The fishing on Haggerstone is fantastic at all levels – rod, reel or fly-fishing, reef, ocean or river. Anna and Roy have a 40 foot new boat (MV Jo Jo III) available for all fishing, diving and exploring. You will find the variety of fish unbelievable. The Estuary fishing is superb – Barramundi up to 25 pounds, Mangrove Jack, Giant Herring, large estuary cod, small Tarpon and other creek dwellers. It’s a real fly fisherman’s paradise.
The Blue water options will simply astonish you – blue fin tuna, Mack tuna, all trevallies, school mackerel and huge Spanish mackerel.
Close to the island are shallow bays that are great for flats fishing, wading and sight casting. Bonefish have been spotted on several occasions in one particular bay. There are a lot of milkfish in the area, they are extremely fast and a great challenge on fly. Other species regularly encountered on fly are Turrum (big black trevally), Flathead, Ponyfish and Salmon, to name a few. Sailfish and Marlin are seen, particularly in certain deep-water areas. The Sailfish in particular are suckers for a fly.
When fishing Haggerstone it is essential you bring the correct tackle. For the fly fisherman your flies should include large deceivers, clousers and small flies for the shallow water such as crab patterns and shrimp. In true fishing style you can never bring too many flies to a destination like this. Flies can be tied in the evening at the lodge. This is superb when something special is required for a specific target.
A 9 or 10 weight rod will be used most often however a 12 weight is essential if targeting larger pelagics, as would a 6, 7 weight for smaller fish on the flats or in creeks and estuaries.
Reels and lines to suit each rod weight is advisable, a floating line for the flats and shallows and an intermediate and fast sink line is essential in mid to deep water.
Charter flight between Cairns and Hicks Island takes approximately 2 hours. Please note a luggage allowance of 15kg per person applies for these charter flights and soft sided bags are preferred.
Between Hicks Island and Haggerstone Island you will be transferred by boat – this transfer takes approximately 20 minutes.