On day one when you arrive, we steam south into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Towing trolling rigs for large Pelagics, possibly casting to schools of surface feeding Tunas and Bonito. This time is used to settle in, rig your gear, relax and unwind.
Your first night aboard, as all nights, are spent in a calm river mouth anchorage. Day two, after breakfast the skiffs with you aboard are deployed to fish either the river, or the flats, the estuary snags or reefs, whatever takes your fancy under the guidance of your guide for the day. The rest of your seafari is spent working our way back through six available river systems and ninety miles of coast line. The last day of the charter is a morning fishing session and then we travel back to Seisia. The following morning after breakfast aboard with us you are transported to the airport for departure.
Guests fish from custom built fiberglass skiffs 5.4m (17.5') and 5.2m (16') designed after the Florida Keys style flats boats. Powered by late model 30 and 40 and 60hp outboards, self draining, unsinkable, super stable, shoal draft with large casting decks secure under deck rod storage and no hook ups for fly fishing! All boats are radio equipped and in constant contact with the other boats and the mothership.
The variety of fishing is just one of the qualities of this trip. You may find yourself casting to tree stumps and snags in the rivers, searching the flats for permit or golden trevally or in the open ocean watching for feeding birds or tuna slashing bait at the surface. You might spot a few active cobia or even a giant manta ray!
The Gulf of Carpentaria is very remote, even by Australian standards, and only one mother ship can get you there.
Captain Greg Bethune and his fish-savvy crew meets guests in Bamaga, after a two-hour flight from Cairns, in North Queensland. The Bamaga pier is the final civilization guests see for a week, as the deluxe floating lodge, trailed by her fleet of skiffs, is piloted from one calm, remote river mouth anchorage to another.
The angling home for the week is the magnificent, 62-foot, Tropic Paradise. The skipper and crew move almost daily, targeting the rivers, estuaries, coastal flats, shoreline beaches, and shallow inshore reefs of the western coast of Cape York, renowned as the most prolific salt water fly fishing destination on the planet. It's a sport fishery that offers incredibly diverse angling options for fly fishermen.
That includes your 2 hour charter flight between Cairns and Bamaga (where you board the boat), all meals with wine, use of tackle if necessary, license, etc. The trip runs 7 nights with 5 1/2 days of fishing. You will need to arrive in Cairns on the day before to be ready for an early departure to Bamaga the next morning.
From AUD$6458 for standard cabins from Cairns (subject to change, depending upon the currency exchange). Ensuite cabins are $7635 AUD. Prices subject to change.
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