Abrolhos Islands fishing trip
Hey fellow fishos
Thought I'd put a post up on a recent fishing trip to the Abrolhos Islands I recently had with some good mates a couple of weeks ago.
Eight of us were fortunate to spend 6 nights aboard the charter vessel Blue Lightning Charters skippered by Chad Mills.
All of us were first time fishos to the Abrolhos and came away suitably impressed!!
Can honestly say Chad knows his stuff and his experience and knowledge extends far beyond his young age.
An example being that whilst we were over at the islands there happened to be a gamefishing tournament being run at the same time.
One boat had been trolling for 3 days solid without raising a fish. Our group decided on the 4th day to do some billfish trolling and in 4 hours of trolling we raised 4 marlin, hooked up to 2 and landed a nice dolphinfish (pics attached) with the 1st marlin strike within 14 mins of starting to troll....
....Pretty impressive stuff watching marlin getting their bodies airborne.
We had a mixture of jiggers and conventional baitfishers on board, with this being for me personally first time jigging!!
A big thanks also go to Ryan and Blake at Oceanside Tackle for helping kit myself out with my first jigging outfit.
Jigging Master Titanium Evolution 150 matched to Shimano Stradic 5000FJ spooled with YGK PE2 30lb braid (Top outfit guys....Bloody excellent actually!!)
I actually purchased a Daiwa Saltiga 4500 matched to a Saltiga 62S rod for the trip also which in itself is a great outfit but it never got anywhere near the use that the Jigging Master got!!!! Perfectly balanced and jigged 2 days solid without any issues whatsoever!!
Baldies of course!!
Red Throat Emperor
The weather gods were good to us and we came home bagged out!!!!
Can thoroughly recommend the Abrolhos Islands with Chad and Blue Lightning as he knows his stuff and the boat and crew did a fantastic job keeping us well fed and on productive fishing grounds.
Notable highlights include;
Double header of coral trout on a pirate jig with the Jigging Master outfit (I'm bragging now....72cm and 69cm!!!)
2 nice dhuies caught on the same drop
1.2M + dolphinfish
81cm or 82cm (depending on who measured it) Spangled Emperor
Half decent Sambo!
All in all a great trip with some pics below guys...