Victoria boasts a large number of inland lakes and rivers that offer anglers unlimited opportunities to target both introduced and native species. Lake Purrumbete is one such waterway and holds a range of species that is sure to captivate and entertain anglers of all ages (not to mention put some protein on the table).
Formed from a volvanic crater, the lake has crystal clear water and extensive weedbeds around the perimeter dropping off into deep water. These weedbeds and rocky shorelines are rife with baitfish, shrimp and other aquatic life that create a smorgasbord for the brown, rainbow and brook trout that have been stocked by fisheries, not to mention the chinook salmon and redfin perch. The result is an exciting and productive system that can turn on the action on any given day, surprising and exciting even the most experienced lure and fly fishos.
Victorian Inland Charters is well equipped with modern boats and electronics that put the angler in the right spot, at the right time to mess with some quality fish. And our charters are a wonderful introduction to fishing for kids and are suitable for those who have never fishd before right up to the seasoned angler.
You really won’t need to bring much except a sense of adventure and some personal effects such as hat and sunscreen, camera and sunglasses. Your guide has all of the tackle, lures and accessories you’ll need and you’re welcome to use them on a “you break, you replace” basis. Of course, keen anglers are welcome to bring their own tackle if they prefer.
A light lunch and refreshments are provided and we can assist with transfers and local accommodation if required (additional costs apply).
Fishing the freshwater lakes and rivers is not just a passion for Mick Evans, but a way of life as well. Mick loves what he does and can’t imagine not being in a position to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for fishing with his clients.
Nestled just inland of Gympie in the magical hinterland of South East Queensland, Lake Borumba is nothing short of a fishing playground. Surrounded by dense natural rainforest the the tranquility and superb scenery only heighten the fishing experience.
Well stocked with extremely well conditioned Australian bass and saratoga, the lake also holds silver and golden perch and a good population of the protected Mary River Cod. All of these species thrive and grow fat in the diverse habitat of the lake, which includes dense stands of vegetation, old creek channels, prolific standing and fallen timber, rocky shorelines and plenty more.
The ultra modern fishing platform from which you’ll explore these waters might seem out of place in such idyllic natural surroundings, yet it somehow fits in and provides comfort and all the electronic wizardry you could want to find and tempt fish. Be sure to take the opportunity to learn from a master of sounder interpretation and take away some skills that will serve you well for life.
Of course, finding fish is just part of the puzzle for a tournament angler. The next part is having some knowledge and techniques that place you ahead of your fellow competitors. And whilst you’re not on this trip to win a tournament, rest assured thetips you pick up will definitely take your fishing to new heights.
Your experience includes pickup and dropoff from within 10km of Noosaville (or greater distances by negotiation – additional costs may apply), all tackle, snacks, lunch and refreshments.
Personal effects such as hat and sunscreen, camera and polarised sunglasses are all you’ll need to bring, although you’re welcome to bring your own lure or fly fishing tackle if you wish! Note that you’ll need to go online and get yourself a stocked impoundments fishing licence before setting off.
Callum is a talented tournament bass angler and was the youngest competitor ever to win the Bass Pro comp. He’s held the world record for Australian Bass, both won and been runner up for the coveted “Angler Of The Year” award and has consistently been on the leader board in Bass tournaments. When he’s not competing, Callum operates a guided fishing business and is working on a line of blades lures specifically designed with Australian Bass in mind.
The Mulgrave River is located around 50km south of Cairns, in Far North Queensland and is a spectacular and scenic system that starts in the mountains near Babinda and discharges to the coral sea some 70km to the east.
This area is one of the wettest parts of Australia, which results in trmendously lush tropical vegetation and clear, cool water that supports an amazing array of fish species. Jungle perch and sooty grunter are the two main species of interest in this system, but barramundi, mangrove jack, tarpon and archerfish are also common captures. Head down to the more saline estuary waters and you can add trevally, queenfish and barred javelin to the list.
Imagine pushing far upstream into the headwaters in a specially fitted out boat to where few anglers can access, then drift fishing back on the currents making casts at the pockets, holes, overhangs and other structures in the clear waters. Suck in the clean, fresh tropical air and be ready to see crocodiles and an amazing range of birdlife along the way. Hooking a fish is almost a distraction…… almost.
This is essentially a catch and release fishing experience, although guests are welcome to take a mangrove jack or barramundi (in season) home with them.
You can bring your own gear if you wish, but all tackle and lures can be provided by your guide (on a “replace if broken” basis), along with a light lunch, snacks and some refreshments. Transfers to and from your accommodation in Cairns can also be arranged.
Personal effects such as a hat, camera, sunscreen and polarised sun glasses are the only requirements……. along with some insect repellant and a spray jacket. It is the wet tropics, after all!
Brett Parks has been guiding fly and lure fishers on the rivers of Far North Queensland for many years and is intimately familiar not only with the fish but the multitude of wildlife that can be observed along the way.
Cairns lure fishing charters, hosted and guided by one of the most experienced local experts, is what we deliver at Fish Hunter FNQ. We’ve got the boat, the equipment, the passion, and most importantly the knowledge, to provide fantastic full and half day lure fishing experiences. We supply quality Shimano reels and G Loomis rods, using 20 to 30 pound braid. These combos will handle just about everything you’re likely to encounter. Enjoy watching the prized Barramundi eating your shallow running lure in under a metre of water, or experience Trevally and Queenfish crash a surface popper. During the wetter months (January to May), we can travel to the upper reaches of the rivers chasing species like Sooty Grunter, Jungle Perch, Mangrove Jack and Barra, some of these days can produce unbelievable numbers of fish. We keep our numbers small and our experience big.
Trinity Inlet is a spectacular ocean inlet and extensive mangrove wetland on the doorstep of fishing paradise – Cairns, Far North Queensland. With limited freshwater inflow even during the wet season, the inlet ecosystem is tidally driven, resulting in diverse fish populations. Depending on the time of year, anglers can expect to ecounter iconic northern estuary species, such as barramundi, mangrove jack and fingermark bream, plus the oceanic visitors like trevally and queenfish.
Northern Australia experiences relatively large tidal movement, so a full day on the inlet allows anglers to take advantage of all the opportunities. Your guide will help you explore the dense mangrove forests that harbour large numbers of hungry and feisty mangrove jack, the wrecks and sunken structure that hold barramundi and fingermark bream and the creek mouths where at certain trevally and queenfish aggressively smash surface lures with reckless abandon.
Expect some wonderful tuition on skip casting to jacks, effectively working shallow diving jerkbaits for barra or popping and stickbaiting the surface feeders for splashy strikes.
And if you’re Cairns-based then your vehicle travel will be minimised and your time on the water throwing lures will be maximised. In fact, you can be out of your hotel and into casting lures in just 20 minutes!
Your experience includes all of the tackle that you’ll need for the day, plus boating and safety gear and expert tuition, of course. A light lunch and refreshments are provided and we can assist with transfers and local accommodation if required (additional costs apply).
Personal effects such as hat and sunscreen, camera and polarised sunglasses are all you’ll need to bring. That said, you are welcome to bring your own tackle if you wish.
Will Pritchard is the guide, owner and operator of Fish Hunter FNQ and has spent a lifetime in the recreational fishing industry, including a 20 year career crewing on gameboats out of Cairns for giant black marlin. Fish Hunter FNQ has brought him back to his passion for sharing his knowledge and love of fishing in some of the most beautiful rivers and estuaries Australia has to offer!
Located in mountainous terrain, the Gold Coast & Tweed Valley are arguably some of the most picturesque of all fishing spots in Australia. For this experience you’ll be joining guide and fisheries scientist Simon Fitzpatrick as he helps you find and fool Australian bass and southern saratoga on Hize Dam, Clarrie Hall Dam or the Tweed River.
The sheer beauty and tranquility of these wetlands ensures that time spent fishing here is time spent regenerating the soul. Kayaking, canoeing and electric-powered boats are the only way that some of these areas can be accessed – so you won’t have your day spoiled by some ratbag roaring around in a noisy boat. The peacefulness and stealthy approach also ensures the fish won’t be alerted to your presence before you make them an offer they simply can’t refuse.
Like all of the best guided fishing experiences, a Northern Rivers Sportfishing isn’t just about being spoonfed information, it’s about contributing to your ongoing fishing education and and improving your ability to catch fish where ever you wet a line in future.
Your experience includes all of the tackle that you’ll require for the day, plus a light lunch and refreshments. Your fishing licences are included and we can assist with finding accommodation and with transfers from where you’re staying to your fishing destination.
Personal effects such as hat and sunscreen, camera and polarised sunglasses are all you’ll need to bring, although you’re welcome to bring your own fishing tackle if you wish!
Simon Fitzpatrick is a highly experienced fishing guide, qualified fisheries scientist and all round lure and fly fishing tragic. He’s a member of the Professional Fishing Instructors and Guides Association of Australia, a trained Fishcare Volunteer, first aid certified and is accredited to work with children.