Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

Heavy Tackle Blue Marlin Fishing


Queensland’s Year Round Fishery

Queensland’s blue marlin fishery is still just hinting at its full potential. Already though we are seeing fantastic numbers that can rival any world class blue marlin destination.

Traditionally known for its giant black marlin, Queensland visiting anglers are traveling in more and more numbers for the blues. Heavy tackle fish of all sizes have been caught in good numbers predominantly in the year-round fishery off Fraser Island and late season giant black marlin season in Cairns.

In fact, little known fact is that Australia’s first grander blue marlin was caught in Queensland by visiting NZ boat Ultimate Lady in 2008. At the time the significance of the catch was not recognised and the fish was not caught according to IGFA rules. But many more approaching grander size have been caught (and lost) since.

Here’s where we catch them:


Blue marlin have been caught here every single month of the year – and in great numbers as the current of the EAC (East Australian Current) converges on the drop off approximately 10nm east of the island.

Warm water from the North Queensland tropics is funneled south by the East Australian Current (EAC) and hits the coast at Fraser Island and making these ideal conditions for blue marlin.

And its this year round supply of warm water from the tropics that ensure the Fraser fishery produces the fish year-round as well!

CAIRNS blue marlin

As we enter mid-late November off Cairns we tend to experience longer periods of extended calm weather. Out wide, tuna aggregations attract big black marlin and big blue marlin as well.

In recent years several notable blue marlin have been caught off Cairns, including a potential 130lb line class blue marlin record in 2017 just shy of the grander mark (which was pipped on January 1, 2018 by Australia’s first official grander blue marlin weighing 1089lbs caught in Exmouth).

Over the summer months as the water temperatures continue to rise, the black marlin do tend to move on, but the blue marlin fishing can just get hotter along with the water temperatures!