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Cold Weather, Hot Catches: Epic Fishing in June with Eastern Voyager

As the temperature dropped, the fishing action heated up, offering guests an unforgettable experience in the depths of the ocean. Join us as we recap the highlights and remarkable catches from our four exciting trips in June.

Our first June trip saw our passengers enjoy a good mix of good weather and a few average days – not bad all round. The Qld crew made their mark by catching the most fish, while Peter Giblin’s Blue Spot trout stole the spotlight with an impressive 71cm length. Other notable catches included Matt’s 5.5kg Blue Maori Cod and a colossal 1.2m Spanish Mackerel by Matt and crew. The Swain Reefs didn’t disappoint, yielding species such as Barramundi cod (safely released due to being a no take species), Flowery Rock Cod, Common Coral Trout, Blue Spotted Coral Trout, Spangled Emperor, Red Throat Emperor, and Spanish Mackerel.

With four good and two average weather days, our second June charter with the Adreno group proved to be a memorable one. The Adreno group, well-versed in Swain Reefs fishing, brought their competitive spirit and banter to the adventure. Jai took home the title for catching the most fish, while Karl Waters achieved a personal best with a massive 15.5kg, 110cm Spanish Mackerel. The excitement continued with Daman’s impressive 7kg, 68cm Red Emperor. Throughout the trip, our guests caught a variety of species, including Common Coral Trout, Blue Spotted Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Spangled Emperor, Red Throat Emperor, Hussar, and Spanish Mackerel.

During our next trip, the weather blessed our guests with four brilliant and two good days, setting the stage for a remarkable fishing experience. The group from Dubbo and Brisbane embraced the thrill of the Swain Reefs, with Josh Lee and Andrew Northill leading the way in the catch count. PBs were celebrated as Jordy, Mat, and Nathan Reakes landed impressive GTs weighing between 22-25kg and measuring up to 1m. Richard Funnel earned his spot in the highlight reel by reeling in a massive 22kg, 1250cm Spanish Mackerel. Other noteworthy catches included Richard Rindleish’s Dogtooth Tuna (20kg, 1050cm) and Bluespot trout (10kg, 900cm), along with an unforgettable encounter with a marlin (40-50kg, 1800cm). The Swain Reefs showcased their diversity, offering species like Common Coral Trout, Blue Spotted Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Long Nosed Emperor, Spangled Emperor, Red Throat Emperor, Gold Band Snapper, and Hussar.

The final trip of June treated our guests, a group from Batemans Bay, no stranger to Eastern Voyager, to four brilliant and three good weather days. Jye Wilcox stood out by catching the most fish throughout the trip, while others celebrated personal bests with Spanish Mackerel, Nannygai, Cobia, and Trout. Tom’s impressive 14kg, 1050cm Cobia and Scott Degeenaar’s 18kg, 1200cm Spanish Mackerel stole the spotlight. Noteworthy catches also included Damo’s 70cm Coral Trout. The Swain Reefs continued to amaze with a variety of species, including Common Coral Trout, Blue Spotted Coral Trout, Spangled Emperor, Red Throat Emperor, Gold Band Snapper, and Hussar.

The winter month of June brought endless excitement and unforgettable memories for our guests at Swain Reefs. As alwyas, despite the varying weather conditions, Eastern Voyager’s charters delivered exceptional fishing opportunities and remarkable catches. From trophy-sized Spanish Mackerel to colorful Coral Trout and majestic Red Emperor, the Swain Reefs proved to be a paradise for our guests.

From the deck,
Nathan

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