Fly Odyssey has teamed up with PNG Sportsfishing to provide some truly unique and limited opportunities to chase the mighty Papuan Black Bass, in the western gulf province of Papua New Guinea.
This remote region is dominated by mountains, lowland river deltas, and grassland flood plains which were only recently explored a few years ago for the very first time, in consultation with the local tribes and custodians of the land.
These pioneering fly-fishing explorations have shown that given the correct preparation, planning and fly-gear, the Black Bass previously thought uncatchable on a fly can certainly be caught in good numbers. Known pound for pound as the toughest freshwater fish in the world, these jungle brawlers deliver extreme freshwater fly-fishing at its brutal best.
Due to the lack of infrastructure and remote nature of the Gulf region, we will explore the river systems aboard the K20 Mothership which will take us into the heart of the jungle where the Black Bass await, before heading into the Coral Sea for some thrilling saltwater fly-fishing action.
- Peak Season: September to April
- Capital: Port Moresby
- Niugini Black Bass: can be caught in excess of 40lbs
- Language: there are over 800 indigenous languages in Papua New Guinea
- Portlock, Eastern Fields and Yule Reefs: home to huge GTs, Napoleon Wrasse and Dogtooth Tuna
About the K20
Flying into Port Moresby, we can accommodate groups of eight anglers aboard the 77 foot MV K20 Mothership, which is superbly equipped with all the modern comforts to retreat to, at the end of an action-packed day.
Upon arriving into Port Moresby, you will be transferred to the mothership before steaming off on a twelve-day extreme fly-fishing adventure. These river to sea explorations have been designed by combining some of the very best fresh and salt water fly-fishing which Papua New Guinea has to offer.
The K20 will head to the remote western gulf province before heading up-river into the thick jungle, where it will remain anchored for five days to target the Papuan Black Bass, before heading offshore for a further five days of extreme saltwater action on the Portlock Reef system in the northern Coral Sea.
Twin hulled, the K20 has been designed with a shallow draft which is perfect for both heading up the remote gulf river systems which can only be accessed by boat and is also a very stable vessel when at sea.
Air-conditioned, hot showers, great meals and ample space for re-tying and rigging, it has a fully equipped bar and a lounge. Private or twin-share deluxe cabins are both available.
Additional facilities include: freezer and chiller room, laundry facilities, medical kit, TV lounge area, ice making machine, tea/coffee, five bathroom/toilets and satellite phone.
There is a fleet of 4 x 23ft tenders with quiet 60HP 4-strokes in tow, to ensure that we can stealth into the very upper clear water reaches of these pristine river systems, where the Black Bass await amongst the timber. Fishing 2 anglers to a guide, you will experience a traditional tribal welcoming by the custodians of the Baimuru province before heading into the river headwaters to do battle.
With the focus on a sustainable recreational Black Bass fishery by the Papua New Guinea National Fisheries and Tourism Promotion Authorities, Fly Odyssey clients may have the opportunity to not only access some of the most wild and pristine jungle regions in the country, but also to participate in the 'Catch-and-Release' Niugini Black Bass tagging program.
Predominantly targeting the Papuan Black Bass and Barramundi over four days, we will also encounter other local species in the river and estuarine system - fishing snags, run-off’s and ambush holes before heading one hundred and twenty nautical miles offshore into the Coral Sea, for two days of pristine bluewater fly-fishing.
The Portlock, Eastern Fields and Yule Reefs systems are rarely fished, and here we will predominantly chase massive Giant Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse and Dogtooth Tuna around the reef edges and coral walls.
Freshwater: Papuan Black Bass, Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon, Saratoga, Nuigini Tiger fish, Mangrove Jack and Sootie Grunter.
Saltwater: Giant Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna, Marlin, Napoleon Wrasse, Coral Trout and Queensland Grouper.
As per all Fly Odyssey bookings, will provide a comprehensive and detailed pre-trip fly-fishing guide, prior to your departure.
The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.
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Arriving into Port Moresby (oone hour and forty-five minutes via Cairns), we will board the MV K20 for an overnight cruise and final gear preparation, before arriving into the Baimuru Province the following day.
We will then spend most of the week up-river on the Black Bass before departing for an overnight trip to Portlock Reefs in the Coral Sea for a further five days of saltwater action. Departing overnight, you will arrive in Port Moresby the final morning to link with departing flights.
Fly Odyssey staff can organise and host corporate groups in Papua New Guinea, including flights and all transfers.
For groups looking to combine business with the ultimate live-aboard jungle experience, we can provide tailored one-on-one fly-fishing tuition while on the water.
All the gear is supplied and tied to ensure your guests or staff get to experience the ultimate saltwater fly-fishing experience.
Includes photography, and dining options to cater to any level of hospitality you require.