An Ultimate Bucket-List Inshore Fish
While many saltwater anglers have never heard of Papua New Guinea’s black bass, for some it is an ultimate bucket-list inshore gamefish. It’s not a black bass at all, but a true snapper (similar to a cubera), found only in some parts of PNG and nowhere else, dwelling exclusively in lower rivers. Most often called Niugini black bass or Papuan black bass, Lutjanus goldiei may reach weights more than 40 pounds and is widely reputed to be the hardest-pulling gamefish in the world, dwelling around sunken snags in heavy currents.
I finally got a chance to travel (for two days) to West New Britain Island north of Papua New Guinea and fish for these black bass recently with Baia Sportfishing. Look for the full feature article in 2020; meantime, this gallery will share that experience.