Cairns Estuary

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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 fisherman’s 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 2020 to 11:59 pm 31st January 2021. It is prohibited to deliberately 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

 

Protonibea diacanthus
Cairns Estuary Fishing for Mangrove Jack

CAIRNS ESTUARY FISHING

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

Morning Fishing Charter

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 by our experienced fishing guide before moving up into the estuary of Trinity Inlet, Cairns. Actual fishing locations maybe chosen based on prevailing weather and tidal conditions. We ask you to met at the Cairns Marlin Marina on Finger D berth 2 at 7.00 am.

We supply the following

  • All top quality rods and PENN SLAMMER reels,
  • All bait (dead/live) and tackle,
  • Along with cooled bottled water
  • and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.

We ask you to wear

  • A long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat.

We ask you to bring along

  • Your sunnies, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (cans only) are okay.

Require more information? Email us

$120 per person

Afternoon Fishing Charter

From 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 by our experienced fishing guide before moving up into the estuary of Trinity Inlet, Cairns. Actual fishing locations maybe chosen based on prevailing weather and tidal conditions. We ask you to met at the Cairns Marlin Marina on Finger D berth 2 at 12.50 pm.

We supply the following

  • All top quality rods and PENN SLAMMERS reels,
  • all bait (dead/live) and tackle,
  • Along with cooled bottled water
  • and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.

We ask you to wear

  • A long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat.

We ask you to bring along

  • Your sunnies, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (Cans only) are okay.

Require more information? Email us

$120 per person

Full Day Fishing Charter

From 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 by our experienced fishing guide before moving up into the estuary of Trinity Inlet, Cairns. Actual fishing locations maybe chosen based on prevailing weather and tidal conditions. On our full day estuary fishing charter the vessel comes back to the Cairns Marlin Marina for one hour. At the Pier Shopping Centre and along the Cairns Esplanade their are takeaway outlets and restaurants to organise lunch. Our morning fishing charter we ask you to meet at 7.00 am; our atfernoon fishing charter we ask you to meet at 12.50 pm, their is 4.5 hours of fishing to do!

We supply the following

  • All top quality rods and PENN SLAMMER reels,
  • All bait (dead/live) and tackle,
  • Along with cooled bottled water,
  • and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.

We ask you to wear

  • A long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat.

We ask you to bring along

  • Your 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!!

CAIRNS ESTUARY FISHING

PRIVATE CHARTERS

Morning Fishing Charter

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. Actual fishing locations maybe chosen based on prevailing weather and tidal conditions. For your live bait fishing charter, your charter will start with the gathering of live-bait via a cast net by your fishing guide before moving up into the Cairns estuary system. Met at the Cairns Marlin Marina on Finger D berth 2 at 7.00 am.

We supply the following

  • All top quality rods and PENN SLAMMERS reels,
  • All bait (dead/live) and tackle,
  • All lures/poppers (supplied on a replaced if lost basis),
  • Along with cooled bottled water and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.

We ask you to wear

  • A long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat.

We ask you to bring along

  • Your sunnies, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (cans only) are okay.

Require more information? Email us

$720

Afternoon Fishing Charter

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. Actual fishing locations maybe choosen based on prevaiing weather and tidal conditions. For live bait fishing charters, your charter will start with the gathering of live bait via a cast net by our experienced fishing guide before moving up into the Cairns estuary system. We ask you to met at the Cairns Marlin Marina on Finger D berth2 at 12.50 pm.

We supply on all our charters

  • All top quality rods and PENN SLAMMERS reels,
  • All bait (dead/live) and tackle,
  • All lures/poppers (lures & poppers supplied on the basis if lost to be replaced)
  • Along with cooled bottled water and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.

We ask you to wear

  • A long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat.

We ask you to bring along

  • Your sunglasses, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (cans only) are okay. 

Require more information? Email us

$720

Full Day Fishing Charter

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 also known as Trinity Inlet, Cairns. Actual fishing locations maybe choosen based on the prevaiing weather and tidal conditions. For live bait fishing your charter will start with the gathering of live bait via a cast net by our experienced fishing guide before moving up into the Cairns estuary system. For lure and or popper fishing charters are supply, NOTE these are supplied on the basis if lost or broken, these are to be replaced. We ask you to met at the Cairns Marlin Marina on Finger D berth 2 at 7.00 am.

We supply the following

  • All rods and PENN SLAMMER reels,
  • All bait (dead/live) and tackle,
  • All lures/poppers (supplied on basis if lost to be replaced basis),
  • Along with a delicious lunch,
  • Cooled bottled water and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.

We ask you to wear

  • A long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat.

We ask you to bring along the following

  • Your sunglasses, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (cans only) are okay. 

Require more information? Email us

$960

COMMONLY CAUGHT
ESTUARY FISH SPECIES

Barramundi fishing in Cairns, Australia

Barramundi

Lates calcerifer
Barramundi also referred to as a Barra. 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.

Black jewfish

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.

Black spotted Estuary Cod

Epinephelus malabaricus
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.

Blubber lip Bream

Blubberlip Bream

Plectorhinchus gibbosus

They feed on benthic crustaceans, fish and invertebrates. Juveniles found singly mimicking a dead leaf by drifting on their sides along sheltered sandy shorelines. Can grow up to 75 cm.

Guided estuary fishing in Trinity Inlet, Cairns

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.

Acanthopagrus australis

Bream

Acanthopagrus berda
Minimum take size length is 25 cm. Has grey/dark silver or dull olive-brown body with silver/brassy reflections while the upper body and bases of their scales are the darkest. Commonly found on the bottom of estuaries. They are an extremely slow growing fish.

Estuary fishing charter from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland for Fingermark

Dusky Flathead

Platycephalidae
Referred to as a `Flatty`. 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. A very slow growing fish species. Minimum size limit of 40 cm to 75 cm.

Estuary fishing charter from Cairns in Queensland for Fingermark

Fingermark

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.

Estuary fishing charter from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland for Fingermark

Giant Mud Crab

Scylla Serrata
Commonly called a Muddy. 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!

Estuary fishing for Gold Spot Estuary Cod in Trinity Inlet, Cairns

Gold spotted Estuary Cod

Epinephelus coincides
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.

Golden Trevally

Gnathanodon speciosus

Easily distinguished by its fleshy, rubbery lips and unqiue colouration ranging from bright yellow with black bars as a juvenile to golden-silvery colour as a adult.

Golden Trevally uses its protractile jaw to suck out prey from the sand/reef to consume a variety of fish, crustaceans and molluscs. Can grow up to 120 cm in length.

Pomadasys kakken

Grunter

Pomodasys kaakan

Maybe also known as a Javelin fish. 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.

Estuary fishing charter from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland for Fingermark

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.

Mangrove jack

Lutjanus argentimaculatus
Mangrove jack commonly referred to as a `Jack. 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.

Cairns Reef Fishing for Moses Perch

Moses Perch

Lutjanus russelli

Colouriation from whitish to silvery greyish-pink. Has a horizontally-elongated black spot on lateral line. Juveniles generally found in sheltered areas and estuaries. Minimum size is 25cm

Queenfish

Scomberoides commersonnianus
Known as a Queenie. 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.

Caranx ignoblis

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 and oily.

Tarpon

Megalops cyprinoides
May also be known as a Oxeye Herring. They are deep and skinny yet don`t let the silver fool you. While most species are around the 1 kilo mark, they can grow up to 2.5 kilos and be up to 60 cm in length. The reality is, Tarpon (Oxeye herring) are hard hitting with strong fight abilities. Make a note, Tarpon (Oxeye herring) will jump and then throw the hook. Not recommended as a table fish; they make the ultimate sports fish species.

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

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