Calm Water Estuary Fishing

For those wanting some action close to town or a short drive away, estuary fishing is great way to get out and explore the environment. The fishing action is great, chasing all types of species, and perhaps taking home your dinner. Depending upon the prevailing weather and tide conditions, up to a dozen species can be pulled from the one spot.

Half and full day tours are available that begin with the gathering of live bait before moving up into the estuaries, and their kilometres of channels, gutters, creeks and open places. Actual fishing locations will be chosen based on prevailing weather and tidal conditions.

Only 5 minutes from the heart of the beautiful city of Cairns and you will be treated to some of the best natural scenery and fishing conditions available in Tropical North Queensland.

Imagine fishing the upper reaches of the Trinity Inlet (Cairns Harbour) surrounded by lush greenery, rainforest clad mountains, and one of the worlds most diverse and productive ecosystems. With over 90 kilometres of winding waterways to explore in our custom built vessels, our guides will take you to the best locations.

Daily tours operate throughout this extensive mangrove lined estuary which is home to a great diversity of species including the famous barramundi, mangrove jack and trevally, salmon, grunter, flathead, fingermark and gold spot cod to name just a few. In all, over 40 species of fish can be regularly caught in this magnificent waterway.

You will find a virtual smorgasbord of species to target using light sportfishing tackle on 3 to 6 kilo outfits including Grunter, King and Blue Salmon, Trevally, Queenfish, Flathead, Estuary Cod, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, and of course Barramundi.

Tea, coffee, biscuits, soft drinks and cold water are all provided, however lunch is not included. The morning trip runs from 7.30am to 12 noon, with an afternoon trip leaving at 1.00pm and returning at 5.30pm. The two trips can also be combined into a full day of fishing if you wish.

Our half and full day charters are designed to cater for all ages and skill levels, and children are most welcome. The guide will also show you how to catch live bait in a cast net at the start of the charter, and explain the important interaction between tide and moon that is so important for successful estuary fishing.

No experience is required, all bait and tackle is supplied, and our experienced guides will show the novice angler the right technique to catch the best fish.


 Half Day Share Charter from $95 per person 
Full Day Share Charter from $180 per person 

       Full Day Private Charter Available POA


Calm Water Estuary

All Tackle Sport Fishing is skippered by your guide Justin Gibbins, he has been a professional fishing guide for over 20 years in the Cairns area and also has a lifetime of fishing experience in our local waters. Very few people have spent as much time in Trinity Inlet and other local rivers.

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FULL DAY ESTUARY – $180 P/P.          HALF DAY ESTUARY – $95 P/P

FULL DAY RIVER – $220 P/P (See below for details.)


Our local harbour (Trinity Inlet) offers some of the best Sportfishing opportunities imaginable at certain times of the year. To begin your trip you will gather live bait which is done with a castnet. Live bait consists of prawns,herring,mullet and sardines. This is generally a fairly quick exercise. After bait has been gathered it’s time for the fun to begin. Just sit back and relax and let’s find a suitable location to start with careful consideration to the tidal and prevailing wind conditions on the day.

Justin encourages catch and release, however, if you want to take your catch it will be cleaned and iced ready for consumption. Different species of fish have different size limits, however your guide is up to date with this matter.

With over 90 km of waterway at our door don’t forget to bring a camera and hat as you never know when you will see a saltwater crocodile sunning itself or even some of the amazing birdlife.

Full day Estuary: The same as the half day trip, but we return to the Marlin Marina at 12 pm for a short break. Clients can go and dine at one of the numerous cafes along the waterfront for approximately 1 hour and then it’s back on the boat to continue the afternoon session.


All river fishing trips are limited to a maximum of 4 unless prior arrangements have been made

You begin your day at approximately 630 am with a pickup from city accomodation (via arrangement) then drive south of the city making your way towards The Mulgrave/Russell (Johnstone/Mourilyan harbour) rivers. Spectacular scenery is just the beginning as you venture along the highway to your destination. Upon arrival it’s time to stretch your legs and the boat is launched. Bait gathering is the next job. Live sardines/herring/mullet and occasionally prawns.

Depending on the time of year will determine what our target species will be. Our tropical fish species are seasonal and the catch can vary. Cold drinks/ tea and coffee are available on all trips and lunch is provided on full day river fishing trips.

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Fish Tales Charters

Calm Water Estuary


The open waters, creeks and deep channels of the Cairns Estuary System are a paradise for anglers and fishermen alike. Cairns-Trinity Inlet is a State Marine Park, this natural habitat has numerous deep holes, mudflats, snags, and drop-offs making it a great location to catch a variety of fish species.

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Half Day – Morning       7:30am to 12:00pm.  $95 per person

Half Day – Afternoon    1:00pm to 5:30pm.  $95 per person

Full Day                         7.30am – 12.00pm then 1.00pm – 5.30pm.      $180 per person.

Please note there is no lunch supplied on this charter.

The Cairns Estuary area has over 100kms of waterways just at our backdoor, so let us show you our backyard.

Common species of fish caught when Fishing in Cairns Inlet are Fingermark, Mangrove Jack, Estuary Cod, Grunter (Javelin Fish), Salmon, Queen Fish (Queenies), GT’s (Trevally), Thread Fin Salmon, Bream, Mud Crabs and ‘Every Cairns fishermans dream’ … The Barramundi! Check out the photo gallery to see our happy customers with their catch, this could be you!

Fish Hunter FNQ

Calm Water Estuary


Come aboard a custom built sports fishing vessel and enjoy our scenic freshwater rainforest rivers and mangrove lined estuaries. Fish the Daintree, Johnstone and other rivers chasing our premier tropical sport fish, the Barramundi, along with many others!

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FULL DAY FISHING     $750  6:30am pickup   Max 2pax

Daintree River, Johnstone River, Russell/Mulgrave Rivers or Tinaroo Dam. The river location will depend on the time of year, weather and fishing conditions – however we can discuss your preferences and make recommendations upon booking. 

HALF DAY FISHING    $450   6:30-11:30am   or  12:30-5:30pm  Max 2pax

Lure & Fly Fishing in the Cairns Inlet targeting tropical fish species including: Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Trevally, Tarpon, Fingermark, Queenfish and a range of other salt water species.

Daintree River, Johnstone River, Russell/Mulgrave Rivers or Tinaroo Dam. 

The river location will depend on the time of year, weather and fishing conditions – however we can discuss your preferences and make recommendations upon booking.  Estimate a 1-2 hour drive.

Included in your day:

Transfers to/from your accommodation (Cairns area & Port Douglas)

Morning tea, lunch, softdrinks, tea & coffee

Quality fishing tackle ^

What to bring:

Wide brimmed hat




Lightweight, long sleeved clothing

Footwear (water friendly)

Insect repellent

^ All fishing gear supplied on a replace if lost or damaged basis.

* Charter transfer times may vary depending on availability and specific requirements.

Please note: complimentary food provided may contain gluten and dairy products.

Feel free to bring along a couple of canned beers, but no more than a 6 pack please.

Paradise Sportfishing Adventures

Calm Water Estuary

A charter with Paradise Sportfishing Adventures starts by catching live bait with a cast net along the edge of a tributary of Trinity Inlet Estuary. Live herrings and mullet are the best bait for catching predator species, mullet are great for Barramindi fishing Cairns inlet.

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Only $95 for a 1/2 day experience makes us the best value. Call for pricing on Full Day and Private Charters

If the tide is low enough you may see a crocodile basking in the sun along the banks of the Estuary.

Unlike deep sea and reef fishing at the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns, a day fishing Cairns Trinity Inlet is so close to the city. This means you will be baiting up very soon after boarding the vessel and will enjoy longer fishing times.

Great Day Fishing & Crabbing

Calm Water Estuary

A trip aboard Great Day offers visitors the thrill of fishing in Cairns, hauling in the famous live mud crabs and hard fighting tropical fish lurking in the calm waters of Cairns Trinity inlet.

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Price $95.00 per adult.      Child $75.00 and includes all levies, fees & taxes

Our twin hull aluminium vessel offers full canopy and toilet facilities especially designed for calm water cruises. Sit back and take in the magnificent views of Cairns mountain ranges, lush mangroves and tropical birds while enjoying the freshly prepared seafood.

Akoonah Angling

Calm Water Estuary

The mighty Barramundi is the sought after species in our northern estuaries and impoundments. Your guide will offer step-by-step tuition on precision casting with out Shimano Baitcasters so that you will be able to place that lure on that trophy Barra’s nose.

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Estuary Half Day $500 for the whole boat (max 5pax) Estuary Full Day $650 for the whole boat (max 5pax)

As well as lure casting you may get to sample a little live baiting fly casting, depending on conditions (BYO fly gear). Other species caught in the estuaries are Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Trevally and Queenfish, just to name a few.

All charters are all inclusive, everything from lunch (full day), cold drinks and snacks to transfers to and from your accommodation and even sunscreen and a hat if required.

Trinity Sports Fishing – Port Douglas

Calm Water Estuary

Morning,afternoon and evening trips are available on a daily basis all year around. Trinity Sportfishing knows the Dickson Inlet, Port Douglas very well, as we should for over 20 years it’s been our office we would like to think were experts on the fish and feeding habits of targeted species that inhabit the Estuary.

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Half Day Shared Tour Prices: (Bait fishing) Price: $130.00 per person     Maximum: 6 pax.   Minimum: 3 to run.   (Catch and release only)

Private Charter Rates: (Bait fishing) 1 person $450.00 – 2-3 people $550.00 – 4-6 people $660.00

Lure & Fly Private Tour Prices:   1 person $450.00. –  2-3 people $550.00

Private Night Charter Rates: (Bait fishing) 1 person $450.00 – 2 people $550.00 – 3 people $660.00

Times:   Morning Trip 8.00am – 12.30pm Afternoon Trip 1.30pm – 6.00pm Night Trip 6.30pm – 10.30pm (seasonal, weather permitting) (Note all pricing reflects half day or evening sessions)

Christian or James will always catch live bait to use for the fishing tour. The live bait is caught using a cast net at the beginning of the tour. The use of live and local baits ensures aggressive predatory fish.

Quality tackle is used as well as custom built sportfishing rods. Fish species regularly caught on Trinity Sportfishing Half Day Tours Port Douglas include: Barramundi, Fingermark, Mangrove Jack, Grunter, Queenfish, Cod, Tarpon, Salmon, Bream and Giant Trevally.

The vessel used by Trinity Sportfishing Port Douglas is a 6 metre Cairns Custom Craft, specifically built to allow 6 anglers to fish in comfort. The full canopy provides protection from the sun. The boat, “Jessie” is stable and has a very shallow draft, enabling access to all areas of the Inlet.

Private night charters are a great way to maximise your catch, any rod that bends means it’s yours or your friends to fight not someone your sharing the charter with. Some nights are better then others and best results are when the skipper can help you decide the best night for your availability.

Out’n’About Sportfishing – Port Douglas

Calm Estuary Fishing

Fish the Port Douglas estuary and pull in an elusive Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Tarpon, Blue Salmon or Queenfish. Your guide will be there to offer all their expertise and knowledge of the eco system that surrounds this amazing area. In addition to the great fishing, crocodile and bird spotting is a possibility too.

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Half Day Shared Charters – Estuary & In-shore Reef (2 – 6 people) – $120 per person.   8am – 12pm and 12:30pm – 4:30pm

 Half Day Private Charters – Estuary & In-shore Reef
 1-3 pax – $500,   4 pax – $550,   5 pax – $650,   6 pax – $720

Full Day Charters and Night Fishing also available upon request

Live bait, top quality gear, refreshments, insect repellent and wet weather gear is supplied.

Why not experience the thrill of fishing on one of Out n About’s popular sportfishing tours. In need of some ‘REEL THERAPY’ – Enjoy fishing on the fringing coastal reefs catching the famed Coral Trout, Nannygai and pelagic fish including Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Queenfish, Trevally and Tuna.

Out n About offers the opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy the regions beautiful surrounds while wetting a line. A great value tour and suitable for the novice or to the experienced angler, a must-do while visiting Port Douglas.

Daintree River Fishing – Daintree

Calm Water Estuary

Our calm water Fishing and Nature Tour targets barramundi, mangrove jack, fingermark, trevally and mudcrabs (when in season) whilst enjoying the wildlife and scenic beauty of the Daintree River.

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Estuary Fishing Share Charters

Half Day (4 hrs)    2-8 pax $120 pp

Full Day (8 hrs)    2-8 pax $240 pp

Night (4 hrs)         2-8 pax $120 pp

Minimum 2 people, Maximum 8. (Night tours available.)

Local guide, Dave Patterson, has over 29 years experience fishing and exploring the Daintree River, and specialises in fishing, nature and photographic tours.

Join Dave on his small group personalised calm water tours targetting a wide variety of fish species while enjoying the wildlife and scenic beauty of the mighty Daintree.

Cooktown Barra Charters

Calm Water Estuary

Cooktown Barra Charters give you the opportunity to the magnificent waters surrounding Cooktown. There is so much to offer in this spectacular part of the world. With a number of rivers to choose from, you’ll be onto the fish in no time. And Thomas offers so much more, including camping and hunting options.

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Run by Thomas Nevins, you’ll be catching fish in no time!​

  • River 2 Reef

  • Cooktown Adventure Camping

  • Scenic Tours

  • Hunting Trips

The weather in the tropics is always changing, Thomas will work with you to ensure that your party always has fun, regardless of tropical downpour, tradewinds, or impending cyclone. No two fishing charters are the same, we cater for clients who have come from the USA specifcially to target a particular species on saltwater fly rods, right through to kids that have never caught a fish before.