Abrolhos Trips

Hi Crew

Can anyone point me at information about where to head on my first Abrolhos trip?

26' Plate Ali doing day trips from Gero. I'd prefer to camp (swags) but the info seems to say that it's not allowed. 

I'd like to go spearfishing as well while I'm there. It's a huge area, it would be great if someone could help narrow it down a bit for me. 

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When

Mon, 2019-03-04 12:31

when do you plan on going? We will probably head over in April  

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I would like to do the same

Mon, 2019-03-04 12:42

 im heading over on a live a board charter in June for 5 days would like to take my own boat at some time as well 8m Ali 

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Fishing Abrolhos

Mon, 2019-03-04 13:21

 The big thing about fishing the islands is the weather and dont forget your permit to fish near the island which you get on line from the fishereis dept most of the lumps out there have good fish on them some more so others just use your gps if quiet move onto next lump for sleeping one of us stays awake till about 3.00 then the other sleeps on the boat as for spearfishing I have a few mates who dive out there one likes to dive around Hummock island between hummock island and king reef has done well most of the islands spearfish well from the shallow to along the drop off but there are a lot of big sharks out there I have been fishing out there on a quiet regular over the last 10yrs and always get bag limit

Dont know if any of the above helps but have a good trip out there Wayne

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 Thanks Doghouse, that's

Mon, 2019-03-04 23:29

 Thanks Doghouse, that's exactly what I was after. I don't expect anyone to give away their honey holes but just a general guide for a new player

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 Actually Doghouse - what's

Mon, 2019-03-04 23:38

 Actually Doghouse - what's this permit to fish near the island business? I Can't find anything about it on the fisheries site???

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Notification

Tue, 2019-03-05 00:31

 Its not a permit to fish, its a Notification of travel to the Abrolhos Islands Fish Habitat Protection Area (FHPA)

 and has nothing to do with fishing, its to enter the Abrolhos zone whether sightseeing or anything.

$400 odd fine otherwise.

http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Sustainability-and-Environment/Abrolhos-Islands/Pages/Notification-of-travel-to-the-Abrolhos-Islands-Fish-Habitat-Protection-Area-(FHPA).aspx

 

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Info

Tue, 2019-03-05 07:12

We have done the trip half a dozen times in my 7m plate ally. Pretty easy trip but obviously have to pick the weather.

For my boat which is 7m we use around 400 litres of fuel in a 3 night trip.

We normally go to the Easter Group (Middle) as we have found a crayfisherman that lets us use his jetty now, but previously to that there are good moorings at Morley island and white bank. These can be found on navionics. I recommend morley island moorings as it is pretty protected, even if the wind comes up your pretty sheltered. We don't normally have anyone awake, its pretty safe if you check the mooring line before you use it.

Freediving for baldies, trout and crays can be done at any of the bombies you see on the map. We watch out for cray boats dropping their pots on bombies, once they have dropped them jump over and you can pick and choose whatever you want to spear as they all come around the freshly dropped pot for a feed..... That's how we met a cray fisherman as he asked us to un-snag a few of his pots.. Ended up un-snagging about 12 pots in 4 days for him and other crayfisherman around haha

Have also stayed at the Pelseart Group and stayed on the mooring at middle island, can also access the island here, its only smallish. Good fishing around Pelseart especially on the southern end, just trawl and look for ground as you go.

Hope this helps

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Thanks for the info Rob H and

Fri, 2019-03-08 04:48

Thanks for the info Rob H and Piggy, great stuff

 

Piggy - did you sleep on the boat or the islands?

 

 

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Sleep

Fri, 2019-03-08 07:53

Hey Mate

The first few times we did. I slept up the front and 2 blokes slept on the deck. Could have fit a 4th up the front with me but 4th guy bailed. If you have an ally and your sleeping on the boat take head phones... No matter how calm it is the water still slaps the side of the boat and you can hear it when your trying to sleep.

Your not allowed to sleep on the islands... However at Pelseart I have seen people camp on middle island. Have also seen people drop their jerries and swags off there and use it as a home base when they come back from fishing

Cheers

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 Flick me a Pm mate and ill

Sat, 2019-03-09 16:03

 Flick me a Pm mate and ill send you  mud map of where we anchor up in the southern group, Crack little spot to spend the night on the boat.