Claremont Isles

A true Saltwater Flyfishing & Sportfishing paradise, with an unmatched mixture of inshore and offshore species and fishing styles

  • Cast surface lures or flyfish the outer edge of the reef for big GTs, dogtooth tuna, mackerel, coral trout, red bass and many more
  • Drift the reef flats with lure or fly for over 30 species of sportfish.
  • Walk an isolated sand cay, reef flat or island beach and sight cast to cruising GTs, permit, queenfish, golden trevally, titan triggerfish and over 30 other species.
  • Troll the outer edge of the reef for huge dogtooth tuna, yellowfin, mackerel and wahoo
  • Fish remote and untouched rivers and beaches  for barramundi, mangrove jacks, queenfish, giant herring and many other species.
  • This trip truly has EVERY option covered, and is ideal for anglers who want to experience every fishing option in one trip.
  • We operate fly fishing only weeks as well as mixed sportfishing weeks to cater for all fishing styles.
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Claremont Isles Species Guide


This is truly a trip for the angler who wants maximum variety. From the anchorages we visit on this trip you’ll be able to head east and access the outer edge of the barrier reef to catch huge GTs, coral trout, dogtooth tuna, spanish mackerel, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and a huge variety of other species.

Around the islands and reef flats that we anchor near you’ll find a series of islands, sand flats and reef flats that are unmatched anywhere else in Australia. We’ve caught everything from GTs to cobia to permit, queenfish, golden trevally and every other tropical saltwater species you can think of walking these flats and sight casting. For those that love walking the flats and sightcasting, this is a true paradise!

And if that’s not enough, head west of the anchorage and you’ll hit the coastline with some of the most remote rivers in Australia, just teeming with fish. These rivers cannot be accessed by land, there’s simply no way to drive there, and a mothership with small shallow draft tenders is the only real way to access these rivers. The barramundi and jack fishing is just wonderful in these clear shallow sandy rivers, and the queenfish at the mouths of the rivers are incredible fun!

Want a trip with the lot? This is it.


When do we fish Claremont Isles?

The best time for this area is between September-December, but we have some exploratory trips planned for April 2014, after the wet season, and we expect the fishing to be red hot during this period as well. Please check the Rates and Dates page for more information on Claremont Isles dates for 2013 & 2014.

Getting to Claremont Isles

This area is seriously remote, and has taken us a significant amount of planning to organise relatively easy access to this area. To access the Claremont Isles, you’ll board a chartered plane in Cairns and fly to Musgrave Station on Cape York, which is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. You’ll be met there by a 4wd 18 seat bus that will take the group on a 60-90 minute drive through the bush to meet our tenders in a creek near the coast. You’ll then board the mothership and travel the 30-40nm overnight to the first anchorage and be ready to start your 6 days fishing from a calm island anchorage at the Southern end of the Claremont Isles. The return trip back to Cairns will be the same scenario, but in reverse, at the end of your trip.

Available Dates & How to Make a Booking

It’s Easy! Just Contact Us and tell us what species you are interested in catching, or which trip you like the sound of, and we’ll get back to you with pricing, available dates and all the info you need. Because we have so many trip options available, we like to either talk to you or chat by email before you make a booking so we can be sure that you’re doing the trip that best matches the species you want to catch and the styles of fishing you want to do.

Alternately, you can choose your own trip dates and location from the Rates & Dates page, and then Contact us to confirm availability and trip details.

For full information about all aspects of  Bugatti Reef trip, or any other trip, please call or email us and we’ll be able to send you a detailed information booklet that covers every question you’ll ever have about any trip, as well as a brochure, and a 2 hour promotional DVD that highlights all of the locations we visit.

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