Nomad Sportfishing - Ashmore Reef
Nomad Sportfishing is truly one of those once in a life type adventures that you have to do again and again!
The fishing at Ashmore is truely outstanding. If you want to chase massive dogtooth tuna and you dont mind getting spooled, busted off and entirely physically destoryed!! We fished sea mounts that had never seen a jig before - and the dogtooth agreed. However if you want to chase GT's, we found schools of large GT's feeding on preasure edges and caught heaps in the 20-40 Kg range. If you want there is also yellowfin to chase - we had some great surface fishing action with them. One of the most remote and besting fishing locations in the world.
This is a truely unique location. Ashmore is half way to PNG and one of the most least fished places in the world. The trip is an overnight trip through some of the Thursday Island group.
Nomad only stock the best, as only the toughest fishing gear will even survive out here. For throwing big poppers on suicide missions amongst coral bommies you need reels that can cope with extreme drag settings and the boys on Nomad use Shimano Stella reels matched with the Shimano T-Curve GT Specials – which are super strong. Where we saw some of the more expensive rods snap under the extreme preasure these GT specials just keep going and going. The nomad has their own brand of poppers and stickbaits on board to purchase and have been built for the local conditions. However many fisherman bring their own stickbaits and poppers – just make sure they are tough! All treble hooks are removed and singles used, all with crushed barbs.
The lodging is on the mother ship, there are births that sleeps 4 with a couple of double rooms. Two shared bathrooms and a nice dining lounge area. The mother ship is great to come back to after a hard days fishing and have some ice cold beverages on the back of the boat as the rest of the fishos come back with tails of monster fish and of course the one that got away!
What can I say – top class. The day starts off with a full cooked breakfast, and of course fresh coffee, lunch is made and packed into the boats for the day, although you do have the option of coming back to the mother ship for a break in the middle of the day should you choose. Then each night the chief prepares a beautiful three course meal.
The Price Includes
Nomad pricing includes all the accommodation on the mother ship, fully guided fishing each day with between 2-3 anglers per boat, all tackle, all meals and a great time. Extra will be the cost of flights to Lizard Island, but Nomad will organise for you. Nomad supplies the first keg of beer and then alcoholic beverages are purchased on account. Lures are additional but can be bought on board.