Coral Sea Exploring with Northern Conquest & RLSF
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GTPopping.com was pleased to be invited onboard Northern Conquest and Rob Laspina Sport Fishing as a FOC guest to investigate some new sportfishing grounds off Townsville, Australia.
Onboard “Reelistic” and “Popping Mad”, exploring the Coral Sea becomes an extremely comfortable and luxurious affair coupled with knowledgable guides and skippers. Reelistic is decribed as “…48′ Riviera Platinum, offering quality comfort and luxury in abundance, perfect for catering for smaller groups…”, whilst Popping Mad, “lure casters dream, 21ft Contender capable of fishign just about any sea possible with confidence. Move 360 degrees around the deck for maximum fishing capability…”.
As the saying goes, we merely exposed the tip fo the iceberg in terms of fishing potential for this area. Multiple hook-ups on Dogtooth Tuna, Amberjack and Giant Trevally could no longer be counted crew’s hands combined! Although we only encountered mid-sized models of Dogtooth, it would only a be matter of time and persistance to find the more dominant, PE exploding, bigger brothers.
A variety of Fisherman & Smith jigs in the 350g+ range were used to get to the bottom in depth averaging 110 metres. PE8 plus Shimano & Smith jigging rods were used, coupled with Shimano Stella 8000SW and 20000SW. Hooks used were Fisherman Siden 11/0 custom rigged with Varivas Kevlar Cord and Decoy/Owner terminals.
Several hours of jigging would see both boats settle for lunch before an afternoon popping and stickbait session for GT. There’s not to many places that personify paradise than mooring in the lagoon of a picturesque Coral Sea Sand Cay. Gourment sandwiches and sashimi were prepared by Cliff, the owner of Nothern Conquest Charters – it’s not too often that owner operators get involed to provide A1 service, a nice touch that added some extra polish to an already excellent operation. Expert fishing guide and one of North Queensland’s lure casting pioneers, mulled over charts and checked/re-tied knots of other guests…it’s great to know someone really wants to make sure you land the fish of a lifetime!
Popping on the GBR is never dull. An almost endless supply of school GT never fail to be present to harass poppers and stickbaits. Tides, water temperature and bait all need to align in order to start seeing some more dominant reef donkey’s appear.
Lighter equipment such as 8ft, PE5-6 rods and reels such as the Shimano Stella 10000SW, make angling a joy and provide at least a sporting chance whilst duelling with “rat” GTs. It always pays to have PE8-10 in case conditions change and bigger fish become prevalent.
Returning from an afternoon’s frolicing over countless contours and bommies of the Coral Sea is only made better by the climbing Reelistic’s flybridge, where the world’s best sunset can be viewed with a can of Queensland’s own, Bunderberg Rum. Cliff can easily organise any alcohol or beverage requirements, making sure your comfortability and relaxation are second to none.
About Northern Conquest Charters
Contact: Cliff – 0429 639 514
Address: Shop 6 – Breakwater Marina, Mariner’s Drive, Townsville, Australia 4810
The most exciting thing in the fishing world is now available in Queensland. Based in the thriving capital of North Qld, we can access The Great Barrier Reef from Lizard Island to The Whitsundays, Hinchinbrook, The Coral Sea and the beautiful Palm Island Group.
Townsville’s fishing diversity has never been experienced to its fullest potential and it boasts some of the best fishing in the country.
Townsville has an international airport with numerous flights from most capital cities daily.