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James Beitzel's Fishing On The Daintree River, Coast & Reef

It's rare to meet a guide who is not only born and bred in the Daintree but also has a lifetime of commercial fishing experience behind him on the system he works every day.

For 30 years, Jamie Beitzel has worked every inch of this amazing and expansive system within the Daintree River and along its coastline. He is a very relaxed and easy going as a guide, works hard to ensure every client has a good time and gives anglers the best chance of catching the fish of their dreams.

His knowledge of the Daintree River, coast and reefs and its wildlife is simply second to none. In the river, the Daintree is the best system in the region for big queenfish, fingermark, javelin fish and barramundi. Mud crabs also flourish in season. It also offers the best croc spotting opportunities in the region. Along the coast wrecks, inshore patches and wonky holes produce big nannygai, bar cheek trout, mackerel and giant trevally amongst others. He operates a 6m custom built alloy catamaran with ample fishing room, seating with shade and is great for fishing and exploring the river and venturing offshore.

All fishing gear is supplied and food and drinks are BYO with eskies supplied. It is a 45 minute self drive from Port Douglas where you’ll meet him at the local boat ramp just prior to the Daintreee River / Cape Tribulation ferry crossing. It is worth every effort to spend a trip with Jamie.

NOTE: You will not find this operation advertised anywhere locally or found on the internet. His reputation is that profound he makes a living from repeat bookings.

However, you are in luck, we’ve had a long term friendship for 25 years and he will accept bookings exclusively via us at Fishing Port Douglas.

  • A 5 day 100% cancellation fee applies prior to the starting time.
  • All trips are subject to weather.
  • A credit card is required to secure your booking.

This charter is proudly 100% locally owned and operated and available all year round.


Charters – Private Only

All charters start at 7.30am for morning half and full day & 12pm afternoon half day, departing from the local boat ramp 200m prior to the Daintree River ferry crossing.

Half Day River - 4hrs

$500 max. 4

Full Day River - 8 hrs

$900 max. 4

Half Day Coastal - 4 hrs

$650 max. 4

Full Day Coastal - 8 hrs

$1200 max. 4

Please note:

  • 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.

Contact us for more information.

father and two sons presenting their queenfish catch

Specifications | Features

  • 6m custom built alloy catamaran
  • Skipper is born and bred in the Daintree and is very relaxed and easy going as a guide
  • Extensive knowledge of the Daintree River, coast and reefs and its wildlife
  • Ample fishing room and seating with shade
  • Best croc spotting opportunity too

Trip includes

  • All fishing gear
  • Eskies and ice is supplied

BYO lunch and drinks