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A full-day fishing trip to the iconic Great Barrier Reef
Travel onboard the custom-built fishing vessel, Norseman
Expansive decks, plus a sportfishing platform, so there's plenty of room to fish
An air-conditioned saloon & bridge to escape the heat
An onboard toilet & shower facilities
Use of all gear, including rod, reel, handlines, bait, & tackle
A delicious picnic boxed lunch & afternoon tea
Access to an onboard bar for snack & drink purchases
Your catch will be cleaned & chilled for your convenience
Optional pick-ups from selected Port Douglas hotels
What to Expect
Enjoy a fantastic day of fishing on the Great Barrier Reef! Try your hand at landing some of the best fighting and eating fish the Coral Sea has to offer.
Species such as Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Sea Perch (Nannygai), Mackerel, Cobia, Trevally, Cod, Spangled Emperor and Reef Red Bream (Mangrove Jack) will be targeted whilst bottom fishing, using either handlines or rods. Plus, whenever possible, you can float live baits for GTs (Giant Trevally), Spanish Mackerel, Tuna, and Wahoo.
Departing from Marano's Fuel Wharf in Port Douglas, you'll travel onboard Norseman, a custom-built reef fishing boat with the latest technology for fish finding and every modern convenience for your comfort. Enjoy ample shade, broad open deck space and a fully air-conditioned saloon complete with a licensed bar. With over 25 years of local fishing history, Norseman is the longest-operating fishing day tour in the region.
Norseman prides itself on having the best tackle and rods, the best crew and the best boat for shared charter fishing in Port Douglas. Enjoy a choice of custom-built rods or hand lines to fish with, or you're welcome to bring your own favourite rod aboard.
Your day also includes a delicious picnic boxed lunch & afternoon tea. Plus, the crew will happily clean your catch and keep it chilled until you get back to port, where you can take it home for a fresh-caught fish dinner!
The tour departs from the meeting point at Berth 4, Marano's Fuel Wharf, 35-39 Port Street, Port Douglas, QLD, Australia. Optional courtesy bus pick-ups are also available from selected Port Douglas hotels.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Cash or credit card for onboard purchases
- Bring your own rod and reel if you prefer
- Face mask (if you like)
Norseman takes a maximum of 20 on a shared charter. Being a 60-foot boat, this means there is plenty of room for everyone to fish.
It really depends on the time of year, but because the Operator has a super experienced skipper (with a massive stash of secret honey holes) - you can expect to catch Large Mouth Nannygai, Coral Trout, Long Nose Emperor, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Small mouth Nannygai, Trevally and Cod. You'll target reef-dwelling table fish on shared charters.
Of course, you can! The Norseman crew will gut and bag your fish for you to take home. They are not permitted to fillet fish on board the boat, though.
There are no guarantees with fishing – otherwise, it would be called CATCHING! However, the incredible crew, years of local experience and state-of-the-art fish-finding equipment will ensure you have the best possible chance of catching a great fish!
Even though Norseman is a big heavy boat, sometimes, when the wind is stronger, people can suffer from seasickness. So it's recommended that if you are concerned about seasickness, visit a chemist and get some seasickness tablets such as Kwells or Travalcalm.
It's best for people who suffer from seasickness to take medication the night before travel and then more first thing in the morning before the boat departs. Prevention is better than the cure for seasickness!
Fin fish closures are designed to protect coral reef fin fish such as Coral Trout. During their spawn period, Coral Trout aggregate in breeding schools. Closed seasons prevent anglers from fishing at certain times of the year to protect fin fish species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons. Fishing is banned during these times. Fin fish closures occur:
12 October 2023 to 16 October 2023
10 November 2023 to 14 November 2023
Norseman does not run its fishing tour to the reef during these periods.
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All reef fishing tours are subject to minimum number requirements and are subject to cancellation if minimum numbers requirements are not met
On rare occasions, the full day fishing adventure can be subject to the effect of weather or unforeseen circumstances. If a tour is cancelled by Norseman for any reason, passengers will be offered a full refund or an alternative day of travel
At all times, directions from the crew or skipper of the vehicle/vessel must be obeyed and refusal to do so may result in being excluded from the tour
Please note a $10 per person fuel surcharge (payable on board on the day of travel)
If a passenger cancels a tour within the 24-hour period, a cancellation fee of 100% applies
If a passenger cancels a tour outside the 24-hour period, passengers have the option of changing their day of travel or will be provided with a refund in the same form that payment was made
Should passengers not turn up at the specified pick-up point or departure point without notification during the 24-hour period, a full cancellation fee will apply
A change of travel date will not incur a cancellation fee if 24 hours' notice is given
No refunds will be given for "no shows"
If you have symptoms of Covid19 - a cancellation fee will not be charged
All customer cancellation & refund requests are also subject to our website’s own refund conditions.
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