2020 Hosted Trip - September 9-16th
The Wessel Islands are one of Australia’s most remote and untouched fly fishing destinations. Nestled at the top of the Northern Territory, the network of coves and clear sandy flats create a fly fisherman’s paradise.
Two species of Indo-Pacific Permit are available – T.Anak and T.Blochii, and the endemic Blue Bastards and Black Spotted Tusk Fish also provide an inviting flats challenge. If you are looking for variety, Queenfish, Barramundi, Giant Trevally, Spanish Mackerel, Coral Trout, Golden Trevally, Brassy Trevally and Giant Herring all inhabit the flats, mangrove creeks and rocky island channels.
The diversity of fish is matched only by the remoteness of the location. The fishery has remained largely untouched and Waterline Charters is the sole operator accessing the pristine island flats.
Not only is the fishing first class, your trip is completed by the luxury motor yacht, Princess V. End each day in the on-deck spa along with an expert chef and personalized dining experience. Immerse yourself in the spacious comfort of our five-star accommodation, while enjoying the famous top-end sunsets.
Contact Front Range Anglers Adventure Travel Manager Lisa McLaughlin for additional information and to BOOK!
The trip offers six days of fly fishing around the Wessel Islands with most travel time on the mother ship scheduled on the first and final day, to maximize fishing time.
Fishing options include flats fishing, either by shallow wading or purpose-built inshore boats; fly fishing for Barramundi and Mangrove Jack in the small mangrove creeks; and fishing the larger blue water channels for pelagic species such as GTs, Queenfish, and Mackerel.
Each fishing day typically runs 8.00am to 4.00pm-5.30pm, depending on group preferences and tidal conditions. Phoenix One anchors in different locations throughout the week, focusing on new flats and fisheries to create a huge expanse of options.
The Princess V is a luxury Superyacht, providing everything you need for a relaxing and five-star experience.
• Air conditioning throughout • Roof-top spa • 3 x custom built 4.8m Galeforce fishing dories with electric motors • Ensuite in every stateroom • Marine Grade E & F first aid, OxiResus, Defibrillator and spinal collar • Foxtel satellite TV • Emergency satellite phones • VHF & HF Radios • AIS Satellite location • Onboard chef and fully catered meals and beverages
Accommodation is based on twin share rooms each with a private bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning, TVs with USB port for movies, international power adaptors, and blackout curtains.
Meals, beverages, and preferences:
All meals and beverages are included in the price of the trip. Each day you will be treated to a range of first-class dining options with a wide selection of beers, Australian & New Zealand wines, and selected spirits. We ask all our guests to fill out an information and preference sheet to assist us in providing you with tailored beverages, meals, and service during your stay.
Enjoy three-course meals, fresh and locally sourced ingredients, and personalised culinary experience.
If you have a medical condition or specific dietary request that you would like to discuss with us we can do this individually to provide complete privacy.
Flights are booked to Gove (Nhulunbuy), Northern Territory, Australia. There is one flight in/out each day from either Cairns or Darwin which is operated by local Airline; Air North. These can either be booked directly or by contacting Victoria at Waterline Charters to book with Air North on your behalf and to access special rates when available.
We recommend allowing a minimum of two hours layover between any flight connecting through to Gove. This ensures that any delays to your first flight don’t impact your flight through to your destination. Air North is strictly limited to 20kg luggage and additional luggage allowance can only be purchased at check-in subject to availability, therefore we recommend you pack lightly. Flies and rods are available for purchase and hire on board to assist with this.
As an optional arrival choice, we can assist you to book a Mallard floatplane transfer from Darwin direct to the vessel. Please enquire for costs.
Terms and Cost
• 6 days guided fishing – one guide per two anglers • 7 nights’ accommodation on Phoenix One – twin share with private ensuite for each room • Ground transfers in Gove, NT • All meals and beverages, including alcohol • Fishing licenses and permits • Mothership crew and fuel
• Return flights to Gove, Northern Territory Australia • Travel & medical insurance (compulsory) • Crew and Guide gratuity – Tips are welcome for the guides and crew at your discretion
US Citizens do require an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) for entry into Australia. For international clients, please check visa requirements with your local travel agent.