Smooth Water River Fishing

Your Smooth Water River Fishing adventures on 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`.

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River Fishing Full Day Share Charter

  • 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.
  • We supply all the top quality rods & PENN SLAMMERS reels,
  • all the bait (dead/live) & tackle,
  • cold bottles of water
  • tea/coffee,
  • a delicious lunch is provided
  • and your experienced fishing guide for the day.
  • This is a full day of fun, exploring and fishing.
  • Selection of fishing spots are decided upon on tides, their movements and target species.
  • Drop off in Cairns around 4.30 pm (app.).
  • We take a maximum of four people to the rivers for a Cairns Sportsfishing Adventure.
  • During May, June, July and August this can fish extremely well with Giant Queen Fish and Giant Trevally moving around the river system; using poppers and surface lures.
  • Moving into September, October, November and December target species may include Trevally, Queen Fish, Mangrove Jacks, Fingermark and the famous Barramundi for live/dead-bait fishing.

Full Day

6.30am to 4.30pm (app.)

Maximum of 4 people per charter.

Bait (live/dead) fishing.

  • Pick up from Cairns at 6.30 am (on confirmation the night before pick up point to be confirmed) for transportation to the Rivers approximately 40 kms south of Cairns.
  • Drop off in Cairns approximately 4.30 pm.
  • We supply 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 and to bring along sunglasses, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (cans only) are okay.
  • This is a full day of fun, exploring and fishing.
  • Require more information? Email us

$240 per person

River Fishing Full Day Private Charter

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 and or Giant Queenfish, live-bait fishing or dead bait fishing for Barramundi or a combination of all four; the day is tailored to your fishing needs & wants including target species for your Cairns Sportsfishing Adventures.

  • 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,
  • a delicious lunch,
  • transfers to and from Cairns Accommodation House
  • and you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide.
  • We ask you to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and wide brim hat
  • and to bring along your camera, sunscreen, raincoat, sunnies and a few beers (cans only) are OK.
  • This is a full day of fun, exploring and fishing!

Full Day

6.30am to 4.30pm (app.).

Maximum of 4 people per charter.

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

  • Pick up from Cairns at 6.30 am (on confirmation the night before pick up point to be confirmed) for transportation to the rivers approximately 40 kms south of Cairns.
  • Drop off in Cairns at approximately 4.30pm.
  • We supply all rods & PENN SLAMMERS reels,
  • all bait (dead/live) & tackle
  • including lures & poppers (supplied on basis if lost to be replaced),
  • a delicious lunch 
  • cooled bottled water,
  • an onboard esky & ice
  • you will be guided by our experienced fishing guide. 
  • We ask you to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt & wide brim hat and to bring along sunglasses, raincoat, sunscreen, camera and a few beers (cans only) are okay.
  • This is a day of fun, exploring and fishing!
  • Require more information? Email us

$960 for up to 4 people

COMMONLY CAUGHT
RIVER 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.

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.

Giant 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. Commonly called GT`s.

Queenfish aka Queenie

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.

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.

Tarpon

 Megalops cyprinoides

 

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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