Went fishing with Cairns Fishing Charters 28th Of March 2014. Enjoyed the day and will review it based on boat, crew and fishing.
This company actually has 2 vessels, the 48 foot Aqua Cat and 42 foot Blue whaler with numbers capped at 16 and 14 respectively. I was on blue whaler and we had 9 passengers (including myself) and the aquacat also went out that day with a full load (but to another area). I believe they fill the aquacat first and then if there are enough, take the blue whaler also. I felt there was enough space so you weren’t sitting shoulder to shoulder. It must be said that these are slow vessels, with a maximum speed of around 12 knots. As such it was a 4.5 hour round trip to the destination and back. Because of this I would recommend passengers consider taking an ipad if you have one (should be safe if left in the cabin where it won’t get wet) to keep you entertained on these distances. Given we left at around 700 and got back around 1600, you actually spent nearly as much time travelling as you did fishing, which it a bit frustrating although unavoidable as these distances are required to find good fishing. The equipment provided were Shimano eggbears/spin rods with heavy monofilament line – they were OK but I maybe retrospectively would’ve brought my own gear if I could go back in time. Rigs seemed to be an issue with an enormous amount of fish lost including numerous where it would break halfway up the line/at the swivel/on connect to the hook. Handlines were also available although they didn’t appear to have a supply of gloves which would be a point of improvement I can recommend. Food (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) as well as drinks (softdrinks and water, BYO alcohol) also provided. There was a toilet in the cabin at the front of the boat which was OK although probably wouldn’t win any awards if you were a lady.
I can’t recall our skippers name unfortunately but our deckie’s name was Cass. Both were fantastic at what they did and very friendly. Skipper certainly seemed to know what he was doing and it was no surprise that he put us on the fish after only 3 stops. They were friendly to everyone onboard and the deckie particularly worked hard when needed. My only criticism was that they had a tendency to want to get in on the fishing action themselves at times which I have seen happen on other charter boats I have been on as well but can be a little annoying when you need a hand with something and they can’t help because they are fighting a fish. Overall however, given the fishing was so good this wasn’t a huge deal.
Fishing was red hot. We had a couple of stops which didn’t produce too much but 3rd spot was a cracker with a huge school of large mouth nannygai on the chew. IN the end between 9 + 2 crew we landed 21 nannygai, 1 cobia, 2 mackerel, 1 long nose emperor, 1 spangled, 3 travelly, 1 trout and maybe 20 other undersized/unwanted fish. The amount of lost fish was astronomical, maybe 30+ fish due to sharks, equipment failure, poor angling, etc. Some would’ve been monster nannygai that couldn’t be handled. It was literally drop your line and you were on in around 30 seconds. Sounds like we had a good day though, as nannygai fishing can be notoriously hit and miss.
Overall I've done a bit of fishing in my time and would recommend this company to others. I think the boat was well set up and the crew worked hard to give us a good day. Thanks for the day I will definitely be back.
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