As we turn the page on another year, Eastern Voyager reflects on the diverse and memorable fishing charters that unfolded in 2023. From the vibrant coral reefs of the Swain Reefs to the tranquil waters of the Ribbon Reefs, our charters traversed some of Australia’s most renowned fishing grounds.
Throughout the year, our guests battled it out with impressive catches, including feisty Coral Trout, monster Spanish Mackerel, and even the elusive Dogtooth Tuna. But 2023 wasn’t just about big catches. It was about the shared experiences, the bonds forged between fellow passengers, and the awe-inspiring moments spent on the water.
We witnessed breathtaking sunrises, playful dolphins dancing across the waves, and whales breaching in the distance. These experiences, beyond the thrill of the catch, are what make Eastern Voyager’s charters so great.
Reflecting on 2023’s Highlights
A glimpse into some of the year’s key moments:
- March: Strong winds and rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of our Swain Reefs charters, with impressive catches and landing 30 fish in one morning!
- April: Our Swain Reefs charters reeled in a remarkable diversity of species, including Coral Trout, Red Emperor, and Spanish Mackerel. Notably, Adam took home the prize for the biggest catch with his 1200mm, 14.5kg Spanish Mackerel.
- May: Unforgettable group experiences unfolded across the Swain Reefs and Capricorn Bunker Group, solidifying the power of shared adventures. Remember Jeff’s whopping 10kg Cobia?
- June-August: From the “cold-weather, hot-catches” of June to the “angling antics” of August, the Swain Reefs continued to offer exceptional fishing opportunities, with guests reeling in Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Spangled Emperor, and Spanish Mackerel. Some of the noteable catches included a massive Spanish Mackerel caught by Staphen Hampo weighing in at 30-35kgs, Stu’s 18kg Giant Trevally, Richard Rindleish’s 20kg Dogtooth Tuna and to top it off, 40-50kg Marlin!
- September-October: Trophy catches continued to be hauled in, with September showcasing the Swain Reefs at its best and October providing exciting group experiences. Notably, the Dubbo and Brisbane group on the October trips saw Kenney Bayley’s incredible 12kg Cobia, hayden Reeves fantastic 10kg Jobfish and the elusive Orange Lined Trigger Fish. We enjoyed seeing abit of friendly compeititon between those with electric reels and those with conventional reels.
- November-December: Year-end trips delivered laughter and unforgettable moments alongside impressive catches like Wahoo, Sailfish, and Harry Weston’s crown jewel, a massive Dogtooth Tuna weighing between 75-80kg, making for a joyous conclusion to the season.
Looking ahead, Eastern Voyager remains committed to providing exceptional fishing experiences in 2024. We look forward to welcoming you aboard and creating new memories together in 2024.
From the deck,
Ellen & Chris