The inshore bluewater fishing off the tropical north coastline has lots to offer if the weather permits, from popping for GT's to jigging wrecks & headlands for fingermark (golden snapper). There are plenty of different target species and different fishing styles. Light tackle jigging, soft plastics, trolling and high speed spin fishing are different methods used to keep rods bent as much as possible. Tuna and other pelagics frequent the inshore islands and isolated reef and rubble marks produce a range of reef species including coral tout and nannigai. This tour is subject to weather conditions, during winter the south easterly tradewind restrict us from operating these trips. However through out the summer months we get good periods of light wind and calm seas.
Join us for a day of tropical backcountry fishing in the rainforest rivers and stream of the far north Queensland region .
This is one for the bird watchers and nature lovers, let us take you off the beaten track to experience the beauty of far north Queensland and its inhabitants. Whether your a keen photographer or just want to go for a private boat ride this is the trip for you. We'll head up stream and check out some local wildlife and explore our mangrove lined systems. Through out winter the saltwater crocodiles can be found basking in the sun. There's plenty of birdlife as well, watching kingfishers feed along the river banks or resident sea eagles soaring above there section of the river. Upstream in the fresh we sometimes come across water dragons and having an electric motor fitted to the vessel allows us to move in silence without disturbing the peace. Cairns and Far North Queensland is a surrounded by world herritage rainforest and pristine tropical coastline. It provides amazing bird watching and attracts international visitors each year for the unique species found in the regon.
The options for fly fishing in Cairns and the far north vary from chasing jungle perch in a mountain stream to site casting on the flats on a tropical island. For the southern trout anglers chasing jungle perch and sooty grunter in a rainforest environment is a great way to escape the cold, wading upstream in the middle of winter in a pair of board shorts with a 5wt in hand.
The Cairns region has many coastal river systems that meander from the mountains down through the mangrove forests and into the ocean. These tidal systems can provide excellent sportfishing for barramundi, mangrove jack, trevally, queenfish and tarpon just to name a few. Depending on the moon, tide and time of year we'll either head up to the fresh where there are lagoons and feeder drains or stay down in the tidal sections. The guide will have guests casting snags, throwing surface lures and jigging vibes and plastics in the deep. If the winds are light and the tides are big we'll head out the front and fish coastal mangrove flats for some sight casting action.
Lake Tinaroo is situated in the Cairns hinterland just over an hours drive from the Cairns cbd and is home to some of the biggest barramundi in the country. It is the first ever stocked barramundi impoundment and is well known for many world record captures . The Lake is stocked annually with thousands of fingerlings and they dont stop growing! Generally in the warmer months (September through to May) the barra are more active and easier to catch. These fish can becaught on lure or fly and are more active around certain lunar cycles, the fish movements are more predictable and they are easier to target.
Available Dates 2023
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Tropical North Queensland is home to some of the best remote fishing destinations in Australia. Our backcountry Heli trips offer 3 days fishing in unique and pristine locations in the far north. Helicopter is the only way to access the upper sections of these rivers and we are the only operation offering these truly wild multi-day fishing adventures.
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Join us for a remote adventure as we head North of Cairns to Princess charlotte bay or West to the Gulf of Carpenteria. These trips offer 3 full days of Barramundi fishing in remote locations. Fully catered trips 2 or 4 anglers, we'll even pick you up from the airport.
Available dates 2023
Explore the remote rivers of Princess Charlotte Bay and experience the best Barramundi fishing on the East coast of Australia.
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Full & half day options
Rainforest meets Reef
Purpose built for guiding in the tropics
Saltwater or Lake Tinaroo
Walk and wade the rainforest streams
multi-day tailored trips
Untouched tropical flats
Full & half day trips
Remote backcountry adventures
River & estuary fishing
jigging and topwater
Provided on every trip
Far northern GBR, Claremont isles and Cape York
Multi day adventures
Bird watching and croc spotting
Experience the tropics
Permit , Blue Bastard, Gt
local guides local knowledge
Topwater fishing in the mangroves
Day trips to the GBR flats
Barramundi mothership trips
There are some great options for inshore bluewater fishing off the coast of Cairns.
Walk in wade fishing in the rainforest for Jungle Perch and Sooty Grunter
Private trips, spotting crocs and birds.
Tropical flats, barramundi and rainforest backcountry.
Barramundi, Mangrove jack and more!
The big Barramundi lake
7 nights - luxury mothership
Rustic fly fishing lodge in Cape York
Remote multi day heli adventure
3 days of big barramundi fishing in remote Far North Queensland
Big Barra destination
PRIVATE CHARTERS - 2 ANGLERS + GUIDE
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CAIRNS - PORT DOUGLAS - MISSION BEACH
I recently had two days with Rory, one on the flats , the other a back country stream. Nothing at all was a problem for him, he went above and beyond. We got onto plenty of fish and was so lucky to tick off some big bucket list fish. High light was a beast of a Permit after a great stalk. Rory really knows his craft, and offers lots of options. I will 100% be going back .
Had an excellent time doing a full day charter with my partner. Rory was a great guide, consistently putting us onto fish and helping us tick many species off the bucket list. Was a great day and would highly recommend to anyone looking for an amazing sport fishing experience!
If you’re up for a great adventure, see some amazing parts of cairns and likely catch some cracker fish this is the man to do it with. Our trip with Rory felt like going out with an old mate. plenty of good banter with professional service and guidance on where to fish, what lures to use and how to get the best out of them. I couldn’t reccomend him highly enough and my next trip north he will be the first i call to sort out a fishing adventure with.
Had an amazing trip with Rory the other week on the inshore Bluewater package chasing GTs. Would highly recommend to those keen fishos. Rory’s one of the best guides out there
Had an epic time with Rory. He took us right up a river fishing for jungle perch which was an awesome experience than took us out to the reef for some flats fishing. I highly recommend Rory, he took heaps of good photos, unhooked our fish supplied water, snacks and all the fishing gear he’s a funny bloke with a good personality definitely doing it again!
The mothership and crew completley exceeded our expectations.