Locally owned and operated, Tropical Sportfisher is a sportfishing charter based in Far North Queensland. Captain Rory Brookes specializes in lure and fly fishing targeting a range of tropical species including Permit and Barramundi. They run tours from Mission Beach, Cairns, and Port Douglas.

If you join them for a trip, the boat you’ll be fishing from will be a 15’ 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.

The charter also offers unique guided tours such as freshwater trekking where you’ll target Jungle Perch and Sooty Grunter. Alternatively, 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
    Overnight Trip–Lake Tinaroo
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    16 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 1
    $884
    If one day on the lake won't suffice, extend your stay for another session! Lake Tinaroo is a 1.5 hr drive to the Atherton tablelands and is home to the biggest impoundment Barramundi in the country. The best time to fish the lake is during the summer when the water is warm and during the lead up to the full and new moon. Your guide will pick you up at 2 PM from Cairns and fish that evening and the following morning. Accommodation, drinks, snacks, and gear are all included.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip–Inshore Bluewater
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $663
    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.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip–River and Estuary
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $589
    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.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip–Backcountry Trekking
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $589
    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.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip–Guided Fly Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $589
    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.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip–Lake Tinaroo
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - May 1
    $442
    Lake Tinaroo is a 1.5 hr drive to the Atherton tablelands and is home to the biggest impoundment Barramundi in the country. The dam is stocked annually and the fish average 90 cm+. The best time to fish the lake is during the summer when the water is warm and during the lead up to the full and new moon. All guided trips are set around the sunrise and sunset. A 330 AM pick up from Cairns for a morning session or a 2 PM pick up for an afternoon-evening session. All tackle, food, and drinks are provided.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip–Inshore Blue Water
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $368
    Experience some of the riches 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 flats fishing the fringing reefs around the tropical islands. The maximum group size on this trip is 2 guests. These trips are subject to weather conditions.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip–Backcountry Trekking
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $354
    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.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip–Guided Fly Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $354
    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. Expect to target Permit, Barramundi, Tarpon, Golden Trevally, Queenfish, and many more. Max 2 guests and a guide for a personalized experience.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip–River and Estuary
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $354
    If these are your preferred fishing grounds, 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, he will take you and another guest on a personalized guided excursion.
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About the Captain

Rory Brookes
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
5 Customer Reviews
Response time 6 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. 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.

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Targeted Species

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

Queenfish Queenfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Tarpon Tarpon
Threadfin Salmon Threadfin Salmon

Trevally (Giant) Trevally (Giant)
Trevally (Golden) Trevally (Golden)
Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)

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
15 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
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

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
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip–Inshore Blue Water on July 3, 2021
We had a great day out with Rory targeting barra. The day started cool and misty, very beautiful and quick and easy onto the...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip–Inshore Blue Water on June 18, 2021
Great experience on the water with Tropical Sportsfisher. Picked me up from my motel,l was very comfortable with Rory straight...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip–Inshore Blue Water on May 25, 2021
I can’t praise Rory enough. He turned what was a difficult day for fishing into a success. He wouldn’t quit until he had...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip–River and Estuary on May 27, 2021
Hard fishing conditions but Rory didn’t give up. Made the trip very enjoyable.
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip–River and Estuary on May 14, 2021
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FAQs about Tropical Sportfisher

Tropical Sportfisher offers the following trips to customers:
  • AU $480 per group - Half Day Trip–Guided Fly Fishing (5 hours)
  • AU $480 per group - Half Day Trip–Backcountry Trekking (5 hours)
  • AU $480 per group - Half Day Trip–River and Estuary (5 hours)
  • AU $500 per group - Half Day Trip–Inshore Blue Water (5 hours)
  • AU $600 per group - Full Day Trip–Lake Tinaroo (6 hours)
  • AU $800 per group - Full Day Trip–River and Estuary (9 hours)
  • AU $800 per group - Full Day Trip–Backcountry Trekking (9 hours)
  • AU $800 per group - Full Day Trip–Guided Fly Fishing (9 hours)
  • AU $900 per group - Full Day Trip–Inshore Bluewater (9 hours)
  • AU $1,200 per group - Overnight Trip–Lake Tinaroo (16 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
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • 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)