Those that hired boats and caught fish did not send photos and I have had to spend a fair bit of time in Perth, so fewer hires and charters.
Shark Bay turns it on
Arthur Hall reports on his trip to Steep point. 7 mates booked a camp site at Shelter Bay, Steep Point and managed to get the perfect weather for the four days. Three vehicles went in by road and we hired the 6.5m boat from Laurie at Murchison Boat Hire.
We launched and left from Denham and took it across to our camp at Steep Point. When we arrived that afternoon in the passage we did bit of trolling across the fault line and managed to get a shark mackerel which gave us fish and chips for dinner that night.
The next day we went out to the 60m mark and got a number of well sized pink snappers, baldchin groper, red throat emperor and spanish flag. Did some trolling but no luck. Third day we went to the same marks and not a fish. We called it early and bottom bounced around the cliff catching heaps of undersize fish but no keepers. The new moon and big tides where to blame.
Next day back out and the weather was perfect the sea started to glass off because the next day a cold front was forecast. So we went out to the 100m mark and got a boat load of great fish (pink snapper, cod, etc.) We pulled up the cobia from 100m and as you can see quite happy with result, even picked up a 6 foot shark from down there great fight up got it alongside the boat and as soon as we touched the leader bang he was gone.
Did a little troll on the way home and got onto some tuna to finish the day.
Great trip all round perfect weather the moon and tide was wrong but still got great fish on board. Boat handled great and thanks to Laurie great marks left on his GPS by him and other hirers.
The photos are by Ron Ralston who is a photographer in his second year and loves a good fishing trip.
Swimming with sharks
It’s not often anglers join the fish in the water but for keen scuba diver, and angler, Ayaz Akhtar, it makes for a better photo
Having hooked up and brought to the boat, this shark was photographed and released. A far more dramatic photo with the angler gives a new perspective to the shark in its environment.
Ayaz hired the 6.5m boat with mates Oleksandr Oniksimov, Joanna Yang and Andre and on both days caught mackerel. Some of the mackerel went 13kgs.
Of interest they fished one spot both days on anchor with a burly trail, picking up mackerel on cast lures. Surprisingly enough, the mackerel would not take a drifted mulie or poppers, only taking Mac Bait lures from the Lively Lures manufacturer. They did troll over the spot with no luck, only catching mackerel on these lures.
Ayaz also spearfished a couple of the mackerel that were hanging around the boat.
This one went 13kgs and he says he saw ones a lot bigger.
Tracy and Phil got a rankin cod each during a charter this month.
Tracey fights the ever present sharks!
I had a mate come up for a short stay and we found a good day to get the boat out for a recreational fish.
I invited a few crew to make up the team. Ashley Van Viersen was pleased with his baldchin and then was ultra-stoked when this big red hit the surface
My snapper was appreciated.
Paul landed a rankin cod first up and then this big dhuie made his day right on the last drop of the day.
Toni fished well landing quite a few fish including this snapper and dhuefish.
Kalbarri Offshore & Angling Club Local Comp.
18th June 2016
Not bad fish caught this month in the local comp. good dhuie for Tristan, thumper 1.6kg black bream for Cheryl
and Graham’s pinky went 7.58kgs on the lie detector.
Kaz and Ken both got dhuies and Lui’s baldy went 5kgs
A river mulloway for Beau and a pair of pinkies for Steven.
Bite of the Month
Arthur Hall’s cobia together with such a great photo wins Bite of the Month. Well done Arthur!
I award Bite of the Month to someone who catches the best fish from one of my boats.
Need a boat for up north?
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Popular Northern Destinations
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Island is always open and still a good option and bookings can be made.
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Gnaraloo contacts for accommodation:
Barbara: 9315 4809
Steep Point Ranger for booking campsites.
Phone: Paul Dickson – Steep Point 9948 3993
Dirk Hartog Island
Kieran Wardle: 08 99481 211 Mob: 0407 383 449
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