Nestled at the top of the Northern Territory

The Wessel Islands are one of Australia’s most remote and untouched fly-fishing destinations.

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Fly Fishing the Wessel Islands

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.

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 ‘The Wessels’ in collaboration with Aussie Fly Fisher & Wildcard Luxury Tours are currently the only licensed operator accessing these pristine island flats.

The fly fishing is first class, and your trip is completed by a spacious 70ft Mothership – ‘Wildcard’. The Wildcard family have 40 years experience in the region, and will ensure your fly fishing trip is a memorable one, both on and off the flats.

Join us in 2021 for an incredible adventure in one of Australia’s truely most remote fly fishing destinations.


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 8am to 4pm-5.30pm, depending on group preferences and tidal conditions.


Wildcard anchors in different locations throughout the week, focusing on new flats and fisheries to create a huge expanse of options.


All meals and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the price of the trip.

Each day you will be treated to a range of first class dining options. Enjoy three-course meals, fresh and locally sourced ingredients and a personalised culinary experience.

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

For full trip details please contact Josh.


Contact us 2023 and final 2022 Dates

Day of Arrival – Arrive at Gove Airport. An Aussie Fly fisher or Wildcard representative will greet you at the airport and transfer guests to the boat to settle in and enjoy some light refreshments. Depending on tide times, Wildcard will depart the harbour in the evening and travel through the night to the first fishing destination. The voyage is typically calm, with the odd ocean swell passing through some of the island passages. If you struggle with seasickness, crew can assist with medication. Dinner is served either before departing the harbour, or during a calm passage of the voyage.


Day One to Five – Breakfast is typically served from 7.00am each day. The fishing boats aim to leave the mothership around 8.00am. Guests have the option to maximise fishing time by requesting a packed lunch, or can return to Wildcard for lunch. Each fishing day runs to around 4.00pm-5.30pm depending on fishing.

At the end of each day the crew will clean your gear, hand you a refreshing face towel and a drink of your choice. You can then retire to the front deck or air conditioned lounge, enjoying a choice of canapés until dinner is served at your groups preferred time.


Day Six – Breakfast is served as per your regular schedule and the boats leave for fishing at 8.00am. On the final day, anglers return to the mothership by 4.00pm to ensure all the fishing boats can be tethered to the ship for the return voyage. Wildcard will travel through the night to return guests to Nhulunbuy Harbour.


Final Day – Breakfast will be served on Wildcard and guests will be transferred to Gove airport for their flights home.

What's included

  • 6 days guided fishing
– one guide per two anglers
  • 7 nights accommodation – twin share with private ensuite for each room. Single Room supplement is available.
  • AFF Wessel Islands Welcome Pack – Patagonia/AFF Sun Shirt, AFF Cap, 20lb Tippet, Wessels Fly Pack
  • Ground transfers in Gove, NT
  • All meals and beverages (excluding alcohol)
  • Fishing license and permits
  • Mothership crew and fuel

Not included

  • Return flights to Gove, Northern Territory Australia
  • Alcohol
  • Travel & medical insurance
  • Fly Fishing equipment & Flies (can be arranged prior to trip)