There was a break in the strong winds during the school holidays to allow teachers Bevan, Nathan, Derek and Lance plus Lance’s son, James to venture wide into the Shipping Channel
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.