The waters surrounding Norfolk Island are alive with a wide range of commonly targeted sportfish, game fish and some delicious bottom dwellers. My brother and I have fished these waters since we could walk, mostly from the stones but over the last 10 years or so the urge to get out on the water and explore got the better of us. After using small Tinnys and fishing in fairly close proximity to the shore we needed something bigger, now we have a 19 foot Shark Cat powered by twin 115hp Evinrude E-tecs that can get us just about anywhere to fish for anything from Trevally to live baiting small tuna for the mighty Blue Marlin.
Who likes having a battle with a fish that has the upper hand, one that takes all your skills to subdue, one that only takes one wrong move from you and its all over? Sport Fisherman do! And Norfolk Island has plenty of fish to target in this sporting way. There’s small tuna to throw metals too, kingfish on poppers, trevally on plastics, anything on fly… the list goes on.
Through the summer months we get water temperatures up to 26 degrees and with that we get some big pelagics. We are lucky enough to get Black, Blue and Stripped marlin as well as some big yellowfin, Wahoo and Dolphin Fish. We have all the gear needed to land these trophy fish and have worked out the best grounds in which to target them.
DEEP BOTTOM FISHING
The waters of Norfolk Island have an abundance of hard fighting and very tasty reef fish, Red Throat Emperor (Trumpy) are the most prolific in depths to 90 metres or so but then you get into Bar Cod and Blue Eye territory. There are many other species you’ll find lurking on the reefs and pinacles with the Trumpy such as XOS Snapper, Kingfish, Amberjack and world record sized Silver Trevally to name a few, you really never know what you’ll pull up.
Norfolk is home to some mean jig eating kings that will test any angler and their gear. Its not just kings that eat jigs too, we also catch Bar Cod, Amberjack, large silver trevally and the odd XOS Snapper. Deep water vertical jigging is probably the most physically demanding type of fishing there is with jigs weighing around 400grams and sometimes fishing in depths of 140 metres it takes its toll on your arms and back but when that fish strikes all the hard work is forgotten and the battle begins.
Norfolk and its surrounding islands offer some of the best rock fishing in the world! With deep water at your feet the possibilities are endless. We’ve landed yellowfin up to 37kg, had kings feeding at our feet to 30kg and have even seen marlin just a few metres from the rocks to name a few. If you’re a land based game fenatic then this place is a dream destination for you and with our local knowledge we can guide you to the hot spots safely wheather its going through private property and down a cliff or getting dropped directly to the spot from our boat. I have to stress that rock fishing is a very specialised style of fishing and experience is a must. Almost all the good spots here require a climb in and a high level of fitness.
– Scotty Greenwood