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Topwater Trips

Ribbon Reefs

The world famous Ribbon Reefs – there is not much else we can say about this truly amazing part of the Great Barrier Reef which spans across the Northern Cape York Peninsular. It reputation exceeds itself for being home to some of the worlds largest fish.


Group Size

9 max


7 Nights & 6 Full Fishing Days

Time To Go



Mothership +
3 Sportsfishers



Tour Overview

As we fish our way up the ribbon reefs towards Lizard Island. You can expect to catch large numbers of GT’s, Yellowfin tuna, Spanish Mackerel, coral trout, red bass and a large number of different reef species. There are ten reefs that make up the Ribbon reefs – number 1 starts in the south and number ten which is the largest of the reefs (around 30km long) to the north.

The exciting part of this trip is that you have the luxury of travelling around 150 nautical miles as you fish your way north towards the iconic Lizard Island. This really gives you the best possible chance at finding the best location for that week where the fish are most active. Travel trips are also a great way to see more of the reef during your stay with us which most of the other trip’s options don’t have that Luxury. Your trip will either start in Port Douglas and you will fly back to Cairns from Lizard Island, or you will fly in and out of Lizard Island depending on where the mothership is located at the start of you trip.



Ribbon Reefs Species


Day 1

Arrive at Mothership

Day 2-7

Fish all day

Day 8

Depart Mothership

Rod & Reel Hire Available

If you don’t have your own gear, don’t worry!! We have extremely high end gear available to our guests for hire, it is a one-off fee for the duration of the trip. We make sure it is maintained and kept up to the condition it needs to be to stop those giants. Our rods are ASWB Indian Pacific GT Tamer PE 8-10 rods, paired up with a Shimano 18000SW Saragosa and spooled with 100lb P8 braid by Platypus fishing lines. The light outfits are also ASWB PE 4-5 outfits paired with Shimano Saragosa 6000SW spooled with Platypus P8 50lb braid. 

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