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Welcome To Fishing Cairns

We are the definitive anglers guide to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland and remote Cape York.

Whether your goal is to land a "grander" black marlin out from the continental shelf, or Australia's premier light tackle sportfish, the famous barramundi up the creek, or a prime-eating reef dweller from the largest fish attractor on the globe, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, we cover the lot.

Reef / Bottom Fishing - share day charters Light Tackle Sportfishing - sportfishing, Heavy Tackle Game Fishing - game fishing Fresh & Salt Water /River & Estuary Fishing - lure and fly fishing. Fishing Cairns can organise the charter that best suits you, and the style of fishing you are looking to do. Let us do the hard work for you, and get you on the charter that will keep you coming back.

Cape York Fishing Adventures

From the keenest, most discerning fly fisherman, the avid lure-caster, to those who just want to relax and catch a few fish, a customised fishing charter aboard this sport fishing platform is for you - Cape York Fishing Adventures is a private fishing charter operation that offers a Cape York fishing experience combining the magnificent Barramundi fishery of the Gulf of Carpentaria, with the pristine reef and inshore fishing options.

Targeted species in the Aurukun area include Barramundi, Blue Salmon, Threadfin Salmon, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, black jew, Queenfish, Trevally, Grunter, Bream, Saratoga, Tarpon, Spanish Mackerel, Grey Mackerel, Coral Trout, and many more.

So, whether you are chasing a barramundi fix, a tussle with the huge range of estuary species and blue water speedsters, or just some tasty reef fish, the opportunities are limitless! We provide fully guided fishing adventures, taking you to places that others can't access, including a range of onshore fishing options.

Cape York Fishing Adventures has created a superb fishing tour that cruises a pristine tropical wetland river system which is virtually un-fished.

For a full report of my recent charter to the magnificent Aurukun wetlands / Archer River region, please follow this link - how does 790 barra in 7 days fishing sound?
Fly Fishing
North Queensland is rapidly getting an international reputation as being THE hot spot for Salt Water Fly Fishing. Whether your bag is wading along a secluded white sandy beach, sight casting to schools of golden trevally; to deftly placing the "pink thing" on the nose of a prime silver salt water barramundi hiding amongst the mangrove roots, to the ultimate thrill of landing a billfish on fly, our region can deliver all of the above and lots, lots more.

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Sport Fishing
The Cairns section of the Great Barrier Reef has an incredible array of light tackle Sportsfishing options, with almost every species of Pacific gamefish inhabiting the plankton and baitfish rich waters adjacent to the reef and continental shelf. Imagine trolling rigged baits or deep diving minnow lures for the likes of wahoo, spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna, dolphin fish (Mahi Mahi), barracuda, scaly mackerel, various trevally and sailfish. On the right tackle, 12-20lb test, these tropical speedsters offer exceptional Sportsfishing opportunities.

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Game Fishing
The mere mention of the name Marlin conjures up a vision of this most splendid of creatures, glistening and shimmering through the air on a gigantic leap from its blue ocean home, thrashing the ocean surface wildly and powerfully. North Queensland has long been recognised as the Black Marlin capital of the world with the area stretching from off Cairns north to Lizard Island the envy of many fisherman. Cairns is regularly rated the number one gamefishing region on the planet.

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The Local Scene

Get the lowdown on what's happening in Cairns and North Queensland with profiles of each of the main local fishing areas, backed up by the regular Fishing Cairns Fishing Report. Whether it's the mangrove-lined Trinity Inlet, the majestic upper reaches of the Daintree, the Palm Cove jetty, or Cape York fly fishing and sportfishing in the prolific estuaries around Weipa and Seisia, visit our Locations section for habitat information. There's even a list of boat ramps!

While describing what you can catch, and where, is pretty important information for the visiting angler, the question of 'how' also needs to be answered. Our Tackle, Rigs and Bait section provides the answers with details of the rigs, lures, flies and bait preferred by the local fish (and fisherman) and a list of local tackle stores.

And if you're coming up this way as a visitor then you'll need somewhere to stay. We profile a selection of hotels and resorts from Daintree in the north to Mission Beach and Hinchinbrook in the south.

No matter what you're after, if it relates in some way to a fishing holiday in Cairns and North Queensland, you'll find it here.

Craig Smith Marine Art

The following images are supplied by marine artist Craig Smith. You can see more of his artwork here.

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