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Motherships and Luxury Yachts

Using a luxurious mothership and a modern sportsfishing vessel allows the dedicated Big Game Fishermen and their partners a high level of comfort and luxury, with the added bonus of being situated in the heart of your fishing playground.

No more long hours steaming to your favourite fishing hot spot. Whilst anchored on the lee side of the Great Barrier Reef you can look out over the indigo blue fishing waters of the Coral Sea, whilst enjoying your leisurely breakfast on the back deck of your exclusive mothership. After a long day fishing on the water, you will return for your favourite cocktail, a fantastic meal and a stable night’s sleep, then, you will again be ready for the next day’s action. This style of fishing expedition allows the avid angler the freedom to roam the 150 nautical miles expanse of reef system where the continental shelf abuts the outer Barrier reefs from Cairns to Lizard Island. This is the ultimate game fishing experience and is available for those purist big fish anglers, and is the best way to enjoy your “trip of a lifetime”.

Emerald Lady

Is a luxurious 35 metre (115 foot) superyacht and was refurbished in 2020 with an updated modern design and an ‘at anchor’ stabiliser. She is very spacious and can accommodate up to 8 guests in two VIP staterooms and two twin cabins – all with ensuites. She is the perfect mothership for those multi day or longer fishing adventures on the Great Barrier Reef. 

EMERALD LADY has 3 separate dining areas, including a large Alfresco dining area on the upper deck with 360 degree views. The 5 star service and congeniality provided by the crew and private chef is second to none and will ensure your experience on board will be one to be remembered.

Phoenix 1

Is a 35 metre (114 foot) luxury vessel which was designed by famed Italian firm Benetti and built by Lloyd Ships the vessel. She was refurbished in 2020 with an updated modern design, is very spacious and can accommodate up to 8 guests in two VIP staterooms, a spacious double and twin cabin – all with ensuites.

PHOENIX ONE has a cruising speed of 12 knots and range of 1700 nautical miles. The 3 deck levels offers plenty of room with a large open top deck with heated spa and entertainment area, perfect for Alfresco dining. The 5 star service and congeniality provided by the crew is second to none and will ensure your experience on board will be one to be remembered.

Atlantic Princess

MV Atlantic Princess is a 28.5m (93 foot) luxury yacht which has recently undergone a full refurbishment. She is very well appointed with everything you need and sleeps 6 guests in air conditioned comfort in one queen stateroom and 2 x 2 single cabins. She is fully equipped for live aboard charters customized to suit your wishes.

MV Atlantic Princess is the perfect platform for your next fishing or cruising adventure.


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Sportsfishing Boats

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.


“Calypso” is a purpose built sports fishing vessel, built tough for the rugged Australian conditions. She is 14.3 metres (47ft) long and powered by twin Cummins QSM11 Diesel’s. Fully air conditioned with all the modern conveniences and the latest electronics. Recently fitted with Gyro stabilizers, for your extreme comfort.

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.


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.

Bounty Hunter

“Bounty Hunter ” 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 powered by twin Yanmar diesels and 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 Dean Ford 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 uses all the highest standard tackle including custom built Jack Erskine rods and Penn international reels. Dean is the saltwater light tackle and fly fishing expert.


At 14.5 metres (47 foot) and powered by twin 710 HP Caterpillar engines, “Gorilla” was purpose designed to fish the the Great Barrier Reef grounds like no other. She provides a standard of luxury accommodation commensurate with her sports fishing prowess. She boast state of the art navigation and communication systems.

Captained by some of the most experienced and professional Captains and crew on the Great Barrier Reef. Even sometimes by Captain Laurie Wright by request.