Dear Team Nomad,
Having just returned from the Ribbon Reefs, we wanted to thank the entire Nomad team for a stunning and successful charter. Flying to Cooktown was a real treat and being met by Guy, Richie and Meg with a cold beer and amazing three course meal at the mouth of the beautiful Endeavour River set the scene for a cracking trip. We joined up to fish with Paul from the UK and Day One saw us jump on board with Hilly as our guide. With hardly a breath of wind it was a postcard scene, made all the better with a couple of GTs (one going 16kg for Paul), coral trouts, long-nosed emperors, jobfish, red bass and even 2 x triple hook-ups on bludger trevallies chasing baitfish.
Day Two put us on the Contender with guide Jason and while the morning was tough going and a wind squall blew in after lunch, we kept casting and tracked down some nice GTs, with most in the 10kg range. Jason never gave up and it was his perseverance that put us on a nice reef where the GT action on light gear made for some good hook-ups, bust-offs and four nice fish landed.
While the fishing had been tough heading in to Day Three, we were optimistic and with Millsy as our guide it was not hard to stay positive and keep casting, even the big stickbaits. A large red bass and a nice blue trevally were the pick of the morning (plus seeing a Manta Ray jumping from the water), but things then heated up as we worked the bommies near Ribbon Reef No 9. Ollie and I – with great instruction and encouragement from Millsy – both landed PB GTs at just under 30kg, while Ollie scored another three GTs in the 12-15kg range. We were both exhausted, but fully stoked. That afternoon capped off a great trip and we’d like to acknowledge the professionalism of Millsy, from his tuition on retrieving different lures and setting the hook after a strike to fighting the fish and even ensuring the photos turned out well. Thanks again mate!
This was our second Nomad trip and we can definitely see a trifecta on the horizon.
John and Ollie Morton
Lagoon Explorer – 15-19 February 2018