Ashmore Reef is a rarely visited, true paradise. Located in the remote northern Coral Sea, between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the reef is located just 30 nautical miles from the outer edge of the northern most tip of the Great Barrier Reef, and with the warm Torres Strait currents converging with the slightly cooler Coral Sea currents, this reef is a melting pot of species and possibilities.
Every species you can imagine gets a 10! There are huge GTs, huge dogtooth tuna, marlin, sailfish, yellowfin and longtail tuna, with wahoo and spanish mackerel patrolling the reef edges, while inside the large sheltered lagoons and reef flats, massive coral trout, red bass, emperors and maori wrasse are ready to cause havoc to your lure supply.
But there’s so much more to this trip, because you’ll start your first day fishing through the islands and reefs of the remote eastern Torres Strait, experiencing remote islands and beautiful sand cays on your way to Ashmore Reef.
With an over-abundance of variety, Ashmore Reef and the islands of the Eastern Torres Strait is a completely unique experience, and a must visit location for every angler.
Ashmore Reef is an amazing area to visit the summer months, anywhere between November-December is an ideal time to be here, providing the calmest weather window to access all the species available.
Getting to Ribbon Reefs & Far Northern Great Barrier Reef
We visit Ashmore Reef on our Ultimate Adventures trips. There are two trips per year dedicated to fishing Ashmore Reef, plus one travel trip per year that may spend a day or two fishing the area at the start and of the trip.
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