Frederick Reef

They’re big, they’re fast and they’ve got serious teeth.

Wahoo – and Frederick Reef is where they’re made!

  • Incredible wahoo action with 100+ wahoo per day per boat between 28-40kg happening at the time of year we visit
  • Fish a remote seamount for giant dogtooth tuna, wahoo, yellowfin and mahi mahi
  • Yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, blue marlin and sailfish trolling the reef edges
  • Cast the shallow reef flats with light or heavy spin gear for a huge variety of species
  • Massive coral trout to 20kgs commonly encountered
  • Light & heavy jigging for coral trout, wrasse, emperor and a variety of other species
  • Frederick Reef is visited as part of our Lagoon Explorer trip package

Frederick & Elusive 9 Day Extended Adventure Trip 2014

9 Day Special Trip Frederick & Elusive Reefs INFORMATION

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


July/August 2014


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.

Frederick Trip Report

Check out a recent detailed Frederick Reef Trip Report.

Frederick Reef is the home of a spawning aggregation of wahoo

It has a spectacular anchorage with protected sand cay, and allows access to a remote coral seamount rising from thousands of metres up to 40m from the surface.

It’s hard to describe the wahoo action at these reefs because it is simply so prolific that you’ll think we’re making it up. It is just one of those things you need to see to believe.

Frederick Reef Species Guide

The bar chart shows how Frederick Reef compares to our other locations in terms of the main sportfish that we target. We have visited this reef a number of times over the years, and the fishing has been superb every year.

At the seamount in previous years, we have released over 100 wahoo and 25 yellowfin in a single day from one boat! In 2008 we had 60 wahoo hooked on fly in one day, and caught 18 on fly in a day, with the smallest at 55lbs. The 2009 and 2010 seasons have provided similar action, and have shown that this reef is a consistent performer each year when we visit. The wahoo average around 30kgs, and this has been consistent over the years.

If you want Blue Marlin, big sailfish, LOTS of massive wahoo and yellowfin tuna, mixed in with some GT popper fishing, jigging for amberjack and coral trout, then this is the place for you. The range of species available at Frederick Reef is quite impressive. We’ve also had some amazing popper fishing for yellowfin tuna in 2009 and 2010, with 40kg yellowfin a common catch on poppers.

When do we fish Frederick Reef?

Frederick Reef has excellent fishing between July-December, and any trip date you choose in this time will provide excellent fishing opportunities. Please contact us for details on upcoming trips & check the Rates and Dates page for more information.

Getting to Frederick Reef

Frederick Reef can only be visited by a seaplane flight to the reef as part of our Lagoon Explorer Trips.

On the Lagoon Explorer trip you will fly to Frederick Reef aboard a seaplane from Hamilton island, and land on the reef to see our 80ft mothership,2x 25ft centre consoles and 2x 18ft centre consoles waiting to take you for an amazing week of fishing. At the end of the trip, you’ll fly back to Hamilton Island via seaplane.

Hamilton island is easily accessed by domestic flights from many Australian cities.

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 Frederick 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