Mackerel Islands Fishing Charter

One of the best things about our Mackerel Islands charters is the proximity to shore! Departing from Exmouth Marina, its only 40 nautical miles to Long Island and then on to Thevenard and Barrow Islands, meaning you’ll be fishing in no time.


*Excluding Saturday and Thursday night when in port.

Welcome to the Mackerel Islands

One of the best things about our Mackerel Islands charters is the proximity to shore! Departing from Exmouth Marina, it’s only 40 nautical miles to Long Island and then on to Thevenard Island, meaning you’ll be fishing in no time.

If you have a fish on your bucket list, chances are you’ll find it in the surrounding waters of the Mackerel Islands group. From thumping Red Emperor, Giant Trevally, Marlin and Sailfish, to Rankin Cod, Giant Trevally and Longtail Tuna, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

While it’s home to some of the best fishing in the whole of Australia, it’s also ideal for non-fishing activities, including snorkelling and swimming.

Top Gun II | 21 metres | 80 max guests


Meet Top Gun II, your private fishing charter in the Mackerel Islands. A spacious and luxurious purpose-built Westcoaster charter boat, Top Gun II is an incredible 21 metres in length and a beam short of 6 metres wide.

With fully air-conditioned accommodation areas, spacious fully equipped galley and dining area, and large outdoor deck area, the Top Gun II is paradise on water.

Top Gun II can hold a maximum of 15 guests, however 12 guests gives plenty of room for everyone to move. Whether you want to hire out the boat exclusively, have a small group wanting to head out together, or are keen for a solo trip, Top Gun Charters can make your dream fishing charter a reality.

Mackerel Islands fishing charter itinerary

Saturday: For your convenience, from strictly 5pm onwards you can board Top Gun Charter II at Exmouth Marina, Madaffari Drive.

Sunday: We depart the harbour in the early morning, ready for a full day of fishing! For today, we’ll be exploring the waters around Long Island.

Monday: In search of fresh catch, we’ll head east to Thevenard Island.

Tuesday: We’ll continue to fish and explore the waters north of Thevenard Island, before making our way towards Barrow Island.

Wednesday: Once we’ve had our fill of fish around Barrow Island, we’ll slowly make our way back west to Long Island.

Thursday: It’s time to make our way back! We’ll fish our way back to Exmouth, ensuring you’ve reached your fillet capacity. We’ll arrive back in the Exmouth marina in the late afternoon.

Friday: You’re welcome to stay on the boat until 8.00am, when we’ll need to get ready for our next charter. Your catch will be packed and sealed in your complimentary foam esky, ready to take home.

Please note trip itineraries and timings may change due to weather conditions or specific group requests.

Non-fishing activities in the Mackerel Islands

Located just north of the world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef, the pristine waters surround the Mackerel Islands are as good for snorkelling as they are for fishing!

You can also enjoy plenty of other activities on your Top Gun Charter, including swimming, spear fishing and nature watching in the Mackerel Islands’ protected, calm waters.

What’s included?

Everything! The $3,150 cost per person includes everything for your 6-night adventure with Top Gun Charters, including all meals*, accommodation, fishing rods/reels and bait.

All meals are sourced fresh, and range from local seafood caught straight off Top Gun II, to delicious pasta dishes, mouth-watering barbecued meats, fresh salads, and more.

*Excluding Saturday and Thursday night when in port.

What’s not included

In order to keep costs down for you and us, we don’t provide any alcoholic drinks or soft drinks. However, you’re free to BYO as much as you’d like. If you have a favourite snack you can’t live without, we recommend bringing some along too.

Lures, soft plastics, bibs and jigs are all BYO. If you’re unsure about what you should bring, The Top Gun crew are available to assist you with recommendations. We also work closely with the following businesses, and recommend them for any additional advice:

Exmouth Tackle and Camping Supplies – 08 9949 1179

Tackle World Exmouth – 08 9949 1315

Anglers Fishing World (South Fremantle) – 08 9949 1315

How to get to the Mackerel Islands

Your fishing charter to the Mackerel Islands will depart and return to Exmouth. The vessel is berthed at Exmouth Marina, Madaffari Drive.


Perth to Exmouth is an easy 2.5-hour flight. Qantas is currently the only carrier to Exmouth. If you decide to fly, we will arrange airport transfers in Exmouth for flights arriving on Saturday, and for flights departing on Thursday. Transfers for flights outside of these times are of your own responsibility.

Remember to pack light and don’t forget to book your extra luggage allowance for your fish on the way home.


Exmouth is a 13-hour drive (1,250km) from Perth. If you drive, we’re happy to help you arrange secure parking, just let us know. Alternatively, there is ample parking a short walk from where the vessel is berthed.


Bus services also available through Transwa.

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