Fish the weedbeds, sunken trees and brush and where the bank juts out over the water by several feet with tree roots providing extra cover.

Reversed Seasons

As the Niugini Bass comes from Papua New Guinea, which itself comes from the southern hemisphere. And seasons in the southern hemisphere, surprisingly to many of those in the northern hemisphere, are opposite to those in the north: summer in the north = winter in the south; spring in the north = autumn in the south.

Now that we have covered all that off – forget about it. Papua New Guinea is so close to the equator that there is not different in temperature from one season to the other.

So what am I getting at? The important thing to know about the climate in this area of the world is not about heat, humidity or will it snow, but the rain. The rainy season begins with summer and hits hard for the entire season. It will change the whole dynamics of fishing. Rain during the rainy season, comes down very hard.

Winter Weather

The good news is that winter weather offers some of the best Niugini bass fishing in Papua New Guinea. The rainy season is a long way off, it’s hot and humid and the fish are biting.

Casting, Trolling, Flies

Winter is a good time for casting trolling or fly fishing. All are effective methods of fishing for the Niugini Bass. The key is putting together the right tackle and making sure the rod and reel can handle a 30-pounder just in case.

Don’t go with a line less than a 30-pound test line as getting a strike by a 30-pounder is possible and even a 20-pounder is enough to snap a 30-pound test line. Adjust your drag before casting. The Niugini Bass strike hard and can snap the line right away if the drag is too tight. Bring exra line and have a spool of 40-pound test ready. Also, make sure your spool is full as you will run most of it out.

These are feroscious fighting fish. The best way to land them is not to crank them in with the toughest line with a big game rod and reel. To land a lunker nuigini bass, the best thing to do is tired them out, BUT avoid letting them tangle to close to shore and in among the jungle underbrush.


Bass of any family or sub species love cover. Fresh water bass are the best designed fish for hunting. Just like a sports car, they are short, which enables them to turn tightly. They have a thick and large tail that enables them to accelerate very quickly enabling them to lay in wait to lunge at their prey.

Fish the weedbeds, sunken trees and brush and where the bank juts out over the water by several feet with tree roots providing extra cover.

If you like lures, fish the spinners and spoons with baits including sardines, slimy mackerel, garfish, bonito, crabs, frogs and salamanders. Though they will also go after snakes, mice, catfish, crayfish, turtles and even birds.

As far as lures go, try the Reidy B52. It is well designed for catching large niugini bass. It is versatile in that you can use it to catch many other fish species including salmon, trout and black basses. It works on both fresh water and salt water. Again, the big problem with fishing in Papua New Guinea is the cost you will incur in loosing your lures as the rivers are littered with sunken trees, logs and other debris, especially after the rainy season.