Wessel Islands, Australia

Diverse, remote, untouched

Northern Territory extreme flats fishing....

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. Not only is the fishing first class, your trip is completed by the 115ft luxury motor yacht, Phoenix One. End each day in the on-deck spa along with an expert chef and personalized dining experience. Immerse yourself in the spacious comfort of this five-star accommodation, while enjoying the famous top-end sunsets.

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The General program....

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 maximise 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.

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Two species of Indo-Pacific Permit....

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. A fishery for the experienced saltwater flats fisher, Wessell islands will offer a raneg of species all to test you on #9 to #12 weight rods.

METHODS
Fly
SPECIES
Indo-Pacific Permit – T.Anak & T.Blochii, Blue Bastards, Black Spotted Tusk Fish, Queenfish, Barramundi, Giant Trevally, Spanish Mackerel, Coral Trout, Golden Trevally, Brassy Trevally, Giant Herring
EQUIPMENT HIRE
Yes
BOATS USED
Yes
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Luxury and spectacular sunsets....

Accommodation is based on twin share rooms with a private bathroom, air conditioning, TVs with USB port for movies, international power adaptors and black out curtains. Phoenix One 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

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