The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and one of Australia’s most treasured gifts. It contains an abundance of marine life and comprises over 3000 individual reef systems, coral cays and golden beaches. Cairns is the closest major port to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, arguably the greatest fish attractor on earth. The plethora of fish in this beautiful part of the world is what many keen fisherman simply dream of!  Why not turn that dream into reality?  Here are 7 great reasons to live out that dream and book a reef fishing trip with Northern Conquest Charters!

1. Boat

Our Cairns Reef Fishing trips are on board our ‘Sir Reel” vessel.  ‘Sir Reel’ is a 58’ Conquest Vessel, purpose built for fishing in comfort and safety.  The accommodation cabins are all airconditioned, ensuring you can sleep in comfort if you are staying overnight.  Our boat is fully stocked with an extensive range of quality fishing equipment. There are loads of extra’s onboard to ensure you will want for nothing such as a big screen TV, dvd, wifi and freshwater showers!

2. Trips to suit every budget

We offer a variety of reef fishing trips that depart from the Cairns Marina.  We are proud to offer trips to suit most budgets. Starting with full day trips, to overnight trips to extended reef trips…..we have something to suit most people!  Our extended reef trips offer a great opportunity to spend more time out on the water.  You can travel in air conditioned comfort while experiencing some of the best reef and coral sea fishing you have likely experienced.  Or if you prefer a slower pace, you can swim, snorkel and enjoy the sun!

3. Locals knowledge

Our guides have in-depth locals knowledge of the fish and best fishing spots.  We have a ‘roaming permit’ which allows us to pick the best fishing spot on the day.  If the fish aren’t biting we’ll move to another great location. It is local knowledge and wealth of fishing experience in Cairns & the Cairns Region that makes Northern Conquest Charters one of the best fishing experiences that you will ever have.

4. Great Staff

Our great team take pride in giving our passengers an enjoyable, reef and coral sea fishing experience aboard our large, comfortable, fully equipped boat.  No need to get your hands dirty...our experienced and helpful deckhands will gut, gill and bag up your fish so your prized catch is ready for you upon return to port.

5. Amazing location

The Great Barrier Reef is known as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It is World Heritage listed and is the only known spawning ground for giant black marlin in the world.  This is a place of great natural beauty, warm, tropical waters and some great fishing locations.

6. Variety of fish species

We pride ourselves on delivering the best quality fishing the reef has to offer. There is an impressive variety of fish species that live amongst the Great Barrier Reef.  Fish that you are likely to come across include:

  • Coral trout
  • Red emperor
  • Large mouth Nannygai
  • Spangled emperor
  • Cobia
  • Cod
  • Green Job fish
  • Mangrove jack (reef jacks)

7. Different styles of fishing

  • Trolling: While heading out to sea and on the way back to shore, we will let our baited or lured lines as we cruise along
  • Deep Sea Jigging: We know and have marked out where all the bounty holes are so you can drop a heavy line right to the bottom.
  • Plastic and poppers: Jump onto a tender and wonder into the shallow waters of the reef lagoons.

Don’t wait….Contact us a Northern Conquest Charters if you want to experience a reef fishing trip like no other.


  • Phone: 0429 639 514
  • Email:
  • Just back from a 10 day trip to Flinders Reef, thanks to skipper Tony and crew of Chris and Carl. You guys really looked after us even weather shitty at first and Flinders Reef didn't fire we still caught Doggies, Yellowfin, Wahoo, then all the reef fish.Paul Grebert
  • Can't recommend highly enough Cliff and the guys from Northern Conquest Charters, San Miguel. From organising the trip from interstate with Cliff to a skipper who worked bloody hard to put us on the fish (Stuie, you're a legend!!). Then there was Chris and Bill who kept us fed, baited and generally entertained, exceptional service and dedication. Awesome trip, a huge thanks from the Darwin mob, we'll be back!!Bert McMahon

Book a trip

View our upcoming trips, pricing and book your next trip online.

Fishing Reports