18 Jul

Top 7 Fishing Charters in Port Douglas

If you haven’t already noticed, basking in the sunshine and being immersed in the great outdoors is something that we FNQ’ers just love to do.

This frolicking might be in the form of memorable trips to the Great Barrier Reef, walks in heavenly nature or jungle-surfing in Cape Tribulation – but if one thing’s for sure, there’s no other place that quite compares to our simply phenomenal fishing!

The tropical weather combined with an abundance of cracker reef sites makes Port Douglas a haven for all enthusiasts or anyone that just loves to get a line wet.

Here are 7 of the best fishing adventures for you to embark on during your time in Far North Queensland!

Boat Hire Port Douglas


Depart from the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina for a self-drive experience cruising the calm waters of Port Douglas. With no boating license required, this is a fantastic chance for any keen fisherman to get out on the water and explore 15kms of extraordinary mangrove forests that are full of marvelous wildlife. If you’ve got half a day to kill in PD, this is undoubtedly an excellent way to spend it!



Just as the name implies, head to the glorious Wonga Beach to hook-a-barra! This is an exciting way to practice your angling, have fun flicking lures and ultimately bring home a delicious dinner for your friends and family. Hook-a-barra is one of the top options that kids can get involved in. Don’t forget to check out the viewing tank that features Daintree Saltwater Barramundi broad stock!

Dragon Lady

Mid Range

Treat yourself to a day of adventuring to a collection of gorgeous fishing destinations that are scattered all throughout the outer reef systems of the continental shelf! There are opportunities for bottom fishing, light and heavy tackle fishing and even shark fishing for your enjoyment. Dragon Lady supplies you with everything you need for a tremendous day out on the water – but your refreshing beers are BYO!


Mid Range

Norseman is known to have one of the top boats in Port Douglas for an epic day of shared reef fishing charters. It’s also the longest operating day tour in the region, so you can rest assured that the brilliant team really know their stuff! Common catches of the day include mammoth Gold Spot Cods, Chinaman fish, Red Emperors just to name a few – Coral Trout is another beautiful (and delicious) fish you’re likely to come across!

Saltaire Charters


If you’ve ever wanted chase some Giant Trevallies, Mackerel or the infamous Black Marlin of Cairns, get on board with Saltaire Charters! With so many different experiences to choose from, there’s an awesome trip for everybody to enjoy. From reef charters to GT popper and heavy tackle, you really are spoiled for choice. There’s another luxury option that’s based on the amazing Fitzroy Island where you can stay in the 4.5-star resort afterwards – winning!



Monsoon delivers an impeccable day of reef fishing on a luxurious private charter. There are full day and multi-day charters available with only 8-10 guests – making it the perfect day for a tight-knit group of family and friends. With options to snorkel and scuba dive amongst all of the impressive fishing, there’s no doubt that you’ll have the day of your dreams!  A gourmet lunch of tropical salads, mouth-watering seafood and canapés are inclusive in this experience of a lifetime.

Far North Sport Fishing


FNSF offers multiple private charter experiences that are bound to give you unforgettable fishing stories and memories for the books! Here’s the low-down of three astonishing trips that you can embark on with this heroic crew;

Remote Barra: Best in the wet season from February to April, travel with a total of 6 guests through Cape York and Princess Charlotte Bay via a magnificent helicopter ride! Fish Barramundi and other saltwater giants in rarely touched waters.

Northern Exposure: North or nowhere! Based in Port Douglas and Lizard Island, explore the Ribbon Reef flats, St. Crispins, Escape and other untouched reef systems – you can’t go wrong!

Blue Water Adventure: From May to October, head out on the seas of Port Douglas and Lizard Island to chase Red Emperor, Nannygai, Coral Trout, GT’s, Tuna – the works.  Customize your adventure with scuba-diving, kayaking, SUPs or whale watching!

What an incredible line up that was! We’re sure by now that you’ve discovered the ideal fishing adventure to suit your travels in the north – so we hope you have a ripper time and good luck!

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