A true saltwater flyfishing & sportfishing paradise with an unmatched combination of inshore and offshore species and fishing styles

And if you think that is good, there’s also light tackle action in the shallows, mackerel trolling or deep jigging. Truly spectacular fishing in a simply incredible location.

  • Cast surface lures or flyfish the outer edge of the reef for big GTs, dogtooth tuna, mackerel, coral trout, red bass and more.
  • Drift the reef flats with lure or fly for over 30 species of sportfish.
  • Walk an isolated sand cay, reef flat or island beach and sight cast to cruising GTs, permit, queenfish, golden trevally, titan triggerfish and over 30 other species.
  • Troll the outer edge of the reef for huge dogtooth tuna, yellowfin, mackerel and wahoo
  • Fish remote and untouched rivers and beaches for barramundi, mangrove jacks, queenfish, giant herring and many other species.
  • This trip truly has EVERY option covered and is ideal for anglers who want to experience every fishing option in one trip.

Location Map

Species Guide

If you’re looking for maximum variety, this trip is definitely for you. From the anchorages we visit you can head east and access the outer edge of the barrier reef to catch huge GTs, coral trout, dogtooth tuna, spanish mackerel, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and a huge variety of other species.

We anchor near a series of islands, sand flats and reef flats that are unmatched anywhere else in Australia. We’ve caught everything from GTs to cobia to permit, queenfish, golden trevally and every other tropical saltwater species you can think of. If you love walking the flats and sightcasting, this is a true paradise!

And if that’s not enough, head west of the anchorage and you’ll hit the coastline with some of the most remote rivers in Australia teeming with fish. These rivers cannot be accessed by land: there’s simply no way to drive there, so our mothership with small shallow draft tenders is the only way to get to these rivers. The barramundi and jack fishing is just wonderful in these clear shallow sandy rivers, and the queenfish at the mouths of the rivers are incredible fun!

Want a trip with the lot? This is it.


We pass through the Claremont Isles area in April and September, and depending on weather and fishing conditions, also visit the Claremont Isles on our Far Northern Explorer trips in September and October.

Getting to Claremont Isles

Tydeman Reef to Bligh Reef Travel Trip

  • Departs Cooktown, returns via Portland Roads
  • Transfer fees include one-way flight between Cooktown and Cairns, transfer from the Cooktown airport to the Cooktown Wharf, Landcruiser transfer between Portland Roads and Lockhart River, one-way flight between Cairns and Lockhart River

Far Northern Explorer

  • Departs from and returns to Portland Roads, Northern Cape York.
  • Timing of half day (on last day) of fishing is determined by afternoon flight schedules and will vary.
  • Transfer fees include return flights between Cairns and Lockhart River, plus Landcruiser transfers between Lockhart River and Portland Roads.

Next Steps

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  • Picture perfect reefs, cays, and islands to explore
  • Enormous range of species to choose from
  • Complete range of fishing options

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