Cairns Fishing Charters

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Cairns: 26 fishing charters available

Tropic Barra Adventures
Tropic Barra Adventures

Cairns • 16 ft • 3 persons

Tropic Barra Adventures, is a premium Barramundi Sports Fishing Charter.

" So happy we chose Brodie to take us out Barra fishing . Highly recommend." —⁠ Jody,
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trips fromUS $364
Cairns Sportfishing
Cairns Sportfishing

Cairns • 20 ft • 5 persons

Ready to catch some fish in Cairns? Cairns Sportfishing is here to make it happen!

"I am not usually inclined to give reviews unless it has exceeded my expectations, however, this occasion has done exactly that." —⁠ Tim,
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trips fromUS $225
Australian Black Marlin Charters
Australian Black Marlin Charters

Cairns • 51 ft • 4 persons

Based in Cairns Australia and in operation for over 40 years, Australian Black Marlin offers heavy tackle charters to suit your needs.

"Was a great trip. The crew was great worked very hard for us." —⁠ Michael,
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trips fromUS $2,816

Cairns • 26 ft • 7 persons

Gone Fishing Cairns offers the most spectacular fishing adventures in Trinity Inlet!

"We booked this half day trip as we wanted to go fishing but were only in Cairns for a few days with our partners." —⁠ Mike,
trips fromUS $159
Reelwork Sportfishing Cairns
Reelwork Sportfishing Cairns

Cairns • 34 ft • 4 persons

Ready to cast a line in Cairns? Reelwork Sportfishing Cairns is your ticket!
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trips fromUS $2,332
AKULA Sportfishing – Palm Cove & Cairns
AKULA Sportfishing – Palm Cove & Cairns

Cairns • 24 ft • 5 persons

Departing from Yorkeys Knob Marina, Cairns northern beaches, we are ideally located whether you are staying in Cairns, Cairns northern beaches or Palm Cove.
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trips fromUS $1,160
Adventure North Fly Fishing
Adventure North Fly Fishing

Cairns • 20 ft • 3 persons

We offer Fly fishing charters chasing Goldens, Permit, Blue Bastards and Barramundi.
trips fromUS $994
Topwater Sportfishing GT Charters
Topwater Sportfishing GT Charters

Cairns • 25 ft • 4 persons

Topwater Sportfishing GT Charters welcomes you to the stunning waters of Cairns.
trips fromUS $1,723

Cairns • 17 ft • 2 persons

Locally owned and operated, Tropical Sportfisher is a guided fly and sportfishing operation based in Cairns,Far North Queensland.

"Fishing, Sharks, Crocodiles and the rest!! From moment one Rory was helpful and insightful." —⁠ Conor,
trips fromUS $364

Yorkeys Knob • 28 ft • 6 persons

Get on board with Reefinity Adventures for the fishing experience of a lifetime.

"They Skipper and his offsider were amazing,  highly recommend." —⁠ Ty,
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trips fromUS $530
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Fishing in Cairns

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.

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Cairns Fishing Seasons

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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