An amazing 4-5 night trip with easy access fishing one of the world’s greatest sportfishing and GT fishing locations

  • Access to some incredible GT fishing and surface lure casting
  • Cast, jig or troll for an incredible variety of species
  • 80ft Mothership and a range of 18-25ft guided centre consoles 
  • Quick and easy access to truly spectacular fishing covering a massive area
  • 3-4 days fishing depending on which trip you choose

The Lagoon Explorer gives you a chance to fish off each of our vessels, with a maximum of 9 anglers per trip (3 anglers on each of the 18-25ft centre consoles). Accommodation is either private or shared aboard the mothership, and you will rotate between the centre consoles for a unique fishing experience at each location. You can book a Lagoon Explorer trip as either an individual angler, or you can organise your own group and talk to us about customised pricing options for whole boat bookings.

Pricing for the Lagoon Explorer Trips starts from $3950 per person, plus transfers ex Cairns.

Locations & Species

The Lagoon Explorer trip gives you an amazing opportunity to visit a broad range of reef locations.

The areas available to fish from our departure point covers more than 4000sq nautical miles of ocean and reef. That means each location within this zone gets minimal fishing pressure. We only visit each reef for a short period each year, keeping the fishing in an excellent condition at each location.

Each reef has its own “personality”, and we fish this Lagoon Explorer Zone for the prime time of year for the location.

Lagoon Explorer Trips fish areas such as Escape Reef, the Ribbons Reefs, Jewell Reef, Howick Islands, Ingram Islands and the Direction Islands groups. We decide on the ideal location for each trip based on weather and fishing in the lead up to each trip, and we ensure that you will be fishing the best possible location on each trip. We know where the fish are, and we know when to fish each area, and we will use our ability to move around in the mothership to ensure you have a fantastic trip.

Boats Used on This Trip

Lagoon Explorer trips use our 80ft Mothership and a range of guided 18-25ft centre consoles. We cater for a maximum of 9 anglers, with 3 anglers fishing per boat. We can cater for whole boat bookings of up to 12 anglers on request.

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Fishing Options

All Lagoon Explorer trips offer you the following styles of fishing:

  • GT lurecasting and general reef lurecasting
  • Light tackle lurecasting the reef flats
  • Micro jigging and soft plastic fishing
  • Light tackle trolling for a range of pelagics and reef species
  • Heavy tackle jigging and soft plastic fishing
  • General reef fishing

Travel Information

Lagoon Explorer trips depart from Cooktown in North Queensland. This area is accessed via a flight from Cairns to Cooktown Airport and a transfer from the airport to the Cooktown Wharf. Nomad Sportfishing organises all transfers on behalf of our guests to ensure you have the right times booked in for our ongoing connections. The cost for these transfers is covered by the transfer fee listed for each trip in our Rates and Dates.

Sample Schedule


(Non-fishing day)

Depart Cairns and fly to Cooktown to meet Odyssey (timing varies from trip to trip). Meals and accommodation provided onboard our 80ft mothership Odyssey.

DAY 2 to DAY 4/5

(3-4 full days fishing)

Fish from 7:30am til 4:30pm, meals and accommodation provided onboard our 80ft mothership.

DAY 5/6

(Non-fishing day)

Depart the mothership Odyssey in Cooktown and fly to Cairns (timings vary from trip to trip).

Next Steps

If you have any questions, you can contact our team anytime by email, or call us on 1800 021 014.

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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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