Capt. Damon Olsen

General Manager | Fishing Guide | Trip Manager

Damon is the Managing Director of Nomad Sportfishing Adventures, he’s one of the fishing guides and occasional trip manager. He has has over 20 years experience fishing the east coast of Queensland. Before starting Nomad Sportfishing charters at Fraser Island in 2000, he gained a degree in Civil Engineering from QUT in Brisbane. and worked as a Civil Engineer, before the lure of the ocean was just too much. He has been a member of many sport and gamefishing clubs since an early age, including the Brisbane Sportfishing Club, and Sunshine Coast Gamefishing Club, which has been Australia’s most successful tag and release gamefishing during past seasons.

Damon has guided and skippered clients on many incredible captures including 2 of the largest giant trevally ever caught anywhere in the world, black marlin up to 1300lbs at Lizard Island and 100kg dogtooth tuna in the Coral Sea. If it swims on the East Coast of QLD, he’s probably caught it. Anything from GT fishing to flyfishing for bonefish or topwater fishing for Australian Bass, if you can catch it on any kind of visual lure, you’ll find Damon doing it.

While out in the Coral Sea Damon is Trip Manager and also guides one of the centre consoles while on the Ultimate Adventure and Lagoon Explorer trips. Damon loves any kind of fishing involving seeing the fish strike. Some of his favourite personal forms of fishing are casting poppers for big GTs, sight fishing flats and lagoons with a flyrod in hand, chasing 1000lb marlin at Lizard Island and casting lures around tropical estuaries for barramundi and mangrove jacks. Some noteable achievements include:-

  • Qualified as a Master Grade 5
  • Damon has skippered the boat “Reelsport” which tagged and released the most billfish in Australian waters-236 billfish-in the 1999/2000 season
  • In his first year skippering in Cairns, Damon captained “Nomad” during the Cairns 2004 season, and the vessel tagged and released 3 black marlin estimated at over 1000lbs, one estimated at over 1200lbs and another 3 over 900lbs, as well as lots of smaller 400-600lb fish. All this in only 22 days fishing
  • Having skippered the winning boat in many of Mooloolaba’s biggest gamefishing tournaments including the inaugural Queensland Interclub & the Billfish Bonanza, and having won the inaugural Fraser Island Gamefishing Classic, you can be sure that Damon will give you the best possible chance of catching whatever fish you’re chasing
  • Damon has personally tagged and released well over a hundred billfish including black, blue, striped marlin and sailfish. He even managed time to be the runner up champion angler in Australia for the 2000/2001 season for the most billfish tagged and released by anyone in Australia for that year
  • Damon is an avid tag and release angler, and promotes tag and release fishing practices through his articles in Australian and US fishing magazines
  • As well as being a very experienced bluewater angler, Damon is a keen fly fisherman and holds many national fly rod records
  • Damon has both captured and skippered the boat for many national gamefishing records. A 49kg sailfish on 4kg line and a 70kg yellowfin tuna on 8kg are some of the notable captures
  • The Sunshine Coast Gamefishing Club has been the highest pointscoring club for tag and release in Australia for the past 5 years. This club is at the forefront of fish management and tag and release practices in Australia. Damon served as SCGFC Club Captain for 2 years