Every lure angler across the globe has heard of the phenomenal fishing opportunities that Papua New Guinea (PNG) offers from the amazing surface popper action for huge GT’s, deeper reef edges for patrolling Doggies then you have the awesome colourful Wrasse like no others on the planet, team this with one of the best fishing companies that fish these waters and you will soon find yourself in lure fishing heaven. Wari Long Reef is a part of the Trobriand islands found in Milne bay Region of Papua New Guinea. This system boasts a myriad of pristine reefs and islands that houses the famous Sportfish like Dogtooths, Giant Trevallies and Napoleon Wrasse.
Papua New Guinea is a country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea the world’s second-largest island; the Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain, New Ireland, the Admiralty Islands, and several others); Bougainville and Buka (part of the Solomon Islands chain); and small offshore islands and atolls. The national capital, Port Moresby, is located in south-eastern New Guinea on the Coral Sea.
Due to its tropical location, Papua New Guinea offers two main fishing seasons. The wet season and the dry season. During the Wet season, avoiding the south-easterly winds (December – May) the fishing is mainly out to sea targeting the very popular Giant Trevally, Dogtooth Tuna and other reef and pelagic species. During the Dry season (June – November) when the rivers are at their lowest there is the opportunity to head into the most remote of the river spots to target the Papua New Guinea Black Bass and Barramundi so with both these great fishing opportunities they can offer fishing year-round.
The reefs that surround Wari Long Reef are so packed with baitfish and other smaller pieces of food items it is no wonder that so many anglers flock to this part of the world to take advantage of some of the best popper and jigging opportunities the world has to offer. Sport Fishing PNG have decades worth of experience and the professional crew and guides will ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.
Once you have landed you will be transferred to the mothership called K20 where you will then head out overnight to arrive at your main fishing location first thing in the morning. This is the perfect time to get all your fishing tackle prepped and talk all things fishy. Over the next 6 days, you will be taken out to some awesome fishing spots around the islands where you will get the chance to witness what these chain of islands have to offer. Papua New Guinea has built its reputation on the amazing fishing and you will now get to witness it.
The fishing styles are mainly popper and jig fishing in and around the small islands and atolls, fishing shallow areas working big chugging poppers to the deeper areas that are perfect for some arm wrenching jigging action. When you are targeting GT’s it is important to be adaptive and change things at the drop of a hat, they are natural hunters that are born to test your angling skills, you will literally need to carry a small arsenal of poppers to try and cover every eventuality. Take a selection of big poppers and smaller ones and a general rule of thumb is the bigger poppers will catch the bigger GT’s but be warned if you are not a seasoned GT angler then casting these heavy lures all day will take its toll so having some smaller ones will certainly see you casting for longer.
When you are fishing the outer reefs (deeper water) with jigs targeting the very sought after Dogtooth Tuna, be prepared to lose more than you catch. Luring and then fighting a Dogtooth is hard work, be prepared for physical pain as the most popular and efficient way of targeting these is to jig fish. To tempt a Doggie to take your jig can be very strenuous in itself depending on your level of fitness, then once you have that bite then prepare to be left breathless and sometimes even bought to tears. Doggies can be caught from a huge array of depths from 1m to 350m so going in prepared is the key to success.
The fishing is performed from two 28ft centre console boats and two smaller pangas to take advantage of everything the reef systems have to offer. From threading the skinniest coral flats to popping for GT’s and Jigging the depths for Dogtooth, Sportfishing PNG will make sure that they are ready for any locations and bring you where the fish are.
Guides and Crew
All the guides and crew speak very good English and they have been fishing these waters for many years now and have built Sportfishing PNG to where it is now. Their knowledge and passion for all fishing styles show through from the moment you will meet them. It isn’t just the fishing guides that make this one of the best operations, it’s the people in the background, the chef on the K20 who will freshly prepare food and drinks to ensure your energy levels are kept up, it’s the guys that maintain the mothership and service the boats. This whole operation is as slick as possible and once you have fished with the entire team you will realise that you couldn’t be in better hands.
As you will be mainly living on the K20 Mothership there are not many other activities on offer. You will get the chance to do some swimming in the crystal clear waters and why not pack a snorkel as you will be surrounded by a hugely vibrant ecosystem.
If you have any questions regarding our Sportfishing PNG holiday, please feel free to contact our experienced team who will be happy to help with any queries you have. Don’t forget to view all Saltwater Fishing Destinations we offer around the world and request a free brochure.