Eclipse FNQ Charter Fishing

FAQ’s

CAN I DO TRIPS SHORTER OR LONGER?

Yes, we can customise our charters to suit you.  If you would like to do anything other than our packaged trips don’t hesitate to enquire.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • Travel documents
  • Personal medications, toiletries etc.
  • Good Hat, Polaroid sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Combinations of shirts (both long and short sleeve), lightweight shorts and trousers
  • Pliers, long nose, Knife, line cutters
  • Camera, Go Pro, spare camera batteries/ charging cords, spare memory cards
  • Sandals, sand shoes, crocs or lightweight beach booties
  • Rods and reels – get in contact with us for recommendations on suitable gear to bring
  • IPOD/IPHONE, USB containing any music that the group enjoys listening to. We do have an extensive selection of music onboard.
  • Flies, lures – ensure all lures have quality trebles/hooks – please contact us to discuss fishing tackle optio
  • Mobile Phone/IPAD and 240V charger cord (please note that only Telstra network works in this region)
  •  YOUR APPETITE FOR EXCITEMENT AND FINE CUISINE AND A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOUR

 DO I BRING MY OWN FISHING GEAR?

For best results, we certainly recommend bringing your own gear. Knowing how it works and feeling comfortable with it ahead of time, can mean the difference between landing and losing fish. It takes a little bit of preparation, but it’s certainly worth the effort.

Rods need to be protected in a cloth bag, then stored in a PVC tube to make sure they arrive in good condition. Jetstar has a limit of 2 metres on most internal flights, so only tubes less than this length will be carried. Qantas and Qantaslink flights do not have these length restrictions so longer tubes can be accommodated. If you are travelling with a party, try to store multiple rods in a single tube to minimize baggage costs. Bringing one large tackle box (as excess baggage) rather than several individuals is another option as far as tackle goes.

Reels should be stored in soft bags, then placed in the middle of clothing to further protect them from rough handling. Make sure they have been serviced, are running smoothly and the line is in good condition before you leave home. If there’s any doubt about your line, replace it immediately.

CAN I BE CONTACTED WHILE I AM AWAY ONBOARD ECLIPSE?

During your trip we will be out of telephone reception when we head up North.  We do have a satellite phone onboard which can be used for emergency calls/ quick calls to family, etc.   The number of our satellite phone is: +61 405 471 424 for you to pass on to relevant people.

CAN I KEEP THE FISH I CATCH?

Whilst onboard you can eat as much fish and crabs as you like however, we do not encourage anglers come with a vision of stocking their home freezers with fish. We are primarily a catch and release fishing charter operation and share the view that our resource is too valuable to promote the mass killing of fish .

WILL MY MOBILE PHONE WORK?

We do have limited Telstra reception in some of the locations we fish at.  Unfortunately the majority of the charter we will be up North of the Peninsula so expect to be out of phone range when you are fishing. We do have onboard a Satellite Phone which can be used by guests for incoming and outgoing calls but should be treated only to pass necessary information and emergencies only, otherwise additional charges may apply.

 SHOULD I TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE?

Yes we strongly recommend everyone that books a trip onboard Eclipse takes out a Travel Insurance policy from the moment they pay their deposit.  Please families yourself with our cancellation policy as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

WHAT HOURS DO WE FISH?

A normal fishing day will usually start early in the morning between 6-8am and go through to before sunset but this will vary on clients requests or if the fish are on the bite. Of course, there will be meal times arranged to fit in with the fishing. The good thing about mother ship fishing is that the main boat is never too far away from the fishing grounds, which gives the flexibility of you picking and choosing your fishing times.

CAN I CHARGE MY BATTERIES, PHONE, IPAD, ETC?

Yes, the Eclipse vessel has constant 240 volt power and ample outlets are in the cabins and common areas. Remember to bring plenty of spare memory cards to capture those moments.

ARE WE ALWAYS FISHING FROM THE TENDERS?

No, not at all. You will have the opportunity to explore the coastline by boat and by foot with excellent fishing from the beaches and rocky headlands. It’s a fly fisherman’s paradise sight fishing miles of beaches and rocks.
Make sure you bring some form of adequate footwear.

WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOL?

Eclipse is a fully licensed venue. We operate in remote areas with alcohol restriction laws in place. Severe penalties apply for anyone disobeying these restrictions. Under no circumstances are you allowed to bring your own alcohol onboard. We will provide you with a list of alcoholic beverages that we stock onboard which are available for purchase. For special requests, you can provide us with a list of the alcohol that you would like onboard and we will purchase this prior to your arrival.   We require you to provide us with this list at least 30 days prior to your arrival and

WHAT IF THERE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY ?

All of our boats have VHF radios and are always in contact with each other, and the main boat for safety reasons . Onboard the Eclipse D we have a fully stocked Royal Flying Doctors Medical First Aid kit onboard and a Satellite phone and VHF Radio to make contact. We have the ability to arrange evacuation at short notice if necessary and all our crew are trained in first aid procedures.

I HAVE A STOPOVER ON THE WAY IN CAIRNS, WHERE CAN I PURCHASE FISHING EQUIPMENT AND TACKLE?

Erskines Tackle Shop at 51 Mulgrave Road on (07 4051 6099)
Cairns Bait & Tackle at 170 Aumuller Street (07 4031 4040).
Bransfords Discount Tackle Shop at Captain Cook highway, Clifton Beach (07 40 553 918)

HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING?

Qantas link flies from Cairns to Weipa twice daily on most days and restricts luggage to 1 item of 20kg so if you have a rod tube we suggest that you tape it to your bag. Use soft carry all type luggage, DEFINITELY NO HARD SUITCASES

Heightened security means that rods, lures, knives, pliers and sometimes even reels cannot be carried as cabin luggage.

Rods need to be protected in a cloth bag, then stored in a PVC tube to make sure they arrive in good condition. Jetstar has a limit of 2 metres on most internal flights, so only tubes less than this length will be carried. Qantas and Qantaslink flights do not have these length restrictions so longer tubes can be accommodated. If you are travelling with a party, try to store multiple rods in a single tube to minimize baggage costs. Bringing one large tackle box (as excess baggage) rather than several individuals is another option as far as tackle goes.

 

DOES IT MATTER IF I AM NOT GOOD AT FISHING?

Absolutely not, the fishery is pristine and the fish plentiful so you do not need to be a “Guru” to have success. In fact, often the beginners, and there “beginners luck” have the best results. Luck aside, beginners don’t have any preconceived ideas and habits from other fisheries, and beginners listen, and do what they are advised to do often turning themselves into top rod for a particular day or even the trip. Fly anglers please try and get some casting practice or even some coaching in if required. We are presenters of opportunities you have to make the casts.  When coming specific for Barra – practice with casting bait caster rod/reel combo will help you when on location.

 

WHAT ABOUT FLY FISHING?


If you are a fly fisher your 7 to 10 weight (9 is perfect) with weight foward intermediate line [Scientific Anglers clear Mastery Series Striper taper or wet tip clear salt water] Clousers and weighted Pink Things on 1/0,2/0 and 3/0 hooks are the flys of choice. Weighted Crab flys are a must for the exotics on the flats.

SHOULD I BRING SOME LURES

You will need your personal choice but we use and recommend.

30-40gram metal slices (Halco twisty Raider etc,) for busting Tunas, Mackerals and others.
Tilsan Barra in bright colors, Gold Bombers (with new hooks) and 125 and 90 mm Halco Scorpions and Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows etc for the rivers and estuaries and fresh water.

Scorpion 150’s (5M deep divers, not 8M) and Halco laser pro 190’s in chrome and bright colors for offshore fishing.
Halco Roosta poppers 105 and 135 also for Tunas, Queenfish and others.
Soft plastics work extremely well. Jig heads 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 oz. 4 or 6 of each weight and a packet of each, orange, gold, green, and brown Squidgy brand paddle tail and wiggly tail fish or your personal preference.
Most all quality lures work, the above we know work.
We carry a selection of the above for purchase aboard but strongly recommend you bring your selection.

DO I NEED TO BRING SHEETS OR TOWELS?

No.  We provide quality linen and towels onboard.  There is also a supply of Body Wash, Shampoo and Conditioner in our bathrooms for your use.