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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Join us for an epic adventure to a secluded sand cay on the Great Barrier Reef.
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.
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Explore the remote rivers of Princess Charlotte Bay and experience the best Barramundi fishing on the East coast of Australia.
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Walk in wade fishing in the rainforest for Jungle Perch and Sooty Grunter
Strap on your wading boots & set off up stream on one of our many tributarys, amazing scenery and excellent fishing for our northern native fresh water fish species, 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 is provided, as well as water bottle and hydrolites. We'll bring along a waterproof backpack with neccerery food supplies to keep your energy levels up for a day fishing and hiking the backcountry.
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 height data, there are unlimited rainforest streams and creeks full of jungle perch and sooty grunter in the region and they are all 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. Generally we will hike upto 7km in a day so a moderate level of fitness is required for these expeditions. We spend the day walking and wading in shallow, rocky streams so please bring your wading boots . 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 1.45 hour travelling to our destination on our full day trips.
Snacks, water and hydrolite powder provided during the walk.
We bring a full kit of tackle with us on the walk and all gear is included in the tour. We provide quality 4lb 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 1130-12noon 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 hat and buff , wear a longsleeve shirt and polarised sunglasses a must.
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.
A waterproof backpack if you happen to have one otherwise we'll loan one too you.
If you have your own lure or fly outfits, lures or other gear please do bring it along.
Confentional Tackle reccomendation- 4lb spin outfit, 1000 size reel, 2-4 rod 6ft, small surface poppers, weightless/light weighted plastics
Fly tackle reccomendation- #4-6 , floating lines , trout lines ok (water is generally cool enough) hoppers, large dries, bug profiles , streamers,poppers, up to size 1/0 .