Barra fishing charter destinations

Why Hinchinbrook Island is the perfect destination for barra fishing charters

Many people agree that Hinchinbrook is the perfect destination for Barramundi fishing charters.

And being one of the guides that operate here, I’m certainly not going to argue!

I have been running barra fishing charters for nearly 3 decades with many of those years in the Townsville to Burdekin region and I moved up to Hinchinbrook in 2006. The thing I love most about running barra fishing charters here is the flexibility you have as far as fishing styles and locations and there is always somewhere to go no matter how windy it gets.

Most of my barra fishing charters are done in the main channel especially when targeting species such as fingermark, black jewfish, big golden grunter and of course barramundi, but when the wind blows it makes it difficult to fish many areas out in the open.

This is where the flexibility comes in because if its blowing southerly then you can always cross the top end from Cardwell and head to Missionary Bay and when you return in the afternoon the wind usually swings to the north-east and allows any easy run home especially crossing the channel.

If it’s a vicious south-easter you can most times be able to run from fishers creek which is a sheltered part of the channel and it’s the gateway to the expansive Benjamin Flats and the small boat passage, which all provide good sheltered fishing spots. All these areas boast a number of different ecosystems such as flats, deep holes and snag lined creeks and most of the fishing methods are lure casting and jigging. This is why all barra fishing charters operating in the region promote and engage in luring. If live baiting is your thing then there is also a number of guides that provide this service, including myself.

The channel is also closed to large mesh east coast barra nets so it allows fish to escape the effects of overfishing, an important consideration for anyone thinking of heading on a barra fishing charter.

There are quite a few guys that run barramundi fishing charters in the Hinchinbrook area. Some are local in both Cardwell and Lucinda and others do days trips from both Townsville and Cairns. Many different styles of fishing are catered for including fly fishing, lure casting, live baiting and also trolling and jigging. A quick look at google should put you in touch with most operators and you can do your research as to what barra fishing charter operator may suit you best.

Of course we have been running barra charters for many years here at Hinchinbrook and have caught over 2000 metre plus barra for clients. If you’d like to book with us simply click the link at the bottom of this email although be warned, we are booked out many months ahead.

One of the other things I enjoy about running barra fishing charters in Hinchinbrook is the stunning backdrop of the many volcanic ranges that tower over the channel with Mount Bowen leading the way.

For a long time Hinchinbrook has been voted the most scenic fishing destination in Australia.

Check out our short video on the area, including the obligatory big fish action, that I have prepared for you.

For those that enjoy fishing as well as nature, Hinchinbrook is a must see destination for you. Hinchinbrook is serviced by both Cardwell and Lucinda and there are so many other attractions such as Zoe Bay and falls as well as conquering the Thorsbourne trail.

Cyclone Yasi had a significant impact in the region back in Feb 2011. Many mangrove forests were destroyed along with everything else in its path. Barra fishing charters came to a holt with many many cancellations due to no services and lost accommodation. After a 10 month relocation to Townsville, we eventually returned to Cardwell and started trips again to the stage now we are 12 months booked ahead and business is booming. For some before and after Cyclone Yasi photos Click Here.

I guess you might say that Hinchinbrook is the perfect destination to do a barra fishing charter.

If you are interested in coming on charter with us, simply click the button to get in contact and we can arrange a date for you.

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Big Barra Series 

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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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