A remote fishery for adventurous anglers in search of a unique Australian flats experience
Be one of the first to experience the next fishing frontier. The remote East Coast open water and mainland flats have some of the most exciting fishing opportunities available to intrepid anglers. Rarely fished and still relatively unexplored – East Coast Angling and Yellow Dog have partnered to bring this fishery to the world.
The 85-foot MV Savannah is a motorized yacht that offers spacious well-appointed rooms, dining, and deck areas for the discerning angler.
Food and Beverages
With a professional chef onboard there will never be a lack of great cuisine. Dishes will be prepared with fresh seasonal produce and local ingredients. All soft drinks and beer are included.
Typical Length of Stay
Guests typically stay seven (7) nights with six (6) days of fishing.
This is a fishing-focused destination although there are snorkeling opportunities at times.
Internet / Communications
Internet/wifi is not available however there is a satellite phone on board in case of emergencies.
How To Get There
Charters leave Cairns to the Lockhart river system or Lizard Island. Charter flights are arranged by East Coast Angling and Yellow Dog – leaving the first day of each week.
Arrival and Departure Details/Times
Typically, you will fly mid-morning and arrive on the mothership by early afternoon allowing plenty of time to relax and prepare for the next six days fishing.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance
This is remote flats fishing for species not encountered in many other parts of the world. Australia is home to over 2,500 marine species and many of the prime flats species are available on the East Coast Flats. From GTs and a host of other Trevally species to Permit and the endemic Blue Bastard – you’ll find yourself needing a species book to work out what you have caught. And, if you have the opportunity to spend time on the reefs you may find yourself hooked to Spanish (King) Mackerel.
The Lockhart, Claremont Isles, and Lizard Island.
Boats and Equipment
There are three tenders used to fish from and to ferry anglers to the flats – where wading is preferred and used to get the best from the fishery. Only two (2) anglers are paired to each professional guide – each guide is a certified skipper, with first aid qualifications and the enthusiasm to get their anglers into fish.
The mothership is your sanctuary at the end of the day and your chef and hostess will cap off your day with cold towels, cold beverages, and delicious meals. Relax on the top deck and watch the sun setting over the continent of Australia.
We recommend that you bring 10 and 12 weight rods. Lighter rods and reels need NOT apply here. Floating lines and/or the new intermediate clear sink tip lines by Scientific Anglers or Rio are used for the flats. Bring full intermediates and sinking lines if you plan on heading out to the blue water.
Expect to fish flats that are knee-deep to thigh-deep and sometimes from a boat. Medium lead eyes on shrimp and crab patterns. Yellow legs on crabs work well in the area and there is an olive mantis shrimp on the flats. White Flexo crabs are very popular with the guides.
Crab flies to 4- 1/0 and shrimp flies in a similar size range are commonly used. Bring a range and consider having reasonable weight to get them to the bottom. Larfe shrimp patterns work well for the Blue Bastards. 1/0 or 2/0 are good and the Squimp is a good pattern.
For everything else, 1/0-4/0 clousers and half and halfs to 6/0 – white and the usual olive over white, chartreuse, tan and yellow work well.
Also consider bringing flashy profile flies, deceivers, toads, poppers and wiggle minnows. Strong hooks are essential.
20, 40, and 50lb fluoro, is regularly used with some 80-120lb for commitment leaders.
In need of a specific rod and reel set-up that you don’t currently own? We recommend working with one of our Yellow Dog affiliated Specialty Fly Shops or Rent This Rod, the industry’s premier source for outfitting clients with premium rental fly rod and reel outfits. Give us a call and we’ll help you make the arrangements before your trip.
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Fishing Package = $9,900 per angler, per week – shared twin.
Only six (6) anglers per charter ensure an exclusive and unique experience.
Please contact Yellow Dog’s Australia expert, Simon Chu for more details.