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Ribbon Reefs

Ribbon Reefs

Located on the outer edges of the Great Barrier Reef, the stunning ribbon reefs are world-renowned for the quality of sportfishing to be had there. Currents channelling between the reefs bring in an abundance pelagic sportfish including giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, marlin, Spanish mackerel, coral trout, and many more.

Fly into historical Cooktown, where you’ll be welcomed by Nick and taken to the comfortable Sovereign Resort Hotel, your home base for the trip. We depart from the boat ramp (a two-minute walk away) every morning at 6.30am and will have you onto the fishing grounds and into the actionin no time.Return to the creature comforts of the Sovereign each evening to recap on the day gone by and find out what we can look forward to the next.

  • GROUP SIZE

    Max 6

  • TIME TO GO

    Jan-Apr

  • VESSEL

    32ft Sportfishing

  • ACCOMMODATION

    Sovereign Resort Hotel, Cooktown

INCLUSIONS: Lunch, Water and Soft Drinks, Rods and Reels, Terminal Tackle.
OPTIONAL: Alcohol, special requests, lures, transfer costs.

RIBBON REEFS SPECIES

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
Black Marlin
Istiompax indica
Grows To
1000 POUNDS+

Power

10 /10

Speed

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

Power

8 /10

Speed

6 /10
Wahoo
Istiophorus
Grows To
50KG+

Power

5 /10

Speed

10 /10
Sail Fish
Istiophorus
Grows To
50KG+

Power

5 /10

Speed

10 /10

RIBBON REEFS 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 Cooktown

Only a 45 minute flight from Cairns is needed to access Cooktown. Once you arrive at Cooktown central a short walk will take you to the marina where the tour starts.

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ACCOMMODATION

Sovereign Resort Hotel

Sovereign Resort Hotel

Sovereign Resort Hotel

Set in tropical gardens, this warm, adults-only resort is a 5-minute walk from the James Cook Museum, 2.3 km from Finch Bay and 5 km from Endeavour River National Park. Featuring free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, the laid-back rooms also have minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add living areas and furnished terraces; 2-bedroom apartments have kitchenettes and separate living rooms. Room service is available.

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