Cairns River Fishing

Your Cairns River Fishing adventures on the smooth waters of the Mulgrave and Russell Rivers and Mutchero Inlet. The day begins in the shadows of Mountains and takes you through Rainforest covered Russell River National Park; the rivers start out as freshwater but turn to saltwater as it moves closer to the mouth, before finally entering the ocean and flowing out to the Great Barrier Reef.

The Russell & Mulgrave Rivers and Mutchero Inlet is approximately 40kms South of Cairns, along the Bruce Highway in Far North Queensland, Australia is lesser known yet is nestled under Queensland’s highest mountain, Mt Bartle Frere. It has premier sport fishing on offer, from bait to lure to fly-fishing.

Why not come and join a Smooth Water River Fishing Charter for the experience of the REAL Tropical Far North Queensland fishing charter.

On all our river fishing charters we supply the following gear PENN 460 slammer 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.

On our popper fishing charters we supply is PENN 360 slammer reel on a Shimano raider rod with 10 kg braid fishing line.

The land and waters of Goldborough Valley are the traditional country of the `Dulabed malanbarra Yidinji speaking clan`. They called the Mulgrave River `Bana Baddi`.

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

Cairns River Fishing

Share Charter

Your Cairns River Fishing Charter is conducted on the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers and Mutchero Inlet (app. 40kms South of Cairns).

Whether it is a day of lure fishing for Mangrove Jack,

or a day of popper fishing for Giant Trevally 

or lure fishing for Giant Queenfish,

or live-bait fishing for Fingermark,

or dead bait fishing for Barramundi.Selection of fishing spots maybe be choosen upon tidal movement, weather conditions as well as taking into account your fish target species for your Cairns River Fishing Charter. During the months of May, June, July and August this can fish extremely well with Giant Queenfish and Giant Trevally as well as Mangrove Jack, Fingermark and the famous Barramundi. This is a full day of fun, exploring and fishing!

Departure and Arrival details

  • Pick up around 6.30 am from Cairns, to which we transport everything including the vessel and trailer to the Mulgrave & Russell Rivers and Mutchero Inlet.
  • Drop off in Cairns around 4.30 pm (app.),

We supply on your fishing charter

  • All the top quality rods & PENN SLAMMERS reels,
  • All the bait (dead/live) & tackle,
  • Cold bottles of water,
  • A delicious lunch is provided
  • Esky with ice on-board,
  • and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide for the day.

We ask you to wear

  • Wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat.

We ask you to bring along

  • Your sunglasses, sunscreen, camera and or action camera and a few beers are okay (cans only).
  • Require more information? Email us

Full Day River Fishing

6.30am to 4.30pm (app.)

Maximum of 4 people per charter

Bait (live/dead) fishing and or Popper fishing

Your Cairns River Fishing Charter is a full day of fun, exploring and fishing on the river system of the Mulgrave and Russell Rivers and the Mutchero Inlet approximately 40 kms south of Cairns. This is a day of fun, exploring and fishing. Pick up from Cairns at 6.30 am (confirmation the night before, pick up point to be confirmed) for transportation. Drop of in Cairns 4.30 pm (app.)

We supply the following

  • All top quality rods & PENN SLAMMERS reels,
  • All bait (dead/live) & tackle,
  • Including lures/poppers (supplied on basis if lost to be repalced),
  • A delicious lunch,
  • Cold bottles of water,
  • 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

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

Require more information? Email us

$240 per person

Cairns River Fishing

Private Charter

FULL DAY RIVER FISHING

6.30 am to 4.30 pm (app.)

Up to 4 people lure/popper fishing

Up to 4 people bait (live/bait) fishing

 

Your Cairns River Fishing Charter is conducted on the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers and Mutchero Inlet (app. 40kms South of Cairns) with multi-fishing locations, spots, snags there is a multitude of fish species to catch.

Whether it is a day of lure fishing for Mangrove Jacks,

or a day of popper fishing for Giant Trevally

or using Surface Lures for Giant Queenfish

or  live-bait fishing for Fingermark

or dead bait fishing for Barramundithe day is tailored to include your fishing needs & wants including target species. This is a full day of fun, exploring and fishing!

We supply on all our river fishing charters

  • All top quality rods & PENN SLAMMERS reels,
  • All bait (dead/live) & tackle,
  • All lures & poppers (supplied on basis if lost to be replaced),
  • Cooled bottles of water & tea/coffee,
  • Esky with ice,
  • A delicious lunch,
  • Transfers to and from Cairns Accommodation House or re-organised pick up/drop off location,
  • and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.

We ask you to wear

  • Your long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat,

We ask you to bring along

  • your camera, sunscreen, raincoat, sunnies and a few beers (cans only) are OK.
  • Require more information? Email us

Full Day River Fishing

6.30am to 4.30pm (app.).

Maximum of 4 people per charter.

Bait (live/dead) fishing and/or lure/popper fishing

Your Cairns River Fishing Charter is conducted on the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers and Mutchero Inlet (app. 40kms South of Cairns) with multi-fishing locations, spots, snags there is a multitude of fish species to catch.

Whether it is a day of lure fishing for Mangrove Jacks,

or a day of popper fishing for Giant Trevally,

or using Surface Lures for Giant Queenfish,

or  live-bait fishing for Fingermark,

or dead bait fishing for Barramundithe day is tailored to include your fishing needs & wants including target species. This is a full day of fun, exploring and fishing!

We supply on all our river fishing charters

  • All top quality rods & PENN SLAMMERS reels,
  • All bait (dead/live) & tackle,
  • All lures & poppers (supplied on basis if lost to be replaced),
  • Cooled bottles of water & tea/coffee,
  • Esky with ice,
  • A delicious lunch,
  • Transfers to and from Cairns Accommodation House or re-organised pick up/drop off location,
  • and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.

We ask you to wear

  • Your long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat,

We ask you to bring along

  • your camera, sunscreen, raincoat, sunnies and a few beers (cans only) are OK.
  • Require more information? Email us

$960 for up to 4 people

COMMONLY CAUGHT
RIVER FISH SPECIES

Fish Tales Charters Guided River Fishing on the Mulgrave & Russell Rivers and Mutchero Inlet

Barramundi

Lates calcerifer
Barramundi also known 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.

Fish Tales Charters Guided River Fishing on the Mulgrave & Russell Rivers and Mutchero Inlet

Blackspotted 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.

Fish Tales Charters Guided River Fishing on the Mulgrave & Russell Rivers and Mutchero Inlet

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.

Fish Tales Charters Cairns Sportsfishing Adventures Estuary River and Reef Fishing

Fingermark

Lutijanus johnii

Fingermark maybe known as Golden snapper. 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 excellent eating qualities. Has a distinctive finger mark on below anterior soft dorsal fin.

Fish Tales Charters Guided River Fishing on the Mulgrave & Russell Rivers and Mutchero Inlet

Giant Queenfish

 Steph and her Queenfish

Scomberoides commersonnianus
Queenfish also called 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. Target species for Sports Fishing, the larger ones are preferred to cook fresh.

Giant Trevally

Carangoldes gymnostethus

Giant Trevally may also be called a GT. 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. Commonly called GT`s.

Fish Tales Charters Cairns River fishing on the Mulgrave & Russell Rivers and Mutchero Inlet.

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.

 

Fish Tales Charters Guided River Fishing on the Mulgrave & Russell Rivers and Mutchero Inlet

Goldspotted 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.

Fish Tales Charters Cairns River fishing on the Mulgrave & Russell Rivers and Mutchero Inlet.

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.

Fish Tales Charters Guided River Fishing on the Mulgrave & Russell Rivers and Mutchero Inlet

Mudcrab

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!

River fishing on the Mulgrave and Russell River and Mutchero Inlet

Tarpon

Megalops cyprinoides
Tarpon also known as 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 fighting abilities. Make a note, Tarpon (Oxeye Herring) will jump and then throw the hook (as they have the hardest mouths). Not recommended as a table fish however they make the ultimate sportsfish species.

Fish Tales Charters Cairns

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.

© Fish Tales 2017
Handy Links:  Weather  |  Sea Info  |  Fishing Limits