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The wind and seas died down as we steamed out of Mackay on a balmy February evening headed out into the Coral Sea for what was shaping up to be an awesome week fishing the pristine waters of the hard line of the Great Barrier Reef. Arriving at Little Bugatti Reef just after sunrise we were greeted at the anchorage by the local GT pack who were happy to have a go at anything thrown at them and provided some great sport and entertainment throughout the stay.

Trawling around the outside of the reef bought on plenty of action with Shark Mackerel working the huge numbers of bait fish around the reef. The shoals just off Little Bugatti produced some great sport fishing with horse like Chinaman plus Red Emperor and Red Throated Emperor. Evening fishing in the anchorage once the GTs had moved off produced plenty of Spangled and Red Throated Emperor.


The perfect weather allowed us to spend a couple of days at Charlie’s Bommie on the way back where the fishing proved to be even better. Good size Red Emperor, Nannygai, Coral Trout, Spotted Cod, Job Fish and Spangled Emperor with triple and quadruple hook-ups adding to the excitement. Lone Wolf II was the perfect fishing platform with plenty of room for four fishing along the side. The experience of the skipper Captain Al shone through again putting us on the fish time after time and always keen to share his wealth of knowledge gained over a career on the Reef.

Action Charters Trips

Fishing Adventure August 2020

On Saturday, the 15th of August 2020 was one of those days. With not a breath of wind, nice small tides and 2 full boats of keen fishers, we set off at sun rise all pumped up for a great day on the water.

Fishing Trip May 5th 2021

We departed the marina nice and early to shoot out to the Channel to chase some Nannygai. The first spot we looked at we found a very attractive looking sounder with large schools of fish sitting up off the bottom.

Fishing Trip May 7th 2021

After a quick trip to the channel our day of fishing kicked off with a lovely Red Emperor coming over the side. Bill was absolutely stoked to say the least to land a Reddy in the first half hour of fishing. Bill lives out west of Toowoomba so he…

Fishing Adventure July 2020

It’s been a slow year for most due to Covid-19. We have been locked up in the marina all year waiting patiently for the go-ahead to get back out on the water.

Fishing Adventure - June 2019

With the lads from Morton hire flying into Mackay for business, they only had a limited window to go fishing with Action Charters.