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PNG Adventure: New Britain 2014

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Great report Angus, just makes me keener than ever.

Have booked a trip in January and August for next year, i notice you are using 5,000 Stradics is that right and were they ok for the fighting ability of the fish.

What size lines and leader are needed if you don't mind answering mate, well done again on your trip of a lifetime, cheers wayne

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Great report Angus, just makes me keener than ever.

Have booked a trip in January and August for next year, i notice you are using 5,000 Stradics is that right and were they ok for the fighting ability of the fish.

What size lines and leader are needed if you don't mind answering mate, well done again on your trip of a lifetime, cheers wayne

Wayne I was under gunned no doubt but was keen to use my range of rods.

The Stradic had 30lb leader and and 50lb leader (on a 10-22lb Nordic Stage Cheater) on in and I got blown away a couple of times. To be fair it was more often lure failure (rings being pulled about, plastic split etc) that caused losses as opposed to gear. You do not even want to consider not upgrading your trebles, and choose lures where possible wired right through or molded with plates.

Tim was running 85lb braid and matching leader and still lost fish as well. He was running a Wilson Venom Black Bass rod rated 40-60lb I think. He did land some nice fish on a Stella 4000 and a Nordic Stage Dynamic F1 10-20lb as well. I think a 4000 is fine as long as you have at least 30lb braid, 50lb leader and do not high stick!

It massively comes down to what sort of snag they are in etc. The biggest fish i got, 2nd largest for the trip was still on my lighter gear so it is doable. This fish was rubbing me on palm fronds and the leader held. If it had been a big lay down timber I would have been stuffed.

Another good thing to note is that although the guides like to have a troll every now and again, all the best fish I caught by far were on the cast.

Where and who are you going with next year?

We will 100% be going back and ill will be looking for crew in the new year. Prob not many spots as most of the lads that went this time have already indicated they will be returning!

Angus

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Was absolutely awesome. Will post some photos from the PC later on.

On the subject of gear I was using a Venom Black Bass spin rated 40-60lb using 50lb PE and 50-60lb leader (5000 Stella) and didn't get busted off but got smoked on the troll on my baitcast set up which was the Venom Barra Monster rated to 50lb with 85lb braid and usually 60-80lb leader.

But must agree most fish caught on the troll were a smaller class of fish. But you just never know!

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For anyone wanting to make an inquiry to this lodge by the way here is the website:


/>http://www.baiafishingpng.com/index.html

And Riccards direct email.

scorpio@global.net.pg

We will def be planning another trip back, maybe with some tweaks.

Angus

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Thanks for the info Angus, Jon and Damien, very helpful when going to somewhere new.

The trips i have put my name down for are with Sports Fishing PNG, they are on Facebook as Wild River Fishing PNG.

January trip is a River and Sea trip to the east of Port Moresby and the August trip is to the Fly and Aramia Rivers to target Bass.

These trips are on a mother ship called K2O, sounds great time will tell.

If you need someone for next years trip by all means let me know, i would always be interested, cheers wayne

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Thanks for the info Angus, Jon and Damien, very helpful when going to somewhere new.

The trips i have put my name down for are with Sports Fishing PNG, they are on Facebook as Wild River Fishing PNG.

January trip is a River and Sea trip to the east of Port Moresby and the August trip is to the Fly and Aramia Rivers to target Bass.

These trips are on a mother ship called K2O, sounds great time will tell.

If you need someone for next years trip by all means let me know, i would always be interested, cheers wayne

Cheers Wayne. Yeap I have heard they are a good operation as well although I do not think you will be able to target Spot Tails with them. Looking forward to hearing how they go though!

Angus

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first fish for the trip, we were over the moon

quickly followed by another in short succession

this place is loaded with awseome bycatch like this guy, amongst jacks,cods,trevs etc..

it was tough conditions on the run across the bay to the rivers from our tropical island each day

best crapper ever

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Some cracking shots Sef cheers man.

Angus

P.S. Withdrawals much?

Cheers mate.

Withdrawals? Yeah fully, I'm back at work and am stills thinking about tactics and things I wanna try next time. What I wouldn't give for a few more casts at that log jam

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Epic trip boys! Did you guys put out any casts from the front door of your accommodation?

Those fish look like brutes and the weather looks like a dream.

Yeah man ask Damo , he had an interesting ( hectic) hookup on surface during breakfast one morning

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Angus can we have a before and after pics of the lures you took over???

Mate only really got this shot. Lost a couple of lures never to be seen again. I did not lose as much tackle as I thought though.

This was my favourite FCL for the trip. Caught quite a few fish but got crunched by my biggest. I retired it immediately after as a trophy...

Photo does not really do it justice but the actual moulded foam was shattered...

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What a great looking trip! I've always wanted to fish the Fly and the Sepik, but after seeing these pics as long as it's river in PNG that holds bass I don't care one bit. I'd be happy catching the by catch. I'd be very interested in a trip next year with my old man, a diehard 'jacks on hardbodies' fisherman, so will take a look into the options available.

Couple of questions though? I noticed you mainly used spin gear Angus, and Damian you seem to use overheads. When using lures in the mangroves and accuracy is important I've always used overheads, but for everything else I prefer spin gear. Between the pair, what's the better for this type of fishing? Is accuracy vitally important, or is it an each to their own sort of preference?

Also how does the weather shock affect your fishing? I'm guessing heat and humidity are through the roof? Do you fish all day, or morning and afternoon? Or do you just push through it on constant excitement?

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I used spin for casting and bait cast for trolling, same with Sef (jon), Tim was on baitcast and angus was spin..

Our conclusion was the majority of fish were taken before midday (black bass at least) as the humidity built up. Early arvo usually had a breeze, a shower then back to humidity haha.

We still got bass in the late arvo and the middle of the day though so it was all systems go all day.

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This creek was really cool. A lot more salty than the others we fished. Sef and I were the first Baia clients to fish it.

we didn't get black bass, but we got jacks, cod, GT and my 'cuda from it

Another pesky jack!

Deep in the snags..

And another bloody cod!

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Here is a picture I thought worth posting... Just to show what shear units these fish are...

That esky it is on is one of those big drink eskies. The length and height of the fish is impressive and that does not even to the thickness justice.

The crazier thing is this is my 18lber so imagine Damo's 27lb!

Angus

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