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Fishing Styles › Light Tackle Sports Fishing

The Cairns section of the Great Barrier Reef is internationally famous for its prime Black Marlin fishery. What should not be overlooked however, is the incredible array of light tackle sportsfishing options. Almost every species of Pacific game fish inhabit the plankton and bait fish rich waters off Cairns, 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. You are in prime company indeed.

Much has been written about the variety of fish species abundant in the warm tropical waters off the coast from Cairns. Not knowing exactly what fish is going to crash your trolled offering is half the fun, hooking up to a leaping, gyrating, lit up sportfish is the other.

You will have a ball on one of these charters with the expert skipper and crews bending over backwards to ensure you enjoy your day.

All top quality tackle, custom made rods and only the best in reels such as Shimano, Penn, Fin Nor and Abu, perfectly matched to the various line classes, are used by these guys.

The boats are fully fitted out with the fisherman in mind. The latest in electronic equipment including temperature and location plotters, GPS, colour video sounders, radios and all safety gear.

Some even have an air-conditioned saloon for clients' complete relaxation and comfort whilst traveling to the grounds, while toilet and limited cooking and kitchen facilities are usually standard.

Seasons apply to the above species (refer chart) with most fishing concentrating inside the reef from June to October and outside the reef from November to March, weather permitting.

Charter prices vary depending on angling numbers, with most starting at around $395 per person for a share charter through to $1950 for the sole use of the vessel.

Daily departures are from Cairns Marlin Marina, Yorkeys Knob or Port Douglas, leaving at approximately 8.00am and returning at about 5.00pm.

Refer to our Rigs And Baits section for more information on successfully fishing this habitat.

Charters And Packages

We have a range of charters and packages available to suit every style of fishing and every budget:


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