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Ribbon/Jewel Reefs

The infamous 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.


Group Size

9 max

Time To Go



Mothership + 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, spannish mackeral, 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 trips options dont have that Luxury.

Tour Details

Accommodation is aboard 80ft MV Savannah, all fishing is conducted from our fleet of Center Consoles. We will be fishing 3 anglers per boat and each boat is led by an experienced local guide who will guide you to fish properly, work on technique and making sure your experience with us is one to remember. The boats are 1x 32ft Custom built center console and 2 x 21ft Custom built center consoles, each vessel has been carefully planned and purposely built to a standard that is specifically designed around topwater casting.

Fly into Cairns and make your way to the private shuttle service centre at the domestic arrivals terminal at carousel 4. You will meet with the rest of the group here and travel north at 10:30am for approx 1 hour to the Port Douglas Super Yacht Marina. Once you arrive we will get you settled onboard and conduct a safety brief and go over the plan for your trip. We will depart at midday and travel overnight out to the reef. Enjoy the afternoon and evening with a cold beverage while rigging up and getting yourself organized for the following day.

During the fishing days, we will plan to have you out the door and on your way after breakfast which is at 7am. Usually we take packed lunches and intend to stay out all day. Arrangements can be made to return to the mothership for lunch, but this needs to be pre-arranged the day before, so we can plan for this in our fishing schedule. We have an amazing chef onboard with us. He will prepare breakfast each morning before heading out on the water. Each night you will enjoy canapes on the back deck before dinner.

The area we will be fishing is quite extensive so there is plenty of ground to choose from in your week aboard with us.


Ribbon/Jewel Reefs Species

Our Fleet


Our range of custom center console Sportfishing weapons will get you where you need to go. Reaching speeds of up to 60 knots, our vessels gets you out to the grounds in comfort and style. Our boats have been custom built for our operation and we have made sure that we have paid attention to the fishability of the boats to maximize your experience with us on the water.


The Mothership we are currently using is 80ft MV Savannah. Savannah was designed and constructed in New Zealand with long range cruising in mind. She crossed the Tasman in 2012 and after completing a full refit in July 2014 she now calls the Great Barrier Reef home.

This luxury expedition style vessel has a 40,000 litre fuel capacity providing a 10,000 nm range, Savannah will allow you to travel to new destinations each day and will take you to the furtherest most remote reefs that very few have fished.


Day 1

Fly into Lizard Island and board the Mothership

Day 2-8

Fish all day

Day 9

Fly back to Cairns from Lochart River

Each day you’ll depart our mothership MV Savannah around 7.30 and head out with a packed lunch for the day. You’ll spend most of the day if you wish, out fishing on the sportfishing boats or you can return to the mothership for lunch and enjoy a more relaxed lunch and head out again after lunch. We aim to return each day by 4:30pm. Our amazing chef will prepare a hot breakfast each morning before heading out on the water each day and each night you will enjoy a 3-course dinner.

Rod & Reel Hire Available

Rod and Reel Hire Available

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