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Bligh Reef

Bligh Reef

Situated in the remote northern stretches of the Cape, Bligh Reef is home to some of biggest and angriest fish you’ll ever encounter. A piece of advice on this trip: BE READY FOR ANYTHING. Experience has taught us to expect the unexpected here. Trolling minnows and skirts, you can expect to catch large dogtooth tuna, monster Spanish mackerel, dinosaur coral trout, and believe it or not we’ve caught a few decent size Black Marlin while fishing this way!

Throwing lures into the maize of blue holes, channels and gutters will produce some of the most spectacular sight fishing you will ever experience. Heavy jigging on the ledges around this area has proven to be extremely productive and has produced good numbers and sizes of dogtooth tuna, Spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna and many of the reef pecies found on the reef, they just seem to be bigger here! After spending some time in this area you will soon see the raw untouched beauty it has to offer.

  • GROUP SIZE

    Min & Max 9

  • TIME TO GO

    Sept-Dec

  • VESSELS

    A Mothership

    32ft Sportfisher

    2 x 21ft Centre Consoles

  • ACCOMMODATION

    A Mothership

INCLUSIONS: All meals, beers & soft drinks, professional fishing guides & terminal tackle
EXTRAS : Transfer Costs . Spirits & Wine can be pre-arranged before the trip. Lures are available to purchase onboard or you are more then welcome to bring your own. Rod & Reel Hire is available.

BLIGH REEF SPECIES

Longtail Tuna
Thunnus tonggol
Grows To
10KG+

Power

9 /10

Speed

9 /10
Giant trevally
Caranx ignoblis
Grows To
65KG+

Power

10 /10

Speed

7 /10
Dogtooth Tuna
Gymnosarda unicolor
Grows To
100KG+

Power

10 /10

Speed

10 /10
Spanish Mackerel
Scomberomorus commerson
Grows To
40KG+

Power

7 /10

Speed

10 /10
Coral Trout
Plectropomus leopardus
Grows To
20KG+

Power

8 /10

Speed

6 /10
Yellowfin Tuna
Thunnus albacares
Grows To
60KG+

Power

10 /10

Speed

9 /10

BLIGH REEF FISHING STYLES

Whether you’re an experienced angler or you’d like to learn a new style, we’re happy to share our many years of knowledge and experience with you. One of our main aims is to teach people about sport fishing and we view catch and release a major part of our sport. We’d like to help change the mindset of keeping as many trophies as possible.

Top Water Casting
Jigging
Soft plastics
Trolling
Micro Jigging
flyfishing
Light Tackle Sight Fishing
This is by far the most exhilarating forms of fishing around. Whether you’re a season angler or are looking at trying this discipline for the first time, we cater for all groups. Our intuitive casting lessons and our tentative approach to guiding our clients is the reason we convert bites to landed fish for the angler. Throwing large lures around the reef and pressure edges, and watching as huge fish explode on them is what makes this form of fishing so exciting. Target species include GT’s, Spanish mackerel, dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, longtail tuna, trout, red bass and more.
Jigging has been responsible for some of the most incredible trophy fish ever recorded. The physical nature of this style requires anglers to be reasonably fit. The bite while jigging is by far the best part. As you’re moving your jig through the water column, it feels like the rod has been hit by a steam train going in the opposite direction at 100 miles an hour. Not knowing what you’ve hooked, you’re usually in for a surprise at the end of the fight. Great for targeting dogtooth tuna, trout, emperor, Spanish mackerel, wahoo.
This is one of the most productive forms of fishing out on the reef. Throwing plastics and micro jigs around opens the flood gates on your possible species count and there are some big fish to be landed on this gear, including trout, red bass, emperor, giant trevally, Spanish mackerel, and cod.
For those who prefer to take a break from the physically demanding nature of heavy tackle top water and jigging then sit back, relax and enjoy some trolling. Just because we’re sitting around doesn’t mean this style of fishing isn’t productive. There are some serious fish to be caught whist trolling, of which the angry dogtooth and giant marlin are at the top of the list. Other species include Spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, and wahoo.
This is one of the most productive forms of fishing out on the reef. Throwing plastics and micro jigs around opens the flood gates on your possible species count and there are some big fish to be landed on this gear, including trout, red bass, emperor, giant trevally, Spanish mackerel, and cod.
We can cater for flyfisherman in some of the locations we visit. If you have a particular interest in flyfishing, please contact us to learn more about possible trip options. Target species include red bass, gold spot trevally, bludgers, GTs , tuna , Spanish mackerel, and marlin.
Join us on the flats for some light tackle sight fishing, this is a form of fishing that every angler needs to experience on their trip out with us on the reef. Throwing small to medium size stick baits and poppers in this terrain is very productive. Don’t think because you are throwing smaller lures you are only going to catch smaller fish! We have hooked GT’s over 50 kilos on the flats while throwing smaller lures as the excitement of the reef fish seems to wind the bigger predators up into attack mode. The best part about this is you’ll be watching the mayhem unfold in front of you as it is so shallow! So after a long day of throwing big lures around or simply just looking for something different, this is a must!

GETTING THERE

Fly into Cairns and begin the journey up to Portland Roads

Cairns Airport is the gateway to the spectacular Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Nestled between mountains and the Coral Sea, it is one of Australia’s largest regional airports, and the country’s 7th busiest international gateway. After arriving into Cairns you will board our private air charter and fly up to Lockhart River, once in Lockhart your will be taken by shuttle bus up to Portland roads where you will jump onboard our mothership and be welcomed by our crew.

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