Five Reasons to Fish the Hinchinbrook Channel

Hinchinbrook Channel fishing

Hinchinbrook Channel fishing is well known for its plentiful species and excellent conditions. Many have heard stories about the joys of fishing the 50 km channel running between Oyster Point and Lucinda, but they have not yet experienced this special part of North Queensland for themselves.

For serious fishermen and amateurs alike, the channel is a fishing destination that should be experienced firsthand. Here are five reasons to go Hinchinbrook Channel fishing for your next fishing adventure.

  1. Hinchinbrook Channel fishing is great all year round. 10-20 species of fish can be found in the waters around Hinchinbrook Island, including Mangrove Jack, Monster Queenfish, Giant Trevally, Permit and a variety of tropical fish. Barramundi up to 1 metre in size can be caught right through the year as long as the water temperature is 18-30 degrees.
  2. You’ll never run out of great fishing spots. The Hinchinbrook Channel is huge and provides a gateway to hundreds of kilometres of interconnected waterways. Because of its sheer size, it can be hard at first to know where to begin. Hinchinbrook fishing charters are a great way to find the best spots among the seemingly endless networks of channels and islands. Another major benefit of the channel is that its protected waters are calm much of the time.
  3. The scenery is spectacular. It really goes without say that one of the major reasons people love Hinchinbrook fishing is because of the breathtaking landscape. With its misty, rainforest-covered mountains and pristine waterways, it easily ranks as one of the most breathtaking fishing destinations in the world. Turtles, dugongs, dolphins and crocodiles can also be spotted in the waters of the channel.
  4. Good boat ramps. The three main access points to the channel are at the southern and northern ends and in the middle. While options for accessing the Hinchinbrook Channel are not extensive, the facilities themselves are good. The consensus is that the best way to access the channel in all weathers and tides is at Port Hinchinbrook, 2 kms from Cardwell. The ramp here is protected, and you can buy ice, bait, fishing gear and fuel for your trip. Dungeness at the southern end, and Fishers Landing in the middle of the channel, also have good ramps for launching.
  5. Accommodation. While the Hinchinbrook Channel is an unspoiled natural wonder that makes you feel like you’ve left the world behind, there are a range of Hinchinbrook Island accommodation options to suit everyone, ranging from camping to 4-star luxury. See the vast waterways of the channel from the air by taking one of Hinchinbrook Adventures scenic fights available, or go on a Hinchinbrook Adventures Heli-fishing tour, with guides who know the best spots to land a prize catch.

These a just some of the reasons to visit the Hinchinbrook Channel and experience all this amazing place has to offer.

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Josh Liddle
“Josh Liddle is your pilot for helicopter and fixed wing tours with over 40 years experience in the aviation industry.”


March 8, 2017

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