Since the 1960’s when Captain George Bransford had the first purposed built gameboat, “Seababy 1”, constructed for the offshore waters off Cairns, this tradition has continued.
Today we have variety of modern sportfishing boats, designed and powered to manoeuvre on big billfish and crewed by experienced and dedicated, professional Captains and crews. From no nonsense fishing machines to luxurious custom built liveaboard boats, we can offer you a charter to suit your requirements. The vessels below are just some of the quality boats we recommend and available through Australian Fishing Expeditions.
The new 56 foot “Kekoa”, Australia’s sport fishing and charter sensation, represents the modern day example of sheer bluewater elegance. A new dimension has been added to the game fishing vessels of old, delivering a world class fishing experience as well as comfortably accommodating luxurious personal charters. From dawn to dust the experience never ends, bait fishing, popper fishing, jigging, swimming and snorkeling the reefs, GT’s, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Dogtooth tuna, Coral trout all this and much more before heading out to do battle with a Giant Black.
Captain Luke Fallon’s dream of a life on the sea started while day dreaming in the school classroom, and now 20 years on Luke has carved out a career, which has seen him become one of the most respected, and successful Captains chartering the East Coast of Australia.
“Calypso” is a purpose built sports fishing vessel, built tough for the rugged Australian conditions. She is 43ft long and powered by 900BHP twin Detroit Diesel's. Fully air conditioned open bulkhead layout puts you right in the action all day every day.
Captain Tim Dean and his Crew have a wealth of knowledge from years of experience in the fishing industry, not only will you catch plenty of fish, you will also be looked after by the best.
Black, Blue and Striped marlin fishing, big game fly fishing, sportsfishing between Port Stephens New South Wales just North of Sydney and Cairns / Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Captain Tim Dean and his crew on the “Calypso” are world leaders in all marlin fishing and spearfishing for marlin adventures. Deep sea fishing can be arranged on request for Nelson Bay and on the Great Barrier Reef.
“Top Shot” is a 13 metre, (43 foot) O'Brien sportsfisherman, built to exacting standards to fish the waters of the Great Barrier Reef for Black Marlin. She is fitted out with an array of the latest electronics and navigational equipment that gives a distinct advantage to the angler and crew. Fully air-conditioned, this vessel was designed with the anglers comfort in mind.
Captain Ross Finlayson is one of Australia;’s proven leading marlin and sportfishing captains providing professional game fishing charters from Cairns with consistent results for anglers all over the world. He has more than 20 years professional game fishing, with 15 years on the internationally renowned “Sea Baby IV” (7 years as deckhand for the legendary Capt Laurie Woodbrige and 8 years as Captain). In that time has guided his clients tonumerous, large Black Marlin, world records, light tackle and heavy tackle tournament wins and hot fishing. He is now fishing on the well known “Top Shot” using all the highest standard tackle including custom built Jack Erskine rods and Penn international reels. Ross is the saltwater light tackle and fly fishing expert.
At 60 foot and powered by twin 1500 HP MTU engines, “Shaka” has a top speed of 42 knots, a cruising speed of 32 knots and a range of 865 nautical miles at 20 knots. She was purpose designed to fish the 150-mile length of the Great Barrier Reef grounds like no other, with the speed to get to the bite, the seaworthiness to fish comfortably in the frequent rough conditions outside the reef and the flexibility to avoid mothership constraints. And of course, to provide a standard of luxury accommodation commensurate with her sports fishing prowess. She makes extended liveaboard charters a pleasure in even the most exotic locations.
Captain Jared Weir has been fishing for over 20 years - the last 17 as captain — in some of the most prolific sport fishing destinations in the southwest Pacific. He began his professional career in Vanuatu where he was instrumental in establishing areas such as the Maskelyne Group that are now considered some of the country's legendary grounds. Jared has fished extensively in the Port Stephens and Gold Coast areas as well as his home base of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.