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    Fly Fishing Albany Island is a must do on any fly fisho’s list… all Australian tropical sports fish can be found…

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    The Location

    Sandy white beaches, hammocks overlooking pristine waters, local seafood and scrumptious meals prepared for you, and unbelievable fishing. This is why you want to fly fish the waters surrounding Albany Island (Morse fly Fishing) If that not enough to get you booking your flights? Brad has been working hard with fishing earth too put together a fly fishing adventure of unequivocal value… keep reading.

    Brad has been working hard up at the island Please contact Doug to get the price. doug@fishingearth.com

    Departing Cairns on Rex flight ZL5538 2PM 7 November

    Fishing 8-9-10-11 November

    Departing Bamaga 0930AM on Rex flight ZL5517 12 November.   

    Booze is not included we will take an order from you and you pay before you arrive. 

    The Location Species  

    GT (Giant Trevally), GT are also been referred to as being the gangsters of Pioneer Bay the largest bay on the island. Fish of over 40KG have been known rome in and depart with a whole fly line and backing.  They have a reputation of turning up in the most unusual places around the island. The biggest GT caught off the beach in front of the lodge is 22KG. The numbers of GT is at times is extraordinary getting through the smaller ones is the issue. 

    Golden Trevally, They tend to like deeper water around the island but on the northern flats of the mainland, they can be found in numbers. 

    Coral Trout, When it comes time to catching dinner there are few better fish. The coastal/beach reefs around the island hold trout up to 12lb not bad off the beach!! 

    Permit, Their body is a silver, almost mirror-like colour that reflects their habitat, making them nearly invisible to the untrained eye. This is why up until recently they have not been caught around the island. No one was looking for them and they were not going to show their hand! Not massive fish but in good numbers… you just have to find them

    Spanish Mackeral, The Vincent van Gogh of saltwater fly sports fishing. These are a beautiful looking fish that make you earn your reward. Fast powerful and dirty fighters. 

    Barracuda,  They come in two sizes up in our parts. Small and annoying and massive followed by a Holly Crap!!  

    Milkfish, Bring your weed flies and have a crack at them… bigger models are found in the escape. 

    Fingermark, Deepwater dredging for fingermark and jewfish is challenging and rewarding. 140cm jewfish will have you thinking you have been sharked. 

    Queenfish, How many and how big? When they are about they will keep you busy with the biggest caught on the island 150cm 

    Northern Bluefin Tuna, For those of you that have never seen 400 yards of backing strip off your fly line in 30 seconds, this is the fish for you! Not a lot around in November but that’s good we want you fishing for the fish below.

    Blue Bastard, Maybe the best Bastards numbers on the east coast as well as great numbers of Blue Bastards. They keep a good and consistent timetable and seem to have memories like Elephants. They will almost always give you a cast but if you get it wrong there is no second chance with that fish. 

    Barramundi, for the purest there are not a lot of opportunities to sight cast, Barra. Numbers are good around the Jackey Jackey and Escape. 

    Saratoga, the Jardine River is the place to be for these amazing sports fish. Difficult casting opportunities will have you testing your role cast. 

    Mangrove Jack, at the mouth of the creeks you will find Jacks… different to most places as they tend to sit out off the snag.


    The Fishing

    With the invention of the Instagram blogging flyfisho it seems everybody is looking for that remote exotic destination. Albany Island in conjunction with CY fishing charters & FishingEarth is that remote location.  It is the last island adjacent to the east coast mainland. For those flat Earther’s amongst you the next stop is the ‘edge’. We even have the exotic with coconut and mango trees… Brad does not look bad in his footy shorts as well if you need even more exotic. 
    I am sure you have already Google Earthed ‘Albany Island’ so you know the fishing opportunities are real. I’ve seen someone catch their first Blue Bastard whilst I sat having a cup of tea in the boat shed. But not be fooled its no a fish farm it’s the Coral Sea and you have to work for your supper! 
    Albany Island, which is right smack bang in the middle of some of Australia’s most fishable waters. (go on get back on Google Earth) To the east of the island is the widest point of the Great Barrier Reef the healthiest and most diverse fishery on Earth. Now start looking to the south of the island. Rocky outcrops the Jackey Jackey creek and Escape River. It does not matter what direction you look there are deluxe fishing options.
    Now have a look at Albany Island itself! 
    What are you thinking? Have you booked your flights yet?
    Brad and I have cut tracks to all the bays that needed a track cut, so you have walking access to over 17 beaches and bays. We will also have use of the two smaller craft Gee Tee and Flyfisher. 
    Depending on the weather conditions we will also have an opportunity to do a day fishing the famous Jardine River and one or two of its billabongs.
    Those of you that know Brad know him to be meticulous and self-deprecating. He has worked hard on putting this together. He has spent hours and hours studying the fishing. Not only is this the best-priced fishing charter in Australia you get an opportunity to fish with Brad. (discount do I hear you say)?

    Boats & Crew


    Doug Leoni, Brad  and Tim O’riley 


    Gee Tee & FlyFisher


    casting to the left of me casting to the right of me


    Barra & Blues


    a day has to start and finish somewhere

    this one is for your Ward!


    Remote no longer means you are roughing it! Our redesigned guest house (originally the Pearl House) accommodates an individual or a group of up to 12 friends and family. You will feel right at home in our easy living accommodation.

    • Comfortable air-conditioned rooms
    • Spick-and-span amenities
    • Unspoiled backdrop
    • Intimate setting
    • Quality dining


    Every meal is prepared by our resident cook, who takes delight in exceeding your culinary expectations. Our mouth-watering meals are not complicated, but the quality of the food will have you feeling as though you were being served at a 5-star restaurant. We understand that you are not escaping the hustle and bustle of the real world to then encounter complicated food. The island has access to some of the best seafood in the world, and they present this wealth simply and deliciously.

    How to get there?

    The team at FishingEarth will work with you to put together the most cost-effective and time-efficient travel plans for you. We will work with you to make sure that your budget and time limitations are taken into account and the best route there and of course the best route home. AtThis FishingEarth we get excited for you when you are going on a FishingEarth Fishing Adventure. But the thing that makes us smile is when you walk in your front door ‘home’ safe and sound.


    FishingEarth 60 Second Quick Facts

    Target Species

    Barramundi, Fingermark  Jew Fish, Tarpon, Queenfish, Saratoga, Coral Trout,  Tarpon,  Spanish Mackerel, Cobia,  Red Emperor, Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally,  Mac Tuna, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Estuary Cod, Barracuda, Permit, Blue Bastards,

    Charter Operation Dates

    The first week in March through to the 20th of December. Typically the charters are five days and six nights or six days and seven nights.


    Typically the charters are five days and six nights or six days and seven nights. But, arrangements can be made for shorter or indeed longer trips.

    How to get there

    Working with you we typically work on finding the quickest way to get you from your door to sitting comfortably on the deck overlooking the waters of the Coral Sea with a cold drink in hand. It is our belief that it’s better to have a couple of extra hours up there than stuck at an airport or another non-descriptive hotel room. The entry points are via Cairns to either Bamaga or Horn Island if flying commercial. Other private charter options are available.


    Q. Where is Albany Island?

    A. The very last Island adjacent to mainland Australia on the east coast. Basically anywhere on the east coast of Australia head out of the coast turn left and keep going. The very last island before you get to the tip of Australia is Albany Island.

    Q. Is the water drinkable up there?

    A. In Far Northern Australia you need to keep the fluids up. Many will say loads of beer but we recommend water and lots of it. The water up there is great and there is plenty of it. Save the beer for the end of the day.

    Q. Can washing be done?

    A. Yep, each day the staff will wash anything you need washing. Good to know if you are travelling in the helicopter as you want to keep weight down so you can take more fishing gear.

    Q. Talking about fishing gear… do they supply fishing gear?

    A. BYO your own fly fishing gear. 

    Q. Is there hot water?

    A. Yep, unlimited gas hot water. When I say unlimited we mean you can have a good shower to wash the day away.

    Q. Is there mobile phone reception?

    A. These days it is getting harder and harder to get away from mobile reception. If you do not want to receive a phone call. text or email we recommend you tell people you are with Vodaphone or Optus and then turn your Telstra phone off as there is ZERO reception for them (Vodaphone and Optus) up at the island. 


    Number 1 FishingEarth tip for this location.

    Pack an extra rod and fly-line as well as your vice. 

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