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.
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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. Explore the remote rivers of Princess Charlotte Bay and experience the best Barramundi fishing on the East coast.
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Tropical flats, barramundi and rainforest backcountry.
Backcountry- Jungle perch and sooty grunter are the target species in the backcountry and generally fished for with dry flys and hoppers. A level of fitness is required for these trips. Generally will hike a couple of km in a day. Snacks and drinks are carried by the guide in waterproof back packs and anglers can keep cool in the rainforest rock pools. We run guided backcountry fly fishing trips from Cairns , Port Douglas and Mission Beach and offer pick up and drop off for each trip.
River/Estuary- Fly fishing in the Cairns river and estuary systems can provide plenty of fun with barramundi and mangrove jack, although not always sight casting there are plenty of surface bites. There are localized sand flats in the river systems with trevally and queenfish and upstream toward the fresh water there are lagoons and run off drains that offer some great barramundi fly fishing. These guided fly fishing trips are operated from our purpose built 4.6 cairns custom craft and we run Charters offering pick up from Cairns, Port Douglas and Mission Beach. Tropical Sportfisher is the only operator in the Cairns region specailizing in Guided fly fishing.
Flats fishing- If the weather permits we'll be on the flats. The flats fishing in Cairns is world class with a range of species to site cast including permit, tusk fish and GT's. There are coastal flats with Golden trevally and Anak Permit as well as many tropical island flats with pelagics and tuskfish and other flats dwellers. Through out the year large schools of tuna , queenfish and trevally frequant the inshore islands and can provide a great saltwater fly fishing experience.
Remote Great Barrier Reef Fly fishing- We also of mulit-day mothership trips fly fishing on the Great Barrier Reef, We have 3 day trips from Cairns to some of the best permit fishing flats in the world and also offer Far North 7 day trips from lizard fly fishing the Claremont isles and Cape York. The Claremont isles and Far Northern GBR has some of the most untouched flats on the planet. Home to all the iconic species including Gt , Permit and Blue bastards. These multi day trips are operated from out friends at Aroona Luxury boat charters on there 70ft luxury mothership (Aroona) Fly fishing on the Great Barrier Reef is a must do for venturing fly anglers world wide, without a mothership these flats cannot be accessed and until now have not been put on the map. The fishing is world class , Napolean Wrasse and Bump head Parrot fish are encountered on the flats regulary as well as many other unuique species.
Tinaroo Fly fishing- Another option for Fly fishing in the Cairns region is targeting giant impoundment Barramundi in Tinaroo. Lake Tinaroo is the first ever stocked barramundi lake and has a reputaion for its giant Barramundi caught though out summer each year. There are some sight fishing options on lake tinaroo but generally fishing fly to schools of fish in shallow bays and timber. Catch a giant Tinaroo Barramundi on fly is a must do for keen fly fisherman, Our guided fly fishing trips on Lake Tinaroo are only scheduled around the warmer months and certain lunar cycles to maximaise the anglers chances of catching a giant.
Tropical Sportfisher specializes in all aspects of fly fishing in the tropical waterways and we are the only charter operation specializing in guided fly fishing in the Cairns region. Our guides are local born and bred and grew up fishing the local waters.
The day trips
Full day Pick up from accomodation 630 am or half day Marlin marina 7am
Up to 1.5 hr travel to destenation.
Lunch, snacks, drinks, tea/coffee, water provided
Quality loop and sage outfits supplied, 5,6,8,10,12wts avaiable depending on target species/location.
Flys provided (welcome to bring your own)
Return/drop off to accomodation between 430-530pm for full day and 1130-12pm for half day
Multi day charters available
What to bring
Long sleeves shirt, hat, polarised sunglasses.