Cairns Estuary FISHING TOURS

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. 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!

The gear we supply is PENN 460 slammers reel on a 8-10 kg ugly stick with 10 kg mono fishing line. If you prefer you can bring along your own fishing gear.

Estuary Fishing Half/Full Day Share Charter (max 6 passengers)

Half Day – Morning

7.30am to 12.00pm

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$95 per person

Half Day – Afternoon

1.00pm to 5.30pm

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$95 per person

Full Day

7.30am to 12.00pm then 1.00pm to 5.30pm. Please note there is no lunch supplied on this charter.

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$180 per person

Transfers Fee may apply, arrangements to be made at the time of booking your fishing Charter.

*NOTE – The charter returns to our mooring at the Marlin Marina (located next to the Pier Shopping centre). We leave the decision for the next hour(ish) to you. Why not have lunch at The Pier Bar & Grill, or Mondos in front of the Hilton Hotel, then a refreshing swim in the Lagoon on the Cairns Esplanade, or maybe shopping in the The Pier Shopping Centre is more your style , the choice is yours!! You will then be meeting at 12.00pm at the Cairns Marlin Marina as there is another 4½ hours of fishing to do!!!!

Private Estuary Fishing Charters

Morning Estuary Fishing Half Day

7.30am to 12.00pm

Up to 6 people for live bait fishing only

Up to 3 people for lure fishing only

A half day of saltwater fishing the open waters, creeks and deep channel of the Cairns Estuary System known as Trinity Inlet,
All rods and reels, all bait and tackle, lures/poppers and rods/reels are supplied along with cooled bottled water and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.

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$570

Afternoon Estuary Fishing Half Day

1:00pm to 5:30pm

Up to 6 people for live bait fishing only

Up to 3 people for lure fishing only

A half day of saltwater fishing the open waters, creeks and deep channel of the Cairns Estuary System known as Trinity Inlet,
All rods and reels, all bait and tackle, lures/poppers and rods/reels are supplied along with cooled bottled water and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.

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$570

Full Day Estuary Fishing

7:00am to 4:00pm

Up to 4 people for live bait fishing only

Up to 3 people for lure fishing only

This is a full day of fun, exploring and fishing in the open waters, creeks and deep channel of the Cairns Estuary System.
All rods and reels, all bait and tackle, lures/poppers and rods/reels are supplied along with a delicious lunch and cooled bottled water and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.

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$800

COMMONLY CAUGHT
ESTUARY FISH SPECIES

Barramundi

Lates calcerifer
Has a soft and delicate white flesh; size is generally to 150 cm and 60 kg. The minimum size limit of 58 cm to maximum size limit of 120 cm and has a closed season from 1st December to 1st February to allow for spawning. Starts life out living in Freshwater of rivers and creeks, then ventures downstream into estuaries and coastal shallows. They are well-known and sought-after for their aerobic abilities when hooked.

Estuary Cod

Epinephelus coioides

Commonly referred as `the coral trout of the estuaries`. The flesh is coarse yet creamy texture. Delicious table fish species. Size up to 180 cm and 100 kg, minimum size limit is 35 cm. Usually lives alone or in small groups, covering a variety of habitats from rivers and estuaries to offshore reefs. Commonly caught is the gold spot estuary cod and the black spot estuary cod

Fingermark (Golden Snapper)

Lutijanus johnii

Can grow up to 10 kg in weight. Live mainly around mangrove-lined estuaries, to the rocky headlands, but are mainly around the bottom of the snag. Has superb fighting ability and eating qualities. Has a distinctive finger mark on below anterior soft dorsal fin.

Mangrove Jacks

Lutjanus argentimaculatus

Can grow to 120 cm and 16 kg. Has a minimum size limit for 25 cm. The juveniles live in the mangrove estuaries then when matured they prefer the shelters inshore coral reefs. For the fisher person they have excellent fighting abilities, as well as being a good quality table fish.

Flathead

Platycephalidae

Size can be up to 120 cm and 15 kg. Highly-sort after for its SWEET yet small fillets. Bottom-dwelling fish of coastal bays & estuaries. Minimum size limit of 30 cm to 60 cm.

Black Jewfish

Protonibea diacanthus

Most common size to 150 cm but has a size limit of 45 cm to 120 cm. Can live on sand and mud from the Continent shelf to inshore coastal habitats and estuaries. Well regarded as an angling fish for its fighting abilities. Good quality eating fish.

Grunter

Pomodasys kaakan

Makes a characteristic `grunting` sound by grinding the teeth in the back of there throat. Can grow up to 70 cm and 5 kg. Has a minimum size limit of 30 cm. The flesh is firm with a distinctive flavour.

Blue Thread Fin

Eleutherioema tetradactylmn

Are distinctive coloured from silvery blue, to silvery white or yellowish-white in older fish. Has four pectoral filaments that are short and thick.Minimum size 40 cm. An excellent table fish

King Thread Fin

Polydactylusmacrochie

Known as a steam train due to there striking and running abilities. Minimum size 60 cm. There backs can be bluish-silver with whitish belly (during some seasons the belly surface is flushed with yellow)

Mud Crabs

Scylla serrata

Prefer muddy bottoms amongst the mangrove, in swallow water. Pots or dillies are the main method of capture but will take bait from line fishing. In Queensland, only male are taken, with a minimum measurement of 15 cm across the carapace. The cooked flesh is moist, flaky and sweet.

Trevally

Carangoldes gymnostethus

Can grow up to 170 cm and over 60 kg. Live mainly in schools. A sought after angling tropical fish for eating qualities yet the flesh quality can vary between species from pale & dry to dark & oily.

Queenfish

Scomberoides commersonnianus

They are vicious feeder and strong fighters. Often get schools in shallow water but generally alone. Can grow up to 120 cm and 14 kg. Target species for Sports Fishing. The larger ones are preferred to cook fresh.

Mon 6:30am–8:30pm
Tues 6:30am–8:30pm
Wed 6:30am–8:30pm
Thur 6:30am–8:30pm
Fri 6:30am–8:30pm
Sat 6:30am–8:30pm
Sun 6:30am–8:30pm

(07) 4045 0234

0418 194 517

1 Pierpoint Road, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Cairns City QLD 4870

PO Box 1309, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 4870

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