Mission Beach

Fish for: Spanish Mackerel, Coral Trout, Giant Trevally, Saddletail Snapper, Cobia, Red Emperor, Spangled Emperor, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo

Avail Seasons: All Year

Location: Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Recommended stay: 5 Days, 6 Nights

Accomodation: Air-conditioned quality hotel, twin share

Other activities: Snorkeling, Whale watching

Pricing: From $1,975 pp for 3 days 3 nights on a 4 per boat basis

Mission Beach is a pretty coastal town situated 140 kms south of Cairns on the shores of the Coral Sea, surrounded by World Heritage rainforest on one side and the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef on the other.

It’s the latter that makes it such an exciting fishing destination. There’s a huge range of pelagic and reef species to target and methods to target them.

  • Surface lures could get smashed by giant trevally leaving a cavernous hole in the water where the attack occurred or Spanish mackeral as they attack from below at speed and leap metres into the air.
  • Float pilchards through the water column which Spaniards and cobia find hard to resist.
  • Jigging plastics for coral trout amongst the rugged country in which they hide.
  • Tempting trophies like red emperor and large mouth nannygai with squid and fish baits.
  • Fish the wonky holes that attract a huge variety of target species including red emperor, saddle tail snapper, red throat emperor, sweetlip and Spanish mackeral.
  • Game fish for marlin, mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna, sailfish and wahoo.

Our guide is the best in the area and has a myriad of marks that are proven producers. The boat comfortably fish up to 5 anglers and all equipment is top shelf.


A typical day starts at 7.30am and runs through to 4pm.


Accommodation is an air-conditioned quality hotel, twin share at Mission Beach and there is an array of eateries scattered throughout town.


We can organise transfers for you from Cairns to Mission Beach and back with the other option being get a hire car at the airport giving you more flexibility to explore the area when you’re not out fishing. Drive time is about 90 minutes.


  • Accommodation in a quality hotel in Mission Beach
  • Professional and qualified guide who also happens to be the best in the area.
  • Top quality boat and fishing equipment


  • This is a self-catered trip. There is a restaurant at your hotel and various options in Mission Beach.
  • Transfers – most guests like to drive themselves but we can organise transfers for you.

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