Paradise Sportfishing Adventures

Explore the pristine waters off the coast of Queensland and have a fishing adventure with Paradise Sportfishing Adventures! Captain John specializes in calm-water fishing excursions throughout the productive Cairns Trinity Inlet.

You’ll join him on his 25’ custom-built estuary boat, propelled by a 130 HP Honda four-stroke outboard engine. The boat can accommodate up to 8 anglers per trip, so it’s great for some fun with a group of friends. It also sports a full cover shade top and a toilet. You’ll be able to cover the Inlet in both speed and comfort.

All trips include quality fishing gear and bait. You’ll use Shimano Raider rods and Spinning Reels. There’s a large cooler on board with plenty of ice and you can bring drinks and snacks. Should you catch a legal-size fish, it can be cleaned and iced on board. There is an excellent restaurant at the marina that can cook your fish for lunch or dinner.

Each trip begins with the collection of live baits using a cast net. This is a very interesting part of the charter, especially if you have not seen a cast net in use. Specific bait varies depending on the season, with Sardines and Herring being the most effective and 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, and Fingermark. 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.

Join Paradise Sportfishing Adventures and have an unforgettable time under the Australian sun!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Shared
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $167
    Join this shared half-day morning trip, where you will go fishing in Cairns Inlet. Try your luck at catching Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Queenfish, Fingermark, Travelly, Salmon and many more. Trips include fishing equipment and bait. BYO food and drinks. Trips have a maximum of 8 people.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) – Shared
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $167
    Join this shared half-day afternoon trip, where you will go fishing in Cairns Inlet. Try your luck at catching Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Queenfish, Fingermark, Travelly, Salmon and many more. Trips include fishing equipment and bait. BYO food and drinks. Trips have a maximum of 8 people.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip – Shared
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $334
    This full-day shared charter will have you targeting Barramundi in Cairns Inlet, as well as Queenfish, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Giant Trevelly, Threadfin Salmon, Grunter and many more. Trips include fishing equipment and bait. BYO food and drinks. Trips have a maximum of 8 people.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Private
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $592
    Private half-day morning trip, where you will go fishing in Cairns Inlet. Try your luck at catching Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Queenfish, Fingermark, Travelly, Salmon and many more. Trips include fishing equipment and bait. BYO food and drinks. Trips have a maximum of 8 people.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) – Private
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $592
    Private half-day afternoon trip, where you will go fishing in Cairns Inlet. Try your luck at catching Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Queenfish, Fingermark, Travelly, Salmon and many more. Trips include fishing equipment and bait. BYO food and drinks. Trips have a maximum of 8 people.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Private
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $940
    This private full-day private charter will have you targeting Barramundi in Cairns Inlet, as well as Queenfish, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Giant Trevelly, Threadfin Salmon, Grunter and many more. Trips include fishing equipment and bait. BYO food and drinks. Trips have a maximum of 8 people.
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About the Captain

John Hangodi
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
9 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
155 Customer reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since July 2014
Captain John Hangodi has 35 years of international guiding experience, including 15 years as partner at 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 and has been operating Paradise Sportfishing for 20 years.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Pacific) Pacific Barracuda
Barramundi Barramundi
Queenfish Queenfish
Salmon (Australian) Australian Salmon

Boat specs

Length
25 ft
Capacity
8 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Cairns Trinity Inlet

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Garmin 451S
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Live Prawns and Live Herring/Sardines
Ice Box
Radio

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano
Live Bait
Prawns, Herring/Sardines
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

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 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 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Bank Transfer

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.5 / 5
out of 5 stars from 155 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (57)
Fishing with John
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Angler Rating
98
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
85%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
52%
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Jemma R.
Brisbane, QLD
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half Day Trip - Lots of Fun!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) – Shared on October 3, 2022
Had a great morning with Captain John. We had plenty of fun bringing in some good catches, although we missed the big one this...
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Craig B.
Brisbane, Queensland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (PM) – Private on September 11, 2022
Great afternoon, some good fish, fingermark and salmon.
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Aaron S.
Australia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) – Shared on October 5, 2022
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Leonie S.
Australia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Shared on June 16, 2022
Great trip. Started by netting bait amazing. Spent time moving to fish. Great time.
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Christopher Y.
Australia
Very good
4.0 / 5
Experience:
Good
3.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) – Shared on October 5, 2022
John was a pleasant skipper who was as very helpful, he ensured that everyone caught something and would move on if the fish...
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FAQs about Paradise Sportfishing Adventures

Paradise Sportfishing Adventures offers the following trips to customers:
  • AU $120 per person - Half Day Trip (AM) – Shared (4 hours)
  • AU $120 per person - Half Day Trip (PM) – Shared (4 hours)
  • AU $240 per person - Full Day Trip – Shared (8 hours)
  • AU $850 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) – Private (4 hours)
  • AU $850 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) – Private (4 hours)
  • AU $1,350 per group - Full Day Trip – Private (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Paradise Sportfishing Adventures, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS Garmin 451S
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well Live Prawns and Live Herring/Sardines
  • Ice Box
  • Radio

Trips booked with Paradise Sportfishing Adventures include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano)
  • Live Bait (Prawns, Herring/Sardines)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Paradise Sportfishing Adventures offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing (Cairns Trinity Inlet)

Paradise Sportfishing Adventures offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Paradise Sportfishing Adventures include:
  • Barracuda (Pacific)
  • Barramundi
  • Queenfish
  • Salmon (Australian)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Trevally (Giant)