LURE & FLY FISHING – CHARTER OPTIONS
LURE & FLY FISHING – CHARTER OPTIONS
Lure and fly fishing in our magnificent jungle clad rivers and mangrove lined estuaries is the way to go. With the assistance of our experienced guides, you will be taken to the best fishing locations in Tropical North Queensland.
The mighty rainforest river, the Daintree, is just 1½ hours drive north of Cairns by comfortable airconditioned 4WD, and its near pristine waters offer the keen angler the chance to tangle with some quality fish. To the south some equally fishable rivers include the Russell, Mulgrave, and North & South Johnstone to name a few.
LURE & FLY FISHING CHARTERS - PRICING
Full Day Charters $550 - $750
Half Day Charters $300 - $450
One to two anglers recommended
Fish Hunter FNQ Book Now…
Lure & Fly Fishing – from Cairns
Fish Hunter FNQ, 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!
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. Estimate a 1-2 hour drive.
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.
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)
^ 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.
Uncanny Angler Fishing Charters Book Now…
Lure & Fly Fishing – from Cairn
Come aboard the Uncanny Angler as we explore the upper reaches of some of North Queensland’s most pristine rivers. Spend the day drifting these wonderful waterways, casting a well placed lure up under an overhanging tree or into a eddy looking for that exhilarating strike.
FULL DAY PRIVATE CHARTER $550 6:30am pickup Max 2 pax
The waters boast a range of hard fighting predator species, including the Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Tarpon, Jungle Perch and Sooty Grunter. All of these fish offer adrenalin pumping action on light tackle, enjoy watching the strikes happen, and sight fishing at its best for both Lure & Fly fisherman. The Russell/Mulgrave systems, the North and South Johnstone, the Tully and Murray Rivers, along with the few creeks, like the Liverpool and Babinda Creeks. All offer brilliant fishing on their day.
Fly fishing the tropics is an experience you will not forget. Try your hand at landing some these tough fighting fish, sight casting these hard hitting species is a tonic for the soul. We suggest you bring your own gear for this personalised activity.
The day will begin with a 6:30am pick-up from your local accommodation, we’ll drive to the river of choice to begin our day. Depending on the tides we will either fish the lower reaches or head straight up to the skinny water. The drift will then begin, floating past snags, back eddies, and deeper holes, testing your skill in putting the lure on the spot, enticing a strike. Lunch and morning tea are included, and we will leave the river around 3:00pm. While this style of fishing is catch and release, you are welcome to take home a Barra (in season) or Jack.
Daintree River Fishing – Daintree Book NOW…
Lure & Fly Fishing – from Daintree
Local guide, Dave Patterson, has over 29 years experience fishing and exploring the Daintree River, and specialises in fishing, nature and photographic tours. Fish the pristine Daintree, in glorious surrounding, and land your dream fish with Dave.
Half Day (4 hrs) 1-2 pax $400 Full Day (8 hrs) 1-2 pax $800
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.
Have the boat to yourself with Dave as your guide. Small group half day and full day sole charters for up to 8 people. Recommended for fly or lure fishermen, birdwatchers and nature photographers. Itineraries and times to suit your schedule.
Gone Fishing – Cooktown
Lure & Fly Fishing – from Cooktown
Fish the upper reaches of the Endeavour, Annan and McIvor rivers with a nice 3-5 weight outfit for species such as jungle perch and sooty grunter. Enjoy a cooling swim in a ‘croc-free’ environment where you can lie back and enjoy the flora and fauna of the area.
Share Charter – prices per person Number of people Half day Full day 1 $230 $460 2 – 4 $115 $230 Sole Charter POA
Lure and fly fishing is one of the most exciting methods here in the tropics and allows you to cover a variety of different angling situations. This style of fishing is generally aimed at the intermediate or advanced angler but if you’re a newcomer to the sport we are happy to teach you and have you competent in no time. Learn a variety of ‘retrieve’ styles and how to get the best out of your lures and soft plastics in a multitude of scenarios.
We also cater for the ‘Popper” fisherman who like to target the big GT’s and oversize queenfish that inhabit our local reefs and headlands. Always good fun trying to land them on baitcasters and small eggbeater outfits, but not recommended for the faint-hearted.
Fish the upper reaches of the Endeavour, Annan and McIvor rivers with a nice 3-5 weight outfit for species such as jungle perch and sooty grunter. Enjoy a cooling swim in a ‘croc-free’ environment where you can lie back and enjoy the flora and fauna of the area. The fish here may not grow huge but on the relative tackle and the sheer beauty of the places you’ll be visiting, you’ll have a ball.
Once you start coming down into the lower reaches things change dramatically. It may be time to put away the 5 weight and get out the 7-9 weight. All of a sudden the number of species you can target increase. Barra and Jacks around the snags (fly placement is the key factor here). Fish the deeper holes for queenies, trevally and tarpon which I reckon are made for the fly rodder. Then try manouvering around the flats by electric motor and sight-fishing for species such as Barra, Giant Herring, Milkfish, Permit, Queenfish, Trevally and the elusive Bonefish.
Copperlode Fish & Kayak Book NOW…
Lure & Fly Fishing – from Cairns
Catch one of the giant Barramundi and sooty grunter that are stocked in Copperlode Dam. Captain Kim has over 20 years experience targeting barramundi, and is sure to put you onto the fish of a lifetime.
Fully Guided Tours
Full Day $700. Half Day $350
For the serious Fisho. Spend a full 8 hours casting and trolling, targeting the majestic barramundi. Fish in comfort from our fully electric boat “Swamp Donkey”. Capt. Kim has over 20 years experience as a barramundi guide, and is sure to put you onto a fish of a lifetime!
Copperlode Dam has been stocked with bony bream, barramundi, sooty grunter, archerfish, sleepy cod, eel-tailed catfish and mangrove jack. the dam was essentially used by DPI as a trial fish stocking pond. The sooty grunter were apparently first stocked there by a fisheries biologist in the late 1970’s. Archerfish, sleepy cod, bony bream and catfish were stocked by DPI staff in the early 1980’s, and then more sooty grunter & barramundi in the early 1990’s, with significant stocking of this species ongoing from then.
A total of 3,980 mangrove jack were stocked there in December 1998 and June 1999 by DPI staff as part of a trial to test their suitability for other freshwater impoundments. All of the above-mentioned species have established breeding populations with the exception of barramundi, mangrove jack. Barramundi and mangrove jack cannot breed in freshwater and although sooty grunter can breed in freshwater it is uncertain if the feeder creeks can support spawning.
A restocking program commenced in late 2016, with Barramundi fingerlings being released into the dam regularly since then.
Hook-A-Barra – Daintree
Lure & Fly Fishing – Wonga Beach – Pond Fishing
Hook-A-Barra fishing adventures at Wonga Beach in the Daintree is the place to try your hand at landing a Barramundi or Mangrove Jack, there’s even the chance to catch a stunning albino specimen. The pond is filled with the best salt water sourced from the Daintree River and stocked with over 1,500 Barramundi (including albinos) and Mangrove Jack.
This is an ideal option for all ages to get a taste of fishing in the far north, with easy access to the waters edge (no Crocs here), suitable for wheel chair access as well.
Catch & Release $55 per person*, per hour. You have the option to purchase your fish at an additional $14 per kilo. *Please note children who are fishing independently with their own rod (aged 5-10) are $45 each. Smaller children (under the age of 5) who are accompanying paying fishing adults are free. Non-fishing guests are $10.00 general admission entry, which includes full use of facilities and entry to our viewing tanks. Catch and release fishing includes all equipment, tackle and bait and instruction on how to catch a Barramundi.
Daintree Saltwater Barramundi Fish Farms have won multiple awards at the Sydney Fine Food Show for their fish, so you can expect your Barramundi to deliver a fine dining experience. You can also purchase fillets on site.
Hook-a-Barra is the recreational side of Daintree Saltwater Barramundi Fish Farms, who have been producing Australia’s best hand-reared Barramundi for over a decade. This is sustainable fishing at its best! Don’t deplete Australia’s limited wild stock, practise your lure and land techniques at Hook-A-Barra.
These are farmed Barramundi, but anglers won’t be disappointed with their fight. They are wild creatures and will behave exactly the same as those living in rivers. Our fish are not trained to jump on your hook. Your technique is very important.
For beginners, guidance is provided by experienced staff. For experienced anglers (who may be skeptical about ‘fishing in a pond’), this is your chance to practise your Barramundi catch and land techniques and try new lures and equipment. NB: For your safety and ours, there are no treble hooks allowed at Hook-A-Barra, we use single, barbless hooks only.
Hook-A-Barra also caters to Barramundi fly-fishers. BYO rods and tackle. See more…
Nomad Sportfishing Adventures
Lure & Fly Fishing – from Cairns
Nomad Sportfishing has a long history of providing pioneering and unique mothership trips to fish some of the world’s most remote reefs. Our 80ft mothership and years of experience allow us to access places that nobody else can get to.
When do we fish the Ribbon Reefs? The Ribbon Reefs provide excellent year round fishing, and we access the area as part of our Coral Sea Lagoon Explorer trips , offering 3 and 4 day packages, starting at $3100/person + flights ex Cairns.
Nomad Sportfishing Extended Mothership Charters start at $2950pp + transfers ex Cairns. We can customise dates for whole boat bookings, or we cater for individuals or smaller groups to join one of our scheduled trips. Odyssey can accommodate up to 12 anglers. Nomad Gameboat day trips ex Port Douglas start at $2400/day for the boat which can be shared between 4-5 anglers. Just get in touch with us and we’ll get you on the water in no time.
The Iconic Far northern Great Barrier Reef – A Sportfishing Paradise
- Excellent GT fishing
- Light tackle lurecasting the reef flats for Groupers, Red Bass, Emperors, and much more
- Micro jigging and soft plastic fishing the reefs is spectacular
- Big Spanish Mackerel trolling the reef edges
- Great reef fishing for Coral Trout, Emperor and other reef fish
- Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and Dogtooth are possible on the outside edge of the reef
- Accessed on a Mothership Drive out trip
Ribbon Reef Location Information
The Ribbon Reefs were the scene of the iconic and groundbreaking video by Malcolm Florence titled “The Great Reef Exploration”, filmed in the late 1970’s. Back in the seventies, this area was considered the ultimate in remote Sportfishing locations – incredibly remote, pristine reefs that could only be accessed by large vessels with significant fuel capacity.
Not much has changed really….And the fishing is just as good as it ever was. It’s still very remote, and rarely fished.
The Ribbon Reefs are famous for the incredible fishing for giant black marlin, and this 100 mile stretch of reef is the single best place in the world to catch giant black marlin. But it’s not just marlin that find these waters incredibly appealing. This stretch of reef is home to a massive variety of species, with big GTs, yellowfin, coral trout, red bass, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, sailfish and many other species calling this place home. So no matter what bluewater species you want to catch, the Ribbon Reefs offer an amazing fishing experience
Heli Tours North Queensland
Lure & Fly Fishing – from Cairns
Flying west from Cairns we intersect the Mitchell River. This mighty river starts on the Atherton Tablelands, flowing 750km north-west across Cape York to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Along the way, it carves through the rugged highlands of the Great Diving Range. Monsoonal rains swell the river during the summer months.
An Australian experience like no other. There is just one word to describe this experience with Helitours North Queensland and that is unique. Highlights include: Cairns, Mitchell River, Fishing and the Mt Mulgrave Homestead.
- Approx 6hrs
- * Based on 4 PaxThis tour departs from Cairns. Return transfers available from Port Douglas: $49 per person.
Tracking the river, we land at our “secret fishing spot” where we set up on the banks of the Mitchell, before rigging a couple of fishing lines. While we cannot guarantee you will catch a fish, let’s just say that we will be very surprised if you don’t. The river is teaming with Barramundi, not only a great fish to catch, but also fantastic eating as well. Lunch is served on the banks of the Mitchell.
Cape York Peninsula Fishing – Seisia
Lure & Fly Fishing – Seisia, Cape York
Cape York Peninsula Fishing offers a variety of fishing opportunities. Open blue water, vast river systems, coral reefs, rocky headlands, sand flats, swamps and billabongs hold a wide number of fish species.
Full Day $920 Half Day $550 (Max 4pax)
Welcome to Cape York! This is a great part of the world for fishing, crabbing, croc spotting, camping, exploring, Four Wheel driving, relaxing, bird watching, hunting or whatever your choice of remote activities may be. Just ask us and we can help you get the most out of your time in Cape York. Cape York Peninsula Fishing is hosted by the owner/operator Jay Arnold.
Depending on the length of your fishing adventure, charters consist of fishing areas from Virlya Point (West Coast of Cape York) to Cairns Cross Islands (East Coast of Cape York). This includes all angles of fishing.
Fish Species Fish regularly caught are: Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Finger Mark, GT, Jew Fish, Mackerel, Queen Fish, Coral Trout, Cod, Bream, Spangled Emperor, Red Emperor, Cobia, Queensland Groper, Grunter, Parrot Fish, Nannygai, Tuna, Sharks and many other species.
Wild Life and Aquatic animals During hunting your targeted fish species, various wild life and aquatic animals can be sighted. Migrating birds, Dingoes, Crocs, Wallabies, Dugongs, Turtles and assorted Rays are few of the regulars.
Roko Island Fishing Charters – Seisia
Lure & Fly Fishing – Seisia, Cape York
What makes Cape York the perfect fishing holiday destination is it’s diversity. You could be in the estuaries chasing the elusive Barramundi, just to find yourself minutes later pulling a Spanish Mackerel in the Blue waters!
Available Charters 4 days / 5 nights Cape York Sport Fishing Experience for 4 persons $2145/person 6 days / 7 nights Cape York Sport Fishing Experience for 4 persons $3091/person 4 days / 5 nights Cape York Sport Fishing Experience for 6 persons $2431/person 6 days / 7 nights Cape York Sport Fishing Experience for 6 persons $3520/person
- Smaller or larger groups OK, and day charters available, call us for more info.
- Full days of fishing (8 hours minimum)
- Accommodation in Roko Island’s Eco Tents
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included (alcoholic drinks can be purchased and organized in advance)
- Fully qualified skipper / fishing guide
- “Madfish” our 7m Custom built Haines Hunter powered by a 175hp 4 stroke Suzuki
- Fishing gear and tackle can be provided at no extra cost (*conditions applies) but we highly recommend that you bring your own equipment and tackle.
CY Fishing Charters – Seisa
Lure & Fly Fishing – Seisia, Cape York
CY Fishing Charters just happens to be located right in the middle of some of Australia’s best fishing waters. We understand that not everyone has the time for an extended fishing adventure but you would love to get a ‘taste’ of what it’s like to fish our amazing waters.
CY Fishing Charters Offer a wide range of fishing experiences
TASTE ADVENTURE: DAY FISHING CHARTER ESCAPE ADVENTURE: 1 DAY 2 NIGHTS CAPE YORK GETAWAY ADVENTURE: 4 DAYS 5 NIGHTS CAPE YORK ABSOLUTE ADVENTURE: 5 DAYS 6 NIGHTS OR 6 DAYS 7 NIGHTS CAPE YORK POA Give us a call now.
We have all the fishing gear that you need and our island chef will have prepared you a delicious lunch. If you have any of your own fishing gear that you wanted to use your more than welcome to bring your own. We believe in sustainable fishing practices where we offer you an opportunity to catch some of Australia’s best eating fish for dinner not an opportunity to fill your freezer. It is our hope that the evening of your fishing charter you will be eating a beautiful fresh fish dinner that you caught with us.
There are a number of combinations to how we can make this day work for you so please contact us to learn more.
We understand that not everyone has the time for an extended fishing adventure but a ‘taste’ is just not enough. You have been looking at the magical waters of the Cape York long enough… It is time to leave your car behind for a couple of days and let us spoil you with some of northern Australia’s best fishing and food.
Our Escape Adventure options are perfect for those looking to indeed escape the mainland and forget about life for a couple of days. The escape adventure package starts at two nights but we can extended to as many as four nights.
Depending on where you are coming from we will pick you up and drop you back after your Escape Adventure on Albany Island with CY Fishing Charters. All of your fishing equipment is included in the exchange adventure if you have some of your own gear that you wish to test against the North’s best sports fish you are more than welcome to bring along.
Every meal whilst with us is repaired by our resident chef who takes delight in exceeding your culinary expectations. Our meals are not complicated they are delicious and made with the ingredients of Far North Queensland primary producers.
It is not all about fishing at Albany Island there are some incredible bush and beach walking trails. We can also organise some seafood cooking classes using ingredients that you have collected like oysters/mud crabs or maybe even a crayfish or two.
There are a number of combinations as to how we can make this day work for you so please contact us to learn more.
So you have a couple of days free and you want to have a crack at the tropical sports fish of the Cape York Peninsula. Depending on your starting point we can have you out the door of your home in the early morning and sitting on the beach at Albany Island that afternoon having a beer.
We don’t believe in wasting fishing time travelling so we recommend you arrive the afternoon before your getaway adventure starts and depart the morning after your getaway adventure finishes.
Depending on your numbers we can configure the accommodation to suit your needs.
Our Absolute Adventure packages are designed for those that love to fish and disconnect from the world. The fishing potential around Albany Island is almost unlimited… A fish of a lifetime is often only a subtle variation in your cast action and retrieval away. That thing you learnt from the day before where just as the GT smashes your popper you pause and then strike.
Over your week stay with us on the Absolute Adventure package we will spend as much time as possible refining your skills to perfectly target our tropical sports fish. Our guides are certainly not righteous in that they know that there is a lot of things that they can learn off you as well. With five or six days up your sleeve you have time to experiment and indeed time to learn.