Fishing Mackay

Oh yes, you should be excited! By now you have boarded the vessel and are steaming toward the outer Great Barrier Reef. The reef fishing out from my Mackay is exceptional and the distance travelled ensures you are the only boat fishing these remote and pristine waters.

The bottom fishing is well and truly worth the wait. Shallower shoaly locations are dominated by coral trout and red throat emperor with the deeper gutter territory being made up of the iconic red emperor and large-mouthed nannygai. Undoubtedly these fish are highly regarded, are real trophys and are pursued by many an avid fisherman. These fish can be targeted traditionally on bait or by plastics and even metal jigs for those anglers accustomed to this form of fishing.

Dory’s can be towed out upon request behind the mother-ship. This can open up another whole world of fishing opportunities whilst on pursuit for marauding GT’s or large coral trout around the reef edge.

The crew aren’t just extremely helpful but these guys seriously know their stuff as well. They truly epitomise the word “decky”, working absolutely non-stop to please the punters. It’s all about the one percenters – those little things that are done to turn a good fishing experience into a great one. These guys have no shortage of GPS marks so when the fishing quietens down on one spot, the skipper makes no hesitation in motoring to another nearby mark. Their close proximity makes it ideal for a spot of trolling for a Spanish mackerel along the way. Remarkably, a recent troll run came up tight to a large free jumping sail-fish that was landed. Captures such as this are not a rare occurrence and are simply icing on the cake.

  • 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
  • We just got off the boat after a 4 day fishing trip and all 10 of us loved it. All the staff were great and could'nt do enough to make you feel comfortable which made our trip thoughly enjoyable. Mick the chef cooked up a storm, and I think ive put on 2kgs in 4 days, hehe. Carl and Bill were sensational deckies and really new their stuff and never stoped working throughout the whole trip. We picked a bad week for the weather unfortunatly, but a big thanks goes out to the skipper (Bob) for always trying to get us on the fish when mother nature was against us. Thanks again, Chris from the Wandering Fisho's 2016.Christopher Rimmer

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