Cairns Heavy Tackle Marlin Fishing Charters


For the last 40 years Anglers from around the world have been fishing along the edge of the Great Barrier Reef between Cairns and Lizard Island. Between the months of September and mid-December anglers arrive to target the infamous Giant Black Marlin in Cairns.

The heavy tackle charter season on board the boat Calypso out of far north Queensland - Cairns is the pinnacle of our tour. This is the Mecca of all game,deep sea and sports fishing around the world. This is where you will find your magical 1000lb Black Marlin. Unlike Madeira, Ghana, Cape Verde and Hawaii, all these marlin are Black Marlin.

Marlin fishing and living on the Great Barrier Reef will no doubt open your eyes to a whole new world of heavy tackle hard-core gamefishing. The season of 2006 was no exception with the team on Calypso releasing 77 black marlin with 26 fish going over 800 lbs plus - A wonderful gamefishing season enjoyed by all.

Game Fishing adventures on the Great Barrier Reef can either be live aboard for (upto 4 guests), mothershipping or Lizard Island accommodation. Fishing charters out of Cairns North Queensland can be tailored to all budgets and levels of experience; however this fishing is not for the faint hearted.

Bookings for the Boat charters in Cairns this season are still available.Contact Captain Tim Dean now to reserve your position for the Marlin fishing. Deep Sea fishing is also a great way to enjoy the reef Jigging for Dogtooth Tuna, Coral Trout and poppers for the Giant Trevally's is a great way to start your days fishing.

The Calypso is currently undergoing a refit at Port Stephens and the boat will be ready to roll around the end of August for the charters on the Great Barrier Reef, so come join us for some deep sea action.

Some common Faq

What tackle is used?

130lb Penn reels with Ian Miller rods are the norm. However we also specialise in light tackle and flyfishing for the black marlin and other species like Dogtooth tuna, Giant Trevally and Wahoo. For these fish we use top quality spinning and jigging outfits. There are many fish to catch.

How many can go on a trip?

A typically live aboard fishing charter is based on 4 anglers.

Whats included?

All meals, drinks (soda's and bottled water) beers and all necessary tackle on a replace if lost or damaged basis. All reef taxes and permits are also included.

How much does it cost?

Prices start from AUD$2950 per day, mothershipping starts at around AUD$5000 per day.

Whats your biggest fish?

1280lb Black Marlin