A new start

Michael Taylor our new owner

Norseman is the longest operating reef fishing boat from Port Douglas, a household name in fact. Some exciting news, one of our long term customers Michael Taylor has purchased Norseman. Michael had been fishing with Norseman as client with us for about 22 years. He obviously loved fishing with us and loved the boat so much that he bought it.

The even better news is that the experienced and knowledgeable Norseman Crew are staying on. James our skipper for example, grew up fishing on Norseman. He first came out on the boat when he was knee high to a grasshopper. Then when he completed his schooling he came to work on the boat. James started as a deckhand with Norseman and is now the skipper of the boat. Nobody knows the boat better than James.That also means all the best fishing marks we have collected over the years, remain with the business. They know what fish you are likely to catch and have the experience to help you land the fish of a lifetime.

Michael has already made some great changes to the product. For a start he has reduced the numbers of passengers to only 20. This means that everybody has a quality fishing experience. Being a 60 foot boat, Norseman is actually surveyed for 45 passengers. Limiting the numbers of people fishing to only 20 means that there is room for everybody. Another change is that our guests no longer need to hire rods to use. Use of our custom built Paul Herron fishing rods are included in the cost of the day fishing. Our guests have the choice of landlines or rods to fish with, you can mix it up and use both if you like.

Michael’s best mate “Barra” Billy Clarke is also making a guest appearance on the back deck for the first few months. Bill is the king of customer service and knows a thing or two about fishing as well. Bill brings a wealth of local fishing experience to the operation and will do everything he can to make sure your fishing experience with Norseman is exciting and productive.

Michael wants all our customers to have the best day fishing on the reef that they have ever had. That is now our mission here at Norseman- to go the extra mile and deliver a fantastic day out  catching great reef fish. A day out with us is fun and exciting.

Norseman is a fantastic vessel custom built for reef fishing in tropical waters. 60 foot wide and weighing 30 tonne, she is powerful and fast and has all the latest state of the art fish finding toys. We get you out to the reef in just over an hour so that you can spend more time fishing.

If you are planning on coming to Port Douglas for a holiday, come for a fish with us and experience the new improved Norseman.

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