Gone Fishing - Cooktown has been offering fishing and wildlife tours in Cooktown for 15 years and is Cooktown's premier guiding service.
Come fishing - a host of different habitats are in easy reach from the headwaters of the local rivers, chasing sooty grunter and jungle perch; down to the estuaries, fishing for the iconic barramundi and mangrove jack; out to the Great Barrier Reef after queenfish, trevally, coral trout and a multitude of other tropical species.
Offering half day share charters through to seven day fishing safaris, Gone Fishing specialise in small groups of one to four anglers, but happily cater for larger parties. Experienced, beginners and kids are all welcome. Gone Fishing can accommodate wheelchairs and has varied camera work experience. Exclusive charters and locations available on request.
Operating year round, a huge variety of fishing is on offer including lure-casting, fly fishing and live-baiting.
Spend a few hours on a journey from the mouth of the Endeavour River to 10 kilometres upstream amongst the narrow creeks lined with rainforest. Unchanged since Captain Cook's visit in 1770. Learn about this river system and its relationship with the Great Barrier Reef. Crocodiles aplenty, birdwatcher and photographers paradise.
The area of Cooktown boasts a varied fishing scene all accessible from one base including sport, reef, game, estuary or sweetwater.
Gone Fishing offers all types of fishing in all environments - river, reef, estuaries, coastlands, headlands, sweetwater and islands using lure, fly, live-bait and pole fishing methods for all the great northern fish, barramundi, mangrove jack, fingermark, mackerel, trevally, bream, queenfish, grunter, mackerel, coral trout, red emperor, nannygai and tuna
Gadget is a custom-built six metre Hooker Boat with a 115hp Evinrude outboard, electric motor and two live tanks. Gadget can accommodate five anglers for river fishing and four for reef fishing.
Half day charters are 4.5 hours and operate 7.00am to 11.30am, and 1.00pm to 5.30pm. Your charter is timed to make the most of the tides and fishing.
Full day charters are nine hours and include lunch.
All charters include quality tackle, bait and refreshments.
Cooktown is an ideal spot to hone your techniques if you are thinking of continuing further into Cape York. So if you're looking for a half day share charter or a week's exclusive fishing then Gone Fishing is the charter for you.
Enjoy a personalised two hour interpretive tour of the Endeavour River.
As you board Gadget and look across the harbour to the North Shore, you are seeing the same sites Captain James Cook would have seen in 1770, no developments, no resorts just a whole lot of nature.
Cruising is leisurely as you hear about this diverse river. Wide at the mouth, progressing north it is lined with over 25 species of mangroves; it then branches and changes dramatically to narrow creeks lined with palms and rainforest flora.
It is on the Endeavour River that Solander first documented much of Australia's flora. You will learn about this eco-system and the part it plays in supporting its neighbour the Great Barrier Reef.
Wildlife is abundant - keep your eyes open for the resident sea eagle and osprey. Jabirus, pelicans, herons egrets and brahminy kites are all common sites. For the serious Twitcher you may even site the great billed heron. Of course no tour of the Endeavour would be complete without seeing a crocodile and there is every chance that you will see at least one.
The tour carries a maximum of five passengers. There are plenty of opportunities for photos.