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Port Douglas was once a quaint and quiet little fishing village, now it has grown into the sophistication of a world class holiday destination, however fishing is still a favourite pastime, and the industry is alive and thriving with a multitude of commercial fishing charters and professional fishermen. Port Douglas is highly rated as one of Australia's premier sports fishing and game fishing holiday destinations. This is due to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea and the nearby rivers and estuaries. Both reef and estuary fishing trips are widely available, catering from beginners through to the experienced fishing enthusiasts, and each offering unique fishing experiences. If you prefer a day of action then shark fishing, light tackle fishing, popper fishing or the ultimate in sport fishing - heavy tackle, are options too.
Reef fishing charters offer full day trips out to the reef. Most of the shared charters use hand lines to fish for prized Coral Trout or Red Emperor which is easy to catch on these trips. Other common reef species include Sea Perch (Nannygai), Mackerel, Cobia, Trevally, Cod, Spangled Emperor and Reef Red Bream (Mangrove Jack). All charters supply you with all the equipment you need, so all you need to bring is sun screen and enjoy a wonderful adventure fishing on the waters of Port Douglas. The day fishing boats will even gut and bag your fish for you to take home and enjoy on a BBQ.
The Norseman is a purpose-designed 18m (60ft) and custom-made vessel, fitted with the latest in state-of-the-art fishfinding, navigational and entertainment equipment. The vessel can comfortably accommodate up to 30 passengers on shared daily charters. Offering daily tours that specialise in reef fishing; species are targeted using either handlines or rods with overhead Penn reels, and whenever possible, float lines for the elusive GT (Giant Trevally), Spanish Mackerel, Tuna and Wahoo.
Light & Heavy Tackle Fishing
Heavy Tackle Game Fishing is only available between late September through to late December and is available on a sole charter basis only. Custom built rods and top of the range Duel and Penn International reels are used. (Max 4 persons) This is for the most serious of anglers and some fitness is definitely required to be able to tackle giant Pacific Black Marlin, massive wahoo, dogtooth tuna and spanish mackerel. Light Tackle Game Fishing is available all year round on sole charter basis only, using the latest Shimano tackle for the larger pelagic species such as spanish mackerel, tuna, wahoo, shark and sailfish (Max 6 persons).
Dragon Lady is a purpose built 34ft Cairns Custom Craft Game Boat offering shared reef charters, and private sole charter light and heavy tackle fishing. The Skipper, Steve Adamson, has been fishing these northern waters for the last 30 years. With his knowledge and skill, he is sure to provide an adrealin filled day. Onboard, only the best 50lb and 80lb Duel, Penn and Shimano game reels on custom built bent butt rods are used, to land that giant catch.
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Dragon Lady Game Fishing Charters
For those who prefer peace and tranquility, there's nothing better than dropping a line in the calm Port Douglas estuarine waters. Suitable for all the family, and especially suitable for people who can suffer from sea sickness. The inlet is protected by the mangroves so when it’s windy on the coast, you can fish comfortably. Choose from a half day or full day fishing charter with a local, knowledgable and experienced guide who will show you the best spots for catching prized Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Tarpon, Queenfish ato name a few, with well over a 100 different species in total to be caught fishing in and around Port Douglas estuarine waters. A catch and release system is used to ensure fish sustainability for future generations.
Trinity Sportfishing has been operating half and full day fishing charters out of Port Douglas for over 20 years. Bill, your local knowledgable guide is a fishing addict, so you are guaranteed to have some fun and a great experience. With a minimum number of 2 and a maximum number of 6, you can be sure that you will receive personalised service, whether you are a novice or experienced angler, an adult or a child! Quality Shimano tackle is used as well as custom built sportfishing rods.