Cairns, Queensland

Cairns tides
Great Barrier Reef regional zone map
Queensland dam water levels
Queensland stocked impoundment permits
Queensland fishing regulations

Cairns is famous for its black marlin fishery and the nearby Great Barrier Reef, but its large mangrove estuary called Trinity Inlet is also a huge drawcard.

Whether you are landbased or a boater, there are many fishing opportunities.

The key to success is to work the tides and use livebait or lures, as deadbaits tend to attract catfish, rays and sharks.

Trinity Inlet

For dinghy fishos, Trinity Inlet is a superb fishery. It is free of gill nets.

Most tropical estuary species can be caught among the 90km of mangrove-lined creeks and flats.

Expect mainly blue and threadfin salmon, queenfish, trevally, jacks, barramundi, grunter, bream, cod, whiting and flathead.

Mud crabs are abundant, with annual variations in numbers.

The estuary is not fed by a major river, but heavy wet season rain pushes fish and crabs down and sometimes out to sea, depending on how much rain falls.

Successive dry years may see an overall drop in fishing and crabbing quality.

Baitfish such as herring, mullet and sardines can be caught in a cast net, along with prawns. Look for ripples on the surface in the shallows.

Sardines and herring are great livebaits but are difficult to keep alive.

The inlet’s tidal range is up to around 3m, and while not huge this is enough to create strong tidal currents and expose drying flats.

Water clarity improves with smaller tides but the fish may feed less aggressively at this time.

Generally it is best to fish deeper spots on neaps and the shallow areas on big tides.

Mud gutters that drain on a falling tide invariably hold barramundi sand salmon.

Flats edges fish well for these species on a rising tide.

Deep gravel patches hold fingermark, jewfish and grunter.

Barramundi are caught around the wharves.

When landbased fishing or collecting bait, keep in mind that crocodiles are found here, as are box jellyfish and irukandji.

Barron River

This tidal waterway is north of Cairns Airport.

The river has a boat ramp at Stratford, next to the Captain Cook Highway bridge, and also at Machans Beach near the mouth.

Much the same species are caught in the Barron as Trinity Inlet, but the Barron tends to fish better on big tides.

There are several spots on the Barron suitable for landbased fishing.

The former Kamerunga bridge upstream from the highway has been made into a fishing platform.

Upstream from the old bridge the bottom is rocky, and cod, bream and jacks are caught.

The deep hole at the junction of Redden Creek has barramundi, jewfish, grunter and cod.

Another good spot is the last bend of the river before it enters the sea, and the drop-off along the mouth channel.

Cairns headlands and beaches

All headlands near Cairns produce big barramundi in warm, calm weather, mostly on the upper tide.

Fingermark and cod are also caught, along with occasional bar-cheeked coral trout.

The various beaches produce threadfin salmon and flathead at high tide, with a chance of barramundi.

Queenfish and trevally also patrol the beaches and headlands

Yorkeys Knob

Another great spot near Cairns is Yorkeys Knob, 20km north of Cairns.

The marina here has been dredged out of Half Moon Creek, which still flows.

The rock walls and boat launching area produce big barramundi, queen fish, jacks and more.

Rain flushes bait out of the creek and these invariably loiter around the rock walls.

Fish the turn of a tide around dawn and dusk for best results.

Either side of the north or south marina rock walls can produce big fish, or try from the headland south of the boat ramp.

Palm Cove

Also north of Cairns is Palm Cove, which has a great fishing jetty.

This is a pleasant family location, as the Esplanade has large tropical palms and old melaleuca trees, with luxury resorts and holiday units nearby.

However, don’t be fooled by the pleasant surroundings, as the jetty produces big fish.

During winter (dry season) spanish mackerel are caught, with fish over 20kg taken by suitably equipped fishos.

Use a floating rig with livebait such as small flag, grunter or even whiting. A pilchard or garfish on ganged hooks will also work.

Other species include queenfish, trevally, cod, grunter, whiting, flathead, jacks, blue salmon, tarpon, squid and catfish.

If chasing big fish you will need a drop gaff, although there are stairs and a platform from which big fish can be landed.

North of the jetty is a headland that fishes well.

The beach produces whiting and flathead at high tide.

Barramundi are caught off the jetty and nearby rocks mainly in calm, warm weather.

Palm Cove is open to the dry season’s prevailing south-east wind. Fishing is better on calm days.

Kings Point for fingermark

For boaters, Kings Point is a great spot, about 26km by sea from Trinity Inlet.

The sea floor drops into a deep channel between the coast and Fitzroy Island.

Kings Point itself drops away to more than 15m deep and is a prime big fingermark spot in summer.

Fishing is best at night using live squid for bait, which are usually readily available under lights.

Also expect other reef fish, trevally, queenfish, groper, cod and mackerel.

It is a 30km run from Trinity Inlet to Green Island and the first Great Barrier Reef.

Fish can be caught anywhere around the reefs, but note the green (sandctuary) zones.

Many good reef fish such as red emperor and nannygai are taken over rubble or fern grounds in deep water between the reefs.

Cairns black marlin

The Cairns black marlin fishery is a special feature of this area.

The grounds are from Lizard Island in the north to outside the widest reefs just south of Cairns.

It is said that more 1000lb black marlin are caught here annually than all the other known grounds around the world.

The season starts in early September, when female black marlin spawn along a 250km length of the Great Barrier Reef. The spawn extends through to late December.

The cycle starts with bait schools arriving, then the “small” predators such as tunas, billfish, wahoo and mackerel, which the big marlin eat.

Specialist charter boats chase the big fish, and are often booked out years in advance. It’s not cheap but it is something every keen fisho should do at least once!

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Fishing gear for Queensland's tropical waters

Much tropical estuary and river fishing involves casting and trolling lures around snags, where a lure desnagger soon pays for itself. The simplest type is dropped on a cord ... see eBay link here.

Or for a true blue Aussie lure desnagger, try this one ... eBay link here.

When targeting barramundi and other large tropical estuary fish a baitcaster combo is the best option. The small overhead reels on these combos allow thumb control when casting, making lure placement easy. However practise is required to cast these reels and they do not cast tiny lures easily. A baitcaster combo loaded with 10kg braid will handle most barramundi and threadfin salmon, with 15kg line better for large dam fish among timber and when trolling big rivers. See a suitable baitcaster listing on eBay here. The listed rod-reel combo can be used for trolling and casting.

Single-handed baitcaster rods are an option for day-long casting sessions, these combos are missing the rod butt's lower section. DO NOT buy a low-quality baitcaster reel as they can be awful to use - if on a tight budget buy a spinning reel instead.

A 6kg spin outfit (eggbeater type reel) is fine for much tropical Queensland estuary and freshwater fishing. Lighter outfits aren't recommended as you may hook big fish in tropical waters. A 6-10kg rod-reel combo is needed for barramundi and threadfin salmon and this can also be used to cast lures to pelagic fish such as mackerel and tuna. A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for whiting, bream and flathead. See eBay listing here.

For boat fishing, a short, powerful rod with overhead or spinning reel loaded with 15kg braided line is ideal for general reef fishing in water to around 25m deep, and can also be used to troll for pelagic fish. See eBay listing here.

Heavier outfits are recommended for deeper water, always using braided line as its thin diameter is less affected by currents.

Soft plastic grubs and shads are good all-round lures for a range of tropical Queensland saltwater and freshwater estuary species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Bibbed hardbody minnows by quality brands such as Reidys and Classic are generally used for barramundi fishing. Barramundi are strong fish that tear apart the split rings and hooks on cheaply made lures, so buy wisely. Tropical tackle shops are well stocked with these lures.

Squid jigs are useful in tropical Queensland waters. See eBay listing here.

Snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for boat fishing. Heavy leads are needed in deep water because of ocean currents.

For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for flathead, 11/0 for barramundi, jewfish and reef fish. Listing on eBay here.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard or sauri baits for mackerel. Listing on eBay here.

Lastly, Queensland tropical waters have saltwater crocodiles, stonefish, box jellyfish, irukandji jellyfish and ever-present sharks. These can all show up where you don't expect them, including in the shallows around boat ramps and beaches next to tourist resorts. Don't take risks.

BOATS FOR SALE in Brisbane - current eBay listings here.

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Email us any corrections, additions, pictures or video here.

Some external videos filmed around Cairns are featured below.

Cairns landbased fishing spots

Yorkeys Knob fishing

Cairns rock fishing

Palm Cove jetty barramundi

Cairns beach fishing

Cairns drain fishing

Fitzroy Island fishing

Cairns reef fishing

Cairns marlin fishing

Cairns marlin fishing

Palm Cove Jetty, Queensland

Palm Cove tides
Great Barrier Reef regional zone map
Queensland dam water levels
Queensland stocked impoundment permits
Queensland fishing regulations

Palm Cove Jetty is a popular fishing spot 25km north of Cairns.

This is a pleasant family location, with resorts and holiday units nearby.

Serious fishos need not be deterred by the pleasant surroundings, as the jetty produces some big fish.

During winter (dry season) spanish mackerel are caught, with fish over 20kg taken by suitably equipped fishos.

Use a floating rig with livebait such as small flag, grunter or even whiting. A pilchard or garfish on ganged hooks will also work.

Other species include queenfish, trevally, cod, grunter, whiting, flathead, jacks, blue salmon, tarpon, squid and catfish.

If chasing big fish you will need a drop gaff, although there are stairs and a platform from which big fish can be landed.

North of the jetty is a headland that fishes well.

The beach produces whiting and flathead at high tide.

Barramundi are caught off the jetty and nearby rocks mainly in calm, warm weather.

Palm Cove is open to the dry season’s prevailing south-east wind. Fishing is better on calm days.

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Fishing gear for Queensland's tropical waters

Much tropical estuary and river fishing involves casting and trolling lures around snags, where a lure desnagger soon pays for itself. The simplest type is dropped on a cord ... see eBay link here.

Or for a true blue Aussie lure desnagger, try this one ... eBay link here.

When targeting barramundi and other large tropical estuary fish a baitcaster combo is the best option. The small overhead reels on these combos allow thumb control when casting, making lure placement easy. However practise is required to cast these reels and they do not cast tiny lures easily. A baitcaster combo loaded with 10kg braid will handle most barramundi and threadfin salmon, with 15kg line better for large dam fish among timber and when trolling big rivers. See a suitable baitcaster listing on eBay here. The listed rod-reel combo can be used for trolling and casting.

Single-handed baitcaster rods are an option for day-long casting sessions, these combos are missing the rod butt's lower section. DO NOT buy a low-quality baitcaster reel as they can be awful to use - if on a tight budget buy a spinning reel instead.

A 6kg spin outfit (eggbeater type reel) is fine for much tropical Queensland estuary and freshwater fishing. Lighter outfits aren't recommended as you may hook big fish in tropical waters. A 6-10kg rod-reel combo is needed for barramundi and threadfin salmon and this can also be used to cast lures to pelagic fish such as mackerel and tuna. A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for whiting, bream and flathead. See eBay listing here.

For boat fishing, a short, powerful rod with overhead or spinning reel loaded with 15kg braided line is ideal for general reef fishing in water to around 25m deep, and can also be used to troll for pelagic fish. See eBay listing here.

Heavier outfits are recommended for deeper water, always using braided line as its thin diameter is less affected by currents.

Soft plastic grubs and shads are good all-round lures for a range of tropical Queensland saltwater and freshwater estuary species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Bibbed hardbody minnows by quality brands such as Reidys and Classic are generally used for barramundi fishing. Barramundi are strong fish that tear apart the split rings and hooks on cheaply made lures, so buy wisely. Tropical tackle shops are well stocked with these lures.

Squid jigs are useful in tropical Queensland waters. See eBay listing here.

Snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for boat fishing. Heavy leads are needed in deep water because of ocean currents.

For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for flathead, 11/0 for barramundi, jewfish and reef fish. Listing on eBay here.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard or sauri baits for mackerel. Listing on eBay here.

Lastly, Queensland tropical waters have saltwater crocodiles, stonefish, box jellyfish, irukandji jellyfish and ever-present sharks. These can all show up where you don't expect them, including in the shallows around boat ramps and beaches next to tourist resorts. Don't take risks.

BOATS FOR SALE in Brisbane - current eBay listings here.

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Email us any corrections, additions, pictures or video here.

Some external videos filmed around Palm Cove are featured below.

Fishing Palm Cove jetty

Fishing Palm Cove lagoon

Night fishing at Palm Cove jetty

Palm Cove jetty barramundi

Cardwell, Queensland

Cardwell tides
Hinchinbrook Island National Park
Great Barrier Reef regional zone map
Queensland dam water levels
Queensland stocked impoundment permits
Queensland fishing regulations

Cardwell township is at the north end of Hinchinbook Channel, which runs for 45km between Hinchinbrook Island and the mainland.

Cardwell is about 200km south of Cairns, about half way between Cairns and Townsville.

The Cardwell region has boat ramps that give boating access to the channel, the Great Barrier Reef and, importantly, to Missionary Bay on the northern end of Hinchinbrook Island.

Goold Island lies 16km from Cardwell. Further out are the Brook Islands, but these are in a green zone.

While the channel and Missionary Bay are arguably the main fishing attractions out of Cardwell, there is offshore fishing 50km out at Kennedy Shoal and a little further at Otter Reef. These are part of the Great Barrier Reef.

The island’s Missionary Bay is a 25km run from Cardwell, but you’ll travel much further exploring the various creeks, so take plenty of fuel.

The shallow creeks and flats produce estuary fish, with sight fishing opportunities for barramundi, queenfish, trevally and more.

The bay should only be visited in calm weather, it is in the lee of south-easters but the 5km channel crossing can be rough.

Much of Hinchinbrook Channel is relatively sheltered, with hundreds of kilometres of mangrove-lined creeks to explore.

Closer to Cardwell, Port Hinchinbrook rock walls produce big barramundi, cod, jacks, bream and trevally.

As well as great fishing, the channel has superb scenery, with a backdrop of rainforest-covered mountains.

This tropical location has heavy rainfall and high humidity in summer, and cooler dry weather in winter.

The area is sometimes hit by summer cyclones, which bring prolonged heavy rain that is good for fishing on the long term, but a deluge of fresh water can knock the fishing out for a while.

Species caught in the channel and island creeks include barramundi, queenfish, salmon, jacks, trevally, permit, fingermark, grunter and cod.

Mud crabs and prawns are usually abundant, with seasonal variations.

The channel is a huge area, about 6km across at its widest point, so there are usually places to fish away from other boats.

Prevailing winds at the time may help choose your location.

Casting baits or lures to the mouths of mud drains as the tide flows out is an effective method for catching barramundi during bigger tides.

Trolling quietly up creeks also works well on smaller tides when the water is clear. An electric motor is useful for this.

On a large incoming tide look for baitfish or predator activity along flats edges.

Drifting along creeks with the current and casting lures to snags is a very popular fishing method for catching barramundi, jacks and cod.

Rocky foreshores and rock walls are always worth fishing.

The water in the channel, depending on prevailing winds, can be quite clear on the flats, allowing for good sight fishing.

Local sardines, herring and small mullet are the ideal livebaits and will almost always produce fish if dropped at a creek mouth or near a decent snag.

Deep grounds yield fingermark and jewfish.

Though Hinchinbrook tides are not huge, with 3m of movement being a big tide within the channel, strong currents flow, so fish deeper areas at the turn of the tide.

Use a sounder to locate bottom fish.

Avoid crossing the channel when wind and tide are opposed, as it may be rough.

The channel really fires after big wet seasons, when the freshwater has subsided.

Dry years bring slower fishing as the bait cycle winds down.

Cyclones produce fallen mangrove timber, and the horizontal logs often hold a barramundi or two, or jacks.

This area has large crocodiles, so take care when fishing. Crocs can show up on seaward beaches too.

There is no nearby stocked dam in this area, the nearest is Koombooloomba located further north towards Cairns.

Get the best Hinchinbrook fishing spots in the North Australian FISH FINDER book of fishing maps.

Cardwell boat ramps

There are four ramps in this area, at Port Hinchinbrook, Sheridan Street, Fishers Creek and Meunga.

The main boat ramp is Port Hinchinbrook. Its pretty easy to find, follow the signs to Port Hinchinbrook, there are multiple lanes, with floating pontoon, and usually enough parking.

Sheridan Street is an exposed, sealed beach ramp.

Meunga ramp is in Coral Sea Drive, Cardwell.

Fishers Creek ramp is off the Bruce Highway into the top of a tidal creek.

Hinchinbrook coastguard

Ingham Volunteer Coast Guard – VHF Channel 16 or VHF Channel 81

Hinchinbrook accommodation

Local accommodation tends to sell out well ahead of holidays so get in early.

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Fishing gear for Queensland's tropical waters

Much tropical estuary and river fishing involves casting and trolling lures around snags, where a lure desnagger soon pays for itself. The simplest type is dropped on a cord ... see eBay link here.

Or for a true blue Aussie lure desnagger, try this one ... eBay link here.

When targeting barramundi and other large tropical estuary fish a baitcaster combo is the best option. The small overhead reels on these combos allow thumb control when casting, making lure placement easy. However practise is required to cast these reels and they do not cast tiny lures easily. A baitcaster combo loaded with 10kg braid will handle most barramundi and threadfin salmon, with 15kg line better for large dam fish among timber and when trolling big rivers. See a suitable baitcaster listing on eBay here. The listed rod-reel combo can be used for trolling and casting.

Single-handed baitcaster rods are an option for day-long casting sessions, these combos are missing the rod butt's lower section. DO NOT buy a low-quality baitcaster reel as they can be awful to use - if on a tight budget buy a spinning reel instead.

A 6kg spin outfit (eggbeater type reel) is fine for much tropical Queensland estuary and freshwater fishing. Lighter outfits aren't recommended as you may hook big fish in tropical waters. A 6-10kg rod-reel combo is needed for barramundi and threadfin salmon and this can also be used to cast lures to pelagic fish such as mackerel and tuna. A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for whiting, bream and flathead. See eBay listing here.

For boat fishing, a short, powerful rod with overhead or spinning reel loaded with 15kg braided line is ideal for general reef fishing in water to around 25m deep, and can also be used to troll for pelagic fish. See eBay listing here.

Heavier outfits are recommended for deeper water, always using braided line as its thin diameter is less affected by currents.

Soft plastic grubs and shads are good all-round lures for a range of tropical Queensland saltwater and freshwater estuary species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Bibbed hardbody minnows by quality brands such as Reidys and Classic are generally used for barramundi fishing. Barramundi are strong fish that tear apart the split rings and hooks on cheaply made lures, so buy wisely. Tropical tackle shops are well stocked with these lures.

Squid jigs are useful in tropical Queensland waters. See eBay listing here.

Snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for boat fishing. Heavy leads are needed in deep water because of ocean currents.

For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for flathead, 11/0 for barramundi, jewfish and reef fish. Listing on eBay here.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard or sauri baits for mackerel. Listing on eBay here.

Lastly, Queensland tropical waters have saltwater crocodiles, stonefish, box jellyfish, irukandji jellyfish and ever-present sharks. These can all show up where you don't expect them, including in the shallows around boat ramps and beaches next to tourist resorts. Don't take risks.

BOATS FOR SALE in Brisbane - current eBay listings here.

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Email us any corrections, additions, pictures or video here.

Some external videos filmed around Cardwell/Hinchinbrook are featured below.

Cardwell fishing

How to catch Hinchinbrook mangrove jacks

Cardwell region fishing

Cardwell tourist film

Hinchinbrook coast fishing

Great Barrier Reef fishing wide of Hinchinbrook

Hinchinbrook Island circumnavigation

iFish visits Hinchinbrook

Lucinda, Queensland

Lucinda tides
Hinchinbrook Island National Park
Great Barrier Reef regional zone map
Queensland dam water levels
Queensland stocked impoundment permits
Queensland fishing regulations

Lucinda is at the south-east end of Hinchinbrook Channel inside Hinchinbrook Island, about 200km south of Cairns, which is roughly half way between Cairns and Townsville.

Dungeness boat ramp is Lucinda’s gateway to both the channel and the Great Barrier Reef.

Lucinda is known for its almost 6km long industrial jetty, the 660 pylons of which hold many big fish.

This is a bulk sugar loading facility, the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. The area around the jetty can only be fished by boat.

Adjacent to the sugar jetty is a smaller jetty which can be fished by landbased anglers.

Expect spanish mackerel, trevally, queenfish, tuna, barramundi and fingermark around the jetties.

Lucinda fishing wharf is near Borello Park, in Lucinda, and there are barbecues, picnic shelters, toilets, a playground, walking trails and more, perfect for family fishos.

Dungeness has a four-lane concrete all tide boat ramp with a large parking area.

For boaters, Hinchinbrook Channel is a relatively sheltered area with hundreds of kilometres of mangrove-lined creeks and flats, located away from major population centres.

The channel is a huge area, about 6km across at its widest point, so there are usually places to fish away from other boats.

Prevailing winds at the time may help choose your location. If it is windy, cross the channel when the tide ebbs, as it will be calmer.

Hinchinbrook is a tropical location with heavy summer rainfall and high humidity, with cooler dry weather in winter.

The area is sometimes hit by summer cyclones, which bring prolonged heavy rain that is good for fishing on the long term, but can shut things down on the short term.

Species caught in the channel and island creeks include barramundi, queenfish, salmon, jacks, trevally, permit, fingermark, grunter, giant herring and cod.

Mud crabs and prawns are usually abundant, with seasonal variations.

Casting baits or lures to the mouths of mud drains as the tide flows out is an effective method for catching barramundi during bigger tides.

Trolling quietly up creeks also works well on smaller tides when the water is clear. An electric motor is useful for this.

On a large incoming tide look for baitfish or predator activity along flats edges.

Drifting along creeks with the current and casting lures to snags is a very popular fishing method for catching barramundi, jacks and cod.

Rocky foreshores and rock walls are always worth fishing.

The water in the channel, depending on prevailing winds, can be quite clear on the flats, allowing for good sight fishing.

Local sardines, herring and small mullet are the ideal livebaits and will almost always produce fish if dropped at a creek mouth or near a decent snag.

Deep grounds yield fingermark and jewfish, especially where there is gravel or bottom structure.

Though Hinchinbrook tides are not huge, with 3m of movement being a big tide within the channel, strong currents flow, so fish deeper areas at the turn of the tide.

Use a sounder to locate bottom fish.

The channel really fires after big wet seasons, when the freshwater has subsided.

Successive dry years bring slower fishing as the bait cycle winds down.

Cyclones produce fallen mangrove timber, and the horizontal logs often hold a barramundi or two, or jacks.

The southern coast inside the island has the Herbert and Seymour River mouths, with mangrove islands and channels. The upstream freshwater sections have sooty grunter and jungle perch.

Lucinda offshore fishing

From Lucinda it is a 38km run out to the first Great Barrier Reef, which is Bramble Reef.

Most local fishos head the extra few kilometres to the larger and more complex Britomart Reef.

Britomart has an extensive plateau and reasonable shelter for anchoring.

The bommies have trout and tropical lobsters (crays), and deep water around the edges holds red emperor, trout, nannygai, sweetlip and more.

Britomart fishes best on big tides, although some fishermen prefer fishing the deep water between the reefs on small tides where hard bottom can produce fish such as nannygai and red emperor.

Expect mackerel and trevally around the reef edges.

Closer to Dungeness, the Sea Hound trawler wreck is a popular spot, but it can be busy on weekends.

The Sea Hound is about 17km north-east of Lucinda, at approx 18 24.433S 146 25.742E.

This area has large crocodiles, so take care when fishing.

Crocs can show up on seaward beaches too.

While Hinchinbrook is located far from major cities, expect local van parks to be overflowing during holiday periods.

There is no nearby stocked dam in this area, the nearest is Koombooloomba located further north towards Cairns.

Get the best Hinchinbrook fishing spots in the North Australian FISH FINDER book of fishing maps.

Lucinda boat ramp

Lucinda has a four-lane concrete ramp with pontoon, wash-down area, trailer parking, security lighting, toilets. Gateway to Great Barrier Reef and Hinchinbrook Channel.

There is also Mona Landing at Halifax, on the Herbert River – single-lane gravel ramp and small gravel car park. Access to the Herbert River and 15-minute run to Hinchinbrook Channel.

Hinchinbrook coastguard

Ingham Volunteer Coast Guard – VHF Channel 16 or VHF Channel 81

Hinchinbrook accommodation

Lucinda has a caravan park that is usually crowded during holiday periods.

Local accommodation tends to sell out well ahead of holidays so get in early.

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Booking.com

Fishing gear for Queensland's tropical waters

Much tropical estuary and river fishing involves casting and trolling lures around snags, where a lure desnagger soon pays for itself. The simplest type is dropped on a cord ... see eBay link here.

Or for a true blue Aussie lure desnagger, try this one ... eBay link here.

When targeting barramundi and other large tropical estuary fish a baitcaster combo is the best option. The small overhead reels on these combos allow thumb control when casting, making lure placement easy. However practise is required to cast these reels and they do not cast tiny lures easily. A baitcaster combo loaded with 10kg braid will handle most barramundi and threadfin salmon, with 15kg line better for large dam fish among timber and when trolling big rivers. See a suitable baitcaster listing on eBay here. The listed rod-reel combo can be used for trolling and casting.

Single-handed baitcaster rods are an option for day-long casting sessions, these combos are missing the rod butt's lower section. DO NOT buy a low-quality baitcaster reel as they can be awful to use - if on a tight budget buy a spinning reel instead.

A 6kg spin outfit (eggbeater type reel) is fine for much tropical Queensland estuary and freshwater fishing. Lighter outfits aren't recommended as you may hook big fish in tropical waters. A 6-10kg rod-reel combo is needed for barramundi and threadfin salmon and this can also be used to cast lures to pelagic fish such as mackerel and tuna. A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for whiting, bream and flathead. See eBay listing here.

For boat fishing, a short, powerful rod with overhead or spinning reel loaded with 15kg braided line is ideal for general reef fishing in water to around 25m deep, and can also be used to troll for pelagic fish. See eBay listing here.

Heavier outfits are recommended for deeper water, always using braided line as its thin diameter is less affected by currents.

Soft plastic grubs and shads are good all-round lures for a range of tropical Queensland saltwater and freshwater estuary species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Bibbed hardbody minnows by quality brands such as Reidys and Classic are generally used for barramundi fishing. Barramundi are strong fish that tear apart the split rings and hooks on cheaply made lures, so buy wisely. Tropical tackle shops are well stocked with these lures.

Squid jigs are useful in tropical Queensland waters. See eBay listing here.

Snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for boat fishing. Heavy leads are needed in deep water because of ocean currents.

For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for flathead, 11/0 for barramundi, jewfish and reef fish. Listing on eBay here.

Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard or sauri baits for mackerel. Listing on eBay here.

Lastly, Queensland tropical waters have saltwater crocodiles, stonefish, box jellyfish, irukandji jellyfish and ever-present sharks. These can all show up where you don't expect them, including in the shallows around boat ramps and beaches next to tourist resorts. Don't take risks.

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Some external videos filmed around Lucinda are featured below.

Hinchinbrook overview

iFish visits Hinchinbrook

Lucinda jigging

How to catch Hinchinbrook mangrove jacks

Jungle perch fishing

Lucinda offshore fishing

Fishing Lucinda jetty

Hinchinbrook coast fishing

Great Barrier Reef fishing wide of Lucinda

Hinchinbrook Island circumnavigation

Corinella Pier – Western Port fishing spots, Victoria

Corinella Jetty tides
VIC fishing regulations
VIC marine parks
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Corinella Pier is off Peter Street in Corinella, next to a caravan park.

This platform has a handy L-shape and it is next to a deep channel.

There is usually plenty of space to fish, although the jetty is popular during holidays.

Big fish are sometimes caught here, including gummy sharks, elephant fish, snapper and very occasional mulloway.

Also expect KG whiting, salmon, flathead, leatherjackets, yakkas, trevally, coutta, squid and garfish.

Salmon and elephant fish are best in winter, flathead are all year, with snapper in summer.

The tide flows hard in the channel, fishing is better and easier from the jetty at high tide.

Floating weed is sometimes a problem.

Pilchards, bluebait (small pilchards), prawns and squid are good baits.

When the water is clear and free of weed small soft plastic lures work well on snapper and flathead, with chrome slices for salmon and barracoutta.

Nearby rocky foreshores produce good snapper.

Tenby Point can be fished at low tide, then go to the jetty at high tide.

There is a rock wall leading to a sandbar channel drop-off at Tenby that fishes well for gummy sharks on a rising tide.

There are toilets and a general store near the pier.

If you have something to add about the jetty, post it in comments below.

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Fishing gear for Victorian waters

A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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Some external videos filmed around the Flinders Jetty are featured below.

Corinella jetty

Corinella rock fishing

Corinella jetty squid

Mornington Pier – Port Phillip Bay fishing spots, Victoria

Mornington tides
Mornington coastline on Beachsafe
VIC fishing regulations
VIC marine parks
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Mornington Pier is one of the better fishing platforms in Port Phillip Bay.

It is on Schnapper Point Drive in Mornington, acting as a breakwater for an adjacent boat harbour.

Pier fishos can cast into open sea on the breakwater side or fish the lee side in calmer water.

Expect salmon, snapper, squid, flathead, silver trevally, KG whiting, leatherjackets, garfish, yakkas, slimy macks, coutta, kingfish and more.

There are fish to be caught all year, but summer and autumn are best.

Snapper are usually caught in summer, with squid and salmon best in winter.

Leatherjackets are caught around the pylons.

The snapper here can be quite big, to 8kg+, but are mostly smaller.

Gummy sharks are a regular catch, along with various sharks and rays.

Pilchards, bluebait (small pilchards), prawns and squid are good baits.

Small soft plastic lures work well on snapper and flathead, with chrome slices for salmon and barracoutta.

Large bait jigs work well when yakkas and slimy macks are about.

Nearby rocky foreshores produce good snapper.

There is parking, toilets and kiosk and a nearby playground.

If you have something to add about the pier, post it in comments below.

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Fishing gear for Victorian waters

A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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Mornington Pier snapper

Mornington Pier squid

Mornington Pier garfish

Flinders Jetty – Western Port fishing spots, Victoria

Flinders Jetty tides
VIC fishing regulations
VIC marine parks
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Flinders Jetty is at the end of Bass Street in Bass Park on the Mornington Peninsula.

This jetty is best known for big squid, best in spring.

The run-in tide is the best time to fish.

Squid are caught in day and night, but are often best at dawn and dusk.

The water clarity is usually good and fish the squid can be seen following jigs.

Cast into sand patches for KG and grass whiting.

Expect also salmon, silver trevally, couta, pike, flathead, yakkas, gar and mullet.

Wrasse and leatherjackets are caught on the pylons.

Sharks and rays turn up, especially at night.

Pilchards, bluebait (small pilchards), prawns and squid are good baits.

Small soft plastic lures work well on snapper and flathead, with chrome slices for salmon and barracoutta.

There are toilets, parking and shops are nearby.

If you have something to add about the jetty, post it in comments below.

Booking.com

Fishing gear for Victorian waters

A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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Some external videos filmed around the Flinders Jetty are featured below.

Flinders Jetty walk

Flinders Jetty underwater

Flinders jetty squid

San Remo Jetty – Western Port fishing spots, Victoria

San Remo tides
San Remo coastline
VIC fishing regulations
VIC marine parks
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San Remo jetty is on Marine Parade, before Phillip Island bridge.

This area is a fishing port, with a channel running past the front of the jetty.

Expect strong tidal currents as the water flows in and out through the channel.

The current slows at the turn of the tide.

Either side of high tide is usually best and easiest time to fish.

Fish are often located right near the jetty.

Expect squid, KG whiting, gar, salmon, flathead, coutta, silver trevally, snapper, leatherjackets and wrasse.

Salmon, gar and squid are the most reliable catch.

Gummy sharks and various types of ray are caught, especially at night.

Pilchards, bluebait (small pilchards), prawns and squid are good baits.

Small soft plastic lures work well on snapper and flathead, with chrome slices for salmon and barracoutta.

There is a reserve next to the jetty with toilets, barbecues and playground, with shops, cafes and a tackle shop nearby.

If you have something to add about this spot, post it in comments below.

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Fishing gear for Victorian waters

A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for gar, whiting, mullet, trout, redfin and bream. See eBay listing here.

A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for general Victorian saltwater and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.

A heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Metal slice lures are ideal for Victorian salmon, tailor and trevally. See eBay listing here.

Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of Victorian species. See eBay listing here.

Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.

Squid jigs are essential gear in Victoria. See eBay listing here.

Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. See eBay listing here.

Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). See eBay listing here.

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Some external videos filmed around the San Remo jetty are featured below.

San Remo aerial footage

Diving San Remo jetty

San Remo jetty squid