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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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There is a 41.8% catch rate for Black Marlin, based on 51 Black Marlin counted.
ENLARGE CAIRNS BLACK MARLIN COUNTS CHART
There is a 18.03% catch rate for Coral Trout, based on 22 Coral Trout counted.
ENLARGE CAIRNS CORAL TROUT COUNTS CHART
There is a 10.66% catch rate for Sailfish, based on 13 Sailfish counted.
ENLARGE CAIRNS SAILFISH COUNTS CHART
There is a 8.2% catch rate for Fingermark Bream, based on 10 Fingermark Bream counted.
ENLARGE CAIRNS FINGERMARK BREAM COUNTS CHART
There is a 4.92% catch rate for Two Spot Red Snapper, based on 6 Two Spot Red Snapper counted.
ENLARGE CAIRNS TWO SPOT RED SNAPPER COUNTS CHART
There is a 4.1% catch rate for Barramundi, based on 5 Barramundi counted.
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There is a 4.1% catch rate for Flounder, based on 5 Flounder counted.
ENLARGE CAIRNS FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART
There is a 1.64% catch rate for Bluespotted Trevally, based on 2 Bluespotted Trevally counted.
ENLARGE CAIRNS BLUESPOTTED TREVALLY COUNTS CHART
There is a 1.64% catch rate for Crimson Snapper, based on 2 Crimson Snapper counted.
ENLARGE CAIRNS CRIMSON SNAPPER COUNTS CHART
There is a 1.64% catch rate for Giant Trevally, based on 2 Giant Trevally counted.
ENLARGE CAIRNS GIANT TREVALLY COUNTS CHART
*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.
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Short Bill Black!
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