PNG fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion

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This Napoleon wrasse was caught on a re­cent fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion to Pock­ling­ton Reef, on the outer reaches of Pa­pua New Guinea’s south-east­ern wa­ters.

The fish is con­sid­ered en­dan­gered by the World Wildlife Fund and it’s rare to catch one on a rod and reel.

John Cruz, from Sport Fish­ing PNG, says the fish was han­dled care­fully and re­leased back to the wa­ter in good health.

He says the nine-day com­mer­cial ex­pe­di­tion, with fish­er­men from Ja­pan, went to places where no one has cast a lure be­fore.

“Fish­ing in an un-fished des­ti­na­tion is spe­cial,’’ he says. “We were met with ex­cel­lent fish­ing and were able to catch fish af­ter fish, in­clud­ing rare species like the Napoleon wrasse, gi­ant trevally, and dog­tooth tuna, along with other mas­sive reef species that are con­sid­ered rare in other parts of the world.”

Sport Fish­ing PNG, which op­er­ates out of Port Moresby, is plan­ning an­other ex­pe­di­tion to Pock­ling­ton Reef next year.

The reef is lo­cated more than 300 kilo­me­tres from Mis­sima Is­land, which is 280 kilo­me­tres from Alotau.

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