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East Cape Flats

The East Cape Flats are a vast stretch of sand flats sprawled along the East Cape York peninsular. Stretching some 160NM along the coast. This trip is aimed at the adventurous fly angler looking for the next best untouched fishery for saltwater flyfishing in the World. We have been exploring wadable flats in this far northern stretch of reef over the last couple of years and we are confident that this fishery will stand strong against some of the well know established destinations around the world today. The eastern Cape York peninsular is one of the most remote stretches of coastline with almost zero coastal inhabitants north of Cooktown all the way to the tip of Australia. Walking the east coast flats really has the feel that no other flat does.

We take groups of six anglers to walk these untouched flats in search for the ever-abundant species such as Permit, Blue Bastards, Chinaman, GT’s and amongst these primary suspects there is a list of other targets we will have the opportunity to get a shot at. These trips are aimed at the angler who primarily wants to wade however there is boat/skiff fishing available.
We will have one local experienced fly guide per pair of anglers and we will have the opportunity to fish multiple flats during your trip to ensure the best opportunity for you to stick that beast you have been looking for. We will have two 22ft skiffs avail-able to transport us to the flats where we will be fishing for the day.

At the end of the day we will return to our luxury mothership Savannah, an 80ft luxury Expedition vessel with three very comfortable staterooms. The views in the afternoon from the sundeck are priceless after a day’s fishing with a cold beverage and a great social lounge in the main salon. You will be greeted with canapés on return from your days fishing followed by a sit down three course meal to end the day.

  • GROUP SIZE

    Min/Max 6

  • TIME TO GO

    April-June
    Sep-Dec

  • VESSELS

    MV Savannah
    32ft Sportfisher
    2 x 21ft Centre Consoles

  • ACCOMMODATION

    MV Savannah

INCLUSIONS: All meals, accomodation, beer & soft drinks, professional fishing guides
EXTRAS : Transfer Costs, Gratuities , Spirits & Wine can be pre-arranged before the trip. Lures and terminal tackle are available to purchase onboard as you need or you are more then welcome to bring your own. Rod & Reel Hire is available @ $300pp for the trip.

EAST CAPE FLATS SPECIES

Giant trevally
Caranx ignoblis
Grows To
65KG+

Power

10 /10

Speed

7 /10
Anak
Trachinotus anak
Grows To
8KG+

Power

9 /10

Speed

7 /10
Blochii
Trachinotus blochii
Grows To
4KG+

Power

7 /10

Speed

7 /10
Long Nose Emperor
Lethrinus Olivaceus
Grows To
5KG+

Power

9 /10

Speed

9 /10
Spangled Emperor
Lethrinus Nebulosus
Grows To
5KG+

Power

7 /10

Speed

7 /10
Chinaman
Symphorus Nematophorus
Grows To
8KG+

Power

10 /10

Speed

7 /10
Blue Bastard
Plectorhinchus Caeruleonothus
Grows To
10KG+

Power

9 /10

Speed

7 /10
Golden Trevally
Gnathanodon Speciosus
Grows To
12KG+

Power

10 /10

Speed

7 /10
Coral Trout
Plectropomus leopardus
Grows To
20KG+

Power

8 /10

Speed

6 /10

EAST CAPE FLATS FISHING

Most of the fishing on the East Cape Flats is wading however we do have our skiffs available for the times that are not favorable to wade or if a pair of anglers prefers to fish from a boat. Anglers will be grouped up two to a guide. Our guides are hand selected from Australia’s finest and they know these waters well. Our anglers are encouraged to carry a minimum of a #10 and #12 weight rods whilst wading the flats. It is encouraged to be ready with the #12 for the packs of GT’s that cruise the flats. The #10 will be used for the infamous Blue Bastard, Permit and the various reef species we encounter during the day. Australia is home to some of the deadliest animals and whilst on these trips we will be coexisting with some of these animals. These include the Salt water crocodile, Stingers – Box & Irukandji jellyfish, sharks, cone shells, blue ringed octopus. Encounters with these animals are scarce however it is extremely important to stay vigilant at all times. Our crew and guides will not compromise the safety of any individual at anytime so please follow instructions by the crew at all times. Protective wading tights and a hard sole set of wading boots are essential for this trip.

flyfishing
We can cater for the adventurous Saltwater Fly fisherman. The East Cape is home to the most divers Saltwater fly fishing available today. From endless wading available for Permit, Blue Bastards, GT's and an array of mixed reef species to heading offshore and targeting larger pelagic's like Spanish mackerel, dogtooth tuna, Marlin the Great Barrier Reef has all bases covered.

GETTING THERE

Fly into Cairns and begin the journey to the East Cape York Peninsular

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 one of two locations on the East Cape Peninsular. A 30 min ground transfer by our off road tour vehicle will get you to the landing spot where our mothership and crew will be waiting. Lets get the gear loaded, jump onboard and enjoy some of the most pristine and untouched flats the world has to offer.

ACCOMMODATION

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. With unparalleled space and stability, Savannah is fitted with a new Gyro stabiliser providing total comfort while in port or offshore and maximum safety in all sea conditions.

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