G’day again all, back from another extended on Sir Reel with Karl Whitburn and Billy Brereton, yet again another great trip with some good fish pulled, boys from Sydney booked both boats , San Miguel and Sir Reel out and naturally the competition was ON ! Needless to say there’s great debate on which boat nailed it !!!


John Habib red carded himself with sea sickness and requested off…….so Cliffy was gracious enough and organised a heli to come out to ( a secret cay, hehe ) land and take him home, the boys will never let him live this down, anyhoo his mate Sarkis Boumina stayed and had a blast ripping into some great fish, thumbs up to you Skittles !!
Bubbles on the first drop nailed this nice red emperor (swear the thing must of been yawning) as he just had time to set the bail arm before it pulled line off at a rate, which recieved best fish award for our boat.
Wish to mention a big well done to Nick ‘sticks’ Minogue as he was all over the place like a mad mans shit with first several fish caught but with some absolute expert advice from myself Hahahahahaha , he ended up with some nice smooth rod actions going on (just remember Nick…..training training training bud.
Rekon i met my match with Fraser ( with an s, not a z, oh its an s)Maxwell and Niel (toilet paper) Roberts too, they had me lost for words several times, stunned i was, cant wait to have a good bevi with you boys !!!
Other boys on the vessel were John Obryan, David Cain, and Andrew Davison, unfortunately we lost a couple soldiers even before we departed, Ryan Venville and Domenico Corbelli.

Weather was up and down with tc debbie bearing down on us and really affected the fish but perseverance always pays dividends, good fish, good laughs and great attitudes are a fantastic recipe.
Thanks guys !!

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  • Can't recommend highly enough Cliff and the guys from Northern Conquest Charters, San Miguel. From organising the trip from interstate with Cliff to a skipper who worked bloody hard to put us on the fish (Stuie, you're a legend!!). Then there was Chris and Bill who kept us fed, baited and generally entertained, exceptional service and dedication. Awesome trip, a huge thanks from the Darwin mob, we'll be back!!Bert McMahon
  • Thanks Cliff/Stu/Jeremy & Cade for another great trip! We have been doing yearly charters to Northern Australia since 2009 and the 2 trips we have had with Northern Conquest (one from Townsville and one from Cairns) have been the 2 best fishing trips we have been on. Over this period we have been lucky enough to have only dealt with good charter operators. However, Norther Conquest Charters is not only the best Charter company I have dealt with, they are the best company I have dealt with from the tourism industry period. The organising of the trip couldn’t be easier. On our first trip to Townsville we were picked up from the airport, driven to a bottle shop, dropped off at a pub for lunch while the crew got the boat ready, picked up from the pub 2 hours later and then dropped off at the marina with our bags already on the boat and our drinks on ice. Getting on the boat my father said “this is too easy, the fishing can’t be any good” (he was wrong). Not only has Cliff organised our accommodation on both of our trips, we have also been transferred from the marina to our hotel with our gear and our boxes of frozen fish (saving us 2-3 taxis). Whilst on the boat, the crew work tirelessly to ensure their customers are always comfortable and happy (and well fed). Our party is split between those who like bottom bashing and those who like trolling. On both of our trips Stu has kept the bottom bashing and trolling camps happy – a task no other skipper we have fished with has accomplished. The question each year used to be which charter company to book. The question is now which Northern Conquest charter to book.Simon, Denys, Darren, Ken, Dean & Bad Jimmy

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