An international group of anglers heads for the remote rivers of West New Britain Island in search of one of the world’s toughest fighters among gamefish.
An Ultimate Bucket-List Inshore Fish Many anglers have heard of the Papuan Black Bass and are still yet to tick it off their fishing wish list. This trip we were able to tick that goal off for our international group of anglers from America, Singapore and Australia. This trip we embarked on a journey on board the 72ft luxury wave piercer Ultimate One to West Kove where the rivers are large, wide and home to some of the mightiest Black Bass. Scientifically known as the Lutjanus goldiei these river beasts can grow to an astounding 50 pounds and are widely regarded as the hardest-pulling game fish in the world. Apart from the lost lures, monsters missed, tree snags and meeting friendly locals in the rivers, here is a detailed outlook of what these anglers enjoyed on their Papua New Guinea adventure.
The river systems in West New Britain are absolutely beautiful. Each river has their unique characteristics. Some are lined with coconut trees, some with nypa palms and others with lush jungles to the river banks overlooked by the 2300m active volcano, Mt Ulawun. The best time to fish the rivers are between the May and December months due to the low frequency of rain (dry season). The clearer the rivers, the better to fish for these species.
The fishing tenders are extremely versatile. The 7.6m tenders can cater to 3 anglers per boat and come with your own local guide for the trip. They are equipped with on board live bait tanks, 140hp Suzuki outboard engines and an undercover area if you get hot during the day. You have the choice of doing full day fishing in the rivers or returning to the mother ship, Ultimate One for lunch.
THE FISH VARIETY!
Apart from catching the prized Black Bass & Spottail Bass, we are blessed with a variety of other good looking species that are great eating and fighting too. Here are just some of the fish you can catch while on tour with Baia Sportfishing!
This bream (actually a Pacific seabream) that Orlander caught impressed his fishing partner, Scott Thomas — editor in chief of Australia's Fishing World magazine — since (a) it was unusually large for the species and (b) it struck a lure, a deep-diving Halco. Typically they feed on mollusks and crustaceans. As proof of the bream’s normal diet of shellfish, check out its crushing dentures. A mouth good to keep fingers clear of!
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing
EXPERIENCE THEIR RICH CULTURE
With Baia Sportfishing, fishing becomes just a bonus once you experience the local culture. The locals absolutely love sharing their traditional songs and costumes with visitors, it keeps their tradition alive and authentic. With over 800 tribes and 860 absolutely different languages, you cannot visit Papua New Guinea without experiencing some part of their culture.
Although we did not focus on blue water this trip, we did manage to capture some great fish from Dogtooth, Wahoo, Red Bass & GT.
An overall fantastic and successful trip for the international gang! With lifelong memories of their experience in PNG, we are glad to showcase this beautiful side of the world though fishing. With many of places yet to explore, we are fortunate to have such a variety of fish in the rivers and sea. Make Papua New Guinea your next fishing adventure. Come catch the black bass and experience rich PNG culture just like this group did. Please get in touch with us today and we can make your dream trip a reality!
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