Your invitation to explore reefs and islands home to an amazing variety of species. 4 & 5 night trip options

Northern Explorer Trips explore reefs and islands home to an amazing variety of species

  • Fishing the beautiful coral reefs of North Queensland
  • GT casting, trolling, jigging and light tackle reef flats fishing
  • 70ft mothership and a range of guided 20ft centre consoles
  • 4 night (3.5 days) and 5 night (4.5 days) trips
  • Maximum of 8 anglers per trip

Northern Explorers give you a chance to fish off each of our vessels, with a maximum of 8 anglers per trip. Accommodation is twin-share or triple-share aboard the mothership, and you will rotate between the centre consoles for a unique fishing experience at each location. You can book a Northern Explorer trip as either an individual angler, or you can talk to us about customised pricing options for whole boat bookings.

Locations & Species

The pristine reefs and islands visited on our Northern Explorer trips offer a truly unique adventure. We fish different areas of the the reefs and islands each week so that each group of lucky anglers are fishing an area that receives minimal fishing pressure.

The locations we fish are chosen each week by the guides based on weather, previous fishing and time of year. Our objective is to choose the best area to take you on your trip to ensure the best fishing experience for all of the key species we target.

Boats Used on This Trip

From 2020, Northern Explorer trips use our 70ft Mothership and a range of fully guided fishing boats including the 40ft gameboat Black Magic and 2 x 20ft centre consoles. We cater for a maximum of 8 anglers per charter. We can cater for whole boat bookings of up to 8 anglers on request.

Our Fleet

70FT MOTHERSHIP
‘BLUE MARTINI’

FULL SPECS

40FT GAMEBOAT
‘BLACK MAGIC’

FULL SPECS

20FT CENTRE
CONSOLES

FULL SPECS

Fishing Options

Northern Explorer trips offer you the following fishing options throughout the areas visited:

  • GT lurecasting
  • Light tackle trolling for a range of pelagics and reef species
  • Flats fishing for permit, GTs, goldens and blue bastards
  • Light tackle jigging and soft plastic fishing
  • Micro jigging and light tackle lurecasting over the reef flats for a huge range of species
  • General reef fishing

Travel Information

Most Northern Explorer trips depart from and return to Lizard Island in Far North Queensland. This area is accessed via a flight from Cairns to Lizard Island. We arrange a charter flight to transfer guests from Cairns to Lizard Island and return and the cost of this charter flight is covered by your transfer fee. A small number of trips may depart from or return to Port Douglas. When you make your booking we will send you a full trip itinerary detailing your trip departure and arrival locations, timings and relevant transfer fees.

Sample Schedule

DAY 1

ARRIVAL DAY
(Part day fishing)

Depart Cairns and fly to Lizard Island where you will meet our crew and be welcomed aboard the mothership Blue Martini. Meals and accommodation provided onboard our 70ft mothership. Part-day fishing in the afternoon.

DAY 2 to DAY 4/5

FISHING DAYS
(3-4 full days fishing)

Fish from 7:30am til 4:30pm, meals and accommodation provided onboard our 70ft mothership.

DAY 5/6

DEPARTURE DAY
(Non-fishing day)

Disembark the mothership and board a flight from Lizard Island 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 +61 499 105 880.

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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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