FRONTIER REEFS & LONG REEF EXPEDITIONS
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
WILD & RAW SPORTFISHING
Experience a wild and raw journey to the “Frontiers” of Papua New Guinea fishing for Giant Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna and Napoleon Wrasse.
To complement the natural beauty of PNG and to minimize our footprint – we conduct our expeditions in ‘wild reef camp’ format in cooperation with the local community and resource owners.
Expeditions are 10 days in length to justify the remote travel and deployment efforts required.
We believe that this is GT fishing done right.
Expeditions provide modest yet comfortable lodging on remote coral-fringed islands and islets. Misima base camp features a traditionally built house with creature comforts such freshwater showers, basic mattress with insect netting and drop-toilet. Long Reef base camp is located at Ware Island. Subject to weather and safety variables, anglers may have the opportunity to “re-deploy” to other islands and explore further reefs and atolls made possible by single-person tents and bush-camp style ammenities.
Whilst we do our best to maintain a minimum threshold of comfort, expeditions are operated out in the “frontier”. We include all meals, bottled purified water, soda, basic laundry service and guided expertise that is unparalleled around the world for expedition-style angling. AC charging (Aus/NZ style 3 pin plug) and cold drinks are available on a daily basis. Local SP Beer and other beverages can be arranged on request at additional cost.
Our job is to keep you safe. We can assure you that Papua New Guinea is safe for tourists and anglers alike as we work hand-in-hand with the traditional resource owners and community. All vessels feature life-jackets and the most experienced captains that know the waters intimately. All vessels are fitted with Garmin InReach devices for reliable communications and tracking. Satellite phone is available for emergency communications. Our head guide and 2IC camp operations are trained in Senior First Aid (Australian Standard).
WHAT'S A DAY LIKE AT ROCK EXPEDITIONS?
Rise as the sun starts to peak over the horizon and fill the sky with pink and orange hues. Breakfast, coffee and tea on the beach whilst you watch the surf zone for any likely signs of GT aggression.
Fish all day or plan a quick sojourn (or lunch) on an uninhabited island to break up the day. Fish until sunset or as desired. Our local cooks prepare traditional and simple western cuisine whilst you sit in front of the fire and watch the stars or look for signs of life on the horizon.
Team up in pairs with a buddy or come prepared to make a new fishing mate for life. Our vessels have a maximum limit of x2 anglers per 23ft vessel (3 anglers per vessel can be arranged on request only). You will be allocated an experienced captain and deckhand – traditional ocean resource owners that live and breathe these special waters more than anyone else. Papua New Guinea’s offers some of the best GT Popping, Dogtooth Tuna Jigging and light casting / fly-fishing for a wide variety of species such as Giant Trevally, Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, Napoleon Wrasse, Red Bass (Bohar), Green Jobfish, Rusty & Rosy Jobfish, Bluefin Trevally, Bumphead Parrotfish, Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo and we have even seen permit on the flats!
If you are attending as a solo angler or less than the minimum requirement (we will advise you), we will do our best to join you with a group. Please send us an email if you would like to join – we love to bring solo or odd-numbered anglers together because they tend to be mates for life!).
We operate throughout the Milne Bay Region between September and April. This time of year provides the best combination of wind and maritime conditions. There is possibility for cyclone (tropical storm) in this latitude so it is important that you have adequate travel insurances.
Local weather averages between 26°C (79f) to 32°C (90f) and is often calm and sunny. Life in the tropics means rain squalls and thunderstorms are part of daily life but they are usually short-lived! We recommend bringing a quality rain/spray jacket.
We require a minimum of 4 anglers to operate an expedition. For exclusive groups, we require all deposits to be paid to confirm the reservation. We can operate with a maximum of 10 anglers.
ARE YOU A SOLO ANGLER?
Solo angler? Get in touch! We have many anglers that want to fish PNG but don’t have anyone to travel with to make it happen.
Let us help you achieve your dream to fish PNG!
Expeditions are currently operated September through April on a set schedule which coincides with flight schedules. We plan to offer shorter, on-demand expeditions for smaller groups in the future. Please contact us for the latest expedition dates.
HOW TO GET TO PNG
There are daily flights operated by Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air Niugini to the capital of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby (POM) from Australian cities: Sydney, Brisbane & Cairns. Travelers may also route via Manila from North America or via Singapore (or Japan) if traveling from Europe.
HOW TO GET TO MISIMA
Misima expeditions begin and finish at Misima Island airport in Milne Bay Province. Misima is serviced by PNG Air on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from the capital city, Port Moresby (POM). You will be collected and returned to the airport by our staff on the denoted expedition dates.
HOW TO GET TO ALOTAU (LONG REEF)
Long Reef expeditions begin and finish at Alotau (Gurney) airport in Milne Bay Province. Alotau is serviced by PNG Air & Air Niugini on a daily basis from the capital city, Port Moresby (POM). You will be collected and returned to the airport by our staff on the denoted expedition dates.
TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS
- We highly recommend a layover day or two in Port Moresby for acclimation purposes, overcome jet-lag and to ensure you have adequate time for connecting flights to Misima or Alotau.
- Light-material shorts and shirts are usually fine for sleeping and hanging around the camp (some may wish to bring a sheet or sleeping bag liner for warmth if they experience cold more than others).
- We recommend “Dr. Bronners Pure Castille Soap” which suds up in the salt and leaves you refreshed.
10 DAY EXPEDITION ITINERARY
- 8 Fishing Days
- Daily Guided Fishing
- Meals & Snacks
- Bottled Water & Drinks
- Camp Return Transfers
- Package is ex. nominated airport only (Misima/Alotau)
- Accommodation (Layover or otherwise additional, cancellation)
- PNG Entry Permit
- Alcohol & Spirits
- Insurance (mandatory)