The inshore bluewater fishing off Cairns has lots to offer, from popping for GT's to jigging wrecks & headlands for fingermark (golden snapper). Providing the weather is good there are plenty of fishing options. 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.
Join us for a day of exploration and experience as we take a walk up the secret creeks and freshwater fishing spots in the Cairns wilderness.
This is one for the 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.
The options for fly fishing in 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 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. If the weather permits we'll be on the flats with a range of species to site cast including permit, tusk fish and GT's. The giant barramundi in lake tinaroo can also be caught on fly, 10 and 12wts are required to stop these beasts.
The far north Queensland 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 hand casting snags, throwing surface lures and jigging 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. There are meter plus barramundi in every system in the far north and they can be caught through out the year with the right conditions and lure presentaion.
Lake Tinaroo is situated in the Cairns hinterland just over an hours drive form the cbd and is home to some of the biggest barramundi in the country. It is a stocked impoundment and provides a very healthy eco system full of food for the barra. The Lake is stocked annually with fingerlings and they dont stop growing - many world record fish have been caught here. Generally in the warmer months (September through to May) the barra are more active and easier to catch. These fish can be targeted on lure or fly and around the full moon the fish movements are more predictable and easier to target. The tour is designed around dusk or dawn but we also have an overnight option with accommodation included and two sessions on the lake.
Experience world class remote fishing at its best on the east coast of north Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef with a 70ft luxury mother ship as your home base. Fly into Lizard Island or Portland Roads and we'll meet you there to begin your dream fishing expedition. Saltwater fly fishing, barramundi fishing, inshore/offshore bluewater. Catering for 6-8 guests for 6 days fishing, you will be treated to 5 star meals from our chef and served by our hostess. We'll have either 2 or 3 dorys in tow deppending on the number of guests and a proffesional guide for each boat. The Fishing options are endless ranging from barramundi fishing, flats fishing and popping and jigging on the outer reef. We can tailor a trip to suit your group; snorkelling, spearfishing, whale watching or simply cruising in style. This luxury option has something for everyone. Contact us to find out more information and availabilty for 2020.
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Hike upstream targeting jungle perch & sooty grunter
Strap on your boots & set off up streams, river systems and tributarys to find excellent fishing for local fresh water fish species such as jungle perch and sooty grunter. Both of these fish can be targeted on lure or fly and are found in dense populations throughout the rivers and creeks in the Cairns and FNQ region.
During the day we'll be mostly fishing top water with small poppers and bug profiles to entice the bite. If you're after the larger sooties they can be caught in the deep with small plastics. All tackle is provided and included on this tour, and you're welcome to bring your own gear as well.
A light lunch of sandwiches and fruit is provided, as well as water and hydrolites for the day.
We pick you up from Cairns City early morning and take you out to our selected spot for the day. The location we choose will depend on the weather and river hieght data, but generally we'll be in the Barron, Mulgrave or Russel river systems, these are stunning waterways that carve through the Cairns hinterland.
From our park-up point we set off upstream, You can expect to get up close and personal with the flora and fauna of our secret cairns waterways as we trek upstream.
A moderate level of fitness is required for these expeditions. We spend the day walking in shallow, rocky streams while fishing and being active the whole day. This is a unique tour option for the Far North Queensland region and a true way to experience fishing with a rainforest mountain backdrop.
Pick up from Cairns City accommodation (or near Cairns, ask for special pickups) at 6:30am.
We may spend up to 1 hour travelling to our destination - full day tours can go further!
Snacks, water and hydrolite powder provided during the walk.
Lunch of sandwiches and fruit provided.
We bring a full kit of tackle with us on the walk and all gear is included in the tour. We provide quality 4lbs spin setups for each angler or 5/6wt fly outfits.
All tackle including lures and flys are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own gear as well.
On a full day tour we expect to have you back at your accommodation between 4.30-5.30pm for the full day tour and 12.30-1.30pm for half days.
What to Bring
Appropriate footware - we highly recommend wading boots for these adventures as we will spend the whole day in the water. We will not be able to take tours without appropriate footwear ie bare-foot. Please bring, at least, decent hiking or running shoes that can get wet for the day.
We will be spending some time in the sun so please bring a good wide brim hat, wear a longsleeve shirt and polarised sunglasses.
If you would like to bring your camera that is fine - we recommend that you take all efforts to waterproof your camera as it has a chance of going in the drink. GoPros are fine.
Also bring a towel and maybe some snacks just in case, and a backpack to put it all in so you can keep your hands free.
If you have your own rods, lures or other gear please do bring it.