Well another Cairns season has come and gone, but we finished this year on a high, landing a 950lb black marlin for Katie. This was our last marlin charter for the season and by far the most exciting. Over the last 2 days of the charter, we had times where there were 6 fish up at once, all competing for the baits and good size too, up to 800lb. Trying to reel in a bait while a 800lb black marlin is hunting it is a sight to be seen! Catching 4 fish a day (with plenty more raised) now thats finishing the season on a high!

Interested is catching Giant Black Marlin? Contact Captain Brad Craft today as next seasons bookings are already being taken and spots are filling up fast!

Black Marlin Fishing

Cairns/Cooktown/Lizard Island
September to December
Heavy Tackle

September to December every year the Female Big Black Marlin come into the Reefs of North Queensland to spawn. The area is huge over 200 Nm long. Most of the breeders are between 700 and 1300lbs. There are also many male marlin 200 lbs up with the females which give our angler plenty of chances to catch all sizes of marlin.

It is a fact that 70% of all 1000+lbs Marlin in the world caught or released each year are caught of The Great Barrier Reef. If you want to catch a grander marlin, fishing of Cairns is by far the best chance you can give yourself.

The action never stops from dawn to dusk. We usually start with a snorkel on the GBR, then some bait fishing, jigging and popper throwing for many different species. They include Scad, Mackerel, Yellow fin and dog tooth tuna, queen fish, coral trout, Giant trevally and of course Giant Black Marlin. We usually wind up and head to our anchorage behind the reef about 6 PM each night.