Ian Moody Sportfishing – Townsville

With the Great Barrier reef just a stone’s throw from shore, Townsville’s inshore fishing sees plenty of beautiful and exciting fish pass by. Ian Moody Sportfishing promises you a thrill-seeking trip, going after a range of prized and delicious fish. With local guide Ian Moody at the helm, you’ll hit all the productive fishing spots, and he’ll do everything he can to help you have a successful day on the water.

The 18’ custom craft Cairns fishing boat can cater to up to 4 guests. A light and nimble vessel, she’ll take you cruising across the water at speed. Thanks to her wireless trolling motor, she’s equally capable in the shallows and will help you quietly creep up on your prey. Using the latest rods and reels, you’ll have the edge over your target fish, as you troll and bottom fish throughout your trip.

You’ll start your trip by going after live bait, before heading to rich fishing grounds, which will give you a full angling experience. Hit the productive waters south of Townsville or north around Hinchinbrook Island. Along the shallow inshore waters and brackish rivers, you’ll have the chance to troll or bottom fish to get your fix of fishing.

Some of Australia’s most cherished fish call these waters home, so get ready to be amazed. You’ll be wowed by the dazzling colours of Golden Trevally and Nannygai, while Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon, and Mackerel will make you work hard to earn their meat.

Everything you need for a productive day is waiting on board. Just bring your own food, drinks, and suncream along, and make the most of your time in these rich waters. Get in touch with your guide Ian if you would like to be picked up in the Townsville or Ayr region, and it’s off you go! Come and discover these pristine inshore waters, full of monster fish, with Ian Moody Sportfishing.



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Townsville
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $406
    Just out of Townsville, you'll have the chance to fish the rich waters along the coast. Explore inshore saltwater and brackish rivers for the bite of some exciting and delicious fish. You'll reach the sweet spots in no time, so prepare to get the most out of your fishing trip as you spend all your time battling it out with prized Barramundi, Snappers, Groupers, Mackerel, Queenfish, Trevallies, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Townsville
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $507
    Just out of Townsville, you'll have the chance to fish the rich waters along the coast. Explore inshore saltwater and brackish rivers for the bite of some exciting and delicious fish. You'll reach the sweet spots in no time, so prepare to get the most out of your fishing trip as you spend all your time battling it out with prized Barramundi, Snapper, Grouper, Mackerel, Queenfish, Trevally, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Hinchinbrook
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $602
    Head up the coast and discover a wealth of inshore and river fishing as you explore the waterways running around Hinchinbrook Island. Aboard a spacious vessel, you'll have everything you need to battle it out with some monster fish. Troll the open waters and bottom fish the shallows and you could land anything from a Barramundi to a Snapper, Queenfish, Mackerel, and many more.
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Customer reviews

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Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Allen M.
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip – Townsville on June 18, 2024
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Anthony J.
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Townsville on May 18, 2024
Cool weather had the fish no keen but Ian got them on the go with some live baits. We all hooked into some decent barra. Great...
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Mark L.
Very good
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Very good
4.0 / 5
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Very good
4.0 / 5
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Great day out

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Townsville on June 7, 2024
Well the weather was perfect but the water temp had dropped dramatically. Ian tried his best all day covering a large area...
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Norman F.
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Very good and the skipper was excellent

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Townsville on September 18, 2023
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Toby M.
Excellent
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Caught fish in tough conditions

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Hinchinbrook on July 22, 2023
Ian put us onto a few fish on a very tough day due to the cold water and lack of tide change, can’t ask more than that. Thanks...
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FAQs about Ian Moody Sportfishing – Townsville

Ian Moody Sportfishing – Townsville offers the following trips to customers:
  • AU $600 per group, additional AU $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Townsville (6 hours)
  • AU $750 per group, additional AU $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Townsville (10 hours)
  • AU $890 per group, additional AU $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Hinchinbrook (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Ian Moody Sportfishing – Townsville, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Ian Moody Sportfishing – Townsville include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Caught during the trip)
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License

Ian Moody Sportfishing – Townsville offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Ian Moody Sportfishing – Townsville offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Ian Moody Sportfishing – Townsville include:
  • Barramundi
  • Cobia
  • Nannygai
  • Queenfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
  • Threadfin Salmon
  • Trevally (Giant)
  • Trevally (Golden)

Meet the Charter Operator

Ian Moody Sportfishing Charters
Railway Estate, Queensland, Australia
ID & license verified
27 Customer reviews
Response time 9 hours
Member since June 2019
A local to the Townsville area, Skipper Ian Moody has been fishing these waters for as long as he can remember. With over 20 years of running charters behind him, he knows all the best fishing spots and promises to get you chasing after the biggest and best inshore species. He runs charters all along the coast from Ayr to Lucinda, so get in touch and find out what suits you best.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barramundi Barramundi
Cobia Cobia
Nannygai Nannygai
Queenfish Queenfish

Boat specs

Cairns Custom Craft (Flats boat) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 90HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Caught during the trip
Lures
Drinks
Water
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
Must be at least 7 years old
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Bank Transfer