Archives for April 2006

25th March – 1st April 206

As Watti slowly slipped away south, the decision to head out to the Swains was made Saturday morning much to the relief of Peter’s Group who had been watching the weather charts with concern.

O\'Neill Group

Though there were many experienced fishermen in the group, only a few had ever fished the Barrier Reef before. Novices needn’t worry about learning on the go…Capt Adam and crew spent some morning sessions with the boys showing them some tips and in no time some great catches were made.

A fine feed

trout Great Spaniard

x2 trout

Two young fellows were given a choice between a week at school or a week fishing with their Dads, Mark & Michael…mmm …Hard Choice…NOT! and they certainly caught some great fish.

Mark & Son Michael & Mark\'s Son

18th – 25th March 2006

Dion’s crew from Tamworth NSW headed out to the Swains reef and had 2 1/2 very sucessful days fishing.

Dion & Son Best Emp trout

Unfortunately, their week was thwarted by the arrival of Cyclone Watti. The cyclone itself did not pose a threat as such but did generate a heavy ocean swell combined with the pressure gradient between it and the high in the Australian Bight creating gale force winds. Photo courtesy of BOM Australia


Of course a chance of bad weather can always face our charterers, but over the last 9 years we have only cancelled x1 charter and lost x5 days due to bad weather. On a positive note, Dion’s group decided to leave the bad weather and take up the offer to investigate the impressive estuary water ways closer to Gladstone and try their luck fishing for whiting and MudCrabs.

Mud Crabs