October – December
“Iceman” departs from Cairns for 3 to 10 day live aboard trips for giant black marlin. Each day is spent working the fish rich waters outside the reef and then returning inside the reef for overnight. You must book early. Heavy tackle season gives you the chance to experience this unspoiled coastline of Australia exploring over 150 miles on the Great Barrier Reef between Cairns and Lizard Island.
Fishing is normally north near Lizard Island early in the season, then the ‘bite’ moves south towards the Cairns later in the season. The Ribbon Reefs, Linden Bank, Opal Reef, St. Crispins Reef, and Jenny Louise are some of the popular giant marlin areas. This is your best chance to hook a “Grander” a monster fish over 1,000 pounds. Every season, many of these huge fish weighing 500lb and up are caught and released in these waters.
“Iceman” has been custom designed and built for up market live on board charters, we recommend 1- 4 guests for a 2 – 10 days trip out to the Great Barrier Reef. Live on Board charters are the ideal charters for small groups. If not restricted by time constraints there are very definite advantages to be gained from over-nighting on the reef. You’ll have the opportunity to fish until later in the afternoon, proven to be the most productive part of the day. Secondly you avoid the trip home and then thirdly the next morning you can be having breakfast in the morning, swim and snorkel on the reef before commencing fishing. This live on board vessel is fully equipped with every conceivable comfort that one may require while at sea for any length of time.
July, August and September
Live on board or day trips out of Townsville to Cape Bowling Green for small blacks and sailfish on fly rod and light tackle.
Call for daily charter rates. With the present US dollar exchange there is no better time to fish the Barrier Reef