The Murchison River has stopped flowing and is slowly clearing up. The river fishing around town has been spectacular
as all the fish have moved down stream to get away from the fresh water, and hanging around the jetties and boat pens.
Quite a few bream over a kilo and lots of malabar and estuary cod have been caught.
Offshore it is a different kettle of fish. The water is dirty green and both pelagic and bottom species are hard to find.
Before the dirty water we got quite a few good fish on charter.
Lee landed this tuna within 10 minutes of putting the lures out and we then got a double hook-up right after and dropped both!
After a while nothing happened so we hit the bottom with Lee landing this big sambo.
Phil took this mackerel from a drifting gardie out the back of the boat
Sam who comes from Switzerland and back-packing around WA also got into a mackerel from the back of the boat, a trolled up tuna,
And a catch of a life time, this 12kg cobia.
Boat Hire and Charter
David Brest and mates Max and Tony hired the 7.8m boat for one day and took a charter the first day, to get the hang of things.
David had a couple of these weird looking Sebile lures that he said would troll at 15 knots.
We put a couple of them out and they trolled in the rough conditions at 10 knots easily.
They have a good action, a bit like an underwater stickbait.
A double hook-up, one busting off the other holding onto a big tuna woke us up!
The busted off lure was tangled around David’s yellow braid line so we recovered the lure, only to find a
big fat wind knot further down his line as the tuna neared the boat.
Luckily the big knot went through the tip of his custom made rod and onto his Stella 20000 reel, eventually bringing this big tuna to the gaff.
Tony struggled to lift it into the boat, all captured on my GoPo on a stick.
We are still wondering how the big wind knot happened????
David’s 19kg tuna, his personal best.
Stuart MacFarlane has been out on charter with me before catching mackerel and dhuies, and was back for another shot.
Unfortunately the weather was not as nice and the water was green. No mackerel or tuna, so the only option
was to go south and sit on a spot and burly up to bring the fish to us. We would have spent an hour without a bite
before mate Ash hooked up solid to this mulloway. Stuart followed suit soon after with a slightly bigger fish.
A little while later, Stuart got a second one even bigger again. They went between 11kgs and 13kgs on the lie detector.
Basically they only had 6 bites all day! Lost 3 caught 3.
Kalbarri Offshore & Angling Club Local Comp.
18th March 2017
Very good fish around the jetties and boat pens at the moment.
The juniors did very well out fishing the adults again this month.
Both these bream went over a kilo
Estuary cod in the river this size were quite a common catch during the monthly comp.
Bite of the Month
David Brest gets Bite of the Month for this big-eye tuna that he plucked out of the
dirty green water out on the 9 mile in 50m of water. Trialling a new lure, trolling at 10 knots,
this 19kg tuna smashed the lure and nearly everything else, giving David a tough fight
on his new custom made rod and Stella 20000.
I award Bite of the Month to someone who catches the best fish of the month
from one of my boats.
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Game, Bottom and Beach Fishing Action
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And other videos showing some great action taken from
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