Cairns Reef Fishing

Cairns Reef Fishing is the longest established reef fishing company in Cairns and the only charter in the area permitted to fish the local waters all year round. They are friendly and warm to every guest who comes aboard their boat and will make sure you will have an unforgettable fishing experience in the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The crew is comprised of complete fish lovers including an ex Australian Navy guy, a super-yacht captain and all-round fishing enthusiasts with extensive marine knowledge and experience.

They have 2 boats: Aqua Cat and The Blue Whaler. Aqua Cat is a 50 feel long Randell fibreglass cruiser, which is powered by two 315 HP Cummins engines with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots. This magnificent boat has a GPS and a fishfinder with over 2000 fishing spots marked on their GPS system which are sure to deliver. The boat has a full-size toilet onboard which is essential when taking family trips with children. It also comes equipped with life jackets. The second boat is a little smaller, carrying up to 13 anglers. It is called The Blue Whaler, and the captain decides which boat is being taken out depending on the number of guests booked for the shared trip and other factors.

The Cairns Reef Fishing crew is so familiar with the fish species in the area, they will be able to educate you and help you catch some of the best specimens in the 25-mile radius of Cairns. The species caught are various Trevallies, Coral Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Nannygai and Barracudas among others. You will be provided with live bait and lures, rods, reels, and tackle, fishing licences, and best of all you have a buffet lunch of cold meats, bread rolls, salads and cold drinks. A filleting service is available for a small extra fee.



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  • Private trip
    Aqua Cat - Private Charter (15)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,411
    up to 14 persons
    A private charter aboard our vessels is a great idea for corporate functions, birthdays, Christmas party’s or any time you want to get a group of friends together and enjoy fishing in the beautiful waters of the Great Barrier Reef. You get exclusive use of the whole boat and charters can be tailored to your requirements with flexible departure times and catering packages available on request. Aqua Cat can carry up to 15 passengers.
  • Private trip
    Blue Whaler - Private Charter (12)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $2,062
    up to 14 persons
    A private charter aboard our vessels is a great idea for corporate functions, birthdays, Christmas party’s or any time you want to get a group of friends together and enjoy fishing in the beautiful waters of the Great Barrier Reef. You get exclusive use of the whole boat and charters can be tailored to your requirements with flexible departure times and catering packages available on request. Blue Whaler can carry up to 12 passengers.
  • Shared trip
    Shared Trip - Reef Fishing Adult
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Mar
    $196
    per person
    Full Day reef fishing on the Great Barrier Reef. Be at the marina ready to board at 6.30 am and return between 3.30 and 4 pm. We provide quality, well maintained fishing equipment, bottled drinking water and a delicious, full, fresh lunch of selected meats, salads, bread rolls and fresh slices fruit. We clean and ice your fish and then bag them up ready for you to take home. We even give you some cooking tips for your catch! Just bring a hat and sunglasses.
  • Shared trip
    Shared Trip - Reef Fishing Child
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 31 Mar
    $168
    per person
    Full Day reef fishing on the Great Barrier Reef. Be at the marina ready to board at 6.30 am and return between 3.30 and 4 pm. We provide quality, well maintained fishing equipment, bottled drinking water and a delicious, full, fresh lunch of selected meats, salads, bread rolls and fresh slices fruit. We clean and ice your fish and then bag them up ready for you to take home. We even give you some cooking tips for your catch! Just bring a hat and sunglasses.
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About the Captain

Nick Kelly
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Angler's Choice
174 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since October 2015
A 20 year career as a commercial mariner and fisherman has given me a deep love of the marine environment and I enjoy nothing better than sharing that appreciation with clients.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Coral Trout
Nannygai
Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)

Trevally (Bigeye)
Trevally (Giant)

Boat Specs

Randell (Cruiser) originally built in 1980. Powered by 2 315HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

Length
50 ft
Capacity
14 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.69
out of 5 stars from 174 reviews
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Experience
Full day with Captain  Pete and Danny deckhand
Full day with Captain  Pete and Danny deckhand
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
68%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
78%
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Sonia F.
Brisbane, QLD
 5.00
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Awesome trip & team

VERIFIED   April 27, 2019
This crew & boat were awesome…all went well with heaps of fish varieties caught & they also show great consideration...
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Wattle Glen, VIC
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VERIFIED   August 23, 2018
I have been on a number of fishing excursions over many years in both NZ and Australia. I have been on some excellent outings...
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Irene B.
Devon Meadows, VIC
 5.00
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Full day with Captain Pete and Danny deckhand

VERIFIED   NEW  June 19, 2019
We’ve been on several different fishing adventures and this was the BEST by far, had a amazing day, these guys know how to...
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Jerome B.
Brisbane, QLD
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Whole day trip from Cairns on 3/4/18

VERIFIED   September 3, 2018
Booked a whole day trip from Cairns for reef fishing. We headed north & hit up a few spots on the reef. Depths varied from...
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Kenneth C.
Grapevine, Texas
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Best part of our trip to Australia

VERIFIED   March 17, 2019
Best part of our trip to Australia.  I was a little hesitant to book a fishing trip with 10 to 12 other people. But our...
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