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22.03.2012

 

Between the cities of Cairns and Townsville lies the CassowaryCoast, stretching over 200 kilometres from Babinda down to Cardwell. The region is bordered by the Great Barrier Reef to the east and the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest to the west and encompasses offshore islands, golden sandy beaches, cool mountain streams, waterfalls and mangrove everglades. The fauna is wide and varied with crocodiles, cassowaries, butterflies, birdlife and all the tropical sports fish you can think of.

The Cassowary Coast takes its name from the mighty flightless rainforest bird, the Cassowary. This beautiful and powerful bird is a truly amazing sight, with a large hump on its head and large feet that are tipped with long and dangerous claws. Despite their size, they are somewhat elusive and even when they are spotted, they only need take two steps into the rainforest before disappearing completely from view.

Along the Cassowary Coast you will fall in love with all the beachside communities such as Kurrimine Beach, BramstonBeach, Mission Beach and Etty Bay, as well as small towns such as Babinda, Innisfail and Tully. There are a number of other beautiful towns and coastal communities that offer a welcoming respite for the travelling fisher, their friends and family.

Being one of the greenest areas in Australia, there are more fresh water mountain streams filled with Sooty Grunter and Jungle Perch and rivers filled with Red Bream, Sooties and Barramundi here than any other place in world. At many of these streams it would be considered a busy year for fishing if more than five people had dropped a line! And even though the major rivers and creeks are fished more often, the fishing is still very light.

Rivers such as the South Johnston and the Tully are amongst the best fishing rivers in Australia. And fishing beach spots such as Kurrimine and Mission Beach combine a range of fishing opportunities from Whiting through to Mackerel. All this within the stunning environment that is the Cassowary Coast, which both you and the family will enjoy.

From here it only takes 45 minutes to reach the Great Barrier Reef, meaning you can be hooked onto a Coral Trout or two in no time at all. Rather than speeding straight out to the reef though, many charter operators and guides like to stop off at a few secret spots on the way out. These spots are great to get you in the swing of things and might include anything from jigging for GT’s and Reef Jacks to trawling up a 50lbs Mackerel.

Unlike most fishing destinations in the world there is almost always a fishing option no matter what the weather along the Cassowary Coast. If the ‘Wind Gods’ are not on your side and it’s blowing its proverbial off out on the reef there are a number of sheltered islands and rivers to fish. If it’s a bit wet, don’t let it bother you as it’s always warm up here and a good rain coat will have you fishing in comfort. Plus a good downpour can really get the fish biting in the rivers and estuaries. 

If it’s reef fishing you’re after then reefs such as Pearl, Feather and Hall Thompson are all great options and not that far from the coast. These reef systems offer reef fishing that is as good as any that you’ll find off the coast of North Queensland. Here the reefs abound with Coral Trout, Spangled Emperor and pelagics such as Spanish Mackerel and Tuna. What could be better than cruising out to the reef and watching the sunrise over the ocean?

But it’s not just the fishing options along the Cassowary Coast that will blow you away. If you are looking for a great place to eat, there are gourmet restaurants and pubs that serve great Australian seafood and steaks that melt in your mouth. The beer is always cold and the person serving you your drink or meal will always be happy to see you. If you’re just passing through and don’t have time to stop, then swing by into one of the old fashioned hamburger joints where they make them just like they were in the old days!

If you can tear yourself away from the all of the great fishing for a few hours, or even a day or two, there are some amazing places to visit along the coast. Mission Beach is probably the most famous beach along the Cassowary Coast, with golden beaches extending in either direction as far as the eye can see. As you stroll along or relax under the shade of a palm tree you can look out over the glorious Coral Sea and Dunk Island. Mission Beach also has a number of beautiful stores that sell local art works and produce.

At Mena Creek you will find Paronella Park, a beautiful Spanish Castle built in the 1930s on the edge of Mena creek. There are also several great locations, such as the Boulders and Josephine Falls, where you can pull over and stop for a cooling swim. You could even take along a picnic to enjoy alongside the waters edge.

So why not escape the hustle and bustle of your world for some magical fishing in the greenest region of the tropical north. The locals are laid back and friendly and the fishing is frantic and amazing. Your fish species tally will rocket up when fishing this area.

In between your fishing trips you can visit lush tropical rainforests, explore the Great Barrier Reef, relax on sun drenched beaches, or have some quiet time in the shade of one of the spectacular rainforest trees in the area. The hardest thing you have to do in the Cassowary Coast is pack your bags when it’s time to leave!

If you’d like to find out more about fishing and holidaying along the Cassowary Coast, call us on            1800 288 378       or email us at info@fishingearth.com and we’ll be happy to help.

Article By:
kelly Leoni

 

 
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