Guided Fishing Rockhampton Region

Are you looking for Guided Fishing in the Rockhampton, Fitzroy River and Capricorn Coast Regions?

If you are looking for a great day out fishing in the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast Region, Guided Fishing DownUnder can help! We offer Lure, Livebait and Fly Fishing options with a range of guided fishing experiences.



Barra charters have run out for 2024…barring cancellations! You can express interest in any cancellations by filling out the form: EOI IN 2025

There are still  a few options in July and December if you are happy to target king threadfin and other estuary species like fingermark, blue threadfin, grunter, bream, tripletail, flathead and cod

If sightcasting Southern Saratoga with topwater lure or fly interests you then dates around the full or new moons are generally available with a month or two notice. The best time of year for topwater saratoga is late winter through to when the first floodwaters in late in the year make the water murky.

Pelagic and coastal fishing is an option when the weather is calm. These charters are sometimes available for last minute bookings with a few days notice around the full and new moons. Those who book multiday charters suitable for estuary fishing may also choose to do a day or two of pelagic and coastal fishing if the weather permits and anglers are interested. Winds generally need to be in the 5-10 knot range for these charters to be successful and enjoyable. Learn more about our pelagic and coastal fishing.



Rockhampton local Nathan Johnston offers exclusive fishing experiences for up to three people focusing on the Fitzroy River and Capricorn Coast.

Target species in the Fitzroy’s’ expansive delta include the iconic wild saltwater Barramundi and King Threadfin using lure and livebait techniques.

Southern Saratoga are native to the freshwaters of the Fitzroy where Nathan can support you in sightcasting for these ancient species using fly or topwater lure.

The crystal clear waters of Keppel Bay are dotted with tropical islands and waters full of coastal and pelagic species. Many of these islands also have sandy beaches that make for excellent sightcasting for lure and fly enthusiasts.


We offer an exclusive and personalised charter where it is only your party on the boat, we do not take split bookings or add other people to make up numbers. If you book as a single angler, it will be one on one with Nathan Johnston. These include expert guide, pick up from Rockhampton accommodation, lunch, snacks and drinks as well as all fishing equipment.


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Shoulder Season: includes the winter months (June, July & early August) where barramundi are shut down and Queensland barramundi closed season (November, December and January) where barramundi can’t be targeted. Species targeted in the Fitzroy and delta during the shoulder season include King Threadfin, Blue Threadfin, Fingermark, Grunter and Flathead. Coastal pelagic and western saratoga fishing is also an option (conditions permitting)

Peak Season: includes the warmer months before and after the Queensland barramundi closed season (February, March, April, May, mid August, September and October). Species that can be targeted during the peak season include all of the fish available during the shoulder season along with the iconic barramundi.

Booking Fee: For all bookings not already invoiced, a non-refundable $30 booking fee is required to secure your charter. This fee will be deducted off the total charter cost, which is payable a few days before your trip. This fee covers the administrative time required for each booking and if you cancel will not be refunded for any reason except when the trip is cancelled by the guide due to extreme weather or other exceptional circumstances.

Other Costs: Lost Lure: $25 per lure. Filleting Fee (if required): $25 per fish.

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Nathan Johnston runs a 5.56m TABS Wildfisher powered by a very reliable Yamaha 130hp 4 stroke. It seats up to 3 guests and has also been built to the strictest safety requirements.

Best Times of Year:

Barramundi: The Warmer Months! From February to May then mid August, September and October. Barramundi Closed Season includes November, December & January.

King Threadfin – All Year round! Trophy fish of 1.2m+ are more reliably caught in winter from June to September.

Sightcasting Saratoga – When the western rivers cease flooding and waters clear! Generally from May to December, depending on extent of monsoonal flooding.

Pelagic & Coastal- All Year, weather dependant! Capricorn Coast experiences more stable weather and calmer seas during the dry season from May to early September.



Guided Fishing DownUnder prides itself in running a professional operation. This extends beyond our reputation of putting clients onto fish!! Vessels are maintained to commercial survey and marine licences are up-to-date. We maintain operator accreditation so that passengers can be legally carried in vehicles from accommodation to various boat ramps. Insurances are up-to-date providing all with peace of mind. A safety Management Plan is in place and clients are provided with pre-start safety briefs for extra security. Commercial Fishing Charter Licences are maintained and kept up to date.



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Fish the Premiere Net Free Destination in Queensland

Fish the Fitzroy, home of the Barramundi! Explore the estuaries and delta of this vast system targeting Barra and King Threadfin. Fish for Saratoga in the unspoilt tributaries of the Fitzroy. Target Permit and other fly species on the great array of flats in this area. Marvel at the beauty of the Keppel Islands and Great Barrier Reef, while targeting a range of pelagic and reef species. The fishing options are endless, but one thing is for sure, you’ll have a day to remember on the water!

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