Well known Cairns skipper, Kim Andersen, has just commenced operating out of Weipa onboard the super new cat Mantaray. Kim is well known in the game fishing charter industry and widely regarded by his peers as one of the top skippers in the country, indeed in the world. His switch to mothership sport fishing is more a return to his roots than a step away from a hard won reputation for producing results in the world of gamefishing.
Prior to stepping up to the flybridge, Kim was well established as an inshore and river fishing guide, and was in fact one of the very first guides to fish the Cape’s west coast years before Weipa became the centre of the sport fishing universe it is today.
Mantaray is very impressive indeed - all the comforts of home, fully air-conditioned, spacious lounge bar in main cabin with TV/Video/DVD player to watch the antics of the fishing in comfort. A full size galley and covered upper deck dining and entertainment area with bar fridge and bar-b-que complete the social areas.
There are 2 triple cabins with ensuites, 2 double and 2 single crew cabins. There is a full size bathroom on the main deck with a spa bath and both toilets are conventional household types for that little bit of extra comfort.
And the quality does not stop there - fishing is from 3 x Goodwin 5 metre fibreglass skiffs powered by 40hp 4 stroke Yamaha outboards with electric/pull start. Each boat is individually surveyed to 2C Standard (50nm) with a full complement of safety gear including EPIRP. In addition each vessel is equipped with a VHF radio for communication between guides and mothership. There will be no running out of fuel with 90 litre underfloor tanks. The Goodwin boats are stable, shallow draft and have an excellent soft dry ride.
The open plan boat has a poling platform, large front casting platform and lots of dry storage and rod racks. In addition we take guiding in the Cape to a new level with the skiffs also fitted out with Minn Kota electric outboards for inshore flats fishing.
The emphasis is definitely on providing a fully guided professional service utilising an extremely comfortable “floating fishing lodge”. In fact you would have no problem in bringing along the most discerning fisher of the fairer sex.