Coral Sea, Australia

Fly Fishing in Australia

The Coral Sea provides opportunities to catch dogtooth tuna, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, GTs, red bass, marlin, green jobfish whilst Bugatti Reef offers exceptional opportunties to target GTs and spanish mackerel- all on the fly.


Nomad Sportfishing operates pioneering and unique fishing and diving charters to the Coral Sea. Their aim is to provide you with the best bluewater fishing adventure holidays available through the use of the latest technology in boats, tackle, techniques and equipment, combined with stunning locations and an outstanding service. The locations they visit and services they offer are unique within Australia. Utilising two specialist float planes to transfer anglers to a custom built ultra modern 80ft mothership and six Sportfishing boats from 18 -36ft from which to conduct the expeditions, they explore some of the most isolated, remote and pristine ocean areas in the world.

They cater for all styles of fishing for a plethora of species found on reefs such as Wreck, Kenn, Lizard and Bugatti. Much of this area is uncharted and strict fishing management ensure the reefs are only visited a couple of weeks a year. This protects the pristine environment. All of the reefs have an abundance of fish species and are made up of coral reef and sand cays with some stretching over 90 nautical miles in length and approximately 40 nautical miles wide. The big tidal ranges of this area create strong currents around the flats and drop offs creating ideal hunting grounds for large predatory fish. Giant trevally up to 68kg have been caught on Poppers and there are a great many fish in the 30 – 50kg range. The Coral Sea is also famous for its dogtooth tuna to 100kg and wahoo to 60kg and there have been some quite spectacular catches there.

The Coral Sea is reached utilising Nomad’s seaplanes, a pair of Cessna 208A Caravans equipped with floats. Island Air operate these planes, and are based at Hamilton Island. Odyssey is fully equipped with all the facilities needed to explore the most remote atolls in the world in comfort. It is an 80ft catamaran that was custom built in Cairns in August 2005. Complete with all of the latest facilities and equipment, it really is one of the best specialist fishing live aboard boats afloat today. The fleet of six fishing boats ranging from two hi-tech 36’ Sportfishers to the four 18’ custom built flats Dorys, each provide the ideal platform to fish for the chosen species.

Trips here really are at the pinnacle of extreme saltwater fishing. Space is very sought after and with limited departure dates book now to avoid disappointment.

“Their service and attention to detail is second to none” T.L. Cornwall

Aboard the Odyssey

Typically anglers will be up early and after a quick breakfast head out onto the reef. Lunch can be taken on one of the boats or anglers can return to the mother ship Odyssey for a more relaxed lunch before heading out later in the afternoon for the second fishing session.

There is no fixed schedule onboard, the following days activities will be planned the night before between the guides and anglers, and will vary depending on the species the anglers wish to target and the tide table. Usual trip length is six days fishing with an overnight required at either end on Hamilton Island.

one of the finest specialty offshore fisheries

Located 300 miles off the Queensland Coast, the Coral Sea is home to one of the finest specialist offshore fisheries in the world. With a huge expanse of submerged atolls these provide the ideal environment for large pelagic species and perhaps the highest density of specimen sized giant trevally in the world.

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