Aerial photo of the mouth of the Daintree River

Private Fishing Charters

River Fishing

With a wealth of experience behind him, Jamie Beitzel is extremely well versed in all facets of river fishing. Techniques include the following:

  • lure
  • popper
  • soft plastics
  • fly fishing and;
  • the very productive method of live baiting

He caters for all levels of angling from the experienced fisho, to the novice and especially family arrangements. 

With such a vast waterway stretching from the river mouth, into the middle sections of brackish water and right up into the fresh, Jamie knows this system like no other. 

The lower or saltwater section of the Daintree River mouth up to the Cape Tribulation Ferry Crossing covers around 25km of tributaries and main channel. It is home to the biggest queenfish in the area surpassing over 1m, the most abundant supply of the highly sought after fingermark, a constant run of golden trevally / Gt's, the biggest grunter javelinfish across the flats, ready supply of famous mud crabs as well as your hall mark barramundi and mangrove jack. There are lots of other surprises that frequent the lower river at various times including permit, flathead, big shovel nose ray, stingrays, feather bream and sickle fish to name a few. 

As you move into the upper reaches covering a further 15km of unique river, barramundi, mangrove jack, tarpon and trevally push deep into the system. As you pass the Daintree Village, archerfish and perch are also a viable catch.  

Overall it is the river fishing mecca of FNQ. 

As part of the experience in this World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, you'll have the very best croc spotting opportunities and take in some very unique flora and fauna.

Half day river rates

Duration: 4 hours

Passengers: Minimum of 1, maximum of 4

Cost: $500 total

Full day river rates

Duration: 8 hours

Passengers: Minimum of 1, maximum of 4

Cost: $900 total

* Can take additional passengers (up to a total of 8). Price on application.


Coastal Fishing

For the more adventurous, heading out of the river mouth to the close proximity of Snapper Island, adjacent Wrecks and Coastal Reef is right down Jamie Beitzel's alley. With an intricate knowledge of this amazing coastline he is the best equipped guide in the area to provide those big prized fish you only dream of. The scenery is also just breathtaking, adding to a wonderful experience. In season whales, dolphins and tuna schools just add to the spectacle. 

Big extra large fish targeted include large mouth nannygai, bar cheek coral trout, fingermark, queenfish, spanish mackerel inclusive of the school and grey species, giant trevally along with a string of other hard fighting members of the family. And there's a lot more out there as well. 

It is coastal light tackle sportfishing at its finest and can include popper, jigging, trolling and live / dead baiting. Jamie is so well versed on the seasons and fish movements that you are in the best company for a big day out tussling with life long memories of fishing moments. He'll know what will work best at any given time of year. 

Suitable for all levels of angling and weather dependent.

Half day coastal rates

Duration: 4 or 5 hours

Passengers: Minimum of 1, maximum of 4

Cost: $650 to $800 total

Full day coastal rates

Duration: 8 hours

Passengers: Minimum of 1, maximum of 4

Cost: $1200 total

* Can take additional passengers. Price on application.


Specialised Charter Options

By enquiry, we also offer:

  • offshore charters;
  • corporate groups;
  • filming and photography;
  • mud crabbing, and;
  • wildlife tours, eg. bird watching and croc spotting;

that can be catered for as well. Contact us to discuss any of these options.

What to bring

  • Wide brimmed hat / Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses / Insect repellant
  • Camera
  • Sunsmart clothing
  • Footwear (water friendly)
  • BYO preferred drinks & food
  • BYO alcohol is allowed

Terms and Conditions

  • A 72hr 100% cancellation fee applies prior to the starting time
  • All coastal trips are subject to weather
  • A credit card is required to secure your booking