Eastern Voyager’s charters to the Swain Reefs throughout September and October were filled with plenty of quality catches. The weather for our groups was pretty average for the most part, with one exceptional week at the end of September. There were plenty of PB’s and first time catches across all groups.
We kicked off September with a trip to the Swain Reefs with a group from QLD. The group reeled in a lot of the classics including varieties of Rock Cod, Coral Trout, Emperor, and also ticked off some others like the Hussar, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel and Wahoo. There were a couple of no take catches of the Barramundi Cod and the Chinaman Fish which were returned safely to the reefs. Tim caught the biggest for the trip with his 6.5kg Red Emperor. Some other catches to mention were Don’s 10kg Spanish Mackerel and Mark Mason’s 7kg Wahoo. Grover, Toby and Bubba ended the week with the most catches.
We had a group from Emerald join us for another week on board Eastern Voyager at the Swains. Despite the pretty average weather, the groups still caught a lot of great fish. Along with all the classic catches, we saw some Green Job Fish, Nannygai, Gold Band Snapper and Camouflage Grouper. Dan came away with the title of biggest fish for the week with his 5kg Red Emperor. 8yr old Gibson wasn’t far off with his 4.5kg Red! Dan, Trillo and Rori got the most catches for the week. Some other special mentions were Brice with his 10kg Spanish and 6kg Nannygai and Turbo with his 5.5kg Nannygai. Our last day on the water was the highlight of the trip with the group catching lots of Reds and Nannies.
Our last September group from Newcastle was treated to the best weather with 7 brilliant days on the water! We charted out to the Swains again, catching all the usual suspects with some first time catches of the Red Emperor, Jobfish and Nannies. There were a lot of PB’s across the group too. Dane came away with the biggest fish of the trip with his 11.84 Green Job Fish. Josh Roberts also landed a huge Red Emperor which weighed in at 11.5kg. Mark and Scotty ended the trip with the most catches.
We had some great days fishing out at the Swain Reefs in October. The weather was still pretty average for our groups (a bit of wind coming and going), the groups still managed to land some impressive catches. Our mid-October group ticked off a lot of the favourites including the Maori Rock Cod, Coral Trout, varieties of Emperor, Green Job Fish, Hussar, Dogtooth Tuna and some Yellow Fin Tuna. Shaun came away with the undisputed title of biggest catch with his 30kg Dogtooth Tuna! Jade also had an impressive catch with his 7kg Green Jobfish. Lucas managed to catch the most for the trip.
Our last October trip to the Swains with a group from QLD and NSW was another success. The group reeled in varieties of Rock Cod, Emperor, Coral Trout and Snapper, along with some Camouflage Grouper, Hussar and Amberjack. Travis took the title of biggest fish with his 12kg Amberjack! Not a fish we reel in that often at the Swain Reefs. Some other big catches for the trip included Scotty’s 5kg Snapper and Mick Caspen’s 9kg Amberjack. Alongside Travis, Danny and Joel came away with most catches for the trip. The highlight of the trip was the last day on the water catching Reds, Nannies, Snapper and Amberjack.
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