Cairns and Queensland's Tropical North offers anglers such a diversity
of fishing styles and target species it's a hard decision just making
up your mind what to go after.
From Lure & Fly fishing our magnificent jungle clad rivers to heavy
tackle blue water sportsfishing chasing 1,000 lb black marlin out from
the Great Barrier Reef. Targeting such species as barramundi and mangrove
jacks, trevally and queenfish, red emperor and coral trout, and even huge
marlin and sailfish.
This region has it all!!
Calm Water Estuary Fishing
Imagine fishing the upper reaches of this pristine environment where
up to a dozen species can be pulled from the one snag. Sound tempting?
Only 5 minutes from the heart of Cairns lies Trinity Inlet, with over
90 kilometers of winding waterways surrounded by lush greenery, rainforest
clad mountains (World Heritage listed), and one of the worlds most diverse
and productive ecosystems, the mangrove forest.
Calm Water River Fishing
Within an hour and a half drive from the city of Cairns flow some of
the finest tropical waterways to be found anywhere in the world. The world
renowned Daintree River to the North, the equally impressive but lesser
known "twins" the Russell/Mulgrave Rivers to the south, as well as the
North & South Johnson Rivers and Mourilyon Harbour are all fished
regularly by local charter Guides.
These tidal river systems offer excellent fishing opportunities, their
physical structure, sand bars, rock holes, weed beds and gutters can yield
some surprising light tackle sportsfish.
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.
Check out Steve Starling's article Flat Eight - Fly Rod Treasures of the Tropics where he nominates his pick of the eight most eligible and desirable fly rod target species to be found on our shallow tropical flats, and offers some valuable tips on finding and catching them.
Light Tackle Sports 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, 12-20 lb test, these tropical speedsters offer exceptional Sportsfishing
Commonly called "Bottom Bouncing", reef fishing involves using heavy
60-100 lb handline techniques to target such prized eating fish as coral
trout, red emperor and nannygai.
This style of fishing is not for everyone but gives the angler the best
possible chance to catch these superb fighting and tasty fish.
Heavy Tackle 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
North Queensland has long been recognized 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.
Beaches And Headlands
Although not a significant part of the local action, the stretch of
coast north from Cairns to Port Douglas and beyond offers quite a few
opportunities for mangrove jack, barramundi, trevally, fingermark, flathead
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