Choose From Our Two Custom Sports Fishing Vessels

Brilliant Company

65 Precision

The Pirate

34 Pirate

Hamilton Island Topnotch Fishing Charters

Topnotch Game Fishing is based at Hamilton Island Marina and perfectlyย located just off the eastern Queensland coastline of Australia and in the heart of the 74 Whitsundays Islands and Great Barrier Reef.

Live The Island Life And Fish In Paradise!

Topnotch Game Fishing offers these two sports fishing vessels for fishing charters. There is a charter option to suit everyone’s budget, from affordable half-day share charters on The Pirate to a 5-day liveaboard fishing experience on the magnificent 65 Precision Brilliant Company.

The Topnotch Team

The backbone of the Topnotch Game Fishing business is the dynamic husband and wife duo Captain Russell and Marlene Hicks. The Hicks have extensively fished the Whitsunday region for ten years and offer various fishing styles. They understand the Whitsunday waters like the back of their hands.

They are meticulous in the presentation of their boats which are maintained to a high standard. The food and beverage are five stars, and their sashimi/ceviche/poke meals are legendary.

Topnotch Attention To Detail

Russell and Marlene are go-getters who work hard to ensure their guests experience the best fishing in the Whitsundays. In a relaxed atmosphere where attention is to detail yet, professional island-style hosting is exemplary. Of course, they are incredibly passionate about fishing and revel in showing off exactly what their region offers.

Russell and Marlene are true icons of the fishing industry in the Whitsundays and look forward to welcoming you onboard Brilliant Company and The Pirate.


BIG FISH From The First Drop!

Crewman Jamie and Zac were brilliant! They put us on big fish from the very first drop! A sensational experience even in some rougher conditions.

Sean Fer,


Topnotch by Name - Topnotch by Nature

A BIG thank you to Russell & Marlene for a great afternoon out on the reef. With or without catching the Nannygai we had a great day out, hooking a few just made it more awesome. Thank you

Brett Hayman,


The Crew Were Awesome!

Great day at Hamilton Island with Topnotch fishing charters. The crew were awesome and couldnโ€™t do enough to keep our crew of 8 smiling. Thanks to James and Chelsea for your enthusiast vibe โ€ฆ. you had us all from the get go !!

David Burke,



Best day and best crew! Loved the day out, knowledge and hospitality. Highly recommended!!!

Camila Dahan,


Went on a fishing charter with Russell and Marlene from topnotch game fishing this morning, friendly people, very helpful, good tackle great day!!! Caught some beautiful fish now cooking it up for dinner!!

Kristine Wood,


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