Bugatti – Elusive Reef August 2010 Trip Report

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Lagoon Explorer Bugatti & Elusive Reefs Aug 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/] Bugatti – Elusive Reefs Aug 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”] This last charter started with fairly average conditions and during the first couple of days the fish seemed to have a mild case of lock jaw and there was a lot fish big GTs seen but just seeming to hang back off the lures and never really got fired up at any stages, this did not at all keep the guys away from getting stuck into fish in the shallows and a wide variety of fish were caught on the lighter gear with in blue holes and on the coral flats.   The larger fish within the coming days and in fact for the rest of the charter found their knives and forks and learnt how to use them all in one, the weather started easing off a little which gave us a few more options and before we knew it the guys were getting their arms stretched to new lengths by quality fish on all the boats, we moved anchorages and during the move all four boats were jammed in conflict with GTs and the radio became a hive of activity with shouts of mad fishing action and GT mania from everyone, best boat for the day came back with 31 Gets for the day and the other were all in the numbers that gives you half an idea how many fish were seen. It continued throughout the week really consistent and life as a fishing guide seemed easy job and fish were easy to find.   The most memorable event this last charter for me was the morning before the changeover we had until 1pm to catch a couple fish before the guests had to return to the boat to catch the seaplane back to Hamilton Island. I found a little gold mine of fish, we started off with a couple of fat GTs to get the blood flowing in the morning and as the tide turned we found the spot… came around the corning and found a really sexy looking ledge with plenty of current flowing over it, I positioned the boat for a drift and got the guys to get the lures out and all mayhem broke loose but not GTs, a pack of sharks were fighting over the popper, something I have never seen before somehow between the white frothing mess of fins, grey backs and teeth we never managed to hook up which was a good thing, second cast and more sharks and as the popper was retrieved away from the shark a shape came from nowhere and exploded on the lure a meter away from the side of the boat and the tiny little white spec on the dorsal insured me it wasn’t a shark as I shouted out, “STOP it’s a Doggie!!!”, too late she cried and the lure was already in the boat and I turned to look at the popper being retrieved in the back corner and again a meter away from the boat a 50kg Doggie exploded out of the water with popper held tight between the canine teeth as it sat and shook its head on the surface unfortunately dislodging the hooks, casts were hastily fired out which resulted in an instant double bending on decent dogtooth tuna, in seconds I had the box of jig heads out with 7” jerk shads and the game was on…every drop on the spot and we were bending the sounder seemed as though it was going to start smoking with the amount of fish under the boat we boated 9 Doggies 10-30kg in quick succession and we were a little unfortunate not to get any bigger fish but we certainly hooked them, with an hour left we went in search of a GT on the way and with luck on our side boated another 5 GTs and back at Odyssey by 1pm, an incredible morning fishing.   The next group of guys had their good times too and there was a particular day that stood out, weather was a little average and the morning was proving a little challenging so I took a drive a little further south and was in the money, I pulled up to the first bommie on the pressure edge and even in the 25knts of wind you could see the fusies trying there hardest to keep themselves in one piece as the water was rippling with terrified bait, lures were cast out and within 2 pops of all the lures being in the water there were packs of fish exploding on them, there were at least 5 angry GTs fighting over the lures and wasn’t long before all the rods were folded over, 3 fish landed and we tried the next bommie and same result, triple bending, by this stage the guys didn’t even realize they could barely stand in the rough conditions but they were having a ball…another 3 fish to the boat and the pressure was on, for the triple bending hat trick, was it possible…next bommie and the unbelievable was clearly evident frothing bait resulted in another triple being but only 2 fish to the boat that time…the amount of fish hanging around the 3 bommies was quite incredible.   As far as trips go it was a very exciting trip with plenty of fish to go around which is always a good thing on a fishing trip, from here we head up North to Bligh reef, Lizard Island and Jewel reef for the next lot of charters which we are all looking forward to with plenty of fish to catch in the next couple of months there should be some exciting times, once again guys had a blast fishing with you and look forward to seeing you out in the future. 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