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Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

Live Aboard and Mother Shipping

KEKOA Live Aboard Fishing Charter Options

  • Maximum of four anglers

On KEKOA we offer anglers the ultimate in comfort and fishing platform combined to make your trip a truly memorable one. Live aboard fishing charters offer flexibility as the boat can move to access the best fishing at any given time. We also recommend that your trip be of at least 3 days duration to give anglers the best opportunity to encounter big fish.

Reducing the traveling time required when returning to port daily, living aboard allows you to fish later, and take advantage of the famous late bite.  Our accommodations are extremely comfortable and the protection provided by the reef anchorage means you’ll sleep like a baby and wake up in paradise!

The KEKOA experience:
Our cook/hostess Kelly offers our guest great meals that include the best local seafood and quality Australian beef. (See Kelly’s famous lunchtime Mackerel / Barra Burger Recipe below.) We trust you’ll enjoy the menu – and you certainly will not go home hungry!

During the Cairns Giant Black Marlin Season you can enjoy a snorkel or swim after breakfast and sport fishing for bait and the table, before heading out to the marlin grounds – a short trip of a matter of a few minutes.

At night, enjoy socialising and unwinding while reviewing the days footage over the selection of Australian beer, wine & soft drinks provided. KEKOA is fully equipped with cockpit, hat cam and tow cameras to record all the fishing action on video. Kelly is an avid photographer and captures some truly awesome still photographs as well (see more of Kelly’s pictures in the photo galleries). You’ll leave with not only great memories of a fantastic trip, but some great video and photographic evidence as well all copied for you onto DVD.

Visit the About KEKOA page for photos and more details about the vessel and accommodations. And read Warren Steptoe’s boat test of the new KEKOA for BlueWater Boats and Sport Fishing Magazine here.

Kelly’s Mackerel / Barra Burgers Recipe

600g boneless, skinless mackerel or barramundi fillets
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 small brown onion, grated
3/4 cup fresh wholegrain breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons baby capers, drained
olive oil cooking spray

1. Preheat barbecue plate on medium heat. Place fish in a food processor. Use the pulse button to process until roughly chopped. Add parsley and pine nuts. Process until just combined.
2. Transfer fish mixture to a large bowl. Add onion, breadcrumbs, parmesan, egg and capers. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
3. Shape fish mixture into 12 patties and barbecue for 3 to 4 minutes each side or until cooked through.
Serve on freshly made wholegrain bread-buns with salad and home-made tartar sauce.

KEKOA / Mother shipping Charter Fishing Options

Arrangements can be readily made available for any mother shipping requirements. We have an association with the best mother ships available and can organise other quality charter boats for larger charter parties.

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