Cairns is the Black Marlin capital of the world. Schooling in the waters off Cairns, large marlin spawn here each year, and no where in the world is there such an aggregation of large game fish.
Many fisherman coming to Cairns target the heavy tackle marlin fishing. Black marlin are massive fish, and grow to be over 1,000 pounds - "granders". Black marlin are exciting fish to catch and keen anglers come from all over the world to try their hand at black marlin sports fishing.
Cairns is home to many marlin fishing boats and sportsfishing charters; mothership trips, smaller boats with liveaboard, extended charters and day trips. For fishermen on a budget, we recommend the liveaboard trips. Many charters also offer snorkeling and diving as part of the fishing trip.
See our selection below of sports fishing and marlin fishing charters.
Sportsfishing & Marlin Fishing
Fishing The Tropics
Experience some of the best light tackle sportfishing opportunities on the globe with estuary and river fishing tours and charters of the extensive mangrove lined estuary waters of Cairns Harbour and Trinity Inlet, or the pristine waterways of the Daintree River, and the Russell and Mulgrave River systems of North Queensland. With the assistance of our experienced guides, you will be taken to the best locations and, depending upon the prevailing weather conditions, up to a dozen species can be pulled from the one spot.
Tours To Go
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