Elusive Reefs

Fly in by seaplane for lots of GTs and prolific sportfishing opportunities

  • Unofficial world record of 520 GTs, between 20kg-60kg, released in 5 days fishing between South Bugatti & Northern Elusive Reefs
  • Elusive is one of our premier GT fishing locations & probably the best location to actually target giant GTs
  • Cast the shallow reef flats with light or heavy spin gear for a great variety of species
  • Troll the reef edges for big spanish mackerel
  • Chances for dogtooth tuna on the outside edge of the reef
  • Cast to prolific schools of longtail tuna feeding on the surface
  • Light & heavy jigging for coral trout, wrasse, emperor and a variety of other species
  • Elusive Reef is visited as part of our Lagoon Explorer trips

Elusive/Frederick 9 Day Extended Adventure Trip 2014

9 Day Special Trip Elusive & Frederick Reefs INFORMATION


July/August 2014

This trip will offer all the species, all the fishing styles, and all the action you can handle.

Types of Fishing you’ll most likely be able to do during the week

  • Casting for huge GTs at Elusive Reef
  • The world’s best bluewater sportfishing for wahoo. You can cast for them, troll for them, or catch them however you want. They range from 28-40kg and Frederick Reef has the most prolific population of wahoo you will ever see. Every single person who has witnessed this wahoo “phenomenon” has said it is the most incredible fishing sight they’ve ever seen.
  • Incredible shallow water flats fishing for coral trout, emperors, red bass, chinaman fish, sweetlip and a huge variety of other species
  • Trolling for huge spanish mackerel at Elusive – this is the best time of year for 25-35kg spaniards
  • Bluewater trolling for sailfish, blue marlin and yellowfin tuna at Frederick Reef
  • Deep jig the reef edges of Frederick for big dogtooth tuna, coral trout and jobfish.
  • Popper fishing for big yellowfin tuna in the 30-50kg size range is great fun at Frederick.

Elusive Report

Check out a recent detailed  Elusive Reef Trip Report.

For the best chance at a huge GT and the possibility of fishing for dogtooth tuna on the outside edge of the reef, Elusive reef has plenty to offer.

Elusive Reef Location Information

The Bugatti & Elusive Reef systems have proven over the past 4 years to be amongst the best all round GT fishing locations in the world. This is a big statement we know, but one that is easily backed up by past catches. Bugatti & Elusive Reefs share a very similar structure, and the nearly join eachother at their southern and northern ends respectively. The reef area we call Elusive Reef stretches over 180 nautical miles in length, and about 55 nautical miles wide, so it’s a big place, and covers a lot of reef that has never even been named or charted.

The reason the fishing stays consistently spectacular at this area is because of the massive area of reef we have to fish. The huge area means that each individual “area” of reef might only get fished for 1-2 weeks per year, with many months between visits, so this means that the fishing is very good all year round.

The reef structure forms a massive amount of “rivers” running through the reef system. These rivers and channels are very narrow and funnel the current through the reef passes. The whirlpools, eddies and currents experienced in these areas are spectacular, and 10-12kn current flows are common on the big tides. Elusive also has spectacular deep blue holes on top of the reef formed by these huge currents. Nobody else fishes here due to the massive currents, but as we know, the GTs and other reef species just love that!!

Elusive Reef Species Guide

The bar chart shows how Elusive Reef compares to our other locations in terms of the main sportfish that we target. Elusive Reef’s fishing options really only differ dramatically from Bugatti Reef in that there are chances for dogtooth tuna here, and that it is easier to target some really big GTs in this area.

The reef system just seems to keep getting better the more we explore and learn. In 2010 we released over 520 GTs in a week, fishing between Bugatti & Elusive Reefs, with fish ranging in size from 20kg-60kg. This was with 12 anglers fishing on our 4 sportfishers, and included one boat catching 50 GTs in a single day between 3 anglers. These catch rates and sizes of fish have never been achieved anywhere else in the world. While these type of catches don’t happen every week, they obviously show how many fish live here, and how healthy the system is.

This reef area is a sportfishing paradise, with not only the world’s best GT action, but spectacular all round sportfishing as well. It is one of the most wild, spectacular, rugged and fishy places we have ever visited, with so many big GTs, and a huge variety of other spectacular sportfishing options for spanish mackerel, tuna, red bass, coral trout and many other species. This reef system has an appeal that keeps anglers coming back year after year, and with the fishing getting better every year why wouldn’t they!

When do we fish Elusive Reef?

The best time for this area is between May-August, and any trip date you choose in this time will provide excellent fishing opportunities. Please check the Rates and Dates page for more information on Elusive Reef dates for 2012.

Getting to Elusive Reef

Elusive Reef can be visited on a Lagoon Explorer trip. Whether you do the normal Elusive Reef trip, or an Extended / Special Adventure Trip option, you will access the reef the same way.

On the Lagoon Explorer trip you will fly to Elusive Reef aboard a seaplane from Hamilton island, and land on the reef ready to fish, and you’ll fly back to Hamilton Island at the end of your trip.

Hamilton island is easily accessed by domestic flights from many Australian cities. The Lagoon explorer trip option offers you fly in access with a trip choice of  6 or 7 full days fishing the Elusive Reef area.

Available Dates & How to Make a Booking

It’s Easy! Just Contact Us and tell us what species you are interested in catching, or which trip you like the sound of, and we’ll get back to you with pricing, available dates and all the info you need. Because we have so many trip options available, we like to either talk to you or chat by email before you make a booking so we can be sure that you’re doing the trip that best matches the species you want to catch and the styles of fishing you want to do.

Alternately, you can choose your own trip dates and location from the Rates & Dates page, and then Contact us to confirm availability and trip details.

For full information about all aspects of  a Elusive Reef or Marion/Elusive Reef trip, or any other trip, please call or email us and we’ll be able to send you a detailed information booklet that covers every question you’ll ever have about any trip, as well as a brochure, and a 2 hour promotional DVD that highlights all of the locations we visit.

Rates&Dates Contact Us Booking Form Information Booklet