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North Queensland is world famous as a destination for keen fisher people. All types of fishing is available from deep sea reef fishing to estuary, to freshwater, to fly fishing for marlins (believe it or not). The Great Barrier Reef waters are rich and abundant with hard fighting and very tasty fish of all descriptions.

Professional fishing charters are available throughout North Queensland. They are quite affordable and they can cater for your particular interest. You can charter the entire boat or simply join a vessel going out for the day.

Hire boats, house boats and live aboard yacht charters are another way to spend lazy days fishing in superb locations such as the Whitsunday Islands, Hinchinbrook Island and the Daintree River.

Lure fishing is particularly popular. This is an art form. After losing 4 or 5 lures all worth about $15 each you soon realise that it is not as easy as it first appears. Lures are very effective on most of the popular species such as barramundi, mangrove jack, finger mark and trevally.

Lake Tinaroo, west of Cairns on the Atherton Tableland is one of the few places where you can fish for barramundi all year round. This large man made lake has been stocked with these prized fighting fish over 15 years. Lake Tinaroo holds the record for the largest Barramundi ever caught. This monster weighed over 24 kilogrammes. Fish of this quality are caught reasonably often.

People catching bait with cast nets are a common site on the tidal flats on the Cairns Esplanade. Live bait such as prawns, herring and other small school fish are said to be the best.

There are over 100 boat ramps in North Queensland. They all have information on bag limits and safe boating protocol for that particular area. They also carry warning about Saltwater or Estuarine Crocodiles, animals that enjoy the same environment as barramundi, mangrove jacks, cods and salmon.

Most hotels will gladly cook up your fish. There is nothing more satisfying than enjoying a coral trout meal fresh from the Great Barrier Reef. Don't worry if you have a bad day on the boat. There are plenty of seafood restaurants in and around Cairns to satisfy even the biggest seafood appetite.

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