Summer Fishing Report

Summer Fishing Report

It has been Super Hot, Wet and Humid, but the fish have been biting!

Big Queenfish



We’ve had plenty of Rain in recent weeks and Trinity Inlet has had a solid, much needed flush of fresh water.

While the live bait has been elusive at times, it’s been worthwhile putting in the extra effort to get sardines, mullet and prawns.

The Black Moon is upon us once again with big incoming tides pushing hard in the mornings.



Fingermark, Jacks and Barras have been hooked the past couple charters.

Big Kingfish  Fingermark

The pressure points right up close to the mangroves will continue to produce some solid predators during the next few mornings.

Then, in a few days time when the tides get smaller we can get back to fishing the deeper runs and wrecks.

The goal on every charter, is for you to end up at the Salt House restaurant at the Pier getting your catch prepared for lunch or dinner.

It’s not a 100% success rate, but we put in a consistently strong effort on each outing.

In the past couple weeks, Queenfish over a metre, Fingermark up to 70 cm and Barras to 80cm have been landed.
John H

September 2016 Fishing Report

September 2016 Fishing Report

The consistent northerly winds help heat up the action!

The last several days have seen water temperatures consistently rising in Trinity Inlet. The fishing has greatly improved and the Barramundi have become active again.
Certainly we won’t see the Barras get really active until some summer rains arrive, but on the right tide, fishing structure they have been biting.
Taking the time to chase Mullet with the cast net has become worthwhile again! The Black Moon and the incoming morning tides will be starting on this coming Saturday.
The wrecks and pressure point corners will be producing predators on live baits. A well presented Mullet is sure to get an Inquiry from a Barra. One of the Recent highlights in Trinty Inlet was junior angler Ruben Sapper landing a respectable 67 cm Barra. It fought like a Trojan and jumped and pulled plenty of drag.
Dad was on net duty and check out the smiles…..

Barra Sept 2016
The wolf herring, Scaly Scads and the odd Tarpon have been a good distraction between strikes from the target predators.
The Salt House Restaurant at the Pier have been doing a fantastic job of preparing some of our anglers fresh catches. Check out the photos.

Another Salthouse meal Sept 2016 (Small)
Salthouse Meal Sept 2016 (Small)


Tight Lines
Paradise Sportfishing Cairns

Late August Fishing Report

Late August Fishing Report

The Seasons Are Changing!

We are almost into September and sure enough the temperature in Cairns is on the rise.

It’s been most noticeable in the mornings,no longer any dew on the seats in the boat!

Sure enough the last few charters have produced some solid hook ups. A 60cm Fingermark and an 80 cm Black Jew have been the standout catches.

Queenfish and some mid size GT’s have also been caught.


The black moon and the incoming morning tides are just a few days away.

Some large live baits fished on the pressure points close to the mangroves should produce some early Barras!

Hope to fish with you soon.


Paradise Sportfishing Cairns

Winter Fishing report

Winter Fishing report

Winter conditions are upon us here in Tropical North Queensland.

August is generally the coldest month. Along with the low water temp,some unseasonal rain has also come our way!

Quite a few mornings,we have had the rain coats on even!

The good news is that the live bait has been plentiful and with a few throws of the cast net the live tanks are full.

The toughest fish to hook this time of year is the elusive Barramundi. However, the other hard fighters and good table fish ,the Queenfish,Giant Trevelly,Fingermark,Mangrove Jack and Threadfin Salmon have been biting.

August 2016 Salmon

I have had to go to smaller hooks and lighter leaders as the predators are a little more weary this time of year.

Rather then the large live baits that work well in the summer,the smaller herring and the occasional fillet bait have been producing solid hook ups.

The Salthouse Restaurant at The Pier has been doing a fantastic job cooking up the fresh catches for our customers.

The full moon is upon us tomorrow and the big incoming morning tides will surely produce solid action for the next 4 to 5 days.

Don’t let the wet conditions discourage you from booking a charter,it is still 25 degrees and the fish are still biting.

Hope to fish with you soon.


Paradise Sportfishing Cairns

August 2016

Cooler Temps Bring Different Species

Cooler Temps Bring Different Species

The south easterly trade winds have returned on schedule and the winter conditions are definitely in place.

The secret to success is knowing how to adjust the game plan. With the cooler water temperatures the Barramundi hook up rate is sure to drop, so it’s time to target the other hard fighting, quality table fish that are not so temperature sensitive.

The next full moon is only 5 days away and although the tides are not nearly as big as in summer, we will still be having good catches of Fingermark,Jacks,GT’S and the occasional Barra.

Threadfin SalmonGiant Trevally

It’s time to down size on the hooks and live baits. Each fishing location is carefully chosen for the optimum stage of the tide. When the current slows down you move on to a deeper spot.

Having a few live mullet in the bait tank is still important, but most of the action is on small to medium live herring. This time of year the big baits tend to get ignored!

The last few charters have produced some good Fingermark that were taken directly to the Salt House Restaurant at the pier where the chef has been working his magic impressing our customers.

Local Fisho Gal Jean W surprised us all last weekend when she landed a 74 cm Barra on a very small herring and a #1 hook!

74cm Barramundi

This is the time of year when there is more time between quality strikes. A great time still to relax with rod in hand and a cold beer within reach.


Look forward to fishing with you.