Fortunately the weekend just gone had perfect weather predictions and some friends of mine were planing a trip to Mission Beach for the long weekend. A quick glimps at a map and I was soon packing the gear sufficient for the weekend. For those of you not familiar on the area Mission Beach is a quite little sea side town about 2 1/2 hours drive north of Townsville. It is very similar to Airlie Beach, just less night clubs.
I arrived in mission at about 11:00 as I had to work Friday and arrived to see everyone still awake and waiting for me to show up and help with preparing the troll lines, come 1:30 we were finished and off to bed only to be woken up at 3:30 by the sound of our alarms.
The boat ramp is situated about 1km down the road from the caravan park so by 4:00 we were on the water waiting for the others to launch there boat. Once we were all ready we started the short trip to Farquharsin reef. We decided to go to the back off the reef and fish some deeper water. With no luck getting the anchor on the right spot we decided to drift right along the drop of the reef. After about ten minutes on the drift and a few small red throats, and we soon started getting in to the trout.
The tide started to turn so we decided to swap to the other side of the reef and encountered a big school of rainbow runners, with big swirls forming and the prominent sound of big trevally hitting the surface I soon had a popper tied on. First cast soon reveled two big black gt's but no connection. Now shaking with excitement I soon had the next cast sitting right in the middle of the bait school. 2 turns of the handle and I was on for the next 25 minutes. I was laughing with enjoyment of having my 30lb braid screaming off my reel at a hundred miles an hour. With the first gt in, photographed, then returned it was time for the next person to have a cast. We caught about 4 gt's before we decided to go catch some more bottom fish.
For those of you who might be interested in going to mission we stayed at hideaway caravan park in a cabin which slept 5. There are BBQ facilities and a nice sized swimming pool to enjoy. A Woolworths is situated 5 mins down the road but be sure to take meat as that was to only thing they ran out of possibly due to being a long weekend.
Locally there are a lot of pelagics being caught as well as good numbers of mud crabs so when the weather drops set some pots and head out the front for a bit of a play around.