Fishing the Tropics

Reef, River & Estuary Fishing

  • Local knowledgable guides
  • Rods & tackle included
Inc. all levies & taxes

Fishing the Tropics Info

Join Cairns Fishing Guides for some of the best light tackle sports fishing opportunities on the globe!

Cairns offers some of the best natural scenery and fishing conditions. The close proximity to the Reef and River Systems make Far North Queensland a fisherman's dream destination. With these factors in mind, Fishing The Tropics can customise their fishing charters to suit.

The huge variety of fish species inhabiting the Great Barrier Reef is astounding.

Fishing The Tropics locally built "Reef Runner 1" offers a fast and comfortable ride to inshore blue water reefs and wrecks. They use the latest high quality Shimano & Penn Reef Fishing outfits for an array of light tackle sports fishing including trolling, live-baiting, bottom fishing and high speed jigging.

Fish targeted include various Mackerel and Trevally species, Nannygai, Coral Trout, Red Emperor and Tuna.

The boat features full-shade canopy, padded seating, huge esky, toilet, stereo, killtanks, live-bait tanks and the latest electronic equipment.

Your full-day Cairns Reef Fishing tour includes:

  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Reef tax
  • Bait and tackle

For maximum enjoyment and personalised service, numbers of passengers are limited the to six, with two crew at all times on hand for reef fishing. Cairns Reef Fishing tours are not recommended for children under 14 years.

Depart from Cairns Marlin Marina at 7.00 am and return approximately 4.00 pm.

The local tidal river systems offer excellent river fishing. These rivers rise in the Northern Great Dividing Range and flow majestically through ancient rainforest up to 125 million years old. The physical and structural nature of their tidal flows, sand bars, rock holes, weed beds and gutters can yield some prime sportfish.

Seasonal conditions play a major part in the range of species available at any given time, with barramundi more active during the warmer months of September to March as they prepare for spawning.

Other target species at this time of year include Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Tarpon and Grunter.

The cooler months in Cairns are particularly good for Queenfish and the four species of Trevally encountered locally. In all, 20 or so species can be encountered.

Your full-day Cairns River Fishing tour includes:

  • Return Transfers
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch
  • Bait & tackle

ESTUARY FISHING: Max 6 Passengers
With over 90 kilometres of winding Cairns waterways to explore in, Fishing The Tropics guides will show you the best estuary locations available.

Trinity Inlet is surrounded by lush greenery, rainforest clad mountains, and one of the worlds most diverse and productive ecosystems.

Cairns Estuary Fishing tours begin with the gathering of live bait before moving up into Trinity Inlet, and its channels, gutters, creeks and open places. Actual fishing locations will be chosen based on prevailing Cairns weather and tidal conditions.

Species include the famous Barramundi, Mangrove jack and Trevally, Salmon, Grunter, Flathead, Fingermark and Gold Spot Cod to name just a few. In all, over 40 species of fish can be regularly caught in this magnificent Cairns Waterway.

No experience is required to travel on this Cairns Estuary Fishing Tour. All bait and tackle is supplied, and our experienced Cairns guides will show the novice angler the right technique to catch the best fish.

This charter is designed to cater for all ages and skill levels, and children are most welcome.

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

Afternoon Cairns Estuary Fishing half-day  tours depart E finger, Marlin Marina, Cairns at 12.30pm, return at 4.30pm.

The two trips can be combined into a full-day of  Cairns fishing if you wish.

Your half-day Cairns Estuary Fishing tour includes:

  • Light refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits, soft drinks and cold water) are provided
  • Bait & tackle
  • Transfers available upon request

BYO: Hat, Sunglasses, Alcohol.


  • Tour does not operate to the Reef in winds over 18 knots as it is not comfortable for the customers or and enjoyable day. 
  • All trips are subject to suitable weather conditions.

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