The big event this month was the Kalbarri Sports Fishing Classic. I entered with Eric Oswald in Eric’s 5.3m boat. Eric fished it last year winning Men’s Meritorious. This year despite the atrocious weather, we won Champion Boat Game Under 6m, Eric picked up Highest Point Scoring Mackerel, a 9.99kg mackerel on 3kg line, and I won Champion Angler Game.
There have been some 15-20kg tuna coming in over the last few weeks, long may it last!
Paul has been doing a few changes to the boats and is currently installing cray pot tippers and electric capstans on both the 6.5m boats. This will make it very easy to pull pots for those who hire the boats and want to get in on the action. You will be able to BYO pots or hire one of ours and attach your own floats or buy floats from us and put your licence number on them.
An electric anchor winch has also been measured up and will probably happen as well!
Paul has been doing a bit of pot pulling this month and has come up with the goods. “Getting some good crayfish in Kalbarri at the moment! 14 in the pots today, (14th March).”
The discounts are still continuing so get your mates together and get amongst it. Now is the time!
You can call either Paul on 0427 645 037 or Raelene on 0429 991 367 to make a booking!
A Good Day Out
Some days are weird!
Sue & I got invited out with Trevor Thompson for a fish in his boat. All went well with the weather & we went a long way north. However Sue got onto a pinky to start, them another, then a nice baldchin groper, followed by another pink snapper. Trevor and myself still had not had a decent bite! Then a triple hook-up of snapper resulting in mine being the smallest, which was let go as we were bagged out!
Score? Sue 5, Trevor 1, me 0
6.5m day out
Quite a few hires this month, but hard to get photos and reports for hirers!
Michael Muley had a great trip out with mates, landing an assortment of demersal fish
The 6.5m boat “Tokoloshe” was the perfect platform for snapper, saddle tail perch, baldchin
& blue-spot emperor.
Kalbarri Sports Fishing Classic
A few random pics & results from the Classic
Champion Angler River was won by Robbie Leck who had 2 mulloway on the second day.
Heaviest Black Bream of .89kgs went to Cheryl Eley.
Heaviest Cod River went to Mark Ralph. A big malabar cod of 4.14kgs
Champion Boat Bottom Over 7m was “Captain Fathom” skippered by Terry Ash with Paul Norrish, Ian Grieg,Dylan Stevenson and junior Bodee Stevenson.
Champion Junior Game was easily won by a big margin by Harry Waite aboard “Turkish Delight”, skippered by Davo Waite. Together they also won Champion Boat Game Over 7m. Harry also won Highest Point Scoring Tuna and Highest Point Scoring Gamefish.
Champion Boat Game 6-7m was won by “Ranger Outdoors” skippered by Glen DiCarlo, with Steve Brown and Jarrad Elliott.
Champion Boat Game Under 6m went to “Oceans Legacy” skippered by Eric Oswald and Laurie Malton. They only fished 3kg mono landing 5 mackerel each over the 3 days. Laurie also won the top prize; Champion Angler Game and Eric picked up Highest Point Scoring Mackerel. An 8.99kg fish on 3kg line.
Blair Foreman landed a big cod to win Heaviest Ocean Cod as well as R/U Junior Angler Bottom.
Heaviest Not Game Snapper, 5.35kgs was skillfully angled by Emma Blackburn aboard “Harvester”skippered by Steven Eley and together won Champion Boat Bottom Under 6m. Steven also won Heaviest Red Emperor with this 12.87kg fish as well as Runner-up Champion Angler Bottom
Rod Mitchell Meritorious: Jackson Ralph
Highest Point Scoring Game Fish: Harry Waite 347.75 pts (13.91kg tuna on 4kg line)
Highest Point Scoring Mackerel: Eric Oswald 399.67 pts. (8.99kg mackerel on 3kg line)
Highest Point Scoring Tuna: Harry Waite 347.75 pts (13.91kg tuna on 4kg line)
Highest Point Scoring Snapper: No winner
Heaviest Not Game Snapper: Emma Blackburn 5.35kgs
Heaviest Red Emperor: Steven Eley 12.87kgs
Heaviest Dhufish: Brian Evans 10.17kg
Heaviest Groper: Justin Gilbert 3.15kgs
Heaviest Cod Ocean: Blair Forman 17.77kgs
Heaviest Samson Fish: Paul Norrish 14.06kgs
Heaviest Whiting: Keely Ralph 40 grams
Heaviest Bream: Cheryl Eley 890 grams
Heaviest Cod River: Mark Ralph 4.14kgs
Catch, Weigh & Release – river award Mark Ralph – 13 fish released
Top Gun day one: Bottom: Steven Eley
Top Gun day two: Game: Eric Oswald
Top Gun day three: River: Robbie Leck
NAB Junior Top Gun day one Bottom: Diesel Billi
NAB Junior Top Gun day two Game: No winner
NAB Junior Top Gun day three River: Sonny Hilton
Safest Boat Award Ray Latham – Kayak
A video I made of a Cave Fishing Trip
I have done an article on cave fishing before, but never had the opportunity to film it all to make into a video. So we purposely went to make a video early this month. Here is the result.
Mulloway and a male ember parrotfish – Scarus rubroviolaceus, the females are a browny/red colour
Cave Fishing Kalbarri 2018
It hit 10,000 views on Facebook in 24 hours!
I had the parrotfish for dinner that night, cooked it parrot fashion and served it perched on a chip!
Need a boat for up north?
Remember the boats can be delivered out to the turn-off for free for those heading north. Just pre arrange and ring me from Geraldton and I will meet you there. You are then required to return the boat to Kalbarri, but pick-up can be arranged for a fee of $200.00.
Popular Northern Destinations
Island Manager: 9184 6444.
The accommodation is open again and Direction
Island is always open and still a good option and bookings can be made.
Check out the website: www.mackerelislands.com.au
Ashburton Resort. Phone 9184 6586 email: email@example.com
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
Game, Bottom and Beach Fishing Action
These links will take you to my Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiVvKy5Bp2fsZOGUnGPbhzg
And other videos showing some great action taken from my boats and also a very good mulloway from the beach.
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