The initial run in the dark was interesting, following Pete's anchor light as he motored along. Our guides were very good, stopping to allow us to catch up & make sure we were ok. Its very hard to judge swell & when to back off etc in the dark! About the halfway mark the sea calmed & combined with the emerging daylight saw us arrive at the North West Vernon island. We fished a beacon whilst Stig & Pete went exploring a nearby reef.
This Jack came off the beacon along with several Spanish Flag
Heading further around the island we stopped & fished a reef adjacent to a sandbar. Several small reef species were caught & released. The next spot was a plateau of water cascading off the reef into the dropping tide (think small waterfalls). This looked fantastic with a nice drop off & beautiful clear water. Several small Bluebone, a Coral trout & various others were landed.
Small Bluebone were abundant
Coral Trout are a beautiful fish
A new PB Trevally on fly
Heading back to the ramp we came across some Tuna, Jack had a follow but no take. In all the excitement we ended up with a fly line around the prop of the Suzi.......time to call it a day.
For those of you with electric motors, check your shear pin! After removing the prop we found ours is half missing i.e. broken!
Many thanks to Richard & Pete for a great day on the water. I wouldn't normally consider such a long run, however it does have benefits compared with a longer drive over a very average gravel road!
Get out there & fish!
Jon & Jack