During November and December 2021, our groups have experienced some amazing sights and catches on the reef with exciting fishing trips to the Swain Reefs and Capricorn Bunker Group. We were also joined onboard by the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef on a research trip up to Elusive Reef.
Our experienced crew were able to help our guests, ranging in age from 21 to 65, catch species for the first time. With some absolutely brilliant days we saw a wide variety of reef fish. Some of these included Purple Cod, Giant Trevally, Flowery Rock Cod, Red Emperor, Greasy Rock Cod, Spangled Emperor, Red Throat Emperor, Hussar, Snapper, Green Job Fish, and Spanish Mackerel to name a few.
After time off due to border closures we finally headed out to the Swain Reefs again with Tony’s Qld team skippered Danny with Adam catching a personal-best with his Red Emperor weighting in a 6.5kg, and Corey’s Giant Trevally of 18kg was a lot of fun to land.
Our organised trip for smaller groups skippered by Tony was made up of people from all over Queensland, and the fishing didn’t disappoint with some fantastic Snapper, Red Emperor, and Nannygai’s caught in the deep water. Troy had a lot of fun pulling in a 65cm Snapper, and Dylan’s 3kg Nannygai was one of the biggest of that species caught.
The “Adreno” team had a lot of fun at the Capricorn Bunker Group and was our last trip for the year. Even with a couple of windy days, it didn’t affect the spear fishing. Dan caught a 70cm Blue Maori Cod, and Trev landed a 3.5kg Mangrove Jack. Josh wasn’t disappointed either with his first-time catches of a Job Fish, and Big Eye Sea Bream. While a lot of the species caught are very typical for the area, we were lucky to see a Black Wrasse – first time in a while.
Most of our guests have been out with us before, and a few were there for the first time. With some great catches onboard fish were cleaned, processed and snap frozen ready to cook up on their return home.
It’s important to us to adhere to and follow all guidelines and regulations established by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Occasionally passengers catch a species on the ‘no take’ list, which we’re always careful to release back as soon as possible.
If you have a trip in mind that is slightly out of the ordinary, let us know. We can offer a completely customisable experience of a lifetime that you will remember for years to come. We are proud to being an industry leader for reef fishing out of Gladstone.
Trips are already booking up for 2023, so if you’re thinking of getting a group together for a trip of a lifetime, don’t delay. As a group organiser, be sure to book your trip online to access the booking discount that everyone can enjoy. We can then reach out to you to confirm your booking, organise deposits, and setup any payment plans your guests might want to ensure everything is paid up six weeks before we depart.