Summer night fishing is in full swing aboard Northern Conquest Charters boat ‘Sir Reel’. Northern Conquest Charters offer a very popular option which will allow you to enjoy both day and night time reef fishing.  Our boat ‘Sir Reel’ will depart between 4pm to 6pm and return to shore 24 hours later.  Or alternatively we also offer an all-night trip departing at 6pm and returning at 6am.  Both trips are available on Friday and Saturday nights.  Our comfortable boat offers air conditioned cabins with comfortable beds so you can either choose to fish all night or have a rest in comfort.

If you’ve never tried night fishing, now is the time. Fishing at night gets you out of the heat of the day, and gives you a great chance to bring home some of the best eating fish possible! With the weather warming up in Cairns, there’s no better time to fish than at night time.  Fish that are sluggish during the day get very active at night, which results in some incredibly exciting fishing on the reef.

Out on the reef, night time is usually when all the big fish tend to come out.  We’re generally on the hunt for the following species:

  • Mangrove Jacks
  • Red emperor
  • Large mouth Nannygai
  • Gold band snapper

There are a few reasons why some big fish become more active at night:

  • The water is cooler.
  • There is an abundance of food.
  • The fish don’t need to seek shelter from the sun.
  • Generally, the cooler water makes them hungrier so they on the hunt for food.

If you have the stamina, you can fish all night while you’re out on the reef or we have air conditioned cabins if you want to take a rest.  Our crew are passionate about reef fishing and so if the fishing goes off the boil, we will simply shift spots at any time necessary during the night.  We can anchor in a shallow reef and target Spangled and Red throat Emperor or we can anchor in deep water and chase Red emperor and Nannygai.  We are all locals to the area and have been exploring these waters for many years. We will use our knowledge, experience and skills to help you capitilise on the exceptional fishing on offer in the Great Barrier Reef.

Spending a night out on the Great Barrier Reef is something you’re not likely to forget.  The warm, tropical weather combined with the clear night skies make an ideal setting for some great great fishing. Fishing at night can get pretty exciting as all the big fish tend to come out!  So if you’re looking for some fishing with a bit of extra excitement, contact Northern Conquest Charters about one of our reef trips. 

Contact us to book your charter or enquire:

Northern Conquest Charters

Ph 0429639514


  • Great trip out of Cairns on Sir Reel with a terrific crew. The skipper worked hard to find us fish all week and the boys were amazing around the deck making our life easy with rigs and fish. Chris was the master chef all week. Cannot rate these guys highly enough. Recommended.Dale Bainbridge
  • 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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