Remote Barra Expedition to Princess Charlotte Bay

Far North Sports Fishing – Remote Barra Expedition to Princess Charlotte Bay, QLD

A private luxury charter offering all-inclusive, world-class fishing expeditions in Australia. Taking in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas to Lizard Island and beyond.

Once you step aboard the superbly appointed gameboat, Blue Martini, all you’re required to think about is when the fishing will begin – everything else from top-class tackle to fine food is catered for. Welcome to fishing heaven.


The Remote Barra Expedition is tailored for anglers with a taste for adventure. The charter operates during the wet season run-off between February and April. Dates can be found below.

Groups of up to eight guests depart either Port Douglas or Cairns by helicopter (at an additional cost). The spectacular flight follows the breathtaking Far North Queensland coastline where the Rainforest meets the Reef, pausing to refuel in Cooktown before continuing up the spine of Cape York. On arrival at Princess Charlotte Bay, you will be greeted by the crew from Blue Martini, and within just 20 minutes you can be out fishing the remote rivers and reefs of Princess Charlotte Bay. This area is rarely accessed by anyone, and so the Barramundi and blue water fishing are both outstanding. Princess Charlotte Bay is one of the most spectacular, untouched wilderness destinations in the world.

The destination comprises of a wide, open bay, which is linked to a series of mangrove-lined estuaries and rivers. It is home to a huge variety of marine life including dolphins, turtles, sharks and saltwater crocodiles as well as a huge number of bird species.

These remote estuaries and bays are the ideal hunting ground for big Barra – up-to-a-metre-plus fish – it’s just a matter of hooking them. Expert guides will do everything in their power to make this happen for you, and the custom-built centre-consoles are designed to meet any challenge that these extensive waterways present. The charter provides you with top quality tackle and equipment for all types of fishing. Princess Charlotte Bay also has some fantastic blue water fishing, with a prolific population of pelagics and reef fish including Giant Trevally, Mahi-Mahi and Coral Trout. If you are inclined to take home a portion of your catch, Blue Martini has onboard the latest Cryovac packaging system, available for you to utilise. In addition, at the end of the day, you can also take your most prized catch to the Blue Martini chef to cook up in five-star style. The mud crabs are abundant and the chef has some special recipes for these super-fresh crustaceans that have to be tasted to be believed.

What You Can Catch

  • Barramundi
  • Mud Crabs
  • Coral Trout
  • Giant Trevally
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Mangrove Jacks
  • Fingermark
  • Black Jewfish
  • Blue Salmon
  • Threadfin Salmon

* FNSF practices a catch and release policy for all Billfish and Barramundi plus some other species.

The Vessel:

Far North Sports Fishing has on hand three different vessels to ensure your experience is top of the line. Blue Martini – In order to experience sports fishing at its best, your group will enjoy exclusive use of Blue Martini, which is a superbly appointed 70 foot mothership where you will be able to experience the finer things in life when not out fishing. The vessel was recently refitted (2013) and the combination of luxury and comfort over three levels is designed to appeal to discerning clientele. Aboard Blue Martini, the chef – who operates using a full galley – creates succulent gourmet dishes, which change daily, and incorporates the finest local ingredients as well as freshly caught seafood. Your menu can also be tailored to your dietary needs.

You are welcome to take up the charter from Blue Martini‘s home base of Port Douglas or choose to embark from any number of islands or ports along the Far North coast.

Specific Features of Blue Martini include the following;

  • State-of-the-art Furano navigation systems.
  • Inflatable 10 foot tender with 9.9hp outboard.
  • Ample power supply from 2 three-phase gen sets.

Accompanying your charter will be two centre consoles – a third is available at an added cost of $750 per day – with each vessel able to take two anglers at a time. Each console will be crewed by your own expert guide and is designed and built specifically to survey and withstand the Far North Queensland conditions. All consoles are equipped with custom-made tackle and outriggers, a full Garmin electronics package, and are powered by Suzuki 90 hp 4-stroke outboards.Black Magic is a 40-foot custom-built game boat that provides anglers with a great platform for heavy and light tackle, saltwater fly and reef fishing. Black Magic provides comfortable accommodation and a perfect platform to traverse the fish rich waters from Port Douglas up to the remote Ribbon Reefs and North to Lizard Island. You will be provided with all necessary top-of-the-range equipment. With its twin cabin layout, you can choose between a bespoke day charter and an extended voyage out on the reef for two or three nights. Black Magic can also be combined with FNSF’s own luxury 70-foot mothership Blue Martini for tournament fishing or your own bespoke adventure, with pricing starting at $2,600 per day of chartering.

This is the first small-group luxury private fishing charter to provide an all-inclusive fishing experience designed to exceed the expectations of Australian and International anglers alike. They have hand-picked highly-qualified local staff who all take pride in going to extreme lengths to make sure that you have a fishing experience you’ll be talking about for a long time. The operation delivers the kind of five-star experience of international quality –where the fishing, tackle, food, accommodation, service and finishing touches are top of the line.


Blue Martini is equipped with:

  • Expansive living areas including saloon, sundeck, indoor and outdoor dining areas, barbeque and swim deck with outdoor showers.
  • Hi-tech entertainment system including iPod dock, games, GoPro camera, latest movies and extensive music selection.
  • Superbly appointed interior design with luxury fabrics and finishes.
  • 2x queen cabins each with ensuite, 2x twin cabins with a shared bathroom.
  • Fully air-conditioned cabins and living spaces.
  • Housekeeping service.
  • On-board chef operating from a full galley.


Boating and Fishing Equipment

All state of the art, custom-built gear, rods, and top-of-the-line Shimano and Penn reels.

Getting There

Groups of up to eight guests depart either Port Douglas or Cairns by helicopter.

Pricing 2015:

Priced at $7250 per person based on 6 pax on a 6 day/5 night charter, including all meals.  This price excludes alcoholic beverages and helicopter flights between Port Douglas/Cairns and the vessel at Princess Charlotte Bay.

At an added price of $2,600 per day, the Black Magic gameboat can be combined in conjunction with your charter.

If requested, a third centre console can be included at an additional cost of $750 per day.

Departures dates 2015:

All trips board and depart from Princess Charlotte Bay.

Trip 7: 18th March – 23rd March – 6 Days/5 Nights. Status: Available.

Trip 8: 23rd March – 28th March – 6 Days/5 Nights. Status: Available.

Trip 9: 28th March – 2nd April – 6 Days/5 Nights. Status: Available.

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