Locally owned and operated, Tropical Sportfisher is a guided fly and sportfishing operation based in Cairns,Far North Queensland. Captain Rory Brookes specializes in lure and fly fishing targeting a range of tropical species including Barramundi, Mangrove, Jack, Queenfish, Gt and Permit. They operate from Cairns, Port Douglas and Mission Beach.

If you join them for a trip, the boat you’ll be fishing from will be a 17’ Cairns custom craft powered by a 70 HP Yamaha outboard. Restored in 2018, the vessel’s equipped with everything you’d need for a productive day on the water including Humminbird electronics and a Minn Kota trolling motor. There is also a YETI cooler for all your refreshments.

Tropical Sportfisher also offers unique guided walk and wade freshwater fishing where you’ll target Jungle Perch and Sooty Grunter. If the weather permits you can opt for fishing inshore wrecks and islands for pelagics and different reef species. The captain will supply all tackle and high-quality outfits for lure and fly fishing. Lunch, drinks, pick up, and drop off are all included in the price as well.

There’s little more you need to do apart from showing up and fishing. Just pack any special drinks and snacks you might want, grab your sunglasses and sun lotion and you’ll be good to go!

Now, take a look at the packages offered below, with so many to choose from, you’re bound to find one that’s just perfect for you. After that, just find an opening in the captain’s calendar that works for you, and your angling adventure can begin!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day – Rainforest Backcountry
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $361
    This is the perfect choice for those anglers who just can't get enough time in nature. This is a unique guided option in the Cairns region. You'll be hiking upstream into the rainforest creeks targeting Jungle Perch and Sooty Grunter on lure and/or fly. A certain level of fitness is required for these guided trips and wading boots are essential.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Fly Fishing
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip–Guided Fly Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $361
    There are multiple fly fishing options in the region, depending on weather and tides. From coastal and tropical island flats to the rivers and estuaries. Depending on the conditions you can expect to target Barramundi, Tarpon, Golden Trevally, Queenfish, Permit and many more. Max 2 guests for a personalised guided experience.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Fly Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Permit
    Permit
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Trevally (Giant)
    Giant Trevally
    Barramundi
    Barramundi
    Queenfish
    Queenfish
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Trevally (Golden)
    Golden Trevally
    Bream (Fingermark)
    Fingermark Bream
    Threadfin Salmon
    Threadfin Salmon
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip–River and Estuary
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $361
    Barramundi, Mangrove jack, queenfish and Gt are the target species and you'll be happy to hear that there are multiple mangrove-lined river and estuary systems in the region. Your guide will decide which one to fish on the day depending on weather and tides, allowing you to maximize your chances of landing a prize fish. Specializing in targeting Barramundi on lure or fly the guide will take you on a personalized guided excursion.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Fly Fishing
    Jigging
    Popping
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Snapper (Red)
    Red Snapper
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Trevally (Giant)
    Giant Trevally
    Barramundi
    Barramundi
    Queenfish
    Queenfish
    Bream (Fingermark)
    Fingermark Bream
    Grunter (Javelin)
    Javelin Grunter
    Threadfin Salmon
    Threadfin Salmon
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Inshore Blue Water
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $393
    Experience some of the richest inshore bluewater options in the region. Go popping for GT at the inshore islands, jigging wrecks, and reef for Coral Trout and Fingermark. Try your hand at spinning for pelagics and casting stick baits over the fringing reefs around the tropical islands. The maximum group size on this trip is 2 guests. These trips are subject to weather conditions.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Jigging
    Popping
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Cobia
    Cobia
    Trevally (Giant)
    Giant Trevally
    Tuna (Bluefin)
    Bluefin Tuna
    Tuna (Skipjack)
    Skipjack Tuna
    Queenfish
    Queenfish
    Trevally (Golden)
    Golden Trevally
    Coral Trout
    Coral Trout
    Bream (Fingermark)
    Fingermark Bream
  • Private trip
    Full Day –Rainforest Backcountry
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $590
    Push yourself both physically and mentally as you embark on this full day expedition into the wilderness. This guided option is unique to the Cairns region, where you'll be hiking upstream into the rainforest creeks targeting Jungle Perch and Sooty Grunter on lure and/or fly. A certain level of fitness is required for this guided trips, also wading boots are essential.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Fly Fishing
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip–Guided Fly Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $590
    Get ahold of your best fishing buddy and join this personalized guided adventure ideal for the most passionate of anglers. Spend the entire day testing the bite at various fly fishing spots in the region. Depending on weather and tides you'll be able to visit coastal and tropical island flats, rivers, and estuaries. You'll target Permit, Barramundi, Tarpon, Golden Trevally, Queenfish, Tusk Fish and many more.
    Types of fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Fly Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Permit
    Permit
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Trevally (Giant)
    Giant Trevally
    Tuna (Skipjack)
    Skipjack Tuna
    Barramundi
    Barramundi
    Queenfish
    Queenfish
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Trevally (Golden)
    Golden Trevally
    Bream (Fingermark)
    Fingermark Bream
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip–River and Estuary
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $590
    Explore some of the areas many mangrove-lined river and estuary systems. Have your expert guide will decide on the best target for the day, taking into account the weather and tides and get after your next prize catch. The guides specialize in targeting Barramundi but this is far from your only option in this rich fishery. In order to ensure a personalized experience, this trip is for a maximum of 2 guests.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Fly Fishing
    Jigging
    Popping
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Trevally (Giant)
    Giant Trevally
    Barramundi
    Barramundi
    Queenfish
    Queenfish
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Trevally (Golden)
    Golden Trevally
    Bream (Fingermark)
    Fingermark Bream
    Threadfin Salmon
    Threadfin Salmon
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip–Inshore Bluewater
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US $623
    Quench your thirst for bluewater and join this full day excursion around the area's inshore spots. You'll get to experience popping for GT the inshore islands, and jigging at wrecks and reefs for Coral Trout and Fingermark. If you're after pelagics, you'll be spinning and flats fishing the fringing reefs around our tropical islands. Max 2 guests and a guide for a personalized experience. The places visited and available species may change subject to weather.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Light Tackle
    Fly Fishing
    Jigging
    Popping
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Trevally (Giant)
    Giant Trevally
    Tuna (Bluefin)
    Bluefin Tuna
    Tuna (Skipjack)
    Skipjack Tuna
    Queenfish
    Queenfish
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Trevally (Golden)
    Golden Trevally
    Coral Trout
    Coral Trout
    Bream (Fingermark)
    Fingermark Bream
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Unreal Experience!!

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Inshore Blue Water on March 26, 2024
Fishing, Sharks, Crocodiles and the rest!! From moment one Rory was helpful and insightful. Picked us up from our hotel with...
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Amazing charter, with an absolute legend.

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip–Inshore Bluewater on July 18, 2024
Rory is a legend, he knows the creeks and rivers like the back of he’s hand put me onto some awesome fish and always had...
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Bryan B.
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Out-fished by the missus!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip–Inshore Bluewater on September 29, 2023
Fishing with Rory was a blast! This guy knows his stuff. First off, he’s super chill and easy to talk to, making the whole...
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Heather S.
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10/10 experience highly recommend

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip–River and Estuary on June 7, 2024
I booked the full day fishing trip for my boyfriends 40th…I have never fished before and Rory was a brilliant guide, very...
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Steve G.
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Amazing giude

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip–River and Estuary on March 22, 2024
Came to cairns during rain season, booked a full day until Rory advised me to just take a 1/2 day due to the rain. We had an...
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FAQs about Tropical Sportfisher

Tropical Sportfisher offers the following trips to customers:
  • AU $550 per group - Half Day – Rainforest Backcountry (5 hours)
  • AU $550 per group - Half Day Trip–Guided Fly Fishing (5 hours)
  • AU $550 per group - Half Day Trip–River and Estuary (5 hours)
  • AU $600 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Inshore Blue Water (5 hours)
  • AU $900 per group - Full Day –Rainforest Backcountry (9 hours)
  • AU $900 per group - Full Day Trip–Guided Fly Fishing (9 hours)
  • AU $900 per group - Full Day Trip–River and Estuary (9 hours)
  • AU $950 per group - Full Day Trip–Inshore Bluewater (9 hours)

When you book a trip with Tropical Sportfisher, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS Humminbird Solix 12
  • Fishfinder Humminbird Solix 12
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Wireless Trolling Motor Minn Kota 80 lb Pilot
  • Ice Box YETI

Trips booked with Tropical Sportfisher include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License
  • Lunch
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Tropical Sportfisher offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Tropical Sportfisher offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Tropical Sportfisher include:
  • Barramundi
  • Bream (Fingermark)
  • Coral Trout
  • Permit
  • Queenfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Tarpon
  • Threadfin Salmon
  • Trevally (Giant)
  • Trevally (Golden)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)

Meet the Charter Operator

Tropical Sportfisher
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
ID & license verified
52 Customer reviews
Response time 8 hours
Member since January 2020
I've fished in North Queensland for over 30 years, I grew up fishing for Jungle Perch and Sooty Grunter along the banks of the Mulgrave river which eventuated into an obsession with Barramundi fishing. Then onto big Barramundi fishing which became my life for many years. These days other guides follow me around trying to find my barramundi spots. I started guiding to spend more time fishing and work in an industry I love. I've guided all across the top end of Australia for sport fishing lodges and multiple luxury mothership operations. I'm very fortunate to have grown up in the FNQ region with many different sportfishing options and being able to access the remote back country so easily.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barramundi Barramundi
Bream (Fingermark) Fingermark Bream
Coral Trout Coral Trout
Permit Permit

Boat specs

Cairns custom craft (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2002, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 70HP Yamaha f70 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Humminbird Solix 12
Fishfinder
Humminbird Solix 12
Snorkeling Equipment
Wireless Trolling Motor
Minn Kota 80 lb Pilot
Ice Box
YETI

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Mandatory

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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