Port Douglas Private Charter Heavy Tackle Fishing, 34ft

Tour Code: 337

Departing: Port Douglas

Private Charter Fishing Boat
  • Just bobbing around on the Great Barrier Reef is a real highlight
  • This boat has been fishing the Great Barrier Reef for many years so the GPS is full of markers for brilliant fishing spots

Included In Price

  • The skipper & crew with their knowledge and experience of over 30 years
  • Morning Tea
  • Lunch – cold meat platter, fresh salad and fruit and rolls. (or to your requirements)
  • Afternoon coffee and cake
  • Bait and tackle
  • Handlines
  • Tagging, Bagging and filleting of your fish
  • Soft Beverages
  • EMC (Marine Tax)
  • Snorkelling gear and lycra suits

Book your own private charter fishing boat (maximum 8 passengers) all to yourself with your mates or your corporate/conference clients. Head out from Port Douglas on a heavy tackle 34ft fishing boat to Australia's Great Barrier Reef for some amazing fishing.

Guests are to board the boat at around 8.00am (or at a time preferred by you) at your fishing boat, where you will be welcomed aboard by the Skipper and crew. Shortly afterwards your private charter fishing boat will depart from the Port Douglas Reef Marina and head to the wide open Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef to begin your day on the ocean.

With such extensive knowledge of the local waters and the fish habits year after year, the crew know the best spots that they have logged on their GPS (Steve has secret spots that he won’t divulge to anyone!) and so can just about ensure a tasty fish for your dinner that night.

On these Port Douglas private charter fishing tours, you can choose between 2200 light tackle or 2400 heavy tackle, depending on the type of fishing you would like to do (see list below for fish seasons).

Private Charter Boat - 34ft Cairns Custom Craft

This fishing boat has been built locally with practicality and comfort in mind. With a cruising speed of 20 knots, this boat gets where you want to go. This vessel is only used for private charters.

  • Length: 34 ft
  • Beam: 10ft
  • 2 x Engines: 330 hp Cummins's Diesel
  • Speed: 28 knots
  • Cruising speed: 21 knots
  • Maximum Capacity: 8 passengers ensuring personal attention
  • Rear sports fishing platform
  • Toilet

Private Fishing Charter Schedule - Port Douglas

Your private charter fishing tour starts from Port Douglas Reef Marina, Berth C8 at 8.00 am and will leave around 8.30 am. Since it is your private charter these times are flexible.

For any specific catering requirements please advise our team at the time of booking your boat. Otherwise, it is normally BYO (Bring Your Own cans of drink) that can be stored in the refrigerators on board as the fishing boat does not have a licence to sell alcohol). 

Morning tea and lunch is a cold meat platter (chicken, beef, ham) with local fresh salad and fruit and rolls. Afternoon tea is coffee and cake.

Your fishing day will usually finish back at Port Douglas around 4.30pm.

When you leave you can take with you your filleted and cleaned fish ready for your home BBQ or take to a restaurant that night for dinner. The boat's crew can advise which of the local restaurants offer this service. Nothing better than tasting fish that you caught yourself for dinner fresh from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!

Fish Species to Be Caught On Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

With the reefs teeming with so much fish life, you never know what you pull in at the end of the line!

Best fishing times:

Fish on the Great Barrier Reef

Black Marlin Fishing

The area around Port Douglas has long been recognised as the Black Marlin Capital of the World.  Stretching from Lizard Island in the North to just south of Cairns this is world acclaimed Black Marlin fishing territory.

Unbelievably more 1,000 lb + Black Marlin are caught in these waters each fishing season than all the other known grounds put together and is rated as one of the top game fishing regions in the world.

Understanding the cycles of the Marlin is important for timing one’s fishing expedition. Every year starting in early September, the giant female Black Marline arrives to spawn along this 250km stretch of the Great Barrier Reef.  With such rich waters and the nearby continental shelf, food is abundant for them.

This period is known throughout the world as the Heavy Tackle Marlin season and will stretch through to late December or until the tropical summer storms start.

Other Activities On Your Private Reef Fishing Charter

If you wish to cool down after the hard work of hauling in fish, then the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef are a welcome relaxation.  You can snorkel in the waters and see the coral reef and marine life below.  Stopping off at a sandy cay or an island can be arranged so you can spend time relaxing and swimming there. The day will be worked around your specific private charter requirements (supplied).

Unless a potential world record holder, Marlin and Sailfish are on a tag and release basis, so ensuring more fish to fish for another fishing day!

Please see here for more private charter boat options on the Great Barrier Reef 

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Port Douglas

Departure Time
  • Check in 8.00am
  • Departs 8.30am
Departure Instructions

Please make your own way to Berth C8 at the Reef Marina Port Douglas


The best Great Barrier Reef Fishing spots

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



8 hours (approx)

Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

Additional Information

Transfers from your accommodation not included but can be arranged independently, please ask at time of booking.

  • Cash, EFTPOS/Credit Card
  • If you have your own favourite or lucky fishing rod and reel – bring it!
  • Your own lucky popper, rod, lures and reels then do bring them!
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera (charged)

  • Children are welcome but must be supervised at all times
  • Children same price as adult

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our Terms and Conditions for details prior to booking.

Operator's Cancellation Policy: We have a strict 100% 7 day cancellation policy on all private charters and a 48 hour cancellation on all shared charters. No refund if cancellation received within 48 hours of departure. Please note if we cancel due to bad weather no charge will apply.

Port Douglas Private Charter Heavy Tackle Fishing, 34ft

Tour Code: 337

Departing: Port Douglas

Private Charter Fishing Boat



Prices are AUD, per charter and include all levies fees and taxes.

Tour Code: 337



1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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