Paradise Sportfishing Adventures

115 reviews
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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:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Private
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $966
    price breakdown
    $966
    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.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Private
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $501
    price breakdown
    $501
    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
    $501
    price breakdown
    $501
    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.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip – Shared
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $258
    price breakdown
    $258
    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.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Shared
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $136
    price breakdown
    $136
    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: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $136
    price breakdown
    $136
    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.
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About the Captain

John Hangodi
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Angler's Choice
9 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
115 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
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) Barracuda (Pacific)
Barramundi Barramundi
Queenfish Queenfish
Salmon (Australian) Salmon (Australian)

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Trevally (Giant) Trevally (Giant)

Boat Specs

Length
25 ft
Capacity
8 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.54
out of 5 stars from 115 reviews
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Greasy Cod and Tilly
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75
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5
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
85%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
50%
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Nigel L.
Cooranbong, NSW
 5.00
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Half day trip wirh captain john

VERIFIED   NEW  August 11, 2020
Very experienced and friendly fisherman and good fun trip. Knows the waters well and after catching our live bait had a great...
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Kristina S.
Summer Hill, NSW
 5.00
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Half Day trip with Captain John Hangodi

VERIFIED   February 13, 2020
We really enjoyed this fishing trip! Captain John is amazing! He’s got a great sense of humour and is very patient with...
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Philip S.
Southern Lamington, QLD
 5.00
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Great Morning Out

VERIFIED   March 11, 2020
Had a great time fishing with John after collecting bait we fished 3 spots caught grunter jewfish trevally and a legal barramundi...
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Gina M.
Sydney, NSW
 5.00
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Half day morning trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   October 28, 2019
Amazing day, very professional, enjoyed catching live bait first, caught several good fish, lost a couple of beauties! Captain...
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David M.
Falcon, WA
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Biggest barramundi!

VERIFIED   September 10, 2019
We had our second trip out with John today. He’s a great host who knows the good fishing spots. He’s patient and...
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