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Just 30 minutes charter flight from Darwin as you descend to land your casting hand will start to twitch with excitement looking at all of the very barramundi looking creeks and the world-famous Goose Creek with CY Fishing Charters.
Imagine sandy white beaches, hammocks overlooking pristine waters, indulging in local seafood and scrumptious meals prepared for you, and unbelievable fishing. You will be truly relaxed after a stay with CY Fishing Charters.
Whether you prefer spin, fly, or bait casting, numerous fishing options are available — this is the beauty of Cape York fishing. For starters, try the nearby rivers, creeks and estuary systems for barramundi. Cruise the flats and sight cast for a myriad of species in this remarkably productive ecosystem. Try reef and bottom bouncing for reds, coral trout, fingermark and jewies. Troll and cast for mackerel, tuna, queensfish and more. Cast poppers for gear-busting giant trevally. Golden snapper, tarpon, red emperor and nannygai… you might even try your luck for the legendary sailfish.
CY Fishing Charters is located on Albany Island at almost the very northern tip of Australia in the Cape York Peninsula. Albany Island is isolated from the mainland and has its own private paradise surrounded by numerous fishing options. The island is approximately 5.5 kilometers in length and about 1-2 kilometers wide. Albany, indigenously known as Pabaju Island, lies within the Torres Strait and is therefore very rich in history and culture.
Cape York Peninsula is a large remote peninsula located in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is the largest unspoiled wilderness in northern Australia and one of the last remaining wilderness areas on Earth. Virtually untouched, the Torres Strait islands and surrounding Great Barrier Reef are home to some of the world’s most stunning blue waters as well as an abundance of marine life including dugongs, dolphins, giant marlin, and sea turtles. This unique tropical region is home to the indigenous Torres Strait Islanders, whose culture is rich in the arts and whose lifestyle has evolved from the sea and its abundance of wildlife.
CY fishing charters operates inclusively out of Albany Island, which is right smack bang in the middle of some of Australia’s most fishable waters. To the east of the island is the widest point of the Great Barrier Reef. To the south, we have incredible coastal reefs to fish, as well as the Escape River and Jackie Jackie Creek estuaries with some incredible flats fishing. To the east of the island we have some ridiculously good flats fishing along the Australian mainland coastline north and south. We have some interesting billabong fishing on the mainland as well. To the north of the island we fish to the tip of Australia, and around the false East Coast all the way until we get to the actual East Coast of the Cape York Peninsula.
It doesn’t matter what type of fishing you prefer, the island is perfectly situated to provide you with some incredible sports fishing action. If you are up early enough, we recommend that you take your spin rod or fly rod for a walk over to Pioneer Bay for a couple of early morning casts. The silicon sand waters hold some magnificent tropical sport species.
**The team at FishingEarth cannot control the weather gods, nor can we control the fishing gods. What we can do is put you in the right location at the best possible time. We do not look for the best available times and tides — we look for the best time for you to be there on a FishingEarth fishing adventure. If the fish don’t bite, it won’t be because you should have been there the previous week or the week after.
Every meal is prepaired 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.
There are 2 main vessels usually available for the clients and guides to fish the vast possibilities this area has to offer. There are also two smaller vessels perfect for fly fishing or lure casting. The Island Voyager is 11.5m of fishing magic. An absolute pleasure to fish on, she was designed to cover the distances we travel as comfortably as possible. You can easily have two anglers up in front casting manically, with up to 4 people doing the same on the back deck. The Meridian is 9.5m of custom-built fishing machine. The boat was designed by Hamish to do what he does best — fish! Even though it is a smaller boat, its back deck is slightly larger than its bigger brother, and five people can comfortably fish unimpeded.
The two smaller boats are used for giant trevally and fly angling. These are coastal boats perfect for cruising the coastal fringing reefs, the magnificent sand flats and of course, rivers and creeks as well. We fish two people in these boats.
Our key focus is on delivering the best blue-water fishing experience of a lifetime. CY Charters groups can range in size from 2 to 6 people. There is bedding for 12 people, and bigger groups can be requested. Lodging is in a two story building with magnificent views over the water that separates the island and the mainland. Bush walks and beach hikes on Albany Island are encouraged, if you are not too tired before or after a day’s fishing.
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
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. You will remain comfortable and stress-free as you journey to this fabulous location and back home again.
Flights to Bamaga from Cairns and return are available on weekdays. CY Charters are able to get a reduced fare for their clients. Please enquire before booking direct. After landing at Bamaga, you will be met by one of CY Charters staff members and driven approximately 45 minutes to the coast. From here, it is about 10 minutes by the operation’s own landing craft to Albany Island.
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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,
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.
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 then 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.
Q. Is the water drinkable up there?
A. Yep, it is as good as it gets
Q. Can washing be done?
A. Yep, each day the staff will wash anything you need washed.
Q. Is there hot water?
A. Yep, unlimited gas hot water.
Q. Is there mobile phone reception?
A. Yes unfortunately but only with Telstra
This is one of those locations that can be almost anything you want it to be. The perfect fishing chameleon in that if you can think of it can just about be fished for from Albany Island. Our top tip is to be organised and know what you want to achieve fishing wise.