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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The big barra lake
Pick up from accommodation 330am dawn/morning session or 2pm afternoon dusk session
1.5 hr drive to Lake Tinaroo
Afternoon/Morning Tea , Drinks , tea/coffee, water, provided.
All lures and tackle supplied, 10-17lb and 10-20lb outfits spin or casting.
Return/drop off 1000am for morning session or 900pm dusk session.
What to bring
Hat, longsleeve shirt, polarised sunglasses