We set out for a week’s fishing in ideal conditions Friday evening to arrive at Eaton Reef after sun up to find good anchorage. Soon after arriving we were geared up and set off in the Lone Wolf II, to fish the inner reef bomies as tides were 5.5m with Capt. Al putting us on some great spots, time after time with abundance of Coral Trout, Sweetlip and Spangeled Emperor one after another. We spent the rest of the morning moving around with great success.
The afternoon was out wide with lower tide, we had some success. The following two days were with great weather, temperatures reaching 30°C and winds of 10-15 knots, but the fishing was not up to expectation. We chased large Red Emperors which seem to elude us or the sharks were eating most of the hooks-ups. The wind came up on the third day in the evening and the following day we were kept indoors with strong winds.
On the fifth day we decided to run to Troceble Reef about 2-3 hours, then anchored up late morning in great weather but considering the tides we decided to fish the deeper water in 20-30m. This time there was a big catch of Red Emperors, large Trouts and some horse size Lipas. The following day we hooked into some large Red Emperor, the largest being 10kg and one magnificent Coral Trout to end off a very successful trip.
We headed back late afternoon to Mackay in perfect sailing conditions to arrive 4 am, all very content with this great week of fishing and relaxing time.