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Welcome to Kanahoee!

Come game fishing for Giant Black Marlin in Australia on Kanahoee. The Captain and the Clients on Kanahoee routinely top the list for most black marlin caught in the North Queensland waters during the heavy tackle season. You too can enjoy the experience of fishing and diving around the Australian Great Barrier Reef and associated areas such as Cairns, Townsville, Lizard Island, Dunk Island, Bedarra Island, the Ribbon Reefs, Linden Bank, the Whitsunday Islands and the legendary juvenille black marlin feeding grounds of Cape Bowling Green.

“Kanahoee”, is a beautifully appointed vessel specifically designed for Australian Marlin Fishing in the North Queensland / Great Barrier Reef and Coral sea waters. It has absolutely everything needed for Clients to enjoy some of the best Giant Black Marlin Fishing Trips on the East Coast of Australia. From light tackle to heavy tackle marlin fishing to other game fish including popper fishing for Giant Trevally and jigging for Dogtooth Tuna and other species.

The vessel operates out of Cairns, Cooktown or Lizard Island from September to December during the heavy tackle Giant Black Marlin season, including the world renowned Lizard Island Tournament - Team Kanahoee has won this event for the last two years running

The remainder of the year “Kanahoee” is available for light tackle fishing from Townsville January to August. Gold Coast fishing charters are also available.

“Kanahoee" represents the very best in Giant Black Marlin fishing. The abilities of the Kanahoee speak for themselves. If you want the best opportunity to enjoy the fishing experience of a life-time and possibly catch a 1000lb black marlin, there is only one choice - Get onboard the Kanahoee!

Fishing Trips

Fully Catered - including all tackle, food and drinks Australian Marlin Fishing & Kanahoee offer:

Heavy Tackle Marlin FishingAustralian Marlin Fishing provides heavy tackle game fishing charters all year round. Species targetted include black marlin, blue marlin, broadbill swordfish and monster dogtooth tuna. For speices such as black marlin, the period September to December is typically spent fishing the northern sections of the Great Barrier Reef - Trips can be conducted from Townsville, Cairns, Port Douglas, Cooktown or Lizard Island. At certain times of the year “Kanahoee” can travel as far south as the Gold Coast for Medium and Heavy Tackle charters.

When can I go Heavy Tackle Fishing
Heavy tackle fishing is available all year round with options for chasing Giant (over 1000lb) Black Marlin and Giant Blue Marlin (over 1000lb) on extended trips into the Coral Sea. Heavy tackle fishing for World Record tuna is also available all year round. If you specifically want to catch a massive black marlin (i.e. one of the Giant 1000lb Black Marlin) then the best fishing times are between September and December.

Light Tackle / Fly Fishing & Juniors / Smallfry
Light tackle fishing is available all year round. Anglers from the highyl experienced to the novice can take part in some fantastic fishing no the Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively fish world renowned Cape Bowling Green, only 40nm from Townsville, for Sailfish and juvenile Black Marlin. This area has produced many ultra light tackle and fly fishing records. The crew of Kanahoee specialise in techniques such as switch baiting and teasing specifically for highly visual fishing such as fly-fishing or for photography/video capture.

Light tackle fishing on the Great Barrier Reef can yield Sailfish Black Marlin, Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Cobia, Dogtooth Tuna, Giant Trevally and many more pelagic species.

Tournament & World Record Fishing
Kanahoee can take you to a victory in a range of both Heavy Tackle and Light Tackle tournaments - Kanahoee is fully fitted out with all IGFA classes of tackle. Teams fishing on Kanahoee have had many tournament victories in both Heavy and Light tackle classes including:
Lizard Island Classic - Heavy Tackle [Outright victory in this event for the last two years];
Townsville Billfish Tournament;
Innisfail Light Tackle Tournament;
Cairns Ribbons Tournament;
Hinchinbrook Classic;
Australian Invitational Billfish Tournament.
World Records - Kanahoee is fully fitted with some of the most modern tackle available to fish all IGFA classs. Some species to target include: Black Marlin; Blue Marlin; Dogtooth Tuna; Narrow Barred Mackerel; Queenfish; Wahoo; etc.

Specialised Charter Options Sole charter daytrips, extended live on board, mothership/gameboat combined, Lizard Island resort accommodation. Also available is the option to use Kanahoee as a combination game fishing vessel and mothership for expeditions. You can head for Pricess Charlotte Bay on a barra fishing adventure or come on a Flinders Trip for a big game fishing expedition into the Coral Sea for monster blue marlin and broadbill swordfish ..... You pick the place - we'll take care of the rest ....

Kanahoee is regularly used as a base for photography and for movie production work.

The Boat

“Kanahoee” is not only a fast, spacious and luxuriously appointed vessel - it is the best game fishing boat to be on for catching Giant Black Marlin. The lead angler from the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic Champion Team 2008 declared Kanahoee to be "by far the best 'fish raising' boat I have ever been on ". Kanahoee was built by Cairns shipwright Dick Ward for one purpose ............................. To catch Giant Black Marlin.

Kanahoee was specifically designed as an all weather fishing machine - it can get to the Giant Black Marlin in the toughest of conditions yet is equally at home chasing juvenille black marlin in the famed Bowling Green feeding grounds. Recently upgraded including a stateroom with ensuite, multiple sleeping quarters and the most modern electronics “Kanahoee” is a stylish custom built 50 foot live-aboard vessel, featuring luxury appointments including full air-conditioning, roomy saloon, large day couches and a fully appointed galley. The saloon has the option of being opened fully to the cockpit to allow spectators to be part of the action. The boat is powered by twin 600 horsepower MTU diesels and an 18 kVa Onan Generator backed up by a massive house battery bank and two invertors.

Kanahoee is fitted out with the latest in electronics including various echo sounders and transducers ranging from 1 kW to 10 kW and a Wesmar hydraulically controlled sonar system - The Captain on Kanahoee can find the most elusive of marlin in any depth of water. Kanahoee can get you to that 1000 pounder, Tournament Fish or World Recod Fish but can you catch it? To help Kanahoee has a vast arsenal of ther very latest in tackle for the angler to choose from including all IGFA line classes - fly fishing tackle is available if required.


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