News & Blogs - Tydeman Reefs, Claremont Isles & Bligh Reef Adventure September 2017

September 3 to 11 2017 – The Ultimate Variety Trip!

If you want a shot at just about every saltwater species that lives anywhere near Cape York and the Outer GBR, then this is it! This is a special one time per year only trip for 7 full days fishing at the normal 6 day rate. The video above shows a TV episode filmed at the Claremont Isles, and this gives a small taste of what is on offer, but Tydeman and Bligh offer many different experiences again. We’ll start at Lizard Island and over the course of 7 days we will travel through over 200nm of the most pristine reefs, islands, flats and sand cays in Australia. We’ll start with an overnight steam on Odyssey up to the Tydeman reefs area where you can choose from big doggies in the reef channels, big GTs, trout and wrasse on the reef flats through to a session at Bathurst Heads chasing big barra near the rocks. The shallow lagoons near Tydeman reef are simply stunning and can only be accessed by small boats around high tide.

The next few days will be spent fishing around the Claremont Isles, where variety if the name of the game. everything from big GTs to golden trevally, permit, queenfish, coral trout and much more lurk around the islands and reef flats in this area. The anchorages around the Claremont Isles are stunning and offer great access to the nearby flats and islands. Of course the outer edge of the reef to the East of the Claremont Isles is also spectacular and well worth a visit if you need your arms stretched.  The Claremont Isles anchorages also offerr access to some of the most difficult to access rivers on Cape York, and if barra, jacks and fingermark are of interest, these rivers are worth a visit.

Next up will be a few days heading back out to the outer edge of the reef to fish north along the reef edge to the Bligh Reef area. Big doggies, mayhem on the reef flats and big GTs are what Bligh Reef is all about, and matched with stunning reef anchorages, a swim at lunch might be a good way to relax after plenty of fishing time over the previous days. Of course, the yellowfin tuna, wahoo and big spanish mackerel around the outside reef edges might trump a swim, but the choice is yours! This trip is about doing everything, and seeing a heap of new areas each day, and getting to experience so much of what the Great Barrier Reef and Northern Australia have to offer.  This is a once a year experience for 9 lucky sportfishing anglers not to be missed.

This trip will offer all the species, all the fishing styles, and all the action you can handle over 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, fingermark, golden trevally, triggerfish, coral trout, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, spanish mackerel, maori wrasse,  blue bastards, 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. Tydeman Reefs offers similar fishing to Bligh Reef, but with the added bonus of being anchored close enough to Bathurst Head to go and try for a few barra if you choose. You’ll get to fish a huge variety of different areas in a single trip!


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! – This will be sportfishing trip with 9 anglers, fishing 3 per boat but you can also bring a flyrod if you like and have a walk around the flats.
  • Fish the outer Great Barrier Reef for GTs, dogtooth tuna, coral trout, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, red bass, wrasse, spanish mackerel, and over 30 other species that inhabit the outer reefs. You can cast poppers and stickbaits, troll, jig or flyfish these areas, and the opportunities for varied species and fishing styles are endless.
  • The inshore reef and sand flats around the coastal islands provide an incredible variety of options with sight casting the flats for permit, blue bastards and GTs a great thrill on light tackle and fly rods. There’s also the huge variety of reef species around these inshore islands, and anything from cobia off the beach through to GTs and big queenfish in the shallows are 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 access. You simply cannot get into these rivers by any form of land access, it’s large boat or flying that allows access. 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.
  • Incredible shallow water reef flats fishing for coral trout, emperors, red bass, chinaman fish, sweetlip and a huge variety of other species.

The 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 9 anglers, with all anglers rotating between the boats during the trip.

How This Trip Works


Date Available:
3 to 11 September 2017 – only 9 lucky anglers will get to experience this trip in 2016.


Number of Anglers & Tackle:
9 anglers fishing 3 per boat. We have a full range of tackle available onboard Odyssey, and all rods and reels are provided, with terminal tackle and lures sold on an as lost basis. You are free to bring your own tackle as well.


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


This trip is $8250pp plus transfers for the full 7 day adventure. Please contact us and we’ll send our info pack, promotional DVD & full price list if you need more information


Access & Itinerary:
You’ll start this trip on the 3rd September by flying into Lizard Island. We’ll depart almost immediately and start an overnight cruise up to the north, arriving at Tydeman Reef the next morning. The first day of fishing will start on the 4th September and we’ll begin exploring the islands and reefs of the Tydeman Reefs area before moving on to fish Claremont and Bligh Reefs over the course of 7 full days fishing.

We’ll have the next 7 days to fish our way along nearly 200 nautical miles of some of the most remote coastline, islands and reef systems in Australia. We’ll do one  overnight steam along the way to make sure we fish the absolute best and most remote areas. We will Arrive at Portland Roads early on the 11th September, in time for you to be transferred to Lockhart River airport and fly back to Cairns.

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

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