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Day trips, heli trips and mothership trips

Full and half day charters

Private charters 2 anglers max

Guided Barra fishing

Australia’s most iconic target sport fish

Luxury on the Great Barrier Reef

Bespoke mothership trips

Lure and fly fishing

Local guides with local knowledge

Flats fishing expeditions

East Cape York and Great Barrier Reef

Mothership expeditions

Untouched flats and remote barramundi fishing

Jungle perch fishing

World heritage rainforest in the wet tropics

Cape York & Great Barrier Reef

Australia most remote and untouched flats

Heli Fishing

Day trips and multi-day trips

Croc tours

Croc and bird watching tours

Tailored adventures

Experience fishing in the tropics

Barramundi mothership trips

Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York

Guided fly fishing

Salt and Freshwater options

Tropical Backcountry

Jungle perch and sooty grunter in rainforest streams

Bird watching tours

Private trips on lakes river and estuaries


Tropical Sportfisher is locally owned and operated  by Rory Brookes in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia. Rory has more than 25 years of sportfishing experience in the tropics and started Tropical Sportfisher in 2018 to offer specialized guided lure and fly fishing charter options to travellers visiting the region. All of our guides including Rory are born and bred in the Cairns region and grew up fishing the local waterways targeting our tropical native species on lure and fly. 

Tropical Sportfisher runs private day trips and fishing charters specialising in guided Barramundi fishing. We also offer topwater/Gt fishing, salt and freshwater fly fishing  and backcountry freshwater fishing from Cairns, Port Douglas and Mission Beach. We cater for a maximum of 4 anglers on our private guided fishing charters .  We pride ourselves on offering truly personalised guided sport fishing experience working to the the daily conditions. Each guided fishing trip is tailored to suit the tides and weather on the day and we will travel north or south from Cairns to access the best fishing.

Our day charters trips include hotel pick up from Cairns, Port Douglas and Mission Beach. Each trip  includes lunch, snacks, drinks and use of quality gear and tackle. We only offer lure and fly fishing and no experience is neccessary, if you are interested in learning more about light tackle sport fishing our guides are happy to tutor anglers during the charter.

Tropical Sportfisher works closely with Aroona Luxury Boat Charters offering bespoke tailored fishing trips to remote parts of the Great Barrier Reef and East Cape York. These trips include frontier saltwater fly fishing on the Great Barrier Reef and Barramundi fishing trips to the stunning Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York. 

Tropical Sportfisher practices catch and release 99.9% of the time and each fish is always given the utmost respect and the environment we work I is greatly appreciated. We keep fish wet for photos and handle them correctly to ensure their survival and well being. Tropical Sportfisher takes pride in having minimal impact on the environment to ensure the beauty of Tropical North Queensland remains for travellers to experience for generations to come.







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Luke Cutler - Bathurst, NSW

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 .

Evan Smith- Sydney, NSW

Had an awesome 3 days fishing with Rory a couple of hours south of Cairns. Location, Fishing, Food, and accommodation were well above expectations and got a heap of Barra and mangrove jack with upgrade after upgrade. Will definitely be back. 

Scott Hannigan - Sydney, NSW

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!

Ted Lewis - Brisbane, Qld

This was easily the best fishing adventure I’ve had. I spent 3 days with Rory and we caught a heap of quality fish – big barra, jacks, queenies, cobia, tuna, and mackerel. Weather was amazing and saw some incredible fishing locations. Captain Rory knows his fishing and is a top bloke as well. Couldn’t ask for more. Truly memorable

Daniela Badea - Perth, WA

I thoroughly enjoyed our three days fly fishing with Rory. His eperience, patience and knowledge made our adventure complete. Good company, great guide, and now, considered a friend.

Ben Laverty - Melbourne VIC

The mothership and crew completley exceeded our expectations.

Raymond Stork - Sunshine Coast, QLD

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.

Toni Stifanic - Tincan Bay, QLD

Rory’s knowledge and want to give you the ultimate fishing experience is second to none. My son and I had the privilege of spending a couple of days fishing with Rory who ensured we caught a variety of different fish, and was more than happy to share his knowledge. Absolute Legend! Can’t wait till next time.

Kelly Brownlie - New Zealand

Best guide I’ve ever had. If you get the chance to go out with Rory or his team then I would recommend taking it. We booked a 3 day trip and it was action packed from start to finish! Wanna catch fish and share good banter then Rory is your guy! Thanks again Rory and see you next year!

Ben Jobson - Sydney, NSW

Unbelievable experience in an unbelievable waterway, with an extremely knowledgeable & welcoming Skipper. Will return one day.

Duncan Hathaway - USA

The trip was above my expectations as we were able to cross off both a Barra and a mangrove jack on the first day, while also getting to see numerous good size crocs! The topwater strikes from all the jacks were amazing to watch and the views around the area we fished were second to none! Day two we went for jungle perch, in which Rory had me on my first one quite literally on the first cast. Overall I can’t wait to get back up to Cairns and get back out with Rory! A bonus too was that not only was he incredibly knowledgeable, but he also took some incredible photos that I can not wait to show everyone back home! Overall I can not recommend Rory enough and I highly encourage anyone to book a trip with him.

Matt Velluto- Melbourne, VIC

Great service which provided multiple angling options in a pristine location. Already looking forward to the next one. Amazing experience and top guide/bloke Rory.

Dan Bedford- Sunshine Coast, QLD

I highly recommend a trip with Rory and his crew. We spent 2 days chasing Barra and one day hiking for JPs and we were not disappointed! I won’t give away any secrets here, but make sure you book a trip with Tropical Sportsfisher.Dan