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 Waterline Charters is the sole operator accessing the pristine island flats.

Not only is the fishing first class, your trip iscompletedby the 115ft luxury motor yacht, Phoenix One. End each day in the on-deck spa along with a privatechef and personalized dining experience. Immerse yourself in the spacious comfort of our five-star accommodation, while enjoying the famous top-end sunsets.

PROGRAM

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 preferencesand tidal conditions.

 

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

MEALS, BEVERAGES & ACCOMMODATION

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

Each day you will be treated to a range of first class dining options with a wide selection of beers, Australian & New Zealand wines and selected spirits. 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 poweradaptorsand black out curtains.

For full trip details please contact Josh.

ITINERARY

We have two trips on offer for 2019.

TRIP 1 – June 16th – 23rd – 2 Rods Available

TRIP 2 – July 26th to August 2nd – 1 Rod Available

June 16th / 26 July 2019– Arrive at Gove Airport. A Waterline Charters 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, Phoenix One 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 passageof the voyage.

 

June 17th to 21st / 27 to 31 July 2019– Breakfast is typically served from 7.00am each day. The fishing boats aim to leave the mothership around 8.00am. Guestshave the option to maximise fishing time by requesting a packed lunch, or can return to Phoenix Onefor lunch. Each fishing day runs to around 4.00pm-5.30pmdepending 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 back deck or roof top spa, enjoying a choice of canapés until dinner is served at your groups preferred time.

 

June 22nd / 1 August 2019 –Breakfast is served as per your regular scheduleand 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. Phoenix One will travel through the night to return guests to Nhulunbuy Harbour.

 

June 23rd / 2 August 2019– Breakfast will be served on Phoenix One 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 on Phoenix One – twin share with private ensuite for each room
  • Ground transfersin Gove, NT
  • All meals and beverages, including alcohol
  • Fishing license and permits
  • Mothership crew and fuel

Not included

  • Return flights to Gove, Northern Territory Australia
  • Travel & medical insurance