Ready to catch some fish in Cairns? Cairns Sportfishing is here to make it happen! With Captain Gavin at the helm, you’re in knowledgeable and experienced hands.

The fish in these waters include Coral Trout, Giant Trevally, Nannygai, Wahoo, Spangled Emperor, Sweetlip Emperor, Barramundi, and more with any luck. You’ll target your catch by light tackle fishing, popping, trolling, jigging, bottom fishing, or maybe something more specialized in this area.

Capt. Gavin welcomes children aboard, so the whole family can come and unplug for the day! Be sure to ask if child-sized life vests are available, otherwise you should bring your own. And, you can’t go wrong with snacks so that nobody gets cranky on an empty stomach!

You’ll be fishing aboard a 20’ Eagle Ray center console with a capacity for 5 passengers. It has everything you need for a productive day on the water. There’s a toilet on board for your convenience. Rods, reels, and tackle are covered by the charter, as well as lures. Live bait is available, but be sure to ask about it so you know if you’ll be catching it yourself.

You might need to purchase a local fishing license before the trip. This information is usually available online, or you can ask the captain. Some species may be off-limits or require a special tag, so make sure you know what to expect.

It’s always wise to bring sunscreen (non-spray), and sunglasses. Drinks are included, free of charge. Alcohol is allowed in moderation, just be sure to avoid hard liquor as well as glass bottles.

Now, come aboard with Cairns Sportfishing and get hooked!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip – Estuary Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $228
    Catching Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Golden Snapper, and Golden Grunter. You have the choice of bait fishing ,luring or live baiting. Let our guides guide you to a memorable day chasing that trophy fish. From the novice through to the experienced, we cater to all.we do however we do require 4persons to move the boat
    Targeted fish
    Barramundi
    Barramundi
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Bream (Fingermark)
    Fingermark Bream
    Grunter (Javelin)
    Javelin Grunter
  • Shared trip
    Half day trip estuary fishing (pm)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US $228
    Catching barramundi, Mangrove jack ,Golden snapper, and Golden grunter you have the choice of bait fishing ,luring or live baiting ,let our guides guide you to a memorable day chasing that trophy fish.from the novice through to the experienced ,we cater for all ,we do however require 4 persons at a minimum
    Targeted fish
    Barramundi
    Barramundi
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Bream (Fingermark)
    Fingermark Bream
    Grunter (Javelin)
    Javelin Grunter
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip – Inshore&Reef
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $554
    Great Barrier Reef and inshore wonky hole fishing, catching Largemouth Nannigai, Coral Trout, Red Emperor, and more, a truly memorable fishing adventure.
    Targeted fish
    Trevally (Giant)
    Giant Trevally
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Coral Trout
    Coral Trout
    Snapper (Red Emperor)
    Red Emperor Snapper
    Sweetlip Emperor
    Sweetlip Emperor
    Nannygai
    Nannygai
    Spangled Emperor
    Spangled Emperor
  • Private trip
    Half day trip -estuary fishing (pm)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US $442
    Catching barramundi,Mangrove jack jack ,Golden snapper,and golden grunter you have the choice of bait fishing ,luring or live baiting.Let our guides guide you a memorable day ,chasing that trophy fish ,from the novice through to the experienced ,we cater to all.
    Targeted fish
    Barramundi
    Barramundi
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Bream (Fingermark)
    Fingermark Bream
    Grunter (Javelin)
    Javelin Grunter
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Estuary Fishing(am)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $442
    Catching Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Golden Snapper, and Golden Grunter. You have the choice of bait fishing ,luring or live baiting. Let our guides guide you to a memorable day chasing that trophy fish. From the novice through to the experienced, we cater to all.
    Targeted fish
    Barramundi
    Barramundi
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Bream (Fingermark)
    Fingermark Bream
    Grunter (Javelin)
    Javelin Grunter
  • Private trip
    Full day – Topwater Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $1,106
    Throw poppers and stick baits all day over the flats for the Giant Trevally, Coral Trout, and more. What a day this is, what an adventure! Tick that Giant Trevally off the bucket list, with our experienced guides. Maybe we can mix the day up with some reef bottom fishing as well.
    Targeted fish
    Trevally (Giant)
    Giant Trevally
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Coral Trout
    Coral Trout
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Inshore&Reef
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US $1,106
    Great Barrier Reef and inshore wonky hole fishing, catching Largemouth Nannigai, Coral Trout, Red Emperor, and more, a truly memorable fishing adventure.
    Targeted fish
    Trevally (Giant)
    Giant Trevally
    Wahoo
    Wahoo
    Coral Trout
    Coral Trout
    Snapper (Red Emperor)
    Red Emperor Snapper
    Sweetlip Emperor
    Sweetlip Emperor
    Nannygai
    Nannygai
    Spangled Emperor
    Spangled Emperor
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 10 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (7)
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Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Caught fish
80%
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Tim K.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Well worth the experience

VERIFIED   NEW  Half day trip -estuary fishing (pm) on May 4, 2024
I am not usually inclined to give reviews unless it has exceeded my expectations, however, this occasion has done exactly that.
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Dean T.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great experience

VERIFIED   NEW  Half day trip -estuary fishing (pm) on April 25, 2024
Gavin is a top bloke knows his stuff never stops loves his craft and passion for fishing and the reef around cairns Do...
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Tony H.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great day with great Captain

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Estuary Fishing(am) on April 4, 2024
Gav really knows his stuff and does his best to put you on the fish . I can’t wait to return. . Thanks for a great day .
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Thomas W.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great Captain!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Inshore&Reef on February 28, 2024
Had a great day fishing caught lots of fish! Highly recommend this Captain and company!
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Alex H.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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Crew
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Good day out.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Inshore&Reef on April 8, 2024
Good times, Gavin sure knows his stuff.
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FAQs about Cairns Sportfishing

Cairns Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • AU $170 per person - Half Day Trip – Estuary Fishing (4 hours)
  • AU $170 per person - Half day trip estuary fishing (pm) (4 hours)
  • AU $413 per person - Full Day Trip – Inshore&Reef (8 hours)
  • AU $660 per group, additional AU $170 per person after 4 guests - Half day trip -estuary fishing (pm) (4 hours)
  • AU $660 per group, additional AU $170 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Estuary Fishing(am) (4 hours)
  • AU $1,650 per group - Full day – Topwater Fishing (8 hours)
  • AU $1,650 per group - Full Day Trip – Inshore&Reef (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Cairns Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Cairns Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures (Each lure used if lost must be purchased)
  • Drinks (We supply water and soft drinks )

Cairns Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Cairns Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Cairns Sportfishing include:
  • Barramundi
  • Coral Trout
  • Nannygai
  • Spangled Emperor
  • Sweetlip Emperor
  • Trevally (Giant)
  • Wahoo

Meet the Captain

Gavin Mcgahan
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
12 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2023
I have grown up around boating and fishing, am very passionate about fishing, and love to show people of all levels and experiences in fishing and boating an absolutely awesome adventure.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barramundi Barramundi
Coral Trout Coral Trout
Nannygai Nannygai
Spangled Emperor Spangled Emperor

Boat specs

Eagle Ray (Center console) originally built in 2003, and restored in 2023. Powered by a 150HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Each lure used if lost must be purchased
Drinks
We supply water and soft drinks

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 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
You Keep Catch

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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2.5% charge will apply.

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