The fishing on offer in New Caledonia is world class.
The fishery is underutilised and as New Caledonia is surrounded
by the second longest coral reefs in the world it has extensive
lagoon waters suited to fly fishing.
Bonefish and trevally are found in good numbers
throughout New Caledonia and the Isle of Pines. The best flyfishing
is on the shallow flats where many species can be caught including
giant herring (ladyfish) and Pacific tarpon.
The bonefishing in New Caledonia is generally to
larger fish in deeper water and the first of the rising tide presents
the opportunity to target the bonefish in channels and gutters as
they start to move onto the flats. Once the bonefish are up on the
flats they tend to disperse and as the water rises can be difficult
to target effectively.
The trevally in New Caledonia are there in large
numbers, good sizes and numerous species. The last trip to new Caledonia
produced 5 species of trevally and did not include a golden. At
low water move to a deep channel and if in the right location you
can catch many trevally.
Giant trevally will often be seen on the flats when
looking for bonefish. The small ones are 25 kilos and the large
around 50. They are quite an inquisitive fish and even a small popper
can keep them attracted and entice a strike. Giants will often be
seen travelling behind a reef shark as if they are keeping an eye
On certain flats you will see so many trevally that
if you want to engage a bonefish then don't cast to the trevally.
Also schools of bonefish will often have trevally travelling with
them and generally the trevally will beat the bonefish to the fly.
So to catch a bonefish leave the trevally alone and cast to single
or paired bonefish.
Other species in New Caledonia include tuna and
mackerel in blue water and coral trout and emperor around reef and
bommies and milkfish on the flats. In the North there are many brassy
and giant trevally and Isle of Pines has a good head of golden trevally.
New Caledonia has a lot to offer the Travelling
Fly Fisher from world class bonefish in the remote North to an idyllic
romanitic white sands getaway in the South.
us to ask any questions that you may have regarding New Caledonia
and to discuss your travel / fishing plans in more detail.
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