Cairns Reef Fishing and Charters

Welcome to Cairns

Cairns is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The only place in the world where two World Heritage landmarks lie next to one another. It is a direct cause for the sustained growth of Cairns as a tourist destination, offering countless opportunities for visitors and locals alike to indulge in the spectacular beauty, and to try their luck at bringing home some of the top reef and sports fishing prizes anywhere in Australia. Need anymore proof? From the words of Sir David Attenborough himself; “It’s got mountains, it’s got tropical rainforest, it’s got the Barrier Reef. It’s got wonderful creatures that occur nowhere else. It’s a great place.”

Where we can take you in Cairns

We offer a variety of charter trips leaving the Cairns Marina, from day tours to extended Coral Sea adventures. Our excursions will be aboard our Charter boat ‘Sir Reel’ vessel, a 58 foot Conquest Vessel. Explore the spectacular Reefs in comfort, with ‘Sir Reel’ accommodating large groups fishing in Cairns  with all the mod-cons including TV, Air-Con & most importantly enough freezer space for all your catch! Check out what we from Cairns offer below.


Coral Sea Adventure

Black and blue marlin, huge dog tooth tuna, wahoo, GT’s, coral trout, green job fish, red bass and much more.

This region of the Coral Sea has long been regarded as the most productive producer of BIG game species, with black and blue marlin being prolific through the warmer Summer months.

The Fishing

Well, let us open this paragraph by saying “brace yourselves”. No matter your preferred style, the team at Northern Conquest Charters cater for all styles of fishing including both heavy and light Tackle game fishing, sport fishing, metal jigging, soft plastics, popper casting and trolling.

This fishing is nothing short of tremendously exciting here. The visibility through the gin clear azure waters allows the angler to see fish rise from the bottom to smash your surface lures. In our opinion there is nothing more exciting than watching your surface lure disappear in an eruption of foaming white water. Its visual and addictive, but warning, a spare change of underwear may be required on occasion! Read more in our Trip Reports and Reviews

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Extended Reef Experience


All our trips are catered and high quality meals are prepared by our on board chef, Roly. Roly has been in Australia for a number of years but has spent a lifetime cooking in Europe. His experience ensures that you will only be dining on the best. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requests.


Please contact us for information about our prices.


  • Air port Pick up
  • Breakfast- Bacon, Sausages, Omelettes, cereal, fruit and yoghurt.
  • Morning Tea- Cakes, biscuits and fruit
  • Lunch- BBQ, cold meat, Caesar salad, green salads. Sometimes the cook will do dishes like spaghetti bolognaise and others
  • Afternoon Savouries-Savour platter’s, chips and dips.
  • Dinner- Roasts, BBQ’s and speciality dishes. Also vegetable and salads. Also fish will be cooked if our clients prefer.
  • Dessert- Apple Pie, Sticky date and ice cream
  • Tackle- All terminal tackle supplied for bottom fishing. This includes sinkers, hooks, line, leader and trolling lures.
  • Bait- Quality squid and pilchards along with fresh cut baits at sea.
  • Ice

Not included

  • Alcohol-Not supplied but you are welcome to BYO.Please bring cans if possible.
  • We can also have alcohol delivered for the bigger groups.
  • Rods and reels- We do not supply free of charge. We do however have a hire service and these are at $15.00 per day.
  • Speciality Lures- We do not supply jigs, soft plastics, poppers etc. If you would like advice on these lures please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can recommend types.

Get in touch with us to see how we can cater an extended reef trip for your group! See more about these experiences in our Trip Reports and Reviews

Target Species

We pride ourselves on delivering the best quality fishing that the Cairns region has to offer.

We think a more relevant question would be what won’t I catch? There is literally a plethora of diversity on offer out there. Commonly we would base our night charter on targeting iconic Australian sports species such as coral trout, red emperor and large mouth nannygai. Of course that’s not to say you won’t tangle with a whole host of other great types as well. Species such as spangled emperor, cobia, cod, green job, mangrove jack (reef jacks) are a common and most welcome by-catch during these dedicated sessions.

Our experienced and helpful deckhands will gut, gill and bag up your prize so it is ready for you upon return to port.

Fishing Locations

Leaving the Marlin Marina in the Cairns CBD, our charter boat will take you out into the heart of Tropical North Queensland’s finest waters. Our locations vary from day to day, with our expert guides basing where we will take you on what the marine wildlife is doing. Our ‘Roaming Permit’ allows us to pick and choose the most active spots, when the fish are biting – so you won’t get stuck in one spot. Fish activity, weather, and the guests on board play a bit part in determining the best spots to drop line, and our guides with their indepth local knowledge will get you hooked up in no time!

Styles of Fishing

Custom Trips

After something in particular? Northern Conquest Charters can cater to your needs – whether for your group or personal expectations, we can put together a great package suited to you.

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  • We just got off the boat after a 4 day fishing trip and all 10 of us loved it. All the staff were great and could'nt do enough to make you feel comfortable which made our trip thoughly enjoyable. Mick the chef cooked up a storm, and I think ive put on 2kgs in 4 days, hehe. Carl and Bill were sensational deckies and really new their stuff and never stoped working throughout the whole trip. We picked a bad week for the weather unfortunatly, but a big thanks goes out to the skipper (Bob) for always trying to get us on the fish when mother nature was against us. Thanks again, Chris from the Wandering Fisho's 2016.Christopher Rimmer
  • Thanks Cliff/Stu/Jeremy & Cade for another great trip! We have been doing yearly charters to Northern Australia since 2009 and the 2 trips we have had with Northern Conquest (one from Townsville and one from Cairns) have been the 2 best fishing trips we have been on. Over this period we have been lucky enough to have only dealt with good charter operators. However, Norther Conquest Charters is not only the best Charter company I have dealt with, they are the best company I have dealt with from the tourism industry period. The organising of the trip couldn’t be easier. On our first trip to Townsville we were picked up from the airport, driven to a bottle shop, dropped off at a pub for lunch while the crew got the boat ready, picked up from the pub 2 hours later and then dropped off at the marina with our bags already on the boat and our drinks on ice. Getting on the boat my father said “this is too easy, the fishing can’t be any good” (he was wrong). Not only has Cliff organised our accommodation on both of our trips, we have also been transferred from the marina to our hotel with our gear and our boxes of frozen fish (saving us 2-3 taxis). Whilst on the boat, the crew work tirelessly to ensure their customers are always comfortable and happy (and well fed). Our party is split between those who like bottom bashing and those who like trolling. On both of our trips Stu has kept the bottom bashing and trolling camps happy – a task no other skipper we have fished with has accomplished. The question each year used to be which charter company to book. The question is now which Northern Conquest charter to book.Simon, Denys, Darren, Ken, Dean & Bad Jimmy

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