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Lodge

Wessel Islands

Price from:
$6,500
Anglers:
6
Season:
May 01 - Nov 30
Catering:
Full board
  • Overview

    The Wessels

    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.

     

     

  • Fishing

    A variety of options

    The trip offers six days of fly fishing around the Wessel Islands with most travel time on the mother ship scheduled on the first afternoon and final evening, 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.

  • Guides
  • Hosted trips

    Sorry, unfortunately we do not currently offer hosted trips for this destination yet…

  • Accommodation

    Wildcard

    Your trip will be based on a 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.

    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.

  • Food & Cuisine

    Dining on the water

    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.

    There are two rooms that can be purchased as a single person room, or used for couples.

Location

Australian Paradise

The Wessel Islands is a group of islands in the Northern Territory of Australia. They extend in a more or less straight line from Buckingham Bay and the Napier Peninsula of Arnhem Land, and Elcho Island, to the northeast. Marchinbar Island is the largest of the group.

The Wessel Islands is a group of islands with idyllic back drops every where to look. A fly Fishermans paradise filled with numerous species to target. This destination allows for true emersion into the wild on one the worlds furthest corners of the planet. A true wilderness filled with marine life.

Species

  • Barracuda
  • Barramundi
  • Blue Bastard
  • Golden Trevally
  • Grouper
  • Permit
  • Queen fish

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Specifics

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 at $500 per person (Limited to 2 rooms per trip).
  • Ground transfers in Gove, NT
  • All meals and beverages (excluding alcohol)
  • AFF Wessel Islands Gift Pack – Patagonia/AFF Sun Shirt, AFF Cap, 20lb Tippet, Wessels Fly Pack.
  • Fishing license and permits
  • Laundry Services available each day
  • Mothership crew and fuel

Exclude

  • Return flights to Gove, Northern Territory Australia
  • Alcohol
  • Travel & medical insurance (compulsory)
  • Flies & Fly Fishing Gear – Flies are available for purchase on the ship, and 9, 10 and 12 weight rods can be hired for $25 per day or $100 for the week if you prefer not travel with extra gear or break a rod on the trip.
  • Guide tips – Tips are welcome for the guides and crew, but not compulsory.

 

Example itinerary

Day 0 – 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.

Days 1-5 – 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 6 – 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 Morning – Breakfast will be served on Wildcard and guests will be transferred to Gove airport for their flights home.

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Booking information

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