Expectations are always high for a trip like this, however as all anglers know, reality is often very different. This was certainly the exception! These reefs are located around 100-140nm from Cairns and as a result of their remote location are largely untouched by the human hand.
Just had a fantastic fishing trip with East Coast Angling at Flinders and Holmes Reefs!
These reefs are located around 100-140nm from Cairns and as a result of their remote location are largely untouched by the human hand. We spent the week exploring and fishing a huge array of pristine habitats, from hardline reef edges to massive coral bomboras, shallow shoals and sheer abyssal drops. We were lucky to have a week of incredible weather that allowed us to freely roam across these reef systems and make the most of the opportunity to target dogtooth and GTs on top water and jig. Fishing structure aside, these reefs are unbelievably beautiful places to visit. The crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea provided more than 40m of visibility throughout the trip.
Three Napoleon wrasse were also taken as bycatch for Dave, Adam and myself and were all safely released. We also encountered all the usual reefies – coral trout, red bass, bluefin trevally etc. These were often in the extra large size range. Every evening we also micro jigged from the mothership and this resulted in around 20 different species landed, including some light tackle dogtooth!