Paradise Sportfishing Adventures

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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 equipped with a late model Garmin Depth Sounder GPS combo unit. It also sports a full cover shade top and a toilet. They cover the Inlet in both speed and comfort.

Trinity Inlet is known for being well protected due to a healthy and expansive mangrove system. Even on very windy days when reef trips are cancelled, you can still fish in relative comfort. Each charter 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, 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 Sportfishing include quality fishing gear and bait. They use Shimano Raider rods and Spinning Reels. There’s a large cooler on board with plenty of ice and you can bring any 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.


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  • Private trip
    Full Day Private Charter
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $929
    up to 8 persons
    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 Private Charter -Afternoon
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $482
    up to 8 persons
    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
    Half Day Private Charter -Morning
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $482
    up to 8 persons
    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.
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $124
    per person
    3 persons minimum
    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 - Afternoon
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $66
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    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
    Half Day Trip - Morning
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $66
    per person
    2 persons minimum
    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.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Pacific)
Barramundi
Queenfish
Salmon (Australian)

Snapper (Mangrove)
Trevally (Giant)

Boat Specs

Length
25 ft
Capacity
8 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle

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 Included

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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

About the Captain

John Hangodi
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Member since July 2014
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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: 1 hour
Response rate: 97%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (24)
4.49
out of 5 stars from 83 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Half day trip with Captain John and Bernie
Half Day Morning Trip with Cpt. Daniel
Half day trip
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Angler Rating
51
26
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
83%
Friendly captain
97%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
86%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
44%
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Charlie T.
Jewells, New South Wales
 5.00
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   December 16, 2018
All though the weather was not the best in and out of heavy rain, my mother and I much enjoyed the trip and would most definitely...
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Roberta C.
Longueville, NSW
 4.67
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Nice day on the water

VERIFIED   February 14, 2019
We had a very nice 1/2 day inshore fishing trip with John. He was very informative and we chatted quite a bit. Fishing wasn’t...
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Paul F.
Glenelg, SA
 4.33
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Half day trip with John

VERIFIED   February 1, 2019
We had a great trip with John and the team, consisting of Travis, Megan, Chen, Ping, Toby , Neil and myself. After much rain...
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Brian C.
Brisbane, QLD
 5.00
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  May 21, 2019
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Ian S.
The Entrance, NSW
 5.00
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Fishing with John

VERIFIED   September 10, 2018
The fishing was tough but John kept moving trying to put us on the fish keeping the bait up to us and lines in the water.
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