions outside the Ribbon Reefs.

Her strength is derived from her female molded Western Red Cedar strip plank construction.  This technique requires skill and is labour intensive but provides the lightest and strongest hull required for constant offshore work.  A unique design feature is the convex and slightly raised transom which means she can back down hard in rough sea safely. She is fitted out with state of the art electronics and equipment including sonar, watermakes, icemakers, livebait tanks, tuna tubes, twin Gensets, disco lights and 1015hp Caterpillar C18′s.

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Australian Fishing Expeditions Capt. Laurie Wright Work Phone: 07 4095-2260 Website: Visit Website

Captain Laurie & Julie Wright and have been ‘hooked up’ and organising sport fishing charters on the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia for over 20 years. Their team work and dedication has come about through their love of the region and its fishing potential.

Having both fished and traveled the world for many years they understand what all avid anglers desire to make their experience that “fishing trip of a life time”.

Australian Fishing Expeditions is a luxury fishing charter company with the finest, modern sportsfishing boats and luxury motherships, operated by professional captains and crew available. This style of fishing expedition allows the avid angler the freedom to roam the 150 nautical miles expanse of reef system where the continental shelf abuts the outer Barrier reefs from Cairns to Lizard Island. This is the ultimate game fishing experience and is available for those purist big fish anglers, and is the best way to enjoy your angling adventure.

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Bounty Hunter Cairns Cairns SIM Trans Cell Phone: 0408797074 Work Phone: 07 40 353 655 Website: Visit Website

Greg & Michelle Sims have been involved in Fishing Charters and Sports fishing on the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns for the last 12 years. Bounty Hunter is a Cairns locally run vessel, owned by Cairns SIM Trans, who specialise in Diesel Engines & Transmission repairs. Greg is Cairns born and bred and has had a passion for fishing for Black Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna and other ocean trophies since the time he could walk. Bounty Hunter has a dedicated team who support the passion and love of marlin fishing, keeping her the pride of their fleet.

Bounty Hunter is a custom built 42ft Vindex designed vessel, built in Queensland with the thrill of fishing in mind. From 2010 – 2012 she has under gone extensive refitting to accommodate the pleasures of Black Marlin fishing. Bounty Hunter has a practical fishing layout while still achieving angler comforts of air-conditioning and direct angling action with an open rear bulk head.

Due to the size of Bounty Hunter, she is the perfect day trip Outer Barrier Reef fishing vessel, yet combined with her power, speed and manoeuvrability she is perfect for extended Black Marlin Live aboard charters. For the ultimate Giant Black Marlin fishing adventure, Bounty Hunter teams up well with any size mother ship, giving you the fishing trip of a life time on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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Brisbane Sport Fishing Adventure Club / Megumi Capt. Ken Brown Work Phone: 0428 735947 Website: Visit Website

The Brisbane Sport Fishing Adventure Club is a small exclusive sport fishing club, whose members have access to the club boat Megumi and target blue marlin on the continental shelf off SE Qld and little black marlin and sailfish closer inshore.

Megumi is a 44ft custom built Assegai, is in excellent condition and is fastidiously maintained. She has the excellent fishing ergonomics and sea keeping abilities of all Assegai’s, is powered by 590HP Cummins QSM 11 engines, cruises at 24 knots, has a top speed of 31 knots and carries 4 x 130lb, 4 x 80lb, 4 x 50lb chair rods with Shimano Tiagra 2 speed reels and a full set of light tackle rods and reels.

Megumi is also available for charter between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast and captain Ken “Brownie” Brown can organise mother ships and shore based accommodation for extended trips. If you want to target blue marlin, little blacks or sails off the SE Qld Coast, there is no better boat than Megumi and “Brownie”, who has been fishing for blues since the early days of the fishery in the mid 80’s has the experience to make your fishing adventure enjoyable.

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Calypso (Marlin Fishing Australia) Capt. Tim Dean Work Phone: 0411 111 476 Website:

The Calypso was built in 1997 by  O’Brien Boats in Townsville. A family business just like Calypso Fishing Adventures Peter and his son Leigh saw the need for a purpose built sportfishing vessel, able to handle the rugged oceans along Australia’s east coast.

With the construction of the Calypso, Peter and Leigh got it right. Twin 500hp NEW YANMAR engines and a 12Kva Genset, water maker, brine tanks, live wells
Sleeping for 7, Marlin Tower and all necessary electronics to get the job done.
An open rear bulkhead layout puts you right in the action when laying on the sofas inside ac comfort.

Since 1997 Captain Tim has maintained the vessel to the highest standards The accommodation on board is ample for upto four guests liveaboard and upto 6 anglers for a day trip marlin fishing day in Port Stephens. Rest assured you will realise your every need is catered for onboard when marlin fishing on the Calypso.

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Castille Charters Capt. Brad Craft Work Phone: work 0428 772 950 Website: Visit Website

The 47 foot Obrien Castille III is powered by twin Cummins QSM11 engines rated @ 660 BHP cruises at 26 knots with a top speed of 31 knots. It is extrememly fast and travelling times are short, therefore your fishing time is longer. Our hull is very efficient which gives our guests a very soft ride.

Castille III and its crew cater for all kinds of sports fishing and personalized charters from Lizard Island, Cooktown, Cairns and Townsville in North Queensland to the Gold Coast and Port Stephens in the south.

Our team is dedicated to traveling long distances to fish in the best locations at the best time’s of the year and have over 30 years experience charter fishing.  Castille III would love to show you and you friends the ultimate charter experience.

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Fascination III Work Phone: 07 4043 1974 Website: Visit Website

Lizard Island operates the luxury vessel, Fascination III exclusively from Lizard Island, providing our guests with local knowledge and experience that is second to none.

Experience a Great Barrier Reef charter boat trip from your base at Lizard Island.

The 51ft Riviera Platinum Model Flybridge Cruiser, Fascination III has a cruise speed of 20 knots and can take up to 10 passengers (including crew).

Based at Lizard Island all year round, Fascination III is available for private fishing, diving and snorkelling charters.

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Hellraiser 2 - Cairns Black Marlin Charters Owner/Capt. Steve Ahlers Work Phone: 07 4060 2193 Cell Phone: 0419 652 583 Website:

Steve and Sue Ahlers own and operate Cairns Black Marlin Charters. Steve is born and bred in North Queensland with more than 20 years experience fishing the Great barrier Reef and the Gulf of Carpentaria and has been involved on many winning teams, whether angling, crewing or skippering, and competed in the Offshore I.G.F.A. World Championship in Mexico in May2010 . Sue won champion female angler in the prestigious Lizard Island Game Fishing Tournament 2010.

Hellraiser 2 is 43′ O’Brien game boat, manufactured in Townsville by legendary boat builder, Peter O’Brien’ specifically built to handle the conditions of the Great Barrier Reef doing extended charters. She is a comfortable, modern, fully air conditioned fly bridge cruiser and is powered by twin 450hp Cummins.

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Hotshot Sport Fishing Charters Work Phone: 1800 05 99 04 Website: Visit Website

Hot Shot is a 43ft O’Brien Sports Fisher. O’Brien Boats are world renowned for sea handling capabilities with a dry and very stable ride.

She was specifically built for live-aboard charters and is very comfortable; Client Accommodation forward – is four V berths and a Master Cabin Inc double berth. With 2 air conditioners, one unit supplying sleeping areas and second running saloon.

2 bathrooms, both including toilets and showers, water maker (Desalinate), and entertainment system including Blue ray DVD and ipod compatible music system, all add to angler comfort.

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Iona Game Fishing Charters Capt. Adam Jordan Work Phone: 0413 039 514 Website: Visit Website

Iona Game Fishing Australia offers the optimum in fishing charters in Australia from as far north as Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, following the migrating marlin along the East Coast of Australia to as far south as Port Stephens and Newcastle.

Our 2 world recognised game boats and world class Captain’s with 20 years combined experience will make your fishing charter in Australia a life time dream to remember!

The Iona is a 43ft O’Brien complete with tuna tower and powered by twin 450hp Cummins motors, designed and built for game fishing charters with manoeuvrability and stability capabilities a major factor in mind for all sea conditions.  The Iona II is a 50ft Custom-built million dollar Dick Ward Sportfisher built in Cairns in 2007 to the owner, Adam Jordan’s specifications.  Powered by two  450hp Cummins motors she was specifically built for live-aboard charters and to specialise in marlin fishing, big game fishing, sports fishing, light tackle and reef/bottom fishing.

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Kalira Charters Capt. Ashley Wallis Work Phone: 0488 241 555 Website:

Launced in 2009, Kalira has been built to go the distance and battle the conditions when finding the grander black marlin, enjoying the remote locations of sport fishing or simply cruising the Great Barrier Reef for that snorkeling experience.

The comfort and ride of the Maritimo 500 has to be experienced to be believed and Kalira is the finest example of the new 500.

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KEKOA Sport Fishing & Personalised Charters Capt. Luke Fallon Work Phone: 0428 789 840 Website: Visit Website

KEKOA, a 56 foot O’Brien, custom built for game fishing in North Queensland waters, was launched in March 2010. It is equipped with the latest state of the art electronics and delivers a world class fishing experience as well as comfortably accommodating luxurious personal charters. KEKOA features two ensuited guest cabins as well as separate cabins for the captain and crew. Fully air-conditioned throughout the added beam of the 56 foot vessel allows for a very spacious saloon and entertaining area — as well as a second entertaining area on the flybridge.

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Kim Andersen Sport Fishing Capt. Kim Andersen Cell Phone: 0408 187 291 Website: Visit website

Based in Cairns, Australia, Kim can offer you a great selection of Cairns fishing options including heavy tackle or fly fishing for Black Marlin, popper fishing for Giant Trevally, or lure and fly fishing for the magnificent Barramundi.

Kim has achieved a high degree of success in tournament fishing over the years. Not only in local waters but also in places fished for the first time against stiff competition. Broome, Cape Bowling Green, Mooloolaba, Port Stephens and the Daly River.

The key to his success has been exposure to a variety of fish species and fishing techniques, throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and a short trip to the Florida Keys.

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Levante Fishing Charters Work Phone: 0413 996 696 Website: Visit Website

Levante is fully equipped for live on-board fishing charters. Two cabins provide overnight accommodation for up to 6 guests with 1 double and 4 single berths. Complete with air-conditioning, ample refrigeration, water- and icemakers, fully equipped galley and Wi-Fi internet (depending on location).

Levante is a 44.5 ft fly bridge cruiser. She was custom built on Queensland’s Gold Coast by Assegai Marine, renowned for building Australia’s finest sports fishing boats.

A full range of rods and reels and matching terminal tackle is provided ranging from 15kg – 60kg (including fighting chair) to suit the targeted species of fish. Finding the fish is aided by a “state of the art” electronics package installed in 2012, which includes a CHIRP sounder and searchlight sonar. Four deck cameras, and an underwater tow camera are connected to digital recorders to capture the action.

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Little Audrey Capt. Daniel Carlson Website: Website:

Little Audrey is a 76ft Warren Yacht we call the fishing theater. This is a lean, luxury fast fishing machine. It includes superior and uncompromising comfort and style.

One of the first things you will notice as you step aboard Little Audrey is the attention to detail on this outstanding craft. The fishing chair and fishing equipment reflect the owners “no compromise” mind set clearly the best money can buy!
Fishing tackle is the best available ranging from 12 to 120 lb test. The split-level cockpit features dual in-transom bait tanks, huge fish hold, BBQ and added seating outside, allowing everybody aboard to be part of the action, and still be comfortable.

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Mistress Sport Fishing Charters Capt. Brett Alty Work Phone: 0417 766 734 Website: Visit Website

Mistress is custom-designed and built 49-foot launched in June 2001 and is the ultimate in luxury and sport fishing excellence.

Powered by twin 610hp Volvo 122EDC engines Mistress has a top speed in excess of 30knots and a cruise speed of 25knots.

It is fitted with every conceivable facility to help find and catch fish; Alloy Tuna Tower, 2x Depth Sounders, 2x GPS Chartplotters 360o Sonar, 80 mile Bird Sensitive Radar, Computer, Tuna Tubes, Live Bait Tank, Schaefer Outriggers, Murray Brothers Chair and a full range of custom rods with Penn International Reels.

The Accommodation consists of a spacious saloon and fully equipped galley; An Island Double with Ensuite, A Second Double with Ensuite, Two Single Bunks, and Two Settee Berths.  Interior finishes feature American Cherry, Italian Leather and Designer Carpets and Blinds.  The interior is served by two Air-conditioning systems plus the usual Stereo, TV, Video and Icemaker.  There are also Internet and E-mail facilities to keep in touch.

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MV The Boss Owner Mark Gladwin Work Phone: 0400160796 Website: Visit website

MV The BOSS, built in Cairns and launched in late 2004, is a 88ft (27m) motor yacht, operating out of Port Douglas in Tropical Far North Queensland Australia. She is designed to ensure maximum comfort and space, whether diving, fishing, spearing, filming or just exploring the rich reef and river systems, islands and sand cays of the Great Barrier Reef and beyond. With a 3000nm range The BOSS does it all in superior style.

The professional crew are experts at tailoring and delivering custom charters to match the guest’s vision of the perfect escape. Personalized diving, fishing, spearfishing, hunting, filming, and research charters on the world’s most diverse and rich coral reef ecosystem is the perfect recipe for an unforgettable journey. Massive is the only word to describe the main saloon area of The BOSS, it is the central hub of the vessel and provides an ultra comfy area to dine, dance and simply relax and enjoy your charter in air-conditioned comfort. This area also has a full sized bar, and magnificent spiral staircase leading down to the accommodation space.

Spacious and practical define the cabins and there is 10 of them.

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On Site Game Fishing Capt. Glenn Hunter Work Phone: 0418 462476 Website: Visit the website

On Site is a luxury, high speed charter vessel available for charter on Australia’s East Coast. From Sydney to the beautiful waterways of Port Stephens and the Great Barrier Reef including the Whitsunday Islands, Port Douglas, and Lizard Island.

With a top speed of 36 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots she is the perfect vessel for cruising. Capable of sleeping up to 8 persons with a Master cabin with double bed and ensuite, a Guest cabin with double bed and ensuite, plus 2 x 2 single cabins with bunks and adjoining bathroom.

Specialising in private charters anywhere on Australia’s east coast On Site is a full surveyed vessel, and is equipped with all the latest electronics. State of the art GPS, radar, fish finder, sonar, sounder, VHF & HF radio, 22kva Genset producing AC & DC, water capacity 1,000L & desalinator, fuel capacity 6,000L.

On Site offers the ultimate in heavy game fishing, light game fishing, reef fishing, leisurely cruising and snorkeling or diving. Whatever your level of expertise or confidence our crew is trained to introduce you to a whole new magical world.

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Opulence Fiji Capt. George Trinkler Cell Phone: 0418 831 004 (Aus mobile) Work Phone: 679 999 4195 (Uri) Website:

For a truly memorable experience join our 3-night/4-day Kadavu fishing expeditions on the southern edges of the island group of Fiji. During 2012 we invite serious anglers and novices alike to test their skills in an amazing fishing ground where triple-hookups are ‘the norm’.

Home Base for Opulence is Port Denarau Marina in Nadi, on the western side of Viti Levu. Day charters in the Mamanuca Group of Islands has been our usual business to date, taking anglers out for 4 or 7-hours at a time to hook up game fish or to pop for GT’s. In 2012 we are working with the well known Australian expert angler George Trinkler and are travelling south to Kadavu to catch all the fishing excitement that location has to offer.

We offer you experienced crew, knowledge of the area, top-line game fishing equipment and the most comfortable ride available down here, on a 51′ Riviera called Opulence. Review our website here, and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, and to check our calendar.

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Reel Chase Charters Skipper Brett Goetze Work Phone: 0417 631 089 Website: Visit Website

At 56ft Reel Chase is powered by twin MTU 825 HP engines which enables her to cruise at 24knots and is capable of speeds of up to 32 knots.

Live aboard trips aboard Reel Chase are both luxurious and comfortable. Her polished cherrywood interior and stone bench tops make for a sleek modern interior whilst her 5 seater leather lounge and 4 person leather dinette makes it hard to want to leave her air conditioned saloon.

Fully optioned with satellite TV (Foxtel), ice-maker, latest touchscreen navigational equipment including a 360 degree sonar and cockpit cameras to record all the action taking place, this 20th century modern game fisher has it all.

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Saltaire Charters Capt. Damien Colette Work Phone: 0459 323 888 Website: Visit Website

Saltaire is a classic 34ft blue water quarter-horse vessel and has witnessed some of the most exciting fishing to be experienced on The Great Barrier Reef and also beyond to the vast reaches of the untamed waters of Papua New Guinea.

Based in Port Douglas, Saltaire is available for Heavy Tackle Black Marlin fishing, Light Tackle Marlin and game fishing,Jigging, Reef Fishing and personalised charters including adventure cruising, snorkelling and diving.

It is a Dick Ward custom made vessel built specifically for the Great Barrier Reef conditions and is beautifully designed for daily and extended trips.

With comfort, speed and great service on your side you will be amongst the serious action on offer whether it be pursuing Giant Black marlin,Giant Trevally,Jigging, pelagic species or classic reef fish.

Saltaire is a well-oiled operation equipped with all the bells and whistles, and prides itself on the reputation it has built.

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Sparra Charters Capt. Craig "Sparra" Denham Work Phone: 0438 338 489 Website: Visit Website

Sparra Charters offers custom fishing charters specified to your needs. Running from Cairns to Lizard Island, Live Aboard or Mother Ship, from fly fishing to heavy tackle, blue water spearing to custom dive trips and corporate hire.

Currently running a custom built 42ft vindex designed vessel which in 2010 was extensively refitted. Now with an open rear bulkhead and airconditioning, anglers can relax in comfort while still being close to the action!

She’s able to comfortably sleep 6 and having caught in excess of 60 fish over 800 lbs in the last four seasons, she definitely has the ability to raise that fish of lifetime!

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Tradition Charters Capt. Tim Richardson Work Phone: 0427 758 768 Website: Visit Website

Built in 2000 by Dick Ward of Cairns Boat Builders in Cairns, she is the latest in a long line of famous boats including, the original Kanahoee, the new Kanahoee, and TRADITION CHARTERS latest boat, built as Desperado.

Captain Tim Richardsons’ passion for purpose built custom boats, has led him to now own this beautiful game fishing boat. Tradition is kept in the finest condition of any boat in the country by Capt Tim and his professional crew.

Tradition is 49 feet in length and was designed and built for one purpose – to catch 1000lb black marlin with no compromise in design or construction. This means a comfortable boat for clients and the crew to fish and relax while maintaining levels of fishing performance without equal. This nimbleness and comfort makes Tradition a great platform for all types of sportfishing.

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Ultimate Charters Capt. Ryan Capp Work Phone: 0416 241 586 Website:

Ultimate Charters offers sport fishing at its best along the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. Based in Batemans Bay and Bermagui, Ultimate Charters are able to travel up and down the south coast to where the fish are biting. Owned and operated by Captain Ryan Capp, your crew are professional charter fishermen with decades of experience. Whilst our specialty is game fishing, the Ultimate is also equipped for long range live aboard charters, overnight trips chasing broadbill or simply a general days fishing. We cater from private groups through to multi-boat charters for our corporate clients.

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