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Baia Sport Fishing Lodge

BAIA Sport Fishing Lodge is located in Papua New Guinea on the North Coast of West New Britain Province. The airport to access West New Britain is Hoskins approx 1 hour flying time by F28 jet service from Port Moresby. Access to Port Moresby is by Air Niugini Jet service from Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns. The Lodge is on a small peninsula that makes up part of the Open Bay shoreline.

Accommodation

Because Baia Lodge is in an isolated part of West New Britain Island, the logistics and costs to visit the Lodge requires a minimum of 5 guests for each excursion. The maximum we can accommodate is 12 guests. Less then 5 guests may do the trip but at a higher price. The duration required at the Lodge will also need to be a minimum of four nights to make your trip worthwhile and to enjoy what the area has to offer

For us to make your visit a unique experience and to preserve the pristine fishing environment, we will only be offering a maximum of 15 groups per season.

Package prices include: Accommodation, transfers to the lodge by boat or car, food, laundry, fuel and boats.

Beverages, fishing shirts and cost of any damaged or lost tackle that you may hire is not included in the package. Note you are permitted to drink your own Duty Free Spirits or Wine at Baia Fishing Lodge.

(Fishing Gear LIMITED – we have basic equipment and strongly recommend you bring your own – LURES are not provided though some maybe purchased from the lodge).

Offshore charters aboard “MV Break Free” is at an extra cost as per rates.

Meals are both Western and Chinese style cuisine and of course fresh seafood is always part of the menu. Any special requests on types of drinks or wines need to be notified well in advance so that special arrangements can be made for your trip.

Rooms are large and very comfortable as twin share, however it is likely that each person may have their own room when possible. All rooms have ceiling fans and 240 outlets throughout the building. 12 volt alternative power is also connected when the Generator is off. Flushable toilets, hot water, and all the comforts of home make Baia Lodge a fantastic place to escape and experience a unique piece of paradise and spectacular tropical angling.

Features

Inshore Blue Water fishing can be done off the lodge at any time from the lodge’s sport fishing boats however to target the bigger off shore species, our Steber 34 Game Boat “Break Free”, is available at a separate and additional charter cost of Aust $1200.00/day offshore or Aust $800.00/day inshore. The “Break Free” requires advanced bookings.

Activities

The Baia Village people are a friendly and welcoming and they are more than happy to show off their traditional lifestyle and provide a tour through their village. Excursions for bush walking and bird watching enthusiast can also be arranged with village guides.

Pristine coral reefs surround the bay for snorkelling and there are picturesque cool freshwater springs and mini waterfalls not far from the lodge for those who simply want to relax and enjoy a swim and a day’s picnic.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
Baia Lodge is situated in an isolated area of the West New Britain coast, and in extreme emergencies the quickest way out is by helicopter. It is compulsory to acquire some kind of travel insurance which may save a lot of inconvenience and expense should an unfortunate situation occur.

Protective clothing from the sun and sunscreen is essential. Insect repellent is also important in certain fishing areas. The area in and around the lodge is fortunate not to have many mosquito’s or sand flies.

CLOTHING & MEDICATION

Laundry is available daily
•2 x long sleeve shirt and pants
•3 x shorts & t-shirts
•swimmers
•3 x underwear
•1 x cap
•1 sandal’s or sandshoes
•1 x rain jacket
•Personal items (sunscreen, toiletries, medication)

TACKLE

Limited tackle is available at the lodge. Lures are not provided though some are available for purchase. We strongly recommend you bring a quality outfit for use and your own lures.

Equipment for Bass Fishing: Minimum 15 kg line on a solid bait caster reel like the Abu 6500 and 7000. Shimano also have great reels such as the Calcutta 300 and 400 and their TE series. Braided or Mono line is a personal preference. 15 kg to 24 kg rods around 6 feet need to be strong but not too stiff as to make casting difficult.

Popular lures with the Bass are the Rapala skitter pops in all colours. Minnow type lures such as the Halco 125 mm, Rapala Xrap and the SMITH Saruna in similar sizes are also good a mix of shallow and deep diver should always be included. We find the mullet colours are effective. For the inshore pelagic, deep divers around the reefs work well and large poppers for the GTs. Wire trace is recommended for the razor gang species. Smaller skirted lures from 3” to 6” are good fore tuna and sailfish.

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Itinerary & Schedule

Upon arrival at Hoskins Airport in Kimbe, West New Britain, you will be met and transferred to the beautiful Liamo Reef Resort in Kimbe. After an overnights rest, we leave early the next morning by boat or by 4wd vehicle. Our first day will take us to the outer reef systems in Kimbe Bay or through the thick tropical rainforest as we work our way toward Baia Lodge.

The next four or more days you will be based at Baia Lodge and we will fish the several river systems that are within 15 minutes to an hour from the Lodge for Black and Spot Tail Bass, Mangrove Jack and other estuarine species. Access to these areas is via our purpose built sport fishing boats.

On the final day, with the return transfer there maybe more blue water angling as we head back towards Kimbe. Our arrival in the afternoon brings us back to Liamo Reef Resort to relax with a few cold drinks and dinner with owner Riccard and his wife, Nathalie. You may book an appointment to visit Nathalie’s art gallery prior or after dinner. The night is spent at Liamo followed by an early departure the next day.

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