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Cairns Estuary Fishing

  • Explore the beautiful waters of Trinity Inlet on a guided fishing adventure

  • Catch estuarine species like Grunter, Fingermark, and Blue Salmon

  • Watch for saltwater crocodiles as you cruise through Queensland’s rainforest

Cairns Estuary Fishing
From US$ 69.63
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Afternoon Estuary Fishing
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From 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm
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Morning Estuary Fishing
From 7.30 am to 12.00 pm
From US$ 417.79
Full Day Estuary Fishing
From 7.30 am to 12.00 pm, then 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm
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Go fishing in the smooth waters of Trinity Inlet during a half-day outing a professional guide. After a convenient hotel pickup, board a 19-foot (6-meter) flat-bottom boat called the River Rocket. Explore mangroves and watch for wildlife—including saltwater crocodiles—as you search for Grunter, Fingermark, Blue Salmon, Queen Fish, Thread Fin, and other local species. Enjoy all necessary gear included in the tour price.

What to Expect

Guided Fishing Adventures in the smooth waters of the Estuaries of Trinity Inlet, Cairns.
from the whole family,
the beginner or the adventurer.
We supply all Rods & PENN reels, all bait & tackle, cold drinks, plus our  experienced fishing guide.
We don`t just go fishing, we go exploring the mangrove-lined waterways and the rainforest for the vast bird life, the butterflies and the ever-present saltwater crocodiles.
Boarding for morning and full day charter starts at 7.00 am.
Boarding for afternoon starts at 12:50 pm.
Your vessel `River Rocket` is a Cairns build 6 metre flat bottom punt. With a carpet floor and a canopy running over 3/4 length of the vessel.
`River Rocket` is powered by the latest Suzuki 4 stroke 140 hp.
Your fishing charter starts from the Marlin Marina in front of the Pier shopping centre. Depending on tides and weather the first form of fishing is catching the live-bait via a cast net. Depending on target species and time of the year as well as tides live bait will include prawns, sardines and mullet. Your experienced fishing guide will choose fishing spots bearing in mind tides, weather and customer request for target species are always welcome.
Your fishing guide will teach you how to handle fish correctly as some have poison spikes, etc.; as well as advise if eatable otherwise catch and release will be practiced and the fish returned safely to the water.
Common tropical estuarine species caught are but not limited to.....Grunter (Javelin Fish), Fingermark, Blue Salmon, Queen Fish (Queenies), Thread Fin, Mangrove Jack, Estuary Cod, Bream, Flathead, Trevally, Hairtail, Tarpon, Mud Crabs and....The Prize catch a Barramundi, to name a few.
Please notify on board if you wish to `spot a croc` we will endeavour to locate a saltwater crocodile.
Half day morning from 7.30 am to 12.00 pm is available for a share charter or as a sole charter.
Half day afternoon from 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm is available for a share charter or as a sole charter.
Full day estuary fishing is available as a share charter from 7.30 am to 12.00 pm, then from 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm.
NOTE no lunch is provided, the vessel returns to the Marlin Marina in front of the Pier Shopping Centre on Finger D berth 2.
Full day sole (private) charter is available for up to 6 people from 7.00 am to 4.00 pm with a delicious lunch included.

Reviews (67)
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Reviewed yesterday
Enjoyed our charter

We love to get out on the water whenever we can. Recently we where in Cairns and we decided to take a charter with Darryl. We where not disappointed with our charter. Looked the tour that Darryl gave us around in the Inlet. Walked away...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Pholwrk
Reviewed 3 days ago
Did not matter that it was raining.

Our group had a good time while fishing with Darryl. Did not matter to us that it was raining and windy. Missed a barra by that much..... It was great to get out in the elements. Good to met you Darryl. Happy to come back...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Exolvo8
Reviewed 31 October 2018
Professional Business

Have been with Darryl a couple of time before, each time we have fun and enjoy ourselves. Whatever we get to Cairns, the first thing we organise is a fishing trip with Darryl. The fishing equipment is top class, the vessel is top class, other...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Travel25644402620
FishTales01, Owner at Fish Tales Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

Makes us so happy to hear you have a great time while on one our charters. Thanks for visiting us; call us when next you are in Cairns-love to have you back. Cheers Darryl and Raewyn

Reviewed 23 October 2018
Had a good time!!

We had a good time!! Recommended by tour desk at hotel. The morning fish was a good recommendation. Daryl was patient and kind hearted for us that know very little about fishing. We learned so much. Good to see different fish being caught. Thanks Daryl!More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 371tomyy
FishTales01, Owner at Fish Tales Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

Hi Tom, Thanks for taking the time to write a great review. One of goals out of each charter is to see how many different fish species can be caught. We love hearing that our customers have enjoyed themselves. Do come out again when next...More

Reviewed 19 October 2018
Recommended by our Accommodation

The staff at our accommodation recommended to take a estuary fishing charter in Trinity Inlet. The mangroves where interesting; many different birds to see; our group caught 8 different species of fish (can`t remember them all-trevally, fingermark, barramundi...); our fishing guide Darryl was accommodating, helpful,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank t0mh1966
FishTales01, Owner at Fish Tales Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

Hi Tom, Many thanks for taking one of our estuary fishing charters. We are so glad you enjoyed yourself! Come back next time and I am sure there are more stories to tell! Cheers Raewyn

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Jeanette R
15 July 2018|
Response from 349Don | Reviewed this property |
I went with Fish Tales Charters. Ring Darryl on 0422339089 for a great day out.