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GREAT BARRIER REEF: CLAREMONT TO HORN ISLES, OCT/NOV 2013

The previous marlin fishing with Captain Tim Richardson on the Tradition was a great success. So I'm quite calmly in the second part of this trip: eight days fly fishing on one of Nomad expedition boats.

I spend the night at the Shangri-La in Cairns, the next day I continue with a small plane to the north, Musgrave, a small Bush airport. There on the river, the Nomad guides take us on a Skiff to the mothership anchored in the estuary.

DER TRIP: QUEENSLAND - BARRIER REEF

We drive from Musgrave to the Claremont Isles and then daily far north, fishing the well-known Blight Reef up to Horn Island, an island off the northern part of Australia, not far away from Papua New Guinea.

THE EXPEDITION BOAT: THE ODYSSEY

The Nomad Sportfishing – Mothership has four super equipped skiffs, which can be loaded with the help of a crane on deck. So we are flexible.

Usually, we go at night, direction north to a new reef. The skiffs are super and make it easy for us to get to every sandbank or island. The facilities on the mothership Odyssey are very good, what you need is all on board. Even a bar! At the end of a day of fishing, you can relax there with cool drinks. The service on board is very good, the kitchen really excellent.

THE GUIDES AND ANGLERS

The Nomad Sportfishing -Guides Halex, Chad, Chris and Gavin are very experienced, you can learn a lot from them. They know the good places, because they have done this expedition several times before. But we also continually fish new places.

We, the lucky 10 anglers, are really a super troop. We have not only caught well, but also have laughed a lot and have got on very well. These were from the crew:

André de Botton, Chris Fletcher, Don Jonston, Hardy Mclain, Peter Roberts, Tim Ryan, Mitchell Smith, Darren Hocking, Stephen Smith and I.

FISHING

Some days are very windy and stormy. This makes fly fishing especially difficult, because the wind blows 50 km/h and the water in the flats is often murky. In addition, the sun is usually missing, and it is difficult to distinguish the fish. Due to the high waves we cannot go to the outer reef. -It hurts the most, because these are usually the best places.

I try at the beginning only with the fly rod, usually together with Don Jonston, a likeable American and experienced saltwater fly fisherman.
We can land many beautiful fish such as Spanish mackerel, sharks, emperors, queenfish etc, but it is initially really difficult with the GTs. Finally I succeed, I catch one golden trevally and a giant trevally on fly rod and Don as well. I cut off two fly lines with the drill. In places with many bommies, the prospect of GT bites is the highest, but unfortunately the losses are also. I fish mostly with the 8 foot #14, but to stop a GT, heavy flying fish equipment also doesn’t help. There were really super fish, everyone had his success.

THE SUCCESS OF THE TEAM