MOTHERSHIPPING FROM MACKAY


Join a 5 day Hardline trip aboard Trigla and Raptor II for the fishing adventure of a lifetime. Stay in air conditioned comfort about an 80ft mothership, and fish in style aboard a 35ft Flybridge Cougarcat.

Experience the best of both worlds, with air-conditioned cabins onboard the mothership, fully catered and comfortable surrounds, and the speed and maneuverability of a game boat (Raptor II) for awesome fishing action. There are also two dories so guests can explore the reefs — all fishing options are covered.

The fishing options are extensive; troll for marlin, sailfish, and XOS dogtooth tuna along Blossom Bank on the edge of the continental shelf, troll reef edges for huge Spanish mackerel, reef fish for all your favourite coral reef-dwellers or jig and cast poppers for GTs. You name it, you can do it, fishing virtually untouched remote reefs up to 200 kilometres offshore.

There is huge potential for black and blue marlin, dogtooth and yellowfin tuna around Blossom Bank and Marilyn Shoal. The area also has some of the best deep sea fishing available off the Great Barrier Reef.

The area surrounding Bugatti Reef and Hydrographers Passage is stunning, with phenomenal fishing. Many of these areas have very little fishing pressure. Visit pristine reef lagoons such as Bugatti, Little Bugatti, or Whitetip Reefs on the outer Hardline, with perfect sheltered anchorages. These offer great access to the outer reefs, shoals and continental shelf for some action packed fishing. Raptor II has fast cruise speeds of 25 knots, getting you amongst the action in no time.

The Journey Begins Your mothershipping adventure begins with Trigla leaving at 4pm from Mackay Marina for an afternoon cruise to the outer Great Barrier Reef, travelling at a comfortable 10 knots with Raptor II in tow.

Reefari ask guests to arrive at 3 pm or earlier for a smooth and punctual departure. Trigla cruises late into the night, and you wake up on the Great Barrier Reef with a full day of fishing ahead. The first day is spent working various reefs and fishing methods while still travelling to the Hardline outer reef lagoons. Large, pristine, sheltered lagoons with calm seas are the anchorages of choice. These locations boast resident populations of giant trevally and groper as your neighbours.

These lagoons are sheltered from choppy seas and swells, offering a great sleep after a hard day fishing. With these reefs only five to ten nautical miles from the continental shelf and some of the best fishing Queensland can offer, it’s truly fishing nirvana. With five days fishing on the outer Hardline and continental shelf, a different route home is taken, exploring and fishing these unique waterways, coral cays and lagoons while heading back towards home. Destinations and anchorages are weather dependent and may vary at the Skipper’s discretion.

Other Information Inclusions: Bed linen, towels, food, softdrinks and snacks, basic beer and wine, sunscreen, rods & reels, handlines, basic tackle. Exclusions: Please BYO spirits and wine in moderation. Seasickness tablets if required, personal medication. Transfers to Mackay Marina. Group Numbers: Individuals and small groups are welcome with a maximum of 12 guests per trip. Shared cabins. What to Bring: Sunscreen, hat, clothing for 5 days, light winter clothing, toiletries, medication, video/camera. Heaps of lures, poppers, jigs if you’re that way inclined, losses could be high! Suitable lures will be available for sale onboard. Catch: Reef fish can be taken home, fillets and bag limits will be taken as per GBRMPA Regulations. Reefari promote conservation fishing by taking only a reasonable amount, minimizing the effect on the environment and fish stocks. Smoking: Permitted on both vessels. Raptor II smoking is permitted on the fly bridge, clear of guests and crew. Smoking is allowed onboard Trigla on open decks, considering other passengers and crew comfort. Safety: Passenger, crew and safety of the vessel is paramount, with all steps taken to ensure a safe voyage. Full crew assistance will be available if required, and special care is taken due to remote location of charter.

Spaces are limited so book early.

If you are interested in finding out more about Reefari Mother shipping Fishing Charters contact Reefari. Phone: +617 4957 8912 Mobile: +61413 821 736 www.reefari.com

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