The Eclipse is a 16m power catamaran in 2A survey, giving you the freedom to explore the Gulf of Carpentaria and its many remote reefs and rivers. Fully air-conditioned accommodation and communal living areas, walk around deck and shaded entertainment deck. Beautifully appointed for comfort and luxury.
In Weipa, you’re already pretty remote. The added range that having a mother ship provides, means we can cruise the coast and its waterways, seeking new fishing locations, with lots of big fish! You’ll be impressed with the quality, quantity and size of sports fish in these waters.
Weipa Sports Fishing has a fleet of four (4) first class tenders, custom-built for superior performance, stability and passenger comfort. These tenders are fishing machines, in immaculate condition with the latest side-imaging technology and GPS.
Maximum time on the water and fishing! Booking a Weipa Sports Fishing liveaboard fishing expedition on Eclipse, maximises your fishing time and experience. No more trips in and out to sea each day, wake up and be fishing within minutes of leaving the mothership. Comfort, style and superior fishing experience.
Hook-up with our latest exclusive fishing option! Lee and the crew from Weipa Sports Fishing are collaborating with Joe & Bianca of Eclipse FNQ, to offer first class mothershipping fishing adventures, in some of the very best spots.
For punters, this is the best of both worlds! The Eclipse D is a fully air-conditioned power catamaran, beautifully appointed for luxury and comfort. For guests, she’s got 2 x double cabins and 8 x single berths (4 x twin cabins). Inside there’s a spacious living area, with flat screen TV, DVD, Ipod and more. Outside there’s a full walk around deck and shaded entertainment deck, the perfect place for BBQs and drinks while the sun goes down.
The fishing, fully hosted and guided by some of the finest guides in northern Australia. Lee Hodgetts and his very experienced guides from Weipa Sports Fishing. Liveaboard fishing adventures have never been so good! High end experience, at very reasonable prices.
Where do we go? To the best fishing locations. You can choose the area of Queensland’s Gulf coast your party would like to explore. The most popular destinations south of Weipa are the Archer, Kirk and Love Rivers and the extensive reef areas offshore. To the north, the coastline from the Wenlock to the Cotterell features a host of beautiful, remote waterways that would keep fishers busy for months. If you have a game plan in mind, the experts at Weipa Sports Fishing can advise what areas are best suited to your requirements.
There are lots of advantages in fishing off a mother ship! Most important is the ability to visit remote locations, where the action is usually much better than the more heavily visited areas. It’s not unusual for clients to be fishing within minutes of leaving the main vessel, in the morning. Most days, crews will return to the mother ship for a leisurely lunch, before heading out for an afternoon session that can extend almost until darkness.
Travelling is usually done at night, which means more time for fishing. No more hour-long bumpy rides back to the boat ramp each day. Added bonus, being greeted by the crew with a beer and nibblies as you walk back on to the big boat, really tops off any fishing day!
“I believe that this collaboration combining the outstanding fishing expertise of the professional guides from Weipa Sports Fishing and the top shelf hospitality of Eclipse Charters will provide one of the most outstanding value for money fishing charter trips in Australian waters” – Dave Donald, former proprietor, Dave Donald Sportfishing, pro-guide for 20+ years on Cape York Peninsula.
There are few guided fishing operations that have the experience and expertise of Weipa Sports Fishing. Between them, owner, Lee Hodgetts, and guide, Josh Lyons, have over 30 years in the charter industry, primarily based in the wider Weipa area. Their state of the art custom-built sportfishing vessels in full 2C marine survey powered by Honda outboards, provide a stable and comfortable platform for all regimens, from barramundi lure casting right through to billfish trolling. All vessels have recently been refitted including upgrades to the latest electronics.
As per their regular charters, Weipa Sports Fishing caters for fishers of all experience levels, from novice to expert. Advice and instruction is a large part of their service and the relaxed atmosphere on a mother ship usually provides a lot more time for learning the ropes. On some trips, travelling the Gulf coastline by sea from Weipa to the Eclipse already on site may be possible.
But there’s much more to a fishing trip than just great times on the water! Good food and comfortable accommodation are a must and few hosts do it better than Joe & Bianca. With heaps of premium table fish on their doorstep and plenty of fishers eager to catch them, fresh seafood is a major component of the menu. Whether it’s barra, tuna, coral trout, mackerel or fingermark, accompanied by a selection of healthy salads and vegetables, the tucker coming out of the galley will satisfy every palate – and then some.
Premium fishing and gourmet quality food – it doesn’t get much better! As both Weipa Sports Fishing and Eclipse Charters are already very popular, it is anticipated these trips will be in high demand. It is essential that bookings be made well in advance to avoid missing out.