At Dragon Lady Charters we have a highly skilled and dedicated crew to ensure your experience with us is of the highest standard. We pride ourselves on customer service and the ability that over the test of time we catch more fish establishing ourselves as the best Reef Fishing Charter in Far Nth Qld ! We have won multiple awards over the years and come with the Trip Advisor Recommendation.

Steve Adamson (owner & skipper)
Master V & MED II certified

Steve has over 35yrs experience of working in the fishing industry both commercially and recreationally. His knowledge of the local area is second to none and is highly respected amongst the fishing fraternity. He is considered the best Reef Fishing skipper in the region by many.  He enjoys all facets of the charter business but does personally enjoy the challenge of tackling the big Black Marlin during the heavy tackle season. His hobbies include travelling overseas to visit new places.

Lui Smith (skipper & deckhand)
Master V & MED II certified

Lui is a local product being born and bred up in Cairns fishing the local waters at every opportunity. His hobbies include fishing for Barra and Jungle Perch in the rivers which he’s done since a young boy, and now his job is his favourite pastime. He loves the challenge of fishing for Black & Blue Marlin and backing down the boat on a big fish (personal best 1100lb as skipper). Outside of fishing, Scuba Diving is one of his favourite things to do.


Paul "Freddy" Corrigan (skipper)
Master V & MED II certified

Freddy has had a very strong background in the local fishing scene having fished with Peter Todd out of Cairns on the Aquacat fishing charter for 10yrs. Freddy joined our team in 2015 and has skippered the 48ft vessel with great success. He prides himself in being able to produce quality catches and works tirelessly to do so when on charter. Outside of fishing and being an ex-Newcastle product he enjoys a spot of surfing and has had a strong basketball prodigy (US College) which he also enjoys.

Mitch Park (skipper & deckhand)
Master V certified 

Mitch has been with Dragon Lady since the beginning of 2016. Mitch grew up on the Bayside of Brisbane and North Straddie. He fished the beach and bay all his life and has now a new found passion for fishing the Great Barrier Reef. Newly certified with is Master V ticket Mitch will also be part of our skippering team. He has had 6 years of boat building experience. He loves boating, camping, fishing and surfing.

Fraser Allen (trainee apprentice)

Fraser is a local lad who is mad keen on fishing, in fact that’s all he does when he’s not sleeping. He is currently doing a traineeship under the guidance of Steve which will one day see him with skippering tickets. Fraser is a very capable angler in all facets of angling from fishing for barra in our local rivers to chasing down the bigger fish on the open waters. He also has a big passion for spear fishing often doing extended trips up to the Ribbon Reefs with family and friends.

Lynton Heffer (Managing Agent)

Lynton also known locally known as ‘Heff’, has been with the Dragon Lady business since 2003. His role is to look after the bookings and general sales and marketing of the business. Heff has a strong fishing background being owner of the local Line Burner fishing magazine, President of the Port Douglas Marlin Challenge and also various media roles with the ABC radio and QLD Fishing monthly publication. He loves all forms of fishing, particularly fly fishing on Four Mile Beach and camping and fishing out bush. Outside interests include AFL football and nowadays a round of golf.

Hank Mannisto (co-owner)

Hank has been involved with the business since 2010 and his main role is sourcing materials and parts and doing general maintenance of the boats. He’s passionate about his reef fishing and the well being of the business and its team. He really enjoys the company of the clients on the trips and is always up for a good chat. He loves it when we take the boats on extended trips for our own private fishing time such as the Port Douglas Marlin Challenge tournament.