It doesn’t get any better than this – Bligh Reef

In September and October I did two nomad charters back to back. the Bligh reef trip was my fiftieth birthday present to myself. [sws_picture_frame1 src=”” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame1] After losing my house, car, two dogs and all my belongings in the floods last march I really needed something good to remember this year by. The Bligh reef charter was just what the doctor ordered. The fishing was unbelievable and each night I thought, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” I was wrong. Each day seemed to get better, the guides were not only the best I have ever fished with but were the friendliest and went out of their way to make this the trip of a lifetime. Glanville is the most clued in and professional guide and knows fish better than guides I have been out with who have been doing it for over forty years. Clinton has such a laidback nature and has great patience with even the most amateur fly-fishing novice ( myself ) and johns infectious humour makes it feel more like you are out fishing with an old friend than a charter service. It would be hard to pick an actual highlight of the trip as each day presented something new and exciting. The GT fishing on poppers was incredible and to top it off we caught them on light gear with soft plastics. John then put me on to a great wahoo that got airborne to avoid the sharks. Clinton took us to a small sand cay where I got to sight fish on fly in gin clear water. It was incredible to watch Trevors cruising around in the shallows and be able to pick which one you wanted to present the fly to. I had no drag on the reel of my eight-weight fly rod and had to palm it as the fish tore backing from it. I wore the bruising on my left palm as a badge of honour. I can’t think of any fish caught that was not a highlight. There was every species of trevally including the beautiful blue fin, spanish mackerel, shark mackerel, wahoo, dogtooth, longtail, yellowfin and mack tuna, coral trout, coronation trout, maori wrasse, red bass and so many others including some we could not name. Every fish was a highlight but i think the friendliness of the guides, the professionalism of the whole crew, the beautiful meals prepared by Jimmy and Hanna and the company of the two pommies I fished with, Neil ( the judge ) and Doug ( papa smurf ) made this so much more than I had hoped for. I will definitely be back for more. thank you all for turning what started out as a disastrous year into the best ever. Chris Gallagher.

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