Napo City

A remote atoll in the middle of nowhere, designed by mother nature as the perfect habitat for Giant Trevally to stalk, hunt, and destroy their prey!
Species: Giant Trevally, Bluefin Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse, Triggerfish, Giant Parrotfish, Indo Pacific Permit, and more

An experience to write home about

Napoleon City is a piece of coral standing on its own in the middle of absolute nothing. Surrounded by seriously deep water this atoll has created its own water world. Here, apex predators hunt, stalk, and destroy prey along deep water drop offs, reef edges, and shallow flats. Apart from the vast amount of Giant Trevally patrolling all sections of the atoll, great numbers of Napoleon Wrasse, huge schools of Giant Parrotfish, several species of Triggerfish and an endless number of other species also inhabit these waters.



GT’s, Napo’s, Trigger’s, Giant Bumpie’s, Bluefin...

Napo City is a destination perfectly suited for any type or method of sport fishing. Whether you prefer spending your days with a fly rod in your hand, covering flats and reef sections, or if you prefer hunting monster size GT’s along the outer reefs with big poppers, stick baits or jigs is up to you. Our recommendation is to try it all!

Fly fishing this destination is mainly done on foot, wading along reef edges, sand dunes, and shallow flats. Depending on the tide and conditions we will use different tactics to try and locate hunting fish. On an incoming tide we’ve been finding fish pushing in to the flats using channels in the reef, so called GT highways. On outgoing tides we’ve been successful finding and hooking fish moving out using deeper channels from deep within the flats areas. We also see plenty of fish in the waves just outside of the reef. This is super fun as you see GT’s sitting high up in the wave faces, patrolling for prey being pushed out over the reef with the outgoing tide. Time your cast well and land a fly behind a breaking wave face and you might be in for a real surprise. Just make sure you have your break set hard before casting…

We will also cover sand and stone bottom flats looking for tailing Triggerfish, Indo Pacific Permit, and more. For the ambitious angler there are huge schools of Giant Parrotfish cruising along the reef edges. Trick one into biting and you better hope you have your gear properly rigged.

Species likely to encounter on the flats or shallow reef sections
Based on our previous expeditions to this place we know there are GT’s, Bluefin Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse and Triggers entering the flats and shallow reef sections in search of easy prey. We’ve also caught job fish, various species of snappers, and been told that Indo Pacific Permit frequently visit the flats. Giant Parrotfish are always present along the reef presenting a real challenge for the ambitious angler. 

Spin fishing for GT, Napoleon Wrasse, Dog tooth Tuna, and more will mainly be done casting poppers and stick baits covering reef edges and drop offs. Fishing will be done from so called long boats, 6-7 meter outboard vessels powered by 40 hp engines. Since we will arrive during the eastern trade winds we expect an ocean boiling with fish so blue water fishing and jigging will be possible for anyone who wants to give it a try. 

Species likely to encounter in deeper water and along the reef
GT, Bluefin Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse, Dogtooth Tuna, Snapper, Grouper, Blacktip sharks, Yellowfin Tuna, Milkfish, Mahi Mahi, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito and more. In deeper water we expect to see Marlin and Sailfish as well.



Relax, Refuel, Recharge

Fishing in a place like this, as fun as it is, will take its toll only angler. You will be out all day covering plenty of ground and fight some serious fish. On top of that, just being out in a place like this, taking the whole experience and surroundings in will have your body and mind working full speed on all cylinders. Therefore it’s important that you can come back each day after fishing and completely recharge. We stay on a beautiful, full service, Indonesian style wooden ship called Pinisi where we will be served generous and delicious meals three times a day and as many snacks as you can handle. The ship has a total of 6 guest cabins. Four of these cabins are shared cabins for 2 guests and comes with a comfortable bunk bed and a private bathroom. We also have two private cabins with queen size beds and private bathrooms.

The mothership is very spacious and has plenty of space to relax and just hang out. Most guest cabins are located on the lower deck. The second floor has a nice lounge area with a flatscreen TV and an endless amount of movies, a kitchen, and a big area for storing tackle and bags. The third floor has a large dinner table and eating space in the back. The front has couches and seats to relax in while taking in the views of the ocean. On the top we have a sun deck to enjoy when the sun is not too hot. The sun deck is also a perfect spot to watch the incredible night skies and milky way.

Tackle & Technique

Tackle & Technique

Proper preparation is the key to success

Fly fishing for Giant Trevally requires an 11 or 12 weight, 9 foot, single hand fly rod. Pick one that you feel comfortable casting, rigged with a premium reel made for saltwater fishing, loaded with a tropical GT line and at least 300 yards of backing. Fly fishing is mainly done wading on firm reef sections, or sand flats. Proper wading boots is a must. Anglers mainly focusing on GT’s will spend most of the time carrying an 11 or 12 weight rod in hand, and have a second 8 or 9 weight rod resting in their pants pocket and rigged via their back pack for quick access. For information on how to carry your extra rod please read this article about how to get ready for your first GT trip (link). More specific gear recommendations are provided in the pre-trip information sent upon booking your trip.

Spin fishing these waters requires serious equipment that can handle the brute force of big Giant Trevallies, Napoleon Wrasse, and more. Make sure you bring rods and reels that are built specifically for this type of fishing. If you plan on bringing your good old pike reel that’s been serving you just fine for the last couple years then think again. Tropical saltwater fishing is brutal and will tear most freshwater gear to pieces. Trust on this one. Specific recommendations are provided in the pre-trip information sent upon booking your trip.

The Return to Napo City

A glimpse of Napo City’s fishing grounds

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If you want to book or receive more information about this destination please contact us via the phone number or e-mail address provided below.

Phone: +46 76-166 26 29