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 boats, 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 have 2 boats: the Mad-Mundi, which can take 3 guests, and Eco-Mundi, which takes 2 guests. We keep our numbers small and our experience big.


Awesome full day sole fishing charter. Price includes transfers from Cairns, Beaches and Port Douglas. Morning tea, lunch, soft drinks, tea and coffee, as well as quality tackle.

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Light refreshments, soft drinks and tea and coffee are included in the charter price. As is a selection of quality fishing tackle and your personalised, experienced lure fishing guide.

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Lure fishing for Barramundi has it all. Great strike, fight hard, jump, and many different techniques can be applied to give you the best chance at catching one of the Far North’s most iconic river and estuary sport fish. Contact us to arrange a barra charter today.

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The Fish Hunter FNQ Cairns lure fishing charters are fully guided by an experienced local expert. We have 2 boats and will use the best one to suit your group size and fishing preferences. Mad-Mundi is our main boat, a 5.2m full custom aluminium sport fishing vessel, built locally by Ocean Blue Boats in 2020. Powered by a 60hp Mercury engine, with full Humminbird electronics and Minn Kota electric motor. Maximum capacity of 3 guests. While Eco-Mundi is a later model 4.4m custom craft, designed and built for sport fishing. Powered by a 40hp Yamaha engine. Maximum capacity of 2 guests. There is a set price for our Cairns lure fishing charters and make sure you book in advance to get the dates and times you want. Please note all prices are GST inclusive – and all charters are subject to weather conditions.

FULL DAY CHARTERMorning Pick-Up: 6.30am, Afternoon Drop-Off: 5.30pm$900 - 2 Guests$1200 - 3 Guests
HALF DAY CHARTER (Cairns Only)Morning: 6.30am – 11.30am, Afternoon: 12.30pm – 5.30pm$600 - 2 Guests$650 - 3 Guests

What Our Customers Think

"The Fish Hunter sportfishing charter is an experience not to be missed by avid lure fisherman and eager novices alike. Will tailors the quality equipment provided and techniques used to suit both conditions and angler requirements very well. We had an absolute ball and hope to return again!!! "

Caitlin Victoria

"Thank you Will, for a fantastic day out. Des and I learnt a huge amount about using lures and plastics. You put us on some amazing spots and it was great to be able to catch fish all day long and such a variety of fish. The scenery up the creek was also amazing. We will be sure to give you a call next time we are up that way."

Brendan Parker

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When it comes to lure fishing around Cairns everyone thinks Barramundi, and why not – they have it all!! Great strike, hard fighting, jump, they really get the blood pumping.

But of course, there’s more to Cairns than just barra and we’re keen to show you just how good the lure fishing can be, up here.

Depending on the time of year, our destination and locations will vary. Everything from shallow weed bed fishing, to snags and mangrove edges, to fishing drains in the wet season. Your host Will Pritchard, has been lure fishing Cairns rivers for more than 20 years. He’s experienced at finding and catching the big fish and will take you there.


Fish Hunter FNQ caters to lure fishermen of all experience levels. We specialise in sole charters, with a maximum of 3 guests, enabling us to ensure you have the very best time.

Our custom-built sport fishing boats are equipped with all the fish finding equipment, as well as quality lure and tackle, to provide memorable full or half day Cairns lure fishing charters. If you prefer, bring your own gear.

We frequent the World Heritage listed Daintree and Johnstone Rivers, as well as the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers. If you’re short on time, there’s always Trinity Inlet for a half day charter. So come with us and enjoy our scenic, freshwater rainforest rivers and mangrove lined estuaries. Let’s see what’s biting.


Charter transfer times may vary, depending on availability, location collection and specific requirements.

Note: Food provided may contain gluten and dairy products.

Deposit / Confirmation

A 15% deposit is required within 7 days of your booking confirmation.


If cancelled less than 7 days prior to departure, a 100% cancellation fee will apply. A surcharge applies for credit card payments.


  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Lightweight, long sleeved clothing
  • Footwear (water friendly)
  • Insect repellent

All fishing gear is supplied on a replace if lost or damaged basis. You’re also welcome to bring your own gear, if you prefer.

Feel free to bring along a couple of canned beers, but no more than a 6 pack please. We’re here to catch fish, not a hangover.

Johnstone River
Russell River
Mulgrave River
Tinaroo Dam
Port Douglas
Daintree River