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Cairns: 16 fishing charters available

Gone Fishing Cairns

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(256 reviews)
Cairns
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Billfish Sports Fishing

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(8 reviews)
Cairns
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trips from $1,985

Australian Black Marlin Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Cairns
trips from $2,681

Cairns Charter Fishing

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(1 review)
Cairns
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Hotshot Charters – Cairns

Cairns
trips from $2,507

All Tackle Sportfishing – River

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Cairns

Paradise Sportfishing Adventures

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(152 reviews)
Cairns

All Tackle Sportfishing

Cairns

All Tackle Sportfishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(64 reviews)
Cairns

Reefinity Adventures Reef Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Yorkeys Knob
trips from $279

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Cairns

The average price for a private 4 hour Cairns fishing trip is $455, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,183 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Gone Fishing Cairns, Billfish Sports Fishing, and Australian Black Marlin Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Cairns, Queensland. Full list of top fishing charters in Cairns.

Gone Fishing Cairns, Billfish Sports Fishing, and Australian Black Marlin Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Cairns.

The most popular fish species you can target are Giant Trevally, Barramundi, and Queenfish. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and trolling. River fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The area around Cairns is often referred to as ‘the number one game fishing region on the planet.’ Go there, and you will see why. The tropical landscape of North Queensland is home to one of the most diverse fisheries in the world. But not only does Cairns fishing equal a huge quantity of fish species, it also boasts incredibly good quality fishing. It’s not fair on all the other fishing destinations, really.

Known For

Angler or not, you probably know of Cairns as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. This vibrant city’s tourist season revolves around Great Barrier Reef tours and diving trips, which will take you up close and personal to the only structure made of living organisms that can be seen from space. But for serious sport fishing anglers, this part of the Great Barrier Reef means only one thing: Black Marlin, and big ones. One of the primary breeding grounds for the species, this one of the few places in the world where Marlin weighing over 1000 lbs are consistently caught, year after year. 

Every year from September to December, anglers flock to the area between Cairns and Lizard Island to experience what is arguably the best Black Marlin fishing in Australia - or even the world. Ever since American angler Richard C Obach hooked a 1064 lb Black Marlin on 80 lb line here in 1996, Cairns has become synonymous with legendary sport fishing. Now, all you need to do to hook your own 'grander' is to find a local captain aboard that perfect fishing charter Cairns has waiting for you.

But the offshore reefs aren’t the only good fishing spots in Cairns. The area’s pristine estuaries and tropical waterways are the perfect breeding grounds for firm Australian fishing favorites such as Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, and Fingermark. Just five minutes from the heart of the city, Trinity Inlet marks the beginning of 90 km of beautiful winding waterways just waiting to be explored. Daintree River is less than an hour and a half away, while beach fishing can see you sight casting to schools of Golden Trevally.

From Cairns' booming popularity as Australia's new fly fishing central, all the way to heavy tackle fishing for everyone's favorite pelagics, there's something in store for everyone here. And to all you die-hard Barramundi lovers, looking for that perfect fishery to indulge in your obsession - welcome home.

Rules & Regulations

No license is necessary for recreational fishing in Queensland tidal waters, but licenses may be required if fishing in some stocked impoundments. There is an annual closed season for Barramundi, which runs from the first of November through the first of February.

Types of Fishing

Heavy tackle fishing for Black Marlin flourishes from September through December. Marlin charters are often booked well in advance and will traditionally involve trolling with large bait - Rainbow Runner, Queenfish, Tuna, and Mackerel typically make up the menu.

Try your hand at light tackle Marlin fishing from July to August - if you want to tackle a Billfish on 12-20 lb line, this is your chance. Trolling with rigged baits will also get you in a good place to battle Wahoo, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Trevally, Sailfish and more for some serious light tackle fun.

Looking for an even greater challenge? Try to set a new heavy tackle fly fishing record in the capable hands of a knowledgeable local captain. As far as fishery and local knowledge are concerned, this is one of the best places in the world to enter the record books.

Less ambitious anglers are bound to enjoy Great Barrier Reef fishing, which will usually involve ‘bottom bouncing’ with 60-100 lb line for delicious and colourful species such as Nannygai, Red Emperor, and Coral Trout.

As if this wasn't enough, finish your day by fishing the beaches for Mangrove Jack, Flathead, Trevally, Barramundi, Fingermark, and more. Hey, we told you this fishery was diverse.

Cairns
Excellent
4.2 / 5
Based on 25041 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

January in Cairns is HOT. Humidity is high and the rainy season peaks, making for impressive bites in creeks and estuaries. Offshore, make the most of the pelagic bite or target GT around the reefs.

February

The rainy season continues, with water temperature high at an average of 29ºC. Barramundi season reopens after a seasonal closure since November, and Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo are making waves offshore.

March

With the aftermath of heavy flood rains, March sees rivers and estuaries stocked with tasty prawns - and plenty of hungry fish. Make the most of the Mangrove Jack and Threadfin bite as they fatten up for winter.

April

While Cairns' tropical location doesn't really see a winter as such, it does see slightly cooler weather from April to August. This is great for Queenfish and Trevally fishing, with reef fishing also good.

May

With the rainy season now far behind, May in Cairns sees pleasant temperatures. Fishing is good over the reefs, with Red Emperor, Nannygai, and Coral Trout making for delicious and beautiful catches.

June

Thanks to lower humidity, reasonable temperatures, and low rainfall, this is peak tourist season. Escape the crowds and target a huge Spanish Mackerel offshore. The majority of fishing done at this time of year is inside the reef.

July

July is the beginning of the light tackle Marlin season in Cairns, when juvenile Black Marlin can be caught near the reef. Don't miss the Cairns Blue Water Billfish Tournament to show off your skills.

August

Light tackle Marlin season continues, with reef fish also biting well still. Offshore, the Wahoo bite picks up and will remain good through December. Peak tourist season continues.

September

Spring arrives, and with it comes humidity, which will build up until the rainy season arrives in December. Heavy tackle season starts as female Black Marlin come to the reef to spawn. 

October

Cairns is bustling with Marlin fishing charters, as visitors come from far and wide in the hope of catching a Marlin weighing over 1000 lbs. Inshore, Barramundi are biting actively. Mahi, GT, and Tuna are also caught.

November

Barramundi season closes until February. Billfishing remains excellent, with Sailfish being added to the mix of catches. The reef comes alive as the coral spawns and swimmers need to watch out for jellyfish.

December

This is the month for a Billifsh Slam, with Blue Marlin joining Black Marlin and Sailfish on potential catch lists. The wet season begins and will last through February. Don't let a soaking put you off!

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Eat light before going on the water and when you are on the water, drink coffee.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Eat light before going on the water and when you are on the water, drink coffee.
Campbell  R.
Campbell R. Brisbane, Queensland
Any fishing is luck of the draw , some days your lucky some your not , its all about being on the water and relaxing, taking in the new experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Any fishing is luck of the draw , some days your lucky some your not , its all about being on the water and relaxing, taking in the new experience
Rob  P.
Rob P. Huntington, VT
Relax and have a good time learn the ways of the experienced angler like the captain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Relax and have a good time learn the ways of the experienced angler like the captain
Trevor  P.
Trevor P. Brisbane, QLD
Must book this fella had an awesome day even had home made muffins very nice indeed ! 10/10
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Must book this fella had an awesome day even had home made muffins very nice indeed ! 10/10
Robert  G.
Robert G. Lewisham, TAS
Make sure you use Paradise Sportfishing Adventures.. A great way to see the Cairns waterway inlets and catch your live bait before you fish..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you use Paradise Sportfishing Adventures.. A great way to see the Cairns waterway inlets and catch your live bait before you fish..
David  M.
David M. Woolloongabba, QLD
Go with a pro, they work hard to put in the best position to catch quality fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a pro, they work hard to put in the best position to catch quality fish
Alan  M.
Alan M. Palm Beach, QLD
Fishing without a boat can be difficult. However, doing some research beforehand can result in some success.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing without a boat can be difficult. However, doing some research beforehand can result in some success.
Bohdan  K.
Bohdan K. Macleod, VIC
Summer months are better however if you are there in winter, hook up with Justin & All Tackle Sportfishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Summer months are better however if you are there in winter, hook up with Justin & All Tackle Sportfishing.
Steve  K.
Steve K. Adelaide, South Australia

Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Had a great morning fishing with Jacob who took our family to multiple spots to throw in a line. All gear supplied, and the 4 hour trip was a perfect amount of time for our family.
Ngaire  K.
Ngaire K. Australia
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Great morning of fishing. Caught some live bait first and headed out for two stops for the morning. Caught a total of 7 fish for the morning with my son. Had a group of 6 on the boat (another family of 4) and everyone caught a fish. Plenty of room on the boat with a total of 6 anglers and captain Russell. Thanks Russell.
Wayne  M.
Wayne M. Brisbane, Queensland
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Great experience for both myself and my boys. Being keen fisherman, they caught one new species each and enjoyed the experience. Russell is friendly and knowledgeable in his area. He even made sure we saw the Redbull Stunt Plane event at the end! Would recommend 5 star! Will be back to do another.
Nicole  S.
Nicole S. Lowood, QLD
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Russell was really good and very knowledgeable! Even though not everyone caught something it was still a great day & bonus points for having a toilet on board! 😊
Nickholle  S.
Nickholle S. Cairns, Queensland
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
I took my two younger boys with me (5 and 7YO) and we had a great day out fishing. The captain Jacob spent the time showing the boys everything and they got to come home with a few good fish. All in all we all had a ball and the boys are still talking about it. Would happily go again. Thanks guys. 👍
Jessica  D.
Jessica D. Australia
All Tackle Sportfishing
All Tackle Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Great day on the water. Water was cold, so fishing was limited. We still caught fish and the Captain suggested a great Thai restaurant to cook our fish. It was fantastic and overall a great experience.
Tom  D.
Tom D. Guelph, Ontario
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Wow! What an amazing morning we had with Russell fishing. Would highly recommend this trip to everyone. Russell is such a friendly, knowledgeable person who made our morning unforgettable. We caught a few fish and had a ball. 10/10.
Sarah  K.
Sarah K. Australia
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(256 reviews)
Had a great morning & our guide Mike worked hard to make sure we were able to get hooked up. Would recommend this trip for people just wanting get out there & wet a line.
Gordon  A.
Gordon A. Australia
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Had a really good morning on the boat, nice weather and company. Good fishing. Strongly recommend and will be back when we’re here again.
Peter  B.
Peter B. Australia
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
We had a good day went to a few good spots too bad it was raining most of the morning but that's OK thank you very much.
Kristen  H.
Kristen H. Australia
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Was a great afternoon! Russell was fabulous! Very kind, knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend to anyone! Thanks heaps for hazing us. 👍👍
Lisa  S.
Lisa S. Australia
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(256 reviews)
4 Hours well spent in the Bay Area. Caught a few decent sized Brim and other fish including a sting ray which of course we returned to the water. We tried a few places to catch a Salmon or Trevally but no luck, the Trevally we did catch was undersize and released back, Our captain for the trip was good company, worked hard to ensure we caught some fish and was very knowledgeable. Well worth the money.
JOHN  T.
JOHN T. Traralgon, VIC
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(256 reviews)
Great afternoon with Russell and 3 others. Fishing was a bit quiet but that wasn’t the captains fault. He tried everything and even stayed out past our time to try and land some more. Highly recommend, Drew.
Drew  T.
Drew T. Melbourne, Victoria
All Tackle Sportfishing
All Tackle Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(64 reviews)
Justin was very knowledgeable and took us to all the right spots and moved around when the fish were not on the bite so full credit to him for giving those on board the best chance to catch a fish. I would love to go back to Cairns and take another charter with Justin when conditions are more suitable as his thorough knowledge of the area and great experience would give me the best opportunity to catch the targeted fish. Brad Lewis
Brad  L.
Brad L. Canton, CT
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(256 reviews)
Great captain. Tried his best went to three locations. Very helpful. All well prepared.
John  R.
John R. Adelaide, South Australia
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Jacob was full of knowledge for the area and the fish we were casing and a great easy going bloke to go with it thanks for a great morning.
Barney  B.
Barney B. Australia
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Fantastic afternoon out on the water around Cairns catching bait, spotting crocs and of course catching fish. Caught Bream, Rock cod and Salmon. Great boat, gear, and excellent Captain.
Christine  S.
Christine S. Australia
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Thank you so much Russel! Beautiful day on the water full of good banter and some great fishing. Definitely would go again!
Nikita  B.
Nikita B. Brisbane, Queensland
All Tackle Sportfishing – River
All Tackle Sportfishing – River
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Captain Justin, at all times was professional and accommodating of all my fishing needs. So much so, I landed some of the best estuary gamefish of my fishing career. All in the near reaches of the Cairns estuary river system. He made it so easy for me to land the big one. I only wish I could carry CJ in my back pocket every time I go fishing.
Campbell  R.
Campbell R. Brisbane, Queensland
Gone Fishing Cairns
Gone Fishing Cairns
Fishing charter in Cairns
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(256 reviews)
Had a great time I caught a few fish and one was over 750 mm long Highly recommended
John  C.
John C. Brisbane, QLD