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Great Barrier Reef fishing is a fisherman's dream. This is an extensive guide to the best fishing off Cairns. Choose the fish you want to catch and there's a tour designed just for you.

There's Cairns Marlin Fishing, there's barramundi fishing, there's reef fishing…and the list goes on!

Whatever Cairns fishing charter you choose, you'll be sure to enjoy it.

Great Barrier Reef Fishing

Some fish that can be caught are: red emperor, coral trout, nannygai, spangled emperor, sweet-lip and fingermark.

Light tackle fish for Spanish mackerel, cobia, sailfish and giant trevally.

Fishing The Tropics

Full-day $220 per person.

Cairns Reef Fishing Tours depart from E finger, Marlin Marina, Cairns at 7.30 am and returns approximately 4.00 pm

The tours include morning tea, lunch, reef tax and all bait & tackle.

These fishing tours aren't recommended for children under 15 years.

BYO: Hat, Sunglasses, Alcohol.

Blackout Sports Fishing

$230 per person (Max: 3 anglers)

Leaves at 6:45am and returns approx. 4:00pm (Earlier departures are available upon request)

River Fishing

Cairns fishing boats

Fishing The Tropics

Full-day $185 per person.

This tour starts at approximately 7.30 am from your Cairns accommodation.

You'll be taken on a scenic drive either North to the Barron and Daintree Rivers,or south via the Mulgrave Valley to the Russell or Mulgrave Rivers.

They launch the boat and then go gathering live bait for you to use.

You're provided with morning tea and lunch and you can have them while fishing or take a break on the banks of the river. It's up to you!

If you're catching lots of fish, then keep on fishing!!!

At 4.00 pm they pack up and head back to Cairns where you'll arrive back at your accommodation by around 5.00 pm.

Includes: Pick up from your Cairns accommodation, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and bait & tackle.

BYO: Hat, Sunglasses, Alcohol.

Blackout Sports Fishing

You can choose where you want to fish. They go to the Daintree, Mulgrave, Russell and Johnson Rivers.

These rivers are surrounded by majestic mountainous rainforest and the only sounds you'll hear are the wildlife or the splashing of the fish fighting when you catch him.

Fish that you could catch include Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Finger Mark, Queenfish, Trevally and many more.

These Cairns Fishing tours leave at 6.45am and return around 5pm.

Maximum people: 3

$200 per person

Estuary Fishing

Trinity Inlet is in the heart of Cairns and there's some great fishing that can be had. The scenery is spectacular, and apart from all the fish that's swimming around, there's heaps of wildlife including all different kinds of birds and of course the saltwater crocodile!

The Inlet has about 50 species of fish swimming around in its waters, including the Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Trevally, Salmon, Grunter, Jew Fish, Fingermark and Gold Spot Cod. With these and many more species, you should be in for a great day of fishing.

Fishing The Tropics

Half day Fishing $95

Full day Fishing $170

Morning Estuary Fishing half-day tours leave from E finger, Marlin Marina at 7.30 am and return at 11.30 noon.

Afternoon Estuary Fishing half-day tours leave from E finger, Marlin Marina at 12.30 pm and return at 4.30 pm.

Both of these Cairns Fishing Tours can be combined into a full-day.

Tea, coffee, biscuits, soft drinks and cold water are provided, but lunch isn't included, so don't forget to take your own lunch if you plan a full day of fishing.

BYO: Hat, Sunglasses, Alcohol.

Gone Fishing Cairns

Shared Fishing Charters

Half day morning leaves at 7.30 and returns at midday. Cost $95 per person

Half day afternoon leaves at 1.00pm and returns at 5pm. Cost $95 per person.

Full Day - $180 Per Person

Sole Fishing Charters

If you prefer to have the boat to yourselves, then Gone Fishing Cairns can arrange it to suit your requirements. Up to 8 passengers.

Half day sole charters $600

Full day sole charters $1150

All tours offer free transfers from your accommodation.

Big Game Fishing (Blue Water)

Big game fishing off Cairns

Fishing for the big ones!

Cairns Marlin fishing is without a doubt, the best Marlin fishing in the world, and it was made famous by the actor, Lee Marvin.

There's other big game fish to be caught such as the sailfish, mahi mahi, tuna, wahoo, cob and giant trevally.

This is the ultimate in Great Barrier Reef Fishing!

Fishing The Tropics

Full-day $P.O.A.

Maximum people: 4

Full-day Blue Water Tours depart from E finger, Marlin Marina at 7.30 am and return at 4.00 pm.

Includes: morning tea, lunch, all bait & tackle, and reef tax.

BYO: Hat, Sunglasses, Alcohol.

These tours aren't recommended for children under 15 years.

Fish Tales

Blue Water Full Day Private Fishing Charter

Leaves at 6.30am and returns at 3.30pm

Maximum people: 4

$960 per person

Moana Charters

For the ultimate in private charter fishing, liveaboard a private charter boat!

This is 5 star accommodation, dining and fishing on a luxury charter boat.

They have day trips or 2-7 day trips, and you can also extend if you want.

Price On Application

Blue Water Fishing

So there you have it!

Just some of the Cairns Fishing Tours.

What a great way to spend a day.

I hope this list was enough to get you excited about fishing Cairns.

To all you fisherman out there, you really can catch a big one when you go Great Barrier Reef fishing!

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