Cairns Estuary

FISHING

TOURS

The Cairns Estuary System of Trinity Inlet is made up of open waters, creeks and a deep channels; these have the making of 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.

Check out our fish gallery https://fishtales.com.au/fish-gallery/

Barramundi Closure

Throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to Barramundi from 12:01 am 1st November 2019 to 11:59 pm 31st January 2020.

It is prohibited to deliverately target Barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress may prevent a fish from spawning.

More information can be found https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/recreational/rules-regulations/closed-seasons-tidal-waters

 

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

Morning – Half Day

7.30am to 12.00pm

Maximum of 6 people per charter

Bait (live/dead) fishing

  • Your morning estuary fishing charter starts with the beginning of gathering live bait via a cast net before moving up into the estuary of Trinity Inlet, Cairns.
  • Actual fishing locations maybe chosen based on prevailing weather and tidal conditions.
  • All top quality rods and PENN SLAMMER reels, all bait (dead/live) and tackle are supplied along with cooled bottled water and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.
  • Met at the Cairns Marlin Marina on finger D berth 2 at 7.00 am.
  • We ask you to wear long sleeve cotton shirt & wide brim hat and to bring along sunnies, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (cans only) are Okay.
  • Require more information? Email us

$120 per person

Afternoon-Half Day

1.00pm to 5.30pm

Maximum of 6 people per charter

Bait (live/dead) fishing

  • Your afternoon estuary fishing charter starts with the beginning of gathering live bait via a cast net before moving up into the estuary of Trinity Inlet, Cairns.
  • Actual fishing locations maybe chosen based on prevailing weather and tidal conditions.
  • All top quality rods and PENN SLAMMERS reels, all bait (dead/live) and tackle are supplied along with cooled bottled water and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.
  • Met at the Cairns Marlin Marina on Finger D berth 2 at 12.50 pm.
  • We ask you to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat and to bring along sunnies, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (Cans only) are Okay.
  • Require more information? Email us

$120 per person

Full Day Estuary

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

Maximum of 6 people per charter.

Bait (live/dead) fishing

  • Both the morning and afternoon estuary fishing charter starts with the beginning of gathering of live bait via a cast net before moving up into the estuary of Trinity Inlet, Cairns.
  • Actual fishing locations maybe chosen based on prevailing weather and tidal conditions.
  • All top quality rods and PENN SLAMMER reels, all bait (dead/live) and tackle are supplied along with cooled bottled water and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.
  • Met at the Cairns Marlin Marina on finger D berth 2 at 7.00 am.
  • We ask you to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat and to bring along sunnies, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (cans only) are okay.
  • Require more information? Email us

$240 per person

  • Transfers Fee may apply, arrangements to be made at the time of booking your fishing Charter.
  • *NOTE – Your charter returns to our berth at the Marlin Marina (located next to the Pier Shopping centre/Shangrila Hotel).
  • We leave the decision for the next hour to you.
  • Why not have lunch at Tha Fish (fish & chips & salad), 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 12.50pm 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 bait (live/dead) fishing only

Up to 3 people for lure/popper fishing only

  • Your morning estuary fishing charter of saltwater fishing the open waters, creeks and deep channel of the Cairns Estuary System known as Trinity Inlet, Cairns.
  • All top quality rods and PENN SLAMMERS reels, all bait (dead/live) and tackle, lures/poppers (supplied on a replaced if lost basis) are supplied along with cooled bottled water and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.
  • Actual fishing locations maybe chosen based on prevailing weather and tidal conditions.
  • For live bait fishing your charter will start with the gathering of live bait via a cast net.
  • Met at the Cairns Marlin Marina on Finger D berth 2 at 7.00 am.
  • We ask you to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat and to bring along sunnies, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (cans only) are Okay. 
  • Require more information? Email us

$720

 

Afternoon Estuary Fishing Half Day

1:00pm to 5:30pm

Up to 6 people for bait (live/dead) fishing only

Up to 3 people for lure/popper fishing only

  • Your afternoon estuary fishing charter of saltwater fishing the open waters, creeks, and the deep channel of the Cairns Estuary System known as Trinity Inlet, Cairns. 
  • All top quality rods and PENN SLAMMERS reels, all bait (dead/live) and tackle, lures/poppers (lures & poppers supplied on the basis if lost to be replaced) are supplied along with cooled bottled water and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.
  • Actual fishing locations maybe chosen based on prevailing weather and tidal conditions.
  • For live bait fishing your charter will start with the gathering of live bait via a cast net.
  • Met at the Cairns Marlin Marina on finger D berth 2 at 12.50 pm.
  • We ask you to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat and to bring along sunnies, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (cans only) are Okay. 
  • Require more information? Email us

$720

 Full Day Estuary Fishing

7:00am to 4:00pm

Up to 4 people for bait (live/dead) fishing only

Up to 3 people for lure/popper fishing only

  • Your full day of estuary fishing of saltwater fishing the open waters, creeks and deep channel of the Cairns Estuary System.
  • All rods and PENN SLAMMER reels, all bait (dead/live) and tackle, lures/poppers (supplied on basis if lost to be replaced basis) are supplied along with a delicious lunch and cooled bottled water and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.
  • Actual fishing locations maybe chosen based on prevailing weather and tidal conditions.
  • For live bait fishing your charter will start with the gathering of live bait via a cast net.
  • Met at the Cairns Marlin Marina on Finger D berth 2 at 7.00 am.
  • We ask you to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat and to bring along sunnies, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (cans only) are Okay. 
  • Require more information? Email us

$960

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 38 cm to 120 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 spotted estuary cod and the black spotted estuary cod

Fingermark (Golden Snapper)

Lutijanus johnii

Can grow up to 10 kg in weight. Minimum size limit is 35 cm with a maximum of 5. 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 Jack

Lutjanus argentimaculatus

Can grow to 120 cm and 16 kg. Has a minimum size limit for 35 cm with a maximum of 5. 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 (Dusky)

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 40 cm to 75 cm.

Jewfish (Black)

Protonibea diacanthus

Most common size to 150 cm but has a size limit of 75 cm with a limit of 1. 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. Excellent quality eating fish.

Grunter also known as Javelin Fish

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 40 cm. The flesh is firm with a distinctive flavour.

Blue Threadfin

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 with a limit of 10. An excellent table fish

King Threadfin

Polydactylusmacrochie

Known as a steam train due to there striking and running abilities. Minimum size 65 cm. There backs can be bluish-silver with whitish belly (during some seasons the belly surface is flushed with yellow)

Giant 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; no take for females. Mud crab possession limit reduced to 7. The cooked flesh is moist, flaky and sweet. Or chilly mud crab!

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. Minimum take of 50 cm with a maximum of 5. 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

4 Victory Close,

Edmonton, Queensland, 4869, Australia.

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