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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7 nights - luxury mothership
14th-20th Feb | 27th Feb-5th March | 28th-3rd April | 13th-19th April | 1st-7th May | 23rd- 29th Oct | 9th-15th Oct | 20th-26th Nov
These trips cater for private groups of 6 anglers/guests. Snorkelling/diving/conventional angling options available
Perfect for family groups and couples trips- 3 x twin share cabins with ensuites- priced deppending on guides/skiffs required
Claremont Isles- East Cape York- Northern Great Barrier Reef
The rich waters of East Cape York and the Far Northern Great Barrier Reef are some of the most remote untouched flats fishing destinations left on the planet. It remains relatively un fished by conventional anglers and the flats are unexplored by fly fishermen. There are tropical islands, sand cays and inshore and offshore reef flats that lie between the Cape York coast line and the continental shelf. These flats are home to all the iconic Australian flats species and are a dream destination for saltwater fly fishermen worldwide. There are also stunning flats and remote river systems dotted along the coastline, all of which are inaccessible without a mothership. Our guides are some of the most experienced saltwater fly guides in the country, spending most of their time guiding in the Wessel Islands, the Top End and the Great Barrier Reef.
These trips begin in Cairns in Far North Queensland. Guests will board a charter plane for a 1 hr flight to Lizard Island.On arrival guests will be greeted by Aroona crew at the airstrip and escorted to Watsons Bay where Aroona will be waiting and ready to go. The crew will transfer guests and Luggage to the boat and set off with the skiffs in tow for 6 days of remote salt water fly fishing. Lizard Island is the perfect start point with lots of great flats on the way to the Claremont Isles .
The mother ship will travel at night to maximise time fishing and we are not locked in to any locations so we can move daily to different fishing grounds if required.
The main fishing focus will be on the flats with the target species being Permit (Blochii & Anak), Gt, Blue Bastard, Trigger Fish, Golden Trevally, Queenfish, Longtail Tuna, Milkfish, Spanish Mackeral, Bluefin Trevally, Bumphead Parrotfish, Napoleon Wrasse, Spangled Emperor and Coral Trout plus many more.
The dates of each trip are set around optimal low tides during the day to maximise time for wading. The skiffs are fitted with electric motors for fishing during the high water times and fishing edges, bombies and coastal rivers for Barramundi.
AROONA FACILITIES & CREW
Aroona is a luxury vessel and the crew are trained in providing everything you need for a relaxing five-star experience. There are a few different areas to enjoy a drink or a meal from the on board chef. Breakfast is generally served in the main saloon, dinner is upstairs on the fly bridge and there's always a few beers going down on the back deck after a day on the water. The vessel is fully air conditioned and in the saloon there is a large flat screen tv to watch movies or share pics during travel time.
Ensuite in every stateroom Laundry is included
TV in each room Emergency satellite phones VHF & HF radios
Onsite chefFully catered meals and beverages
Skipper, Guides, Chef, Stewardess