Townville is one of the largely untapped riches of our charter business. Great reef fishing with our shelf Red Emperor a real highlight. With the start of the Great Barrier Reef located just over 30 Nautical miles from the coast makes it a fishing paradise. If that still doesn’t excite you Townsville is the closest city to the Coral sea reefs, such as Flinders reef and Holmes reef.

We also offer a large range of smaller boat charters. Anything from chasing Barramundi up the estuaries to fishing the shoals 15 Nautical miles off Townsville.

Townsville being an international airport it makes it easy to access for fly in and fly out fishing. Townsville is the heart of Northern Conquest Charters and has been established since 2008.

Townsville Reef Fishing

Northern Conquest Charters cater for 12 & 24 trips for those clients on the go and for those who simply need a fishing fix but are constrained by time. We are proud to have options suitable for most budgets.

20% discount on 24 hour trips December and January.

Got the relatives visiting from interstate for Christmas or New Years lunch/dinner? Book yourself (and why not them!) in for a trip just prior so that you can serve up fresh reef fish at the table. Surely there is nothing better than that and you will no doubt earn those brownie points with the mother in law!

These trips are also a great idea for a Christmas gift for those “hard to buy for” family members or for those people who value an epic experience. All 24 hour trips and vouchers purchased in December and January will receive 20% OFF. All purchases valid until 31st December 2016

12 Hour Trips

Whether you fancy fishing the day or the night, these trips can be tailored for either scenario.
Trip times are 6.00am to 6.00pm for the day or 5.00pm to 5.00am for the night time scenarios, and let’s face it, we all know those big red fish bite harder during the low light periods.
We offer some flexibility around arrival and departure times for full boat bookings.

24 Hour Trips

These are our most popular trip option due to the balance of both night and day time fishing.

Normal scheduled departure times are between 4.00pm and 6.00pm and returns occur 24 hours later. For your convenience “Sir Reel” has air conditioned cabins if a rest is required (trust me, you will need a rest after a solid day of pulling red emperor and nannygai from the depths). If you have the stamina, you can most definitely opt to fish all night.

Unlike other operators, we crew our boat so if the fishing goes off the boil, we simply shift spots at any time necessary through the night. This enables maximum opportunity for our clients to capitalize on the exceptional fishing on offer.

The whole boat booking can also be worked on a pro rata system for passenger numbers between the guidelines.

Extended Liveaboard Charter Fishing 

Enjoy the best reef fishing and coral sea fishing with species hooked including dog tooth tuna, marlin, spanish mackerel, giant trevally, dolphinfish, wahoo and many more! Need a rest? We can stop by any of the pristine sand cays throughout the reef to give the arms a break during the trip. Snorkel, sunbathe and take in the Great Barrier Reef before getting right back to it!

Stay aboard the comforting ‘Sir Ree’ 58 foot Conquest Vessel in luxury with air conditioning, tv, comfy beds, delicious food and hot showers!


All our trips are catered and high quality meals are prepared by our on board chef, Roly. Roly has been in Australia for a number of years but has spent a lifetime cooking in Europe. His experience ensures that you will only be dining on the best. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requests.


Please contact us for information about our prices.


  • Air port Pick up
  • Breakfast- Bacon, Sausages, Omelettes, cereal, fruit and yoghurt.
  • Morning Tea- Cakes, biscuits and fruit
  • Lunch- BBQ, cold meat, Caesar salad, green salads. Sometimes the cook will do dishes like spaghetti bolognaise and others
  • Afternoon Savouries-Savour platter’s, chips and dips.
  • Dinner- Roasts, BBQ’s and speciality dishes. Also vegetable and salads. Also fish will be cooked if our clients prefer.
  • Dessert- Apple Pie, Sticky date and ice cream
  • Tackle- All terminal tackle supplied for bottom fishing. This includes sinkers, hooks, line, leader and trolling lures.
  • Bait- Quality squid and pilchards along with fresh cut baits at sea.
  • Ice

Not included

  • Alcohol-Not supplied but you are welcome to BYO.Please bring cans if possible.
  • We can also have alcohol delivered for the bigger groups.
  • Rods and reels- We do not supply free of charge. We do however have a hire service and these are at $15.00 per day.
  • Speciality Lures- We do not supply jigs, soft plastics, poppers etc. If you would like advice on these lures please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can recommend types.

Get in touch with us to see how we can cater an extended reef trip for your group! See more about these experiences in our Trip Reports and Reviews

Target Species

We pride ourselves on delivering the best quality fishing that the reef has to offer.

We think a more relevant question would be what won’t I catch? There is literally a plethora of diversity on offer out there. Commonly we would base our night fishing on targeting iconic Australian sports fish such as coral trout, red emperor and large mouth nannygai. Of course that’s not to say you won’t tangle with a whole host of other species as well. Species such as spangled emperor, cobia, cod, green job fish, mangrove jack (reef jacks) are a common and most welcome by-catch during these dedicated sessions.

Our experienced and helpful deckhands will gut, gill and bag up your fish so your prized catch is ready for you upon return to port.


Styles of Fishing

Custom Trips

After something in particular? Northern Conquest Charters can cater to your needs – whether for your group or fishing expectations, we can put together a packed suited to you.

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  • Great trip out of Cairns on Sir Reel with a terrific crew. The skipper worked hard to find us fish all week and the boys were amazing around the deck making our life easy with rigs and fish. Chris was the master chef all week. Cannot rate these guys highly enough. Recommended.Dale Bainbridge
  • Can't recommend highly enough Cliff and the guys from Northern Conquest Charters, San Miguel. From organising the trip from interstate with Cliff to a skipper who worked bloody hard to put us on the fish (Stuie, you're a legend!!). Then there was Chris and Bill who kept us fed, baited and generally entertained, exceptional service and dedication. Awesome trip, a huge thanks from the Darwin mob, we'll be back!!Bert McMahon

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