Interested in world class GT fishing or just a relaxing day trip to the GBR?…What about fishing the world’s proven best black marlin grounds?

  • GT popper fishing and casting
  • Heavy tackle marlin fishing
  • Bluewater trolling and reef fishing
  • Fish from the 36ft Sportfisher ‘Saltaire’
  • Day trips departing Port Douglas
  • Stay in comfortable hotel accommodation at night and enjoy a Coral Sea fishing adventure by day

These trips have recently been added to meet the demand for exceptional fishing in a shorter timeframe. It means you can book from just 1 day, to as many days as you like. On these trips, we visit a variety of reefs depending on the time of year and departure point. Most trips target the outer Great Barrier Reef in proximity to the idyllic Port Douglas.

This area is specifically chosen for its world class GT fishing, as well as being the proven best location in the world giant black marlin (Sept-Dec annually). There’s also some excellent reef fishing for table species such as coral trout, nannygai and red emperor.

These shorter trips comfortably cater for up to 4 anglers per trip, and can take as many as 8 anglers when required. Trips are available for groups of anglers who book the entire boat. 

Locations & Species

For these shorter trips, we generally fish the inner and outer Great Barrier Reef between the Ribbon Reefs in the north, and the outer reefs. Port Douglas is the departure point for GT fishing and general reef trips which provides excellent access to both the famous Linden Bank and the world class giant black marlin fishery that this area is famous for.

Boats Used on This Trip

Saltaire is a custom sportfishing vessel built in Cairns by Master Boatbuilder Dick Ward. It is designed to fish in the shallows around the reef chasing GTs, reef fish and mackerel, to chasing giant black marlin in the Coral Sea. It is fast and affordable, available for day or overnight trips.

Fishing Options

All Gameboat Day trips offer you the following fishing options, you can choose to do some of the following on any given day:

  • GT lurecasting
  • Heavy tackle giant black marlin fishing
  • Light tackle jigging and soft plastic fishing
  • Deep jigging for dogtooth tuna is a possibility at certain times of the year
  • General reef fishing
  • Light/medium tackle trolling for a range of pelagics and reef species including sailfish, black malin, mackerel and tuna

Travel & General Information

The Port Douglas Marina is the departure point for our Gameboat Day and Overnight Trips. The idyllic Port Douglas is an hour and a half bus ride from Cairns Airport. Hire cars and private transfers are also available. We can also recommend local operators.

Accommodation options – we can recommend a variety of accommodation options from budget to 5 star. 

Food and beverages on charter – lunch, light snacks, bottled water and soft drinks are all included.

Fishing tackle – All tackle is provided or can be hired as required for specialist applications. Lures are to be paid for on a replace when lost basis. You are also welcome to bring your own tackle.

Other activities – These include snorkelling on the reef, walking around some of the region’s spectacular sand cays, and we can make arrangements for scuba diving when required.

Next Steps

If you have any questions, you can contact our team anytime by email, or call us on 1800 021 014.

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  • Picture perfect reefs, cays, and islands to explore
  • Enormous range of species to choose from
  • Complete range of fishing options

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