Townsville & Hinchinbrook Sport Fishing Charters



Great Barrier Reef Corporate Fishing Charters

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Robert will be your inshore guide taking you amongst the mangroves chasing that trophy Barra or Mangrove Jack. You may even spot a Dugong or Turtle or a Croc warming itself on the mud flats. He loves using soft plastics where we have onboard various styles and colours for you to use on your Hinchinbrook sport fishing charter.


Damien will be your offshore guide taking you out on trips to various reef spots (including the Great Barrier Reef) or playing around the islands.  He loves the excitement of hooking up to a big red or if you are really keen a GT.  Sometimes we see whales on their migration or dolphins playing on fishing trips.  On board our charters, you will have the option of bait or lure fishing depending on what you are chasing.

About Crackajack Great Barrier Reef Charters

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Unique, guided fishing charters of the scenic world heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island (located two hours north of Townsville) and The Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  Providing you with a fishing experience that you will talk about for the rest of your life!

We have the best of both worlds when it comes to sport fishing charters.  For full day fishing charters, you are on the water for approximately 8 hours.  Depending if you fish inshore or offshore we target different species. 

Our inshore boat is good for getting into the shallow creeks that are scattered throughout Hinchinbrook Island and on the mainland throughout Girringan National Park where our bigger boat cannot reach.  Inshore fishing is usually calmer as we can hide amongst the estuaries.  Some of the fish species we target are Barra, Mangrove Jack, Trevally, Finger Mark, Nannygai, Sooty Grunter, Cod and Queenies to name few.  We use live/dead bait or a variety of lures. 

On our offshore days we use our blue water sportfishing machine, a 6.2 Svensson which is quite stable on the water.  Your offshore fishing experience can start as close as the end of the sugar loader, popping and stick baiting for GT’s and from there we can visit various places on the reef where you may come across Spanish, Grey or Doggy Mackerel (depending on time of year), Cobia, Nannygai, Coral Trout, Tuna and Golden Trevally.

Sport fishing packages can be tailor made to suit your holidaying experience.  From single full day guided fishing trips to multi day packages including accommodation and continental breakfast hamper. 

Our fishing charters leave from the various boat ramps located around Lucinda in beautiful north Queensland, Australia.


Crackajack’s purpose built lure casting flats boat. Anglers enjoy lots of flat deck space.
Features include Motor Guide electric motor, non skid casting platform, large live bait tank, Lowrance electronics with structure scan imaging, a very reliable 70hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard.  A great stable boat for fishing the creeks of Hinchinbrook.

Alurer fishes a maximum of 3 people comfortably at affordable prices.


Crackajack’s Blue Water Sportfishing Machine, purpose built with huge front casting deck allowing you to cast poppers for GT’s or metals and plastics to surface feeding pelagics.
Being a rear centre console allows for access to all areas of the vessel for those hard running, fierce fighting sports fish.  A great stable platform to fish from. It has been built to AMSA requirements with fully sealed self-draining decks, and the latest safety equipment.
Reel Extreme is powered by a 175hp Suzuki 4 stroke to get you to the fishing spots quickly.  It has a deep vee with big reverse chines and a set of trim tabs to make the ride exceptionally soft and dry.
Reel Extreme has all the latest Garmin and Lowrance electronics which makes finding the fish easy.
Reel Extreme fishes a maximum of 4 people comfortably offshore and 5 people inshore.  Contact us now for your next fishing adventure.

Available Packages
Full Day - Offshore/Bluewater. Prices range from $700 to $1300. Price includes boat for a maximum of 4 anglers, and up to 8 hours of arm stretching fun. Morning tea, Lunch & Drinks provided.
Half or Full Day - Inshore/Estuary. Prices range from $480 to $1300. Price includes boat for a maximum of 3 anglers using our inshore boat or 5 anglers using our offshore boat. 4 - 8 hours of fishing fun. Morning tea, Lunch & Drinks provided.
Multi Day Adventure Packages available. Contact us for a customised quote on your next fishing adventure.
The Reef

The world heritage listed GBR – At your doorstep

The Great Barrier Reef is a Sportfishing mecca, whether you are floating across the shallow coral flats casting surface or stickbait lures for Coral Trout, Red Bass, Sweet Lip & different Emporers.

Casting big poppers at pressure points on the Great Barrier Reef for the hard fighting GT’s and Spanish Mackerel.
Microjigging the edges of the reef for all types of Trevally species & Spanish Mackerel & Reef fish.
Or simply dropping a bait to the bottom to catch a fantastic Red Emporer, Nannigai or Coral Trout and many other species. Trolling skirt and swim baits around the edges for small Black Marlin, Tuna & Spanish Mackerel.

The Great Barrier Reef really is a fisherman’s paradise with spectacular scenery.

The Channel

So many species – so much ground to cover.

Hinchinbrook Channel is 110sq km of endless mangrove lined creeks, rivers, tidal flats, sandy drop-offs and deep rocky holes. 

Fishing the flats can supply exciting action at high tide and as the tide falls drains and drop-offs are formed and bait schools are forced out by the receding waters.

Sprays of shimmering baitfish or prawns often reveal the presence of hungry Barramundi on the prowl. This is prime hunting time on the flats for the mighty Barramundi – Australia’s premier tropical inshore sportfish.
There is no greater thrill than to have a large Barramundi explode from the shallows boat side after inhaling a well presented lure. The flats at high water are also a feeding ground for Trevally, Australian snub nose dart (permit), Tarpon, and the highflying Queenfish.
Lure fishing the flats is year round with activity reaching a high point during the warmer months. If you would like to experience the excitement of saltwater flat fishing then consider the Hinchinbrook Channel Flats with Crackajack Sportfishing Adventures.

The Island

Experience the Hinchinbrook Island Wilderness

”This area is live travelling back in time. Hinchinbrook Channel is a diverse wilderness and an angler’s paradise.
The area is world heritage listed and is surrounded by unspoilt National Parks, that makes it a true jewel of nature.
On the eastern side of the channel lays Hinchinbrook Island, the largest oceanic Island National Park in the world. 400sq km of rugged mountain peaks, waterfalls and pristine tropical rain forest. The island is uninhabited and most areas on the island are so remote that scientists are still discovering new species of insects and reptiles.
The rainforest habitat supports large numbers of bird species including the majestic Osprey that can be viewed soaring above the water waiting for an opportunity to pluck a meal from the many baitfish schools. 

On the western side of the Channel the mountain range form part of the Lumholtz National Park, named after Carl Lumholtz, a Norwegian naturalist who visited the are in 1882 to study Aboriginal tribes. This led to his discovery of the tree-climbing kangaroo that carries Lumholtz’s name and still exists in the surrounding rainforest.

The Fresh

Like to Treck? This could be for you.

Freshwater streams around Hinchinbrook are simply spectacular with beautiful rainforest lined creeks and are the home of Sooty Grunter, Jungle Perch, Barramundi, Tarpon & Mangrove Jack which can be quite often sight casted to in the crystal clear waters. 

Lure casting these beautiful freshwater streams and rivers can offer some fantastic fishing and even better scenery.
Using surface lures, crank baits, spinnerbaits, plastics result in some fantastic strikes.

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