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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
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Afternoon Estuary FishingMost Popular
From 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Full Day Estuary Fishing
From 7.30 am to 12.00 pm, then 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Morning Estuary Fishing
From 7.30 am to 12.00 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 (62)
1 - 5 of 62 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Had an ENJOYABLE morning

We did not know which charter to take. After making some phone calls decided to go to the tour shop downstairs. Was advise by the lady to take a half day charter with Darryl. Had an ENJOYABLE morning with Darryl. Loved the mangroves, loved the...More

Thank heidi6869
FishTales01, Owner at Fish Tales Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad you phoned and talked to us. Many thanks and so good to meet you. Cheers Darryl and Raewyn

Reviewed 5 August 2018
Group of friends Get Together

We organised a group of friends for a fishing charter with Darryl. Started with a half day charter. Had so much fun. Looked seeing the different fish species-Darryl showed us as we caught them. Interesting to see the mangrove jacks, while setting back enjoying the...More

Thank saundh004
FishTales01, Owner at Fish Tales Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Thank you for taking the time to place a review. A fishing charter is what you make it; we love to show our customers around or if you will to chill that is okay, however we are always up for target species. Thanks for choosing...More

Reviewed 28 July 2018
You just got to take the kids fishing!

We took our kids ranging from 4 to 12 years out for a fishing charter one morning. We had read some reviews on tripadvisor and decided to choose fish tales. Darryl was so kind and patient with the kids. Our kids bombarded him with loads...More

Thank ivank92018
FishTales01, Owner at Fish Tales Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Cheers mate and thumbs up to you for coming out with us to let us show you around our backyard. We consider our the little kids (and the big kids) are the future of fishing; showing them different fish species up close and personal is...More

Reviewed 5 July 2018
5 star all the way

We had a great morning fishing out with Darryl. He just knew what he was doing! with a big personally to match. Thanks for the great conversations.

Thank ksua975
FishTales01, Owner at Fish Tales Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2018

Thank you for your second review, we appreciate you taking the time. See you when next you are in Cairns. Your Hosts Darryl and Raewyn

Reviewed 21 June 2018
Had a great day!

Had a great day fishing with Darryl. Caught fingermark, mangrove jack, trevally, bream, estaury cod and queen fish. We will be back to try fishing on the Mulgrave river in a couple of months. Looking forward to it. Thanks Darryl.

Thank harder71
FishTales01, Owner at Fish Tales Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Thank you for choosing us for your estuary fishing charter. We love to hear our guests had a great time. Cheers Darryl and 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.