Paradise Sportfishing Adventures

Marlin Marina 1 Spence St
Cairns QL, Australia

Captain John of Paradise Sportfishing Adventures specializes in calm-water estuary fishing excursions throughout the productive Cairns Trinity Inlet. John owns and operates a 7.5 meter (25ft) custom-built estuary boat, propelled by a 130HP Honda four-stroke outboard engine, with a maximum passenger capacity of 8 anglers per trip. The vessel is outfitted with a range of navigational utilities, including radio, Fishfinder and a Garmin 451S GPS plotter-sounder combo. It also sports a full cover from the shade as well as a toilet on board, allowing John to cover the Trinity inlet in both speed and comfort.

Trinity Inlet is known by being well protected due to an expansive mangrove system making sure that you have a peaceful day of fishing, even if the wind does decide to show up. Each fishing tour with Capt. Hangodi starts at the Marlin Marina, catching live bait for the day by throwing cast nets. Specific bait varies depending on a range of factors, although John finds herrings, prawns and mullet to be the most effective and typically the easiest to catch.

After securing the bait, it’s time to move up the Trinity Inlet, where depending on the season you’ll be going up against the likes of the famous Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Queenfish, Trevally, Salmon, Fingermark and a variety of other species. The day is typically split in two, with an early morning charter aimed at the early risers, and an afternoon trip for those that like to sleep in.

All trips with Paradise Adventures include quality fishing gear (Shimano Raider 6ft Barra Flicksticks and Eggbeater Spinning Reels), live bait as well as soft drinks. The boat also features a cooler on board, so loading it with a few cold beers won’t be a problem. If you caught anything you’d like to keep for dinner, Captain John will be happy to help you clean and fillet your catch following the trip.

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About this listing

Boat Specs
25 ft
8 persons
Types of Fishing
River Fishing
Cairns Trinity Inlet (Estuary)
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Targeted Species
Barracuda (Pacific)

Salmon (Australian)

Snapper (Mangrove)
Trevally (Giant)
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Garmin 451S
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Live Prawns and Live Herring/Sardines
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Garmin 451S
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Live Prawns and Live Herring/Sardines
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Prawns, Herring/Sardines
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 24 hours before the trip date.
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.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Bank Transfer.

About the Captain

John Hangodi
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Member since July 2014
Captain John Hangodi has 25 years of international guiding experience, including 15 years as partner at a renowned Knight Inlet Salmon Lodge in B.C. Canada. Today, he's swapped the Pacific and the West Coast rivers for the peaceful estuary of Cairns.
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 100%

Cairns Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.64 out of 5 stars from 22 reviews

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Fantastic morning
John was so patient in the way he handled us as his guests making every effort to catch us decent sized fish
It was unfortunate that we hooked many but just couldnt boat them
I would recomend this trip to anyone coming up and if i return i will surely book another trip

Mark Cammaroto  • Fished March 20, 2017
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John is a great guy! Friendly and knowledgeable, awesome day spent out with him! And I caught my target species so very happy with the outcome! Will definitely go again next time we’re in Cairns!

Cherie Smith  • Fished January 14, 2017
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Was an enjoyable trip. Unfortunately we didn’t catch any fish.

Tracy Acha  • Fished December 31, 2016
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Fishing Reports

Summer Fishing Reprt

February 26, 2017

It has been super HOT,WET and HUMID,but the fish have been biting. We've had plenty of rain in recent weeks and Trinity Inlet has had a solid,much needed flush of fresh water. While the live bait has been elusive… Read Full Report →