Recently returned from a dream fishing trip to Papua New Guinea in search of PNG black bass (Papuan Black Snapper) and bonus barramundi. After months of preparation we decided to go with Jason Yip of Wild River Fishing PNG, firstname.lastname@example.org Jason leads a few groups each year into the virgin rivers of the Gulf Province where the biggest bass on earth swim! The veteran group of fishermen included friends Steve Ryan, Cole Lundquist, Kevin Cleary, Jim Reed, and John Cross all of whom have fished for many of the toughest freshwater fish on earth during previous adventures. We put months and months of prepartion into this trip. Well known fisherman, Larry Dahlberg, advised us to use shor/stout saltwater jigging rods, strong baitcasting reels like the Shimano TranX HG spooled with 200lbs PowerPro. We were to replace all hooks with superstrong Owner ST-76 and replace all lure split rings with the strongest on the market, Wolverine triple coiled rings. We used fluorocarbon leaders to 200lbs, 300lbs mono leaders, and 300lbs Kevlar leaders.
The trip began on July 22nd when we flew from Chicago to Los Angeles to Brisbane, Australia, then to Port Morsby PNG when Jason's crew greeted us. The next day Jason took us for a 5 hour drive to the Gulf Region. We started fishing near the rivers mouth landing a few barramundi. John landed the first bass with a respectable 20lbs, but lost 2 others as his drag could not hold up and the fish broke off.
The next few days we fished various sections within a few hours of the outpost. All were greeted with arm busting action as Steve, Cole, and Kevin landed bass exceeding 40lbs. John and Jim landed monster barramundi which pegged out the 60lbs certified bogas and we estimated each over 70lbs.
We are already talking about a return trip! For more info contact Steve Yatomi at www.adventuretravelalliance.com or email at email@example.com. Jason Yip at www.sportfishingpng.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 219-659-1740 or write email@example.com