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December 6th-14th 2015 – Ashmore & Northern Pandora Reefs Adventure

If you want to experience truly remote reefs and Islands – we’re talking reefs here that have probably never seen a lure – then this is the trip for you. This will be an awesome adventure into the wilds of the Northern Great Barrier Reef and Eastern Torres Strait where you’ll visit places few people have ever been.

You’ll start your trip closer to PNG than Australia, and then fish the most northern, most remote and isolated parts of the Great Barrier Reef and Ashmore Reef, and then fish your way down the eastern edge of Cape York through the northern Pandora Reefs to Forbes Island, fishing islands, reefs and river systems that redefine the word wild!

We get one chance per year to fish this area when we travel from Ashmore Reef down to Portland Roads, and we’ve never seen another boat in the area and don’t know of any other boats that fish this area, so this area is as close to untouched as any reef system can be. We can only do this trip one time per year, and based on the previous 2 trips in 2013 and 2014, this is always something special. The time of year chosen will see hot weather, hot fishing and very light winds – at least if you believe the weather bureau statistics! December is typically the time of very light winds and hot weather in this part of the world, and that usually means red hot fishing!

Ashmore Reef 2014 Image Gallery & Trip Report

Travelling from Masig Island in the Torres Strait, we’ll head out east to the outer Great Barrier Reef, or Ashmore Reef, depending on weather, and then fish around here for a couple of days, chasing GTs, massive dogtooth tuna, coral trout, red bass, maori wrasse, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, sailfish and every other reef species you can imagine. 

After you have calmed down to a mild panic from the previous days of chaotic action, we’ll do an overnight steam and head further down the Reef to the Northern Pandora Area. The options are endless for the final few days, we can either fish on the outer edge of the reef, or around the islands, headlands and river systems of Shelburne Bay, Margaret Bay or maybe fish the Olive and Pascoe Rivers for barra, jacks and fingermark. The final few days will be totally determined by what the group onboard wants to do, but the options are only limited by your imagination. More crazy offshore reef action, or some awesome light tackle action in closer to the coast? Hmmm tough choice!

This trip will offer all the species, all the fishing styles, and all the action you can handle. With 7 full days of fishing mayhem. You can literally name a species of northern saltwater fish, and you’re a chance of catching it on this trip. Dogtooth tuna to permit, GTs, barra, golden trevally, blue bastards, bluefin trevally, triggerfish, coral trout, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, spanish mackerel, maori wrasse, longtail tuna, tarpon and literally every other northern saltwater sportfish you can name will be on the angling menu on one day or another.

The best way to get a feel for the locations visited on this trip is to have a look at the Youtube Video Galleries linked below. Ashmore Reef is listed, but Pandora Reefs offer very similar fishing to Bligh Reefs, and the Forbes ISland and Margaret Bay area are very similar to the Calremont Isles. You’ll get to fish a huge variety of different areas in a single trip!

Ashmore Reef  Youtube Gallery 

Bligh Reef  Youtube Gallery 

Claremont Isles Youtube Gallery

 

Types of Fishing you’ll most likely be able to do during the week

  • Everything, or anything you want! – That simple… If it swims in saltwater in northern Australia we can target it on this trip!
  • Fish Ashmore Reef and the outer Great Barrier Reef for GTs, massive dogtooth tuna, coral trout, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, red bass, wrasse, spanish mackerel, and over 30 other species that inhabit the outer reefs. We’ll drift the reef flats, cast poppers at the edges or troll and jig the channels, and the opportunities for varied species and fishing styles are endless.
  • The inshore reefs and sand flats around the coastal islands provide an incredible variety of options with sight casting the flats for golden trevally, GTs, coral trout, tuna, mackerel and even blue bastards in the shallows. There’s also the huge variety of reef species around these inshore islands, and anything from cobia off the beach through to queenfish and golden trevally in the shallows is a likely target.
  • The coastal rivers in the part of the world are usually very shallow, hard to access, and simply off limits for any kind of land based access. You simply cannot get into these rivers by any form of land access, it’s large boat or flying only! The barra, mangrove jacks, queenfish and small tarpon are usually prolific, and the fingermark are often huge! Being shallow rivers, you won’t see numbers of massive barra, but sight casting them in the snags is something special.


The Torres Strait and Northern GBR Adventure will use our 80ft Mothership, two guided 18ft centre consoles and two guided 25ft centre consoles. We cater for a maximum of 12 anglers, with all anglers rotating between the boats during the trip.

How This Trip Works

 

Date Available:
6th-14th December 2015 – only 9 lucky anglers will get to experience this!

 

Number of Anglers & Tackle:
9 anglers, with 3 anglers fishing per boat. All trolling, GT casting and 40lb reef spinning outfits are provided. Please bring your own fly gear, if required. ALSO please bring your own barra baitcasting rods/reels, and a selection of barra and estuary fishing soft plastics and lures if you would like to do some inshore fishing on the trip. We also recommend bringing a lighter 20lb spin rod of around 7ft in length to do some casting around the islands and reef flats inshore if we end up in this location.

 

Boats:
80ft mothership, 2 x 25ft centre consoles and 2 x 18ft centre consoles.

 

Cost:
This trip will be $8250pp plus flights and transfers. Just email us for details on transfer costs and we can arrange all transfers once your booking is confirmed. Please contact us and we’ll send our info pack, promotional DVD & full price list
Access & Itinerary:
You’ll start this trip on the 6th December departing Cairns on a flight to Horn Island, then you’ll catch another flight from Horn Island to Masig Island, and stay the night on Odyssey while steaming out to Ashmore Reef(weather allowing). You will start fishing on the 7th December and be straight into the action.

From here, we have the next 7 days to fish our way along nearly 150 nautical miles of some of the most remote coastline, rivers, islands and reef systems in Australia. We’ll do one overnight steam along the way to make sure we fish the absolute best areas and target the species that everyone most wants to catch. Check the images above to see a full map view of where we’ll be fishing along the way. We will arrive at Portland Roads on the morning of the 14th December, and you will then catch a flight back to Cairns from Lockhart River(about a 1hr drive from Portland Roads(we organise transfers) that day.

To book, or for more info, call us on 1800 021 014 in Australia or go to our Contact Page

2 Responses to “Ashmore – Pandora Reefs & Forbes Island 7 Day Adventure December 2015”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Put on bucket list looks terrific the expectation of unexplored reefs.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Amazing trip. Maybe next year

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