Cairns is the destination for many anglers who seek to catch a Black Marlin, and is known as the Black Marlin Capital of the World. With excellent estuaries, Great Barrier Reef, and Continental Shelf just off its shore, Cairns delivers many different options for fishing.
Fishing offshore Cairns for Black Marlin is best between September and December. Yellowfin Tuna are around all year long, and Dogtooth Tuna are thick the last half of the year. December through February are ideal for Blue Marlin and Sailfish, which also corresponds to the Mahi-mahi (Dolphinfish) and Wahoo season.
Reef fishing is excellent all year round with species like Coral Trout, Giant Trevally, Nannygai, Red Emperor, and Tricky Snapper, but the highlight is June through September. Near shore you can expect to catch Spanish and Spotted Mackerel.
The rivers and creeks around Cairns offers Blue Salmon, Flathead, Mangrove Jacks, Estuary Cod, Queenfish, and School Trevally. Barramundi are also found in this area and are most active during the breeding season between October and February.
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2017 Reef Closure Dates
1/20/2017 3:29:18 PM - The Coral Reef fin fish dates for 2017 are 17th October to 21st October and 15th to 19th November. All dates are inclusive. Closure dates are timed to coincide with the new mo
Chinese New Year Special
1/20/2017 3:29:18 PM - ~ SUNSET CRUISE ~ If you are looking for something to do that’s a little bit special this New Year look no further… Cairns Reef Fishing are running SUNSET Fishing cruises on t
2016 Cairns giant black marlin season on KEKOA
12/16/2016 9:01:14 AM - Another giant black marlin season has come to an end on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns on board KEKOA. As we moved away from the El Nino weather cycle that affected the Gr
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