Day 1 of our Adventure trip, travelling from Cairns to Bligh Reef, and fishing some of the most remote and untouched parts of the outer Great Barrier Reef.
The day started with some light tackle in the shallows and did it offer some great variety for the two boys and the young lady who was only learning how to cast. Three different species of Emperor were boated, Long Nose, Spangled and Yellow Lip, nice Trout, Red Bass and Gold Spot Trevs kept everyone busy. About 10am we headed for the deeper edges chasing a GT or 10, for the guys it was going to be a 1st . BANG second cast the stick bait was smashed by a nice GT around the 25kg but unfortunately pulled out after a few mins. After a few more cast and a couple of Spanish on the poppers, a nice GT was then landed. The story for one of the anglers who lost 8 really good GTs today was to use SJ-41 for belly hooks not a Jobu, but all in all a great day out ..Bring on tomorrow…Cheers Guys
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What an epic day!!! The plan was to fish our way further north to where the mother ship would await us later in the day. The fishing started off well early in the morning and got better and better as the day went on. We had a session where we were sight casting to fish in about 2m of water, Allan managed to catch himself a solid 25kg GT which was sunning itself on the surface, a perfectly placed cast and the fish sucked down his lure before he could get his bail over, to try and describe the rest of the day is quite difficult but catching over 50 fish for the day should give you half an idea. Coral Trout, Bluefin Trevally, GTs, Maori Wrasse, Spanish Mackerel, Long Nose Emperor, Yellow Lipped Emperor, Jobfish, Cod, Red Bass are a few species that come to mind, incredible days fishing we had packs of Red Bass coming off the edge of the reef in plagues to try and eat the lures, Trout smashing lures out of fishes mouth, pack attacks of GTs and sky rocketing Mackerel were what the day was made of an insane day of fishing and a reminder of why I love this place so much, the amount of fish up here is actually insane, cant wait until tomorrow things are going to get caught in the numbers!!!!
Well what a day! The whole hardline to play with, the light tackle was pretty insane with numbers of Red Bass and Yellow Lipped Emperor charging down lures everywhere and finally a nice Wrasse coming aboard for long time angler Scotty 20kg was a good fish to start with and he was pretty stoked, this seemed to open the floodgates as he boated another 2 by days end with a difficult loss to a nice fish at the end of the day, the fishing was pretty consistent all day long seeing packs of red bass some good GTs on the flats with a massive fish trying to eat a popper side on in the shallow water another highlight, an action packed day of fishing with some sore bodies meaning another good days work, love being back north again!
Fished our way to the new anchorage today. Had the GT boys so we hit the popping up hard fishing the inside reefs we managed to get double figures in GTs and hooked and saw a heap more. There was plenty of other mixed bag that ate our lures. Mackeral, Red Bass and Trout, a great day on the water