‘Carpe Diem’ does not mean fish of the day…and ‘Not all fisherman are liars’…BUT there is some really decent fishing in Tropical North Queensland!
You don’t have to be a fisherman to know that the fish is good up here! Judging by the outstanding selection of seafood available at local restaurants, including Australia’s multi award winning seafood restaurant – 2Fish; the environment in TNQ is a perfect breeding ground for our underwater friends.
Rise early and visit the marina and on any given day to see the fleet of fishing boats heading out on the water. Some are headed to the deep sea, some are heading up the estuaries and some are heading to rivers like the Daintree. A great day is always guaranteed no matter what the haul is or how old you are.
The tropical north provides some of the best opportunities for game fishing in the country whether heavy or light tackle. For the adventure seeking, September through to December is the season for the Pacific Black Marlin and this offers some serious adrenalin fishing for even the most experienced. Private charters can be booked for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
If you are looking for a full day out on the water, both light and heavy tackle excursions can be arranged and you might find yourself catching anything from Sailfish or Wahoo to Tuna, Mackeral or Trevally.
If a few hours of fishing is more your style, check out one of the local estuary trips or fringing reef trips. Enjoy catching coral trout and nannygai on the reefs and the likes of barramundi, mangrove jack and fingermark in the estuaries.
Overnight and group charters are available on many of the vessels.
Land based fishing is popular too with many local hot spots. Check out the iconic Sugar Wharf in Port Douglas, the jetty in Palm Cove and Rex Smeal Park. Bait can be purchased from seafood outlets or petrol stations.
Looking for something a little different? Get hooked at Hook-a-Barra; fishing ponds filled with salt water from the Daintree River and stocked with over 1,500 Barramundi and Mangrove Jack.
Last but not least, remember…there are plenty of fish in the sea!