Back from a couple of weeks in Coral Bay
Been back for a week now and finally got everything back in order so I figured it was time to get a report up on our trip to Coral Bay. We went up with hunterdive and his family plus a couple of other crew, we scored great weather and spent plenty of time on, in or around the water.
Fishing-wise we got off to a great start but things slowed quickly with a couple of really slow sessions just before we left. I'll let the pics do the talking with a bit of commentary in between on the highlights.
We spent the first copule of nights at Monkey Mia taking the kids to see the dolphins along with all the other hoards. Pretty much the whole contingent of dolphins were out on the morning we were there including a couple of the young pups having fun getting airborne.
We had a few good sessions fishing in the early days, this golden tested the mother-in-law
Smashed by tuna on a Seven Seas Hooker, great fun
hunterdive followed suite with a Smith jig and got caned by a fat bludger trev
Back in the shallows there were always a few tasty demersals
Headed out for a cruise on the Coral Breeze and had a few snorkels on the inside reef, saw plenty of action as you do there.
Rafted up the boats one arvo just outside the sanctuary and spent a few hours snorkelling around again. Managed to burley up a bunch of small fish which the kids had a ball trying to catch in their butterfly nets. They all managed to get a few which were quickly returned after a few pics.
Had a pretty cool start to one of the days. We got out to 60-70m line and started fishing, hunterdive noticed a bunch of baitfish under the boat so he dropped a Smith jig down and got spanked by a sailfish. We were fishing in our boat about 250m away and heard the hooting start just to look over and see the saily going gangbusters on the surface. It took them about 15 minutes to bring it to the side of the boat and pull it up for a few pics. We got over there when it was back in the water having a swim. I'm sure hunter will put some pics up when he gets back but the jig is smashed, literally... there's about 1cm of jig and the rest was broken off when the fish whacked it.
Anyway during that mayhem I picked up a robbo on a Duel jig and then a cobia on a floater.
A bit later we were heading to another spot and we spotted some mayhem on the surface so we shot over to check it out and this small school of baitfish was getting obliterated by a bunch of sharks. When we pulled up alongside it the baitfish came under the boat and so did everything else... cobia, remora, 1-4m sharks, tuna, the works. It was a pretty cool experience, we even had a couple of sharks get airborne about 10m from the boat. Crazy stuff.
Few other fishing pics to finish off the trip. We all had a pretty good time.