The Day

Your Cairns Reef Fishing experience begins at Cairns’ Marlin Marina. The boats are berthed at D Finger (see the map on the Contact page) behind the Shangri La Hotel.

On the way out to the reef we may troll some lures. This can result in hook ups of large Dolphin fish, Mackerel, Wahoo, Sailfish, Marlin and different varieties of Tuna. We set the lures then hand the rod to you, so be ready for some reel screaming action! We will be right behind you offering encouragement and ready to help you safely land your fish.

Out at the reef we will be targeting Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Large and Small Mouth Nannygai, Sweet Lip, Cod, Trevally, GT’s and many other reef species. We will be generally fishing on the bottom or close to it and usually in 30 – 60 meters depth. We will also put out some surface baits targeting Mackeral or Cobia. Be warned that we expect to land fish up to 10kg or bigger so hang on!

A great day of fishing, a delicious lunch and maybe even a cold beer on the way home, it doesn’t get any better than that.

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Our Fishing Gear

A full range of quality fishing gear is provided, including new Fin Nor, Shimano and Penn reels as well as handlines for those who, like our crew, prefer this method. We hand make all our own rigs and are constantly updating our fishing methods and equipment. Our knowledgeable crew can also happily show you how to use all of the gear.

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