Cairns Fishing

Cairns Fishing

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.

Top Cairns Fishing Spots

Pixie Reef
4/26/2017 1:09:37 AM -

Batt Reef
10/4/2014 1:33:12 AM - Batt Reef

Vlasoff Reef
10/4/2014 1:43:09 AM - Vlasoff Reef

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Latest Cairns Fishing Reports

Reef Closures 2021-23
2/3/2021 11:56:47 PM - 2021 Reef Closure dates are 3 to 7 October and 2 to 6 November 2022 Reef Closure dates are 22 to 26 October and 21 to 25 November 2021 Reef Closure dates are 12 to 16 October

Short Bill Black!
11/3/2020 7:42:47 PM -

Great shot thanks Julian Pepperell!
11/3/2020 7:42:45 PM -

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Cairns Fishing Prediction

Optimal fishing activity will be between 7 - 11 AM on Sunday.

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data in Cairns, you should target one of the following top 6 species for this time of year:
  1. Barramundi - 27.27% Catch Rate

  2. Black Marlin - 22.73% Catch Rate
    Black Marlin

  3. Flounder - 13.64% Catch Rate

  4. Spanish Mackerel - 9.09% Catch Rate
    Spanish Mackerel

  5. Bluefish - 9.09% Catch Rate

  6. Giant Trevally - 4.55% Catch Rate
    Giant Trevally

  7. Recommedations above based on 21 local reports and 9 species of fish for October in Cairns.

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Top Cairns Fishing Charters & Guides

KEKOA Sports Fishing
KEKOA is a 56 foot O’Brien Boat custom built for the Cairns Marlin Fishing (Giant Black Marlin) season and integrates luxury, quality and comfort to cater for all your individual charter experiences.

Iona Game Fishing Australia
Iona Game Fishing Australia offers the optimum in fishing charters in Australia from as far north as Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, following the migrating marlin along the East Coast of Australia to as far south as Port Stephens and Newcastle.

Ross Finlayson Marlin Charters
Ross Finlayson is one of Australia's leading marlin and sportfishing captains. With more than 23 years professional game fishing experience. Captain Ross provides exclusive marlin and game fishing charters directly from Cairns year round on the G

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Top Cairns Bait & Tackle Stores

Bransfords Discount Tackle Shop
Located in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Bransfords Discount Tackle Shop specialise in good service, and will give you honest, no-bull advise on fishing tackle equipment ranging from rods, reels, combos, any type of fishing line, lures, hooks, sinke

Tackle World Cairns
With over 20 years serving the local fishing community the modern and fully stocked CAIRNS TACKLE WORLD caters for all styles of fishing and species. From the western rivers and coastal sweet water rivers chasing the Sooty Grunter, Jungle Perch,and o

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Top Cairns Marinas

Cairns Marlin Marina
Australia's premier marina, Cairns Marlin Marina provides first-class facilities and customer service for a diverse fleet including some of the world's most advanced super yachts.

Yorkeys Knob Boating Club
Yorkeys Knob Boating Club is located at Yorkeys Knob, one of the northern beachside suburbs of Cairns – just 15 minutes from the Cairns CBD and easily accessible by land or sea. The 197 berth marina was constructed in 1994 and is nestled in the pi

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