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Big game sports fishing starts and ends with the black marlin. 

Weighing up to 700kgs, “the fight to catch this fish is a fight you’ll never forget.”

Experience the thrill of catching a Black Marlin off Australia’s picturesque Great Barrier Reef with O’Brien Bluewater Charters.

We specialise in fully tailored charters to ensure you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Our experienced crew travel up and down the east coast of Australia to take you to the most exclusive and bountiful fishing spots.

On the outer edge of the Great barrier Reef, including the infamous ribbon reefs to the exquisite Lizard Island the journey to hook your greatest catch starts right here.

We offer a variety of charters tailored to suit your needs – from Light and Heavy tackle extended Charters to Corporate events.

Our charters


It’s your chance to catch that giant black marlin. Experience the thrill of a lifetime in the pursuit of the most revered gamefish on the planet.

Our magnificent ‘OB1’ was custom built to experience the best fishing spots in Australia, in absolute luxury.


Experience some of the best fishing North Queensland has to offer, in the comfort and luxury of the OB1.

Light tackle fishing is an ideal introduction to gamefishing and is an incredibly exciting adventure for all anglers.


Experience the best fishing North Queensland has to offer with your work colleagues or clients.

We offer fully tailored packages to ensure that you have a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

Our custom built ‘OB1’ offers complete luxury for you and your guests.

Family Owned and Operated
Over 40 Years' Experience
World Class Experience
Sustainable and Eco Friendly

"I've never experienced anything like it. Leigh is a master" #sportsfishing #blackmarlin

Family Owned and Operated
Over 40 Years' Experience
World Class Experience
Sustainable and Eco Friendly

Infamously known as one of the greatest fishing spots in Australia, Lizard Island offers a rich variety of fish for all levels of angler. 

Light and heavy tackle sports fishing and reef fishing opportunities include giant Blue and Black Marlin, Sailfish, Mackerel, Wahoo, Giant Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna, Coral Trout, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Red Emperor and Sea Perch.

These incredibly remote and pristine reefs are some of the most revered fishing locations in Australia. 

This stretch of reef is home to a massive variety of species including giant trevally, coral trout, red bass, yellow fin and sailfish. 

The home of the Black Marlin and seen as the ‘the’ place to go to experience the thrill of the chase. Cairns is a world-class destination for Black Marlin fishing, offering some of the most exhilarating experiences nature can offer.

Heavy Tackle season usually commences around September annually, lasting until late December (depending on the tropical summer storms).

The capital of North Queensland offers one of the most consistent light tackle seasons on the east coast. With the iconic Great Barrier Reef is just over 30 nautical miles and Flinders Reef around 120 nautical miles from the Townsville Coast, there is no shortage of impressive spots.

Our boat, OB1, was designed and built in Townsville.


Around 120 nautical miles from the Townsville Coast, Flinders Reef offers some of the most seclusive fishing availible in North Queensland.

With the picturesque aqua blue water, this is a location that most can only dream of fishing.

Experience the sports-fishing available throughout Hervey Bay and the Sandy Straits around Fraser Island. Fish for tuna, trevally, mackerel, trevally and even marlin.

Port Stephens is renowned for its game fishing and is famous for

  • Black, Striped and Blue Marlin
  • Mahi Mahi 
  • Tuna/Sharks
  • Kingfish 

Gone Fishing.....