Gone Fishing Cairns offers the most spectacular fishing adventures in Trinity Inlet! It is located in the heart of the city of Cairns and allows for some of the best Estuary fishing this region has to offer. Captain Russell Jones has years of experience and is excited to show you the hottest fishing spots for the most productive day out.

Trinity Inlet is surrounded by lush greenery and rainforest-clad mountains that make it one of the region’s most diverse and productive fishing systems. You can explore these waters in the comfort of a 26’ Cairns custom craft boat. Depending on weather and tide conditions, you will catch more than 10 species from one productive spot.

This area is home to a great variety of species including the famous Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Great Trevally, Australian Salmon, Grunter, Jewfish, Fingermark, and Gold Spot Cod among other species. In all, approximately 50 species of fish populate this expansive system.

Above the water, the area offers a wealth of other wildlife to look out for. You can spot around 20 species of birds that include birds of prey such as the osprey, brahminy kite, and the magnificent white-bellied sea eagle. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for saltwater crocodiles.

Included in the price are top quality rods and reels. These won’t let you down – whether you are going after your first fish ever or your hundredth. Live bait is also included, and you do not need a fishing licence in this area. You are welcome to bring along your own food and drink on this trip – you’ll want to keep your energy up!
 
Book now for a wonderful day out with Gone Fishing Cairns! You might come as strangers, but you are sure to leave as friends.



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  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip – Shared (AM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 4 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $132
    The Inlet is home to a great diversity of species including the famous Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and Trevally, Salmon, and Jewfish to name just a few. All rods and reels are included in the price, as well as the live bait (which you'll help catch!) Please bring along your own snacks and drinks.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip – Shared (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $132
    Target many species, such as Barramundi, Grunter, Jewfish, and Gold Spot Cod to name just a few. Bait will be caught during the trip. All gear and tackle are included and you do not need to purchase a fishing licence. Please bring along your own food and drink.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip – Shared
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $251
    Fish for many species, including Barramundi, Trevally, Salmon, Grunter, Jewfish, Fingermark, and Gold Spot Cod. Gear and tackle are included, as well as the live bait, which you'll help fish for. Please bring your own snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Private (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $418
    Target Barramundi, Giant Trevally, Gold Spot Cod, Salmon, and more on this 4 hour private trip. Rods and reels are included in the price. The bait will be caught on the trip. Please bring your own food and drink.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Private (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $418
    Fish for Barramundi, Salmon, Giant Trevally, Grunter, Jewfish, and more. All gear and tackle are included in the trip – you'll fish for the live bait on the trip. You're welcome to bring along your own food and drink.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Private
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $801
    Fish for some awesome fish, including Barramundi, Salmon, Jewfish, Giant Trevally, and more. Rods and reels are all included in the price. You'll help catch live bait at the beginning of the trip. Please bring along your own food and drink.
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About the Charter Operator

Gone Fishing Cairns
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
286 Customer reviews
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Member since October 2015
Captain Russell has extensive knowledge of the local area, having lived here for over 25 years. He has been fishing in the Cairns inlet for over 15 years. Capt. Russell has grown up on game boats fishing for Marlin and Sailfish and fished the reef for bottom fish. You are sure to have a great day fishing with him.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barramundi Barramundi
Bream (Fingermark) Fingermark Bream
Grunter (Javelin) Javelin Grunter
Queenfish Queenfish

Boat specs

Cairns Custom Craft (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2010. Powered by 2 70HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
8 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Live Bait

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Lowrance
Fishfinder
Lowrance
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License
Not Required

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.6 / 5
out of 5 stars from 286 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.5 / 5
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Angler Rating
210
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
87%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
51%
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Scott S.
Harpswell, ME
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5.0 / 5
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Great day and perfect for kids

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Shared (PM) on September 15, 2022
Was recommended this trip by a friend who said Gone Fishing kept to the local area and would get you onto fish, without a long...
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Leigh H.
Geelong, Victoria
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Listen to Russell

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Private (AM) on November 29, 2022
Russell has so much experience and knowledge of what works in the Estuary. A great trip enhanced by Russell’s local knowledge...
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Relaxing fishing in the Estuary

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Private (AM) on November 28, 2022
Russell is such a lovely, amenable host, working hard to show us a good variety of fish available in the Estuary. We took two...
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James D. B.
Cairns, Queensland
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Great fishing charter

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Private (AM) on October 22, 2022
My two mates and I booked a private, half day fishing charter with Russell. Russell is organised, professional and provides...
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Carol C.
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VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip – Shared on December 2, 2022
Pleasant full day trip with Russell. He hustled, very quick to rebait hooks, pull anchor or move to find better action. Fun...
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FAQs about Gone Fishing Cairns

Gone Fishing Cairns offers the following trips to customers:
  • AU $95 per person - Half Day Trip – Shared (AM) (4 hours)
  • AU $95 per person - Half Day Trip – Shared (PM) (4 hours)
  • AU $180 per person - Full Day Trip – Shared (8 hours)
  • AU $600 per group - Half Day Trip – Private (AM) (4 hours)
  • AU $600 per group - Half Day Trip – Private (PM) (4 hours)
  • AU $1,150 per group - Full Day Trip – Private (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Gone Fishing Cairns, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS Lowrance
  • Fishfinder Lowrance
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Gone Fishing Cairns include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License (Not Required)

Gone Fishing Cairns offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Gone Fishing Cairns offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing (Live Bait)

Top targeted fish species with Gone Fishing Cairns include:
  • Barramundi
  • Bream (Fingermark)
  • Grunter (Javelin)
  • Queenfish
  • Salmon (Australian)
  • Tarpon
  • Trevally (Giant)
  • Trevally (Golden)