Gameboat Day Trips

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?…Like to do all this in one day?

  • GT popper fishing & casting
  • Heavy Tackle Marlin Fishing
  • Bluewater trolling & 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

We have recently introduced these trips due to demand for a shorter trip option that still provides exceptional fishing. You can choose to make a booking from just 1 day, to as many days as you like. The reefs that will be visited on these trips vary depending on time of year and departure point, with most of these trips targetting the outer Great Barrier Reef around Port Douglas.

This area of reef is renowned for world class GT fishing, as well as being the proven best location in the world to fish for giant black marlin(Sept-Dec annually). There’s also some excellent reef fishing for table species such as coral trout, nannygai and red emperor on offer. These shorter trips comfortably cater for up to 4 anglers per trip, but the boat can take as many as 8 anglers if required. Trips are designed for groups of anglers who want to book the whole boat for their own group. However, if you are an individual, or smaller group looking to share a charter, please call us as we may be able to mix groups, or accommodate you on a scheduled “share” trip. We often have shared dates available for individual anglers who are able to plan their trip in advance.

Gameboat Day Trip Locations & Species

The inner and outer Great Barrier Reef between the Ribbon Reefs in the north, and the outer reefs are the areas we fish on these days trips. Port Douglas is the departure point for GT fishing and general reef trips and provide better access to the famous Linden Bank and the world class giant black marlin fishery that this area is famous for.

The chart above shows the location options for the Port Douglas Gameboat day trips, while the species chart below shows the likely species available in this area throughout the year.

Gameboat Day Trip Boat

Gameboat Day trip 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 & 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 & reef species including sailfish, black malin, mackerel and tuna

Gameboat Day Trip Travel & General information


Departure Location – Port Douglas.

Accommodation options – We can arrange a variety of accommodation options from budget to 5 star. If easy access to the fishing grounds is important.

Food & Beverages on charter – Lunch, lite snacks, bottled water and soft drinks are all provided.

Fishing Tackle – All tackle will be 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 all of your own tackle.

Other Activities – include snorkelling on the reef, walking around some of the regions spectacular sand cays, and we may be able to make arrangements for Scuba diving if required.

We are able to assist you throughout the booking process wherever you are coming from in the world. We can advise the easiest and best hotels to stay at, and the best way to organise connecting flights and travel within Australia.

Available Dates & How to Make a Booking

It’s Easy! Just Contact Us and tell us what dates you are interested in and we’ll get you organised. You can book in many months in advance, or sometimes just a few days in advance if we have a vacancy, so please just call our office between 8am-5pm mon-fri and we’ll be happy to help. You can email us on the weekend if it is an urgent enquiry.

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