Bligh & Jewell Reefs 2010 Trip Report

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Lagoon Explorer Bligh & Jewell Oct 2010

By Glanville, Nomad Pro Guide: profile page >> [/jcolumns] [/vc_column_text] [/vc_column] [vc_column width=”1/1″ last=”last”] [vc_column_text width=”1/1″ last=”last”] [jcolumns model=”1,3,1,3″] Reef/s: Months: [jcol/] Bligh & Jewell reefs Oct 2010 [jcol/] Duration: Trips: [jcol/] 4 weeks Coral Sea Lagoon Explorer [/jcolumns] [/vc_column_text] [/vc_column] [vc_column width=”1/1″ last=”last”] [vc_column_text width=”1/1″ last=”last”] The pictures above pretty well summarise the fishing at Bligh Reef this year. A huge amount of variety and some spectacular action. The weather was a little unkind during our 2nd week, but the nice thing about this reef is that you can still catch plenty of fish even when it’s windy. There’s no way I can summarise 3 weeks of fishing here, but what I can say is that the general sportfishing and lurecasting was as good as you could imagine. Plenty of Spanish mackerel, coral trout, red bass, emperors, wrasse, GTs and all sorts of other fish. The average day at Bligh Reef involved casting over the shallows during higher tides with the 40lb light spin rods, and then doing some trolling, jigging or heavier popper fishing around the reef edges on lower tides. The big GTs were not as prolific at Bligh this year, and it wasn’t about numbers of GTs this year, it was all about variety. It is not hard to catch 30-40 fish in the shallows casting lures and then head out and troll up a heap of big spanish mackerel to 20kgs, and the try to jig up a dogtooth, all this can be done in one day with ease. One of my favourite days from this 3 week block was on the last day of the 2nd week, and we started the day with a great little 1 hr session in the shallows catching a heap of coral trout, red bass and some nice bluefin trevally. The guys then asked if we could have a troll and find a dogtooth tuna before lunch as they were a bit tired from the casting. 10 minutes later we had a Sebile Koolie minnow 190LL and a bonga Jerk in the water on the 150lb 30W tiagra outfits, looking for a big dog. First strike was a spanish mackerel of about 20kgs, which put on a very good show, and then came aboard for dinner. Next pass over the point of the reef produced a 45kg dogtooth tuna, which absolutely screamed line off even under 30kg of drag. These fish are just brutal! Next pass, and with the lures only back in the water 5 minutes, we had a double hookup with a 12kg coral trout and another 20kg spanish mackerel. Spectacular action indeed, but it just got better. The next pass, maybe after 10 minutes of looking around resulted in a massive hookup and a screaming run, with the fish heading for the surf edge of the reef. A serious 20 minute battle ensued and a 70kg dogtooth tuna was brought alongside for pictures before being released. But wait, there was more. About 15 minutes later down the side of the ledge, we trolled up a green jobfish, the biggest one I have ever seen, which went 34lbs on the boga grips. 10 minutes after this, we hooked up on another dogtooth of around 40kgs, which was landed with a little less effort than the previous monster. A truly spectacular morning, and by lunch time the guys decided the fishing could not get any better and they went for a swim and a dive. A spectacular day, and one that very well highlights the variety on offer at Bligh Reef. One of the things I like most about Bligh is the shallow water fishing available in 2-4 metres of water casting smaller 40g stickbaits on 40lb spin gear for a whole host of species. There are about 20 species we regularly catch in the shallows, with the prize of a big maori wrasse in the shallows being the ultimate trophy. These big wrasse are the most beautiful fish on the reef without doubt, and one of the toughest opponents you will ever find. Generally a 12kg wrasse is a huge challenge on the 40lb line, and is a real trophy. However, we were lucky with a few guys landing 40kg+ wrasse while fishing in 2-3m of water. Even a 3kg red bass in the shallow water can bust you off so quick you can hardly blink, it is one of the toughest and most satisfying types of fishing we do. And of course, the big 40kg+ GTs often seem to haunt the shallows as well, which are a massive challenge at any time. All up for 2010, Bligh reef produced the type of action, variety and great memories, that has made this place a favourite on the list for many of our regular guests. Cheers, Glanville.   [divider top =”1″] [jbutton size=”small” color=”black” link=”″]Photo Gallery[/jbutton] [jbutton size=”small” color=”black” link=”″]Lagoon Explorer Trips[/jbutton] [jbutton size=”small” color=”black” link=”″]Rates&Dates[/jbutton] [jbutton size=”small” color=”black” link=”″]Facebook[/jbutton] [/vc_column_text] [/vc_column]

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