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Matt Johnson Charters

Welcome to Fish The Deep Charters
Come fish the deep with a locally owned and operated business on the Gold Coast. We guarantee you a fun, action packed day out, definitely a day to remember for you and your friends. We offer genuine, personalised service with a friendly, helpful and experienced crew catering to both seasoned anglers and novices.

‘Careel’ and "Cougar Too' are 10 metre high speed Cougar Catamarans; they were custom built locally to full survey standards, extremely stable and boast a top speed of 37 knots. With a fishing platform larger than most vessels, we can cater for individual and groups up to 24 in undercover comfort on 2 vessels. ‘Careel’ and "Cougar Too' are fully certified and safety equipped including private toilets and seating for all.

We provide you with more fishing time than any other boat; this is due to our fast boats, departure location and extended charter times.

We Are The Local's Choice

When booking with Fish The Deep Gold Coast Fishing Charters you are guaranteed a friendly and professional crew, with owner / operators making your day out one to remember.

Matt & Susan have over 12 years of fishing charter experience on the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Being an owner / skipper ensures we'll give 100% and take pride in making your day out a memorable and adventurous one. We offer genuine, personalized service and a friendly, helpful and experienced crew catering to both seasoned anglers and novices with the highest quality services and staff on the Gold Coast. Women and children welcome.

Offshore fishing, deep-sea fishing, game fishing, sea fishing and reef fishing can all be experienced on our half day fishing charters, full day fishing charters and private fishing charters. Gift vouchers are available for all our fishing trips. We use a variety of fishing techniques including trolling, bottom bashing, jigging, lure fishing and float lining.

Careel and Cougar Too are 34 foot fast and stable Cougar Catamarans boasting a top speed of 37 knots. These vessels where designed and custom built as Bluewater fishing charter boats and rescue boats. They are powered by twin 250hp Suzuki 4-stroke motors. Remember when you go faster you can fish for longer! Fully certified and safety equipped with public liability insurance through Club Marine. We provide you with more fishing time due to our fast boats and departure location, Marine Parade, Labrador, Gold Coast Australia.

Don't just tell them your fishing, tell them you're fishing with "FISH THE DEEP CHARTERS"

We supply new Penn Senator overhead reels and Penn 15kg Mariner Plus series rods. These combos are simple to use and of high quality. Stocking a full range of tackle enables you to fish with a variety of methods. Our qualified, experienced and friendly skippers and deckhand assist you throughout the day with your fishing and help with any questions you may have.

Careel and Cougar Too have a private toilet on board and the back deck is covered so you don't have to stand in the sun.

For your convenience and enjoyment we provide your meals and drinks for you. On your day with us you are served a delicious platter of crackers, kabana, cheese, pickles and biscuits and on a full day charter your lunch will consist of fresh bread rolls, a variety of cold meats, tomato, cheese, onion, lettuce & mayonnaise. Soft drinks, water, tea and coffee are provided as well. Feel free to BYO alcohol if you wish.

Free accommodation transfer service is available to customers staying in the Gold Coast CBD area. Please enquire whether your hotel is eligible.

If you are looking for things to do, activities, attractions and tours on the Gold Coast. We are highly recommended from all our customers who range from beginners to experienced anglers of all ages. Fish the Deep Gold Coast Fishing Charters provides our customers with an exciting adrenalin packed, fun day out for the whole family.

When sightseeing on our boat you may see whales, dolphins, turtles and heaps of other marine and bird wildlife with great views of Surfers Paradise to Broadbeach and Coolangatta, Gold Coast Broadwater and beautiful Gold Coast Beaches.

Video action shots and photos can be taken. All fish caught are cleaned and bagged for you.

Gold Coast Fishing Charters are a great idea for individuals, groups, corporate and business groups, tourists, locals, vacations, holidays, getaways, entertainment, breaks, weekends, package holidays, activities, birthday parties, bucks parties, family get togethers, special occasions and general fishing trips.

We catch an array of fish species including snapper, marlin, tuna, kingfish, pearl perch, amberjack, parrot fish, tusk fish, mackerel, mahi mahi, dolphin fish, shark, teraglin, tailor, yellow fin tuna, long tail tuna, blue marlin, black marlin, cod, cobia, sailfish, black king fish, Sampson fish, Spanish, school, spotted and striped mackerel, bonito, wahoo, mulloway, Rosie job fish, pigfish etc. Check out our photo pages!

With up to date fishing techniques and fishing locations Fish The Deep Gold Coast Fishing Charters guarantees both you and your guests the best deep sea fishing charter experience ever.

General boat hire is also available for Broadwater charters, birthdays, special occasions, offshore weddings, photography, movie shoots etc...

Proud members of

Marine Qld, Queensland Charter Vessel Association Inc. & Gold Coast Game Fishing Club.

I just wanted to thank you and Keith for a great day out fishing on Wednesday. Cameron and I are organising some more people for another trip around mid-October. I think we might get enough to make it a private hire.

Thanks again


Hey Matt & Co.
Just wanted to say a big thankyou for taking us out while we were honeymooning in May. Although I was a little queasy (kept the fish well fed) my husband and I both had a great time and will definitely think about heading out again the next time we visit. The photos were great too! Thanks again.
Jo & Andrew, Perth, WA

Just a little note to say thank you both for a truly sensational day. Everyone had such a ball that no-one has stopped talking about the day yet! Tell Matt I am sorry for the token drunk bum! I will book for another day as soon as we get 12 solid names, if Matt will let us on again!

Thanks again.


Hi Matt
We just wanted to say thanks for a great day yesterday. We had loads of fun (well maybe not Matt who spent the day vomiting!) and would recommend you guys to anyone else looking to do some deep sea fishing. We tried some of our catch last night and they were pretty good!
I've attached some pictures of Siobhan's fish just in case you want to put them on your website.
Thanks again.

Hi Matthew & Susan,

Just want to say a big thank you for our trip on sat. 27/10/07

Everybody enjoyed so much; except for a few (me) just thanks matt appreciated you bringing us back. My sister wants to go out again; she said you guys were great.



Hi Matt
My name is Janette Tuttle the mad woman that was on your boat yesterday 27/10/07 and my sister went as well she was the one that was sick, and you took some of the people back, firstly I would to thank you for looking after them and taking them back. Secondly I would like to thank you for the great time I had on your boat, Kane was great fun and your self, I am going to organize a another trip with some of boys and my husband and Debbie has said she will stay home LOL, and her sons as well, to catch some mackerel, I understand it is very hard to tell the best time, but if you can suggest that it would be great.
Once again thank you for your hospitality. I had a great day one day I will catch that big snapper. LOL
Since I have been on I have want to going on the boat

Matt and Susan

Just a quick note to say how pleased our crew were with your crew and our charter last Sunday.

We started out with rough weather, and ended up with a good haul of fish and a lot of fun. The little things that you remember was when we were possibly half way out to the mark, it became a little rough and Jason stopped the vessel and put up a plastic guard so as not to wet us.

I have done to a 10 day Swains Reef trip and although you cannot compare the two trips Fish the Deep has been the most professional.

Your crew Captain Jason and crew member Sharkey aka "Darren Lockyer" were professional from start to finish.

The captain was precise and accurate with his pre departure address and also once at the first mark very precise with what he expected from the guests and the best way to shuffle 11 people around the deck.

Jason had a good sense of humour and very good repour with all on board.

Please pass on our thanks to Jason and Sharkey and we will definitely do the trip again.


Peter, Michael, Grant and Mark

Matt and Susan,

My name is Steve and I am just writing these few words to thank you, and in particular, thank Jason and Kane for a great day fishing yesterday.

I have never been deep sea fishing before and have not done a lot of fishing for a few years so it was good to have the boys keen to assist at every opportunity. I was most impressed by the two guys making a real effort to get to know everyone’s first name and at how often they spoke to us by name. It was a very friendly experience and one that made me feel very welcome.

Please extend my gratitude to the boys and I will be sure to let everyone I know, know about the great experience I had fishing with Fish The Deep.

Warm regards,


Just a short email to let you know that last Sunday, two of my mates and I had the pleasure of deep sea fishing with your company.

I would also like to extend a thank you to Jason and Sharkey. They were absolutely outstanding and conducted themselves very professionally; they are a credit to your company.

I’ll be recommending you guys to other people I know who have an interest in deep sea fishing and you will be definitely seeing us again.

Thanks again,



Thanks to the team for a great day yesterday. Will be back again!

Kind regards


We went out yesterday for the full day & took 9 clients & a had great day fishing. I specifically wanted to send you this message to say what a great job both Jason & Daniel did. They both made sure the day was a success & couldn't have been more helpful. We all learnt a lot from them & can't wait to get back out there. We will back .
Thanks mate.


Last Tuesday I had the opportunity of a half day fishing trip. Being a novice fisherman, I was greatly assisted by Jason & Ben who obviously had a great knowledge of fishing techniques. To my amazement I hooked a Black Marlin very early in the morning and the day was off to a great start. I enjoyed a great day & would recommend you to any friends visiting your area.



Hi Matt and Susan,

Once again thank you very much for a memorable fishing trip on Wednesday 24th. Not that we caught any really outstanding fish (but of course we caught loads, and managed to eat them all!), but simply the care and attention that Matt (and Jason, and I'm sure Susan) put into the trip made it so worthwhile.

The boat, the crew, the fishing gear, the attention given to my youngest son Jack, all made for a very special trip.

See you again, next time we're up in Qld.



Hi Susan, Matt and Andrew.

Just a short note of thanks for the wonderful experience we all shared during our fishing charter on Saturday. (Even the guys that were sick said they had a good time!)

From the helpful and friendly telephone contact, to the service "above and beyond the call of duty" from Matt and Andrew, it all made for a great day's fishing.

The gear was simple and easy to master after a brief training session from Matt. And the endless friendly patience practiced by the crew clearing the occasional
"bird's nest" or crossed lines was something to behold. (It reminded me of the days when Julie & I first started taking the kids fishing)

And to top it all off we actually caught fish and not just a few. Certainly a lot more than the charter that had pulled in just ahead of us.

Being a "wheelie", my special thanks goes to Matt and Andrew for the extra consideration they showed me. Nothing was too much for them to help make my day an enjoyable one.

Thanks again and hopefully we can arrange another foray to Fish the Deep.

Best regards from Col and the Crew.

Hi Matt & Susan

Thanks for the great day fishing. Your well kept Cougar makes for a comfortable trip. Look forward to hooking up on my next visit. Will recommend you to others.

Cheers Paul

Hi Susan.

Just an overdue thanks for refunding the difference of my money on the day I finally got to go out with Matt and Ron. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, the boat and the fishing and can’t wait to get out all day well off shore. The cobia I hooked was indeed beautiful eating and it lasted 2 meals for us. I'll definitely be back once my shoulder is healed. My sincere warm regards to you all.


Hi there,
I received the Gift Voucher today. Thanks so much!!! My partner thought it was the best pressie!!!

Matt and Peter

Brian and I had a great day fishing with you on Sunday. I have fished all my life in my own boats and on charters and fishing with you was the best charter I have been on. You offer a personal and friendly service and you put us on fish. You impress me the way you go about your job - You seem to enjoy it, you are patient and you make us feel welcome.

I like the fact that fish you catch is clearly labelled. It is embarrassing on some charters coming back home and having the catch thrown on the jetty for people to grab what they think is theirs. I think when you pay good money to go fishing that you are entitled to keep what you catch or give to others if you choose.

I will happily pass on your name to others and we will definitely be back.

Once again thanks.


Hi Matt, Jake and I had a great day today, we'll be back again.
You took a photo of Jake holding the mackerel tuna; could you email the pic to me?
Send the biggest file you can.
Once again thanks for a great day.
Paul & Jake

Hi Susan

I would like to once again thank you and Matt for unreal service provided by yourselves on my recent fishing charter it was truly appreciated. The fish are going down a treat too... Could you please forward me the dates of your next full day reef fishing charter on a weekend, I have a friend who wants to come as well... I think you said it wasn't until November but its worth the wait... Thanks again... Sean

Posted on the Ausfish Site from the above customer: Went out on Fish The Deep charters with skipper Matt and decky Pete this morning off the Gold Coast to satisfy my fishing hunger as I can’t seem to do it out of my boat at the moment... By 6am 12 avid, anglers were heading out with high hopes of the day to come... And the boys didn't disappoint by putting us onto some good fish... Plan was to head out and try some grounds holding amberjack and kingfish... So baits when down and Brent who is a regular on fish the deep dropped a jig off the back of the boat... First drop on the jig resulted in a nice kingy or amber I can’t remember... I got a hell of a tangle with the guy beside me and matt suggested I try a jig... First drop on the jig, fish on, then he got off, second drop the jig came off the swivel, sorry Matt), third drop Yee-ha my first legal kingy!!! As was my fourth and my fifth was a larger model!! Well I was ecstatic to say the least... So we drifted back over the grounds this time I score my first legal amberjack... By now I’m having a ball but jigging in 85m of water has got the better of me... Bloody hard work!! By about this stage everyone has at least one kingy or amberjack to speak of so we head off a after some squire/snapper and Pearlies... The guys caught 5 or 6 squire and I got a bloody big morwong that stretched my arms in 85m of water... Next stop Trag Jew spot... A couple of trags came aboard then Brent scored a big mack tuna... I caught 2 trags as did everyone else if not more... Couple of sharks came from this spot, as did a couple more mack tuna... I dropped a nice fish floatlining a live yellowtail guys called it for a tuna so it would have been my first... Oh well that’s what keeps us coming back... Fantastic day on the water with an extremely professional crew... The guys were working there butts off putting us onto fish, landing fish, undoing tangles etc... These guys really know what there doing... Not to mention Susan who made this whole trip an ease by helping me book the trip, picking me up from my motel and dropping me off at the train station... So 3 thumbs up for Matt, Susan and Pete you guys rock!!! I’m already planning my next trip aboard this vessel as is doesn't get any better... My final catch for the day was 4 kingfish, 2 Trag Jew, 1 amberjack, 1 morwong, 1 reef shark and an undersized squire... Photos to come... Cheers Sean Yeah I had the time of my life Matt hope you enjoyed the coldies I left you... I’m already planning my next trip which is in November and I have some mates interested... Once again thanks for the great day I would highly recommend you guys to anyone!! Cheers Sean

Dear Susan,

I just wanted to pass on a thankyou on behalf of Sid, who had a charter with you guys on Saturday, he says the trip was fantastic and the trip was very professional and well organised!

It may have been you who dropped him off, so please excuse his loudness; he is very deaf from his work, but all in all a good bloke!

But anyways, Thanks so much for making the experience everything he wished it to be and he actually caught Fish, WOW!

Take Care, Cindy, your charter is definitely one that we will be able to refer to other people!

Thank you for a very good day on Friday 15/9/06 we all had a good time


Dear Susan and Matt

Thanks for the wonderful fishing experience this afternoon. We are looking forward to receive our photos taken from Matt on the boat through email.

Best Regards

Wing-Kee and Elaine

Hi Susan,

Thank you for sending me the photos! They are excellent!

John and I had a fantastic time and look very forward to going out fishing with Matt and Jason again some time soon.

Thank you and regards,


Hi Matt / Susan / Jason,

We (John, Herman & Chuyen) just want to say thank you for the excellent fishing trip that we had last Saturday Night. That was by far the best fun we’ve had out of all the charters we’ve been on – including the ones up in Cairns. Your service was friendly and we particularly like the fact that both Jason and Matt asked us how we wanted to set our rods up, other charters prefer for us to use only bottom bashing rigs as this avoids tangles etc.. – this is GREAT, keep it up.

John is real happy with the Jew!!

Hope to do it again soon.

Kind Regards,


Hi Matt

I went on a half day charter earlier this year and had such a ball that I'm looking to organise a full day charter with a bunch of mates, can you let me know what weekend dates you have available over the next month or two. Cheers.

Kind regards



Thanks again to you and Jason for great trip yesterday. Adrian and I both enjoyed the trip. We marinaded some of the fish last night and put it on the BBQ. It turned out very well.



Hi Matt,

Thanks for a good day yesterday. We’ll definitely be back.

Best Regards,


Hi Matt & Susan,

Firstly, Matt thanks heaps to you & Jason for a great Sunday. With the exception of the "I want to die now" boys, I know all the others had a great day. I was very sceptical of spending the day out fishing, something I had never done before, but I'd completely reversed my position during day. I will certainly be recommending "Fish the Deep" to all. You can count on it!

I have spoken to our Regional Sales & Marketing Manager today and we would consider doing a quarterly charter with clients. I will be in touch.


A big tanks to you & Jason for the great trip on Saturday (8th April). As I am an ex Victorian living on the coast (Oxenford), we are always getting relos & friends coming up to see us, and wanting to know what to do. One thing I will be recommending is to go out with you guys, if they are wanting a fishing trip. Regards,

Hi Matt and Susan,

Thanks again for a great day on Sunday morning (the Lend Lease booking). I had a ball catching those tuna and was very popular back at home. I made a nice saltwater ice slurry and filleted them that evening immediately before eating – both as sashimi and cooked fillet. I was pleasantly surprised how easy they were to fillet and de-bone.

Matt, you and Jason ran a good show and I am already recommending your charter to others. Thanks too for allowing me to being my two outfits onboard, I really appreciate that. When is a good time of year to come out again and catch something large, maybe a big tuna?



Hi Matt & Susan,

Once again! A great time!

My Japanese client, Mr Akachi, thoroughly enjoyed himself, as well has his son, daughter in law, and guests.

Gees! He was ‘tickled pink’ with the tuna! He is still talking about me pulling it in, even though Jason really caught it!

I have been given orders to catch a big Snapper next time! But, I am trying to work out how to tell him, that, if I catch a big Snapper – I am keeping the first one I catch - he can have the rest!

I know that Tabitha and I will be back again. I guess, his remark is an indication that he ‘will’ be back for a Snapper too! (I will work on it anyway!)

Matt & Jason do it well together! Well done! And… thanks!

Kind regards,


Dear Matt & Jason

Just a thank you note for the wonderful time Shailesh and Hemesh had with you on Sunday. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and will definitely be back for more fishing. Thank you Matt for taking care of my son and being so considerate, it is greatly appreciated. To Jason - Shailesh said thank you for looking after him, he learnt a lot.



Hi Matt how are you?

I just wanted to say on behalf of all the boys a big thank you to you and Jason for making our charter experience such a good one on Good Friday.

Everyone had a great time and we were happy at the end of the day when they got to take home some fish.

I will definitely be organizing another trip with you guys in the near future and won’t hesitate to recommend Fish the Deep to anyone who wants to go on a charter.



Hey Matt, Susan & Jason

Just a quick note to say thanks for a great day out yesterday. I will definitely be recommending you around the Tavern (a lot of the front bar boys love their fishing).

Once again thanks so much for the great day out


Cris & Max

Matt, Jason and Susan,

I just wanted to thank you for a great trip out on your Cat. Erin and I had an excellent time and as usual she out fished me. Even with being seasick half the time. If you are ever in the States come check us out .You guys are always welcome aboard the Sea Sprite.

Thanks again

Chris Staab

Matt & Susan,

I went out with you (Fish The Deep) last Friday with my company Jones Lang LaSalle, and was very impressed. I had a really great day. Cheers.


Hey Susan and Matt

Thanks again for another top fishing trip. Everyone really enjoyed themselves.


Matt and Susan and Peter,

Thanks for a great day last Sunday!

Bob, Colleen, Mark & I really enjoyed the day.

What impressed us was that amount of work Matt did to get us "into the fish" - which was made easy by the equipment he had on board!

We will be back!
Thanks once again for the day - worth EVERY, EVERY cent!



PS I christened my Penn rig with "great Kingy and the Tuna"

Hi Matt,

Thankyou for your kind hospitality this morning (04/12/05) Andrew and myself had a great time and will be back soon. You may not remember but we managed to hook up the first tuna of the day and you had taken a couple of photos. If you can forward them to us that would be fantastic, it is the biggest fish that we have ever caught.

Thankyou for your time in doing this and thanks for a memorable fishing trip



Thank you for a great day and really appreciate the pics. Love the pics. Congratulations on a job well done and would be glad to tell all our friends about you.


Gavin & Kelli

Hi Matt,

Thanks to you and your crew for the great day. Also I owe you one for putting me onto that marlin. Let's hope the next one is bigger.

Would appreciate it if you could send the photo.

Have a good Chrissie and New Year.

See you on the 3rd Jan weather permitting.



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Runaway Bay Queensland 4216
07 55289 578

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