The Queenfish, or ‘Queenie’ as there known, is a fish species in the Sciaenidae family of Drum and Croakers. It’s native to the eastern Pacific Ocean and predominately found around the coastline of Australia; there are also populations around many of the islands in the South Pacific. Although they can tolerate depths of over 50m, they are usually found in shallow water, on the edge of saltwater flats, just on the drop-off.
Feeding a diet of mainly small baitfish and crustaceans, they don’t grow huge, averaging around 8lb to 15lb; however, they can reach weights of over 30lb. The current IGFA record stands at nearly 40lb.
With the species being highly predatory, lure, and popper fishing is a popular method for targeting them. Casting lures at structures and reefs is an exciting way of fishing and accounts for many fish in shallow water, and watching them crash into your bait is hugely entertaining. However, they are a favourite amongst the saltwater fly fishing community, thanks for their unorthodox fighting style. Their tremendous fight belies their thin frame, and they’re great little fighters who produce many jumps, twisting and turning throughout the fight, trying to shed the hook. At times, they’ve been known to fight so hard that they’ve died of exhaustion before being released.
Below are the top destinations in the world for Queenfish Fishing.
Fly fishing Oman's vast coastline allows anglers to catch many different species that inhabit the Arabian sea and for many years it has been making fly anglers dreams come true. Our guides have a huge amount of knowledge regarding fly fishing for the different species and have played a huge part in pioneering some of these.
Our famous hosted trips to Christmas island have become legendary; they offer you the best saltwater fly fishing along with world-class popper jig fishing. Combine this with light offshore trolling provides one of the most diverse fisheries in the world. A fishing adventure that should not miss at any cost.
Tropical Flats Fishing Lodge on Christmas Island is a unique and natural operation that magically combines all the elements critical to fly fishing success. Endless hard sand flats, remarkable numbers of cruising fish, the best guides on the island and consistent year-round weather is what awaits all who visit this unique atoll.
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 83%
"The fishing guides were exceptional and really knew the waters and fishing grounds. I landed some stunning Permit and an abundance of Queenfish, which fight incredibly hard and often came completely clear of the water. The boutique hotel was first class and the rooms and food were amazing."
"From the moment I left my front door to the moment I returned home my week was simply perfect. The fishing gods must have been looking over me too, as the bite was red hot all week. When I booked I was told how lovely the Juweira Boutique Hotel was and I certainly wasn't disappointed, it was luxurious."
"First week was hosted and had a great time and amazing fishing for GT's and some big Bonefish. However I stayed on for a second week on my own. On the second week without a host the guides less good. Also second week the weather was very intermittent. Overall another great trip to Christmas Island."