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Fishing in and around Cairns: an angle for everyone

The Northern Queensland Coast is one roller-coaster ride of fabulous weather, romantic beaches, delicious food and adventure activities. The ocean forms the focal point of life in coastal Queensland, and hides many charms. With such a love of water, it is not surprising that fishing forms a popular pastime and passion for many in land awash with water – inland as well as coastal – whether it is calm water estuarine fishing, calm water river fishing, fly fishing, light tackle sports fishing, reef fishing, heavy tackle game fishing, or beaches and headland fishing. The area forms a paradise for all line lovers – the world’s largest ocean, the world’s largest living organism in the form of Great Barrier Reef, large freshwater rivers passing through undisturbed rainforests, large estuaries, isolated and undisturbed lakes, lagoons, bays and inlets with wharfs….everything you could imagine or want. And the range of fish available brings a delight to the gastronomically inclined as well.

The wonderful climate of Cairns ensures that the fishing season lasts throughout the year. The dozens of popular species have their peak periods during different months. For example, in the game fishing circles, while Black Marlin is mainly found from September to December, Blue Marlin is available from December to March. Before getting down to fishing proper it is very essential to know what it is that you want to do. Fishing can be a frustratingly unrewarding experience at times, and different types of fish require different styles and different tackle.

Not all are trained for or are capable of big game fishing, although there are enough opportunities here for the widest ranges of experience, or lack thereof! Those who are fond of calm water estuary fishing can look forward to catching archer fish, barracuda, barramundi, batfish, catfish, dart, estuarine cod, flathead, salmon, tarpon or queenfish. Calm water river fishing can bring the prized barramundi, jungle perch, Saratoga or Black Bream. Light tackle sports, suitable for most enthusiasts, can bring prized catch of barracuda, black marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, Spanish and spotted mackerel and yellowfin tuna. Those who want to get a real taste of the reef might love the eternal favorite barracuda, cod, coral trout, nannygai, red emperor and turrum. For the real sportspeople, big fish await. You can chase the blue and black marlin, the mackerel tuna, northern bluefin tuna, striped marlin or the yellowfin tuna. As you can imagine, there are hundreds of varieties of fish occupying the ocean, and waterways in mainland Cairns. Just cast line - you may well find something pulling at the other end. Of course, there are numerous places where you can cast your net. Head north to the mighty Daintree river that gushes out in torrents during the rainy season.

It provices plenty of freshwater, vast tidal zones and mangrove ecosystems. So, in this wondrous region, you get your catch of both freshwater and marine fishes. Head to Port Douglas for more exciting locations. The Anzac park is popular as a family fishing point, along with the countless jetties and wharfs jutting into the tranquil waters. The Captain Cook Highway, one of the most charming routes in the world, hosts a myriad of fishing locations. Apart from that you could go to Yorkeys Knob, Barron River, Trinity Inlet, Kings Point, Lake Tinaroo, Russell-Mulgrave, Mission beach, Cooktown, Seisia and Princess Charlotte Bay. Fact is, the Cairns area is full of fishing possibilities. Anglers come here to get mesmerized, and they seldom leave disappointed. Disclaimer We take no responsibility for inaccuracy or omissions in the information provided, which is not intended as specific advice. Before relying on the material, you should obtain appropriate professional advice relevant to your individual circumstances to evaluate accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance of the information to your specific needs.


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