Stradbroke Island Heli Fishing

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Information

Location:
Stradbroke Island - Brisbane
Duration:
4 hours
Inclusions:
Return helicopter transfers from Archerfield Airport (Brisbane)
On-island transfers
Private indigenous fishing guide
BBQ Breakfast
Min Numbers:
2

From $700.00 pp

 

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Stradbroke Island Heli Fishing

Where can you fish for your own breakfast on a remote island and still be back in the CBD by 11:00am? It is possible!

Stradbroke Island, (Minjerribah) just off the coast of Brisbane is home to the Quandamooka people. The Quandamooka have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years. Villages existed around the coastal areas and islands and campsites could be found wherever there was fresh water from creeks or water holes. 

Go Fish Australia have teamed up with Pulan Pulan Fisheries and Cultural Tours to deliver this brand-new Aboriginal Fishing Experience.  Focusing on fishing and bait collection, indigenous guide and Minjerribah Traditional Owner, Andrew Watego will have you fishing on the surf beaches of Minjerribah including fishing tuition and learning to cook and flavour your catch with bush-tucker using traditional methods taught by our Quandamooka fishing guide.

About your Guide

Andrew Watego is a proud descendant of the Ngugi (Moreton) Goenpul (Amity) Tribes and the founder and owner operator of Pulan Pulan Fisheries and Cultural Tours. Pulan Pulan is the indigenous name for Amity Point, an area on Minjerribah.

Andrew's grandmother and mother's family started commercial fishing in Moreton Bay in the 1830s and there are still many of her descendants fishing the bay today.  My father's family, the Watego's, came from Byron Bay in NSW where she was born and schooled. My father was actually born inside the Byron Bay lighthouse. He was always just like a lighthouse, always guiding people to a safe passage and ever since my father passed away in 2011, I have taken that role.

Andrew has fished North Stradbroke and Moreton Islands since he could hold a rod and reel. In that time he has also been involved with club fishing at the highest level, recreational fishing with family and friends, and commercial fishing.  He is 
always happy to share his knowledge

His love of the saltwater around these two great islands comes from his ancestors and the information passed down over many years. Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island ) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) is a place that has been home to his people for more than 18,000 years. They, like people today, had to adapt to the changes of climate and rising water levels. Andrew still loves sitting with the old people and listening when they share their knowledge so he can share that knowledge with others.

The Itinerary

Travel just before dawn in your private helicopter from Brisbane to the crystal clear waters of North Stradbroke Island. Meet your private fishing guide on arrival and travel to the best fishing location of the day. On arrival, the fire will be lit on the beach as your guide cooks your breakfast entree on the coals, pippies, or eugaries as they are traditionally known on Quandamooka country.  After a brief welcome to country, your guide will have your fishing equipment ready to cast into the surf for a few hours of fishing whilst sipping fresh coffee and sampling some wattle seed and lemon myrtle damper.

Finish the morning with a hearty breakfast of fresh fish cooked on the fire and where we hope to include one of your catches on the menu. Board the helicopter for the scenic flight back to Brisbane or even back to your office!

The bait is live and fresh and gathered from Quandamooka shores.  Yabbies, beach worms, bloodworms and eugaries (pipis)

A truly special and unique experience. 

What will you catch?

Flathead, whiting, bream, tailor, mullet, dart.

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