Cleaverville fishing

Hello all, we are going to slowly mosey our way across to the coast over the next couple of weeks and looking to stay at Clearville, I have a 3.8m dinghy to fish from, is there provision for launching there or will it be a beach launch? Also, what might I catch around there?


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good boat ramp at the mouth

Thu, 2016-06-02 10:29

good boat ramp at the mouth of the creek, neaps tides access high and lowtide and on big tides mite be a couple of hours at the bottom of the tide where you will run out of water at the ramp. creek is good for jacks,salmon,queenies this time of year and obviously muddies. out from the creek the bay is full of blue swimmers and around the reefs you will get all the inshore reef fish, best probably just to target blue bone.

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Cool, thanks for that, you

Thu, 2016-06-02 10:36

Cool, thanks for that, you mentioned muddies, that answered my next question. Lures, bait or plastics be best?

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there is no muddys

Fri, 2016-06-03 21:15

 the creek is fished out of mud crabs  , but as said plenty of near in shore reefs for fish and blue manners  , slip over the side and grab a few crays for dinner or just wait for low tide and wander out to the reef and pick up a few crays , think the max you grey nomads  can stay there now is only a month , its a good spot though if you can put up with the sand flies

 

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quite a rocky

Thu, 2016-06-02 14:05

creek with clearer water than the other muddy ones in the area so I found not quite as good for things like Barra and salmon but more queenies, Jacks and even big golden trevally.
A bit opposite to other creeks that fish best at low tide, the queenies and Trevs come in on higher tides.
Is a good deep hole across from the main rock bar at the mouth that holds big mulloway at low tide though(try night time and take a throw net).
Not a big producer of muddies compared to the other more muddy Pilbara creeks but they are there.
as said, good bluebone out of there and with a 3.8m tinny the sky is the limit with enough fuel on days of no Easterly blowing, don't limit yourself to the creek unless conditions outside are crap is probably best advice.
take mackerel lures to troll outside too. Bait in the creek if you cant get livies , probably half mulies for jacks and Salmon and even catfish fillet works(wont run out of that bait!
have fun!

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Thanks for that Jmac, I think

Thu, 2016-06-02 15:57

Thanks for that Jmac, I think I have the lure requirement covered, but I'll stop in Karratha on the way to see what else there is. My Rods are Starlo Sticks and a couple of heavier custom jobbies and the dinghy has a pretty economical 20Hp Yammy, so covering plenty of ground should be good.

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If you can

Thu, 2016-06-02 16:34

I would recommend staying a bit at Balla Balla, 100 times better than cleaverville for creek fishing and offshore, millions of muddies, painted crays around the islands and awesome bottom fishing not too far out

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Hi Jmac, I haven't looked

Fri, 2016-06-03 06:40

Hi Jmac, I haven't looked into that place much, saw where it was on the map last night but we have a full size motorhome and trailer on the back, so anywhere we go is important we can at least turn around.

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 Plenty of room at Balla

Fri, 2016-06-03 07:10

 Plenty of room at Balla balla to park up your motor home and turn around

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Cheers mate, I'll check it

Fri, 2016-06-03 07:11

Cheers mate, I'll check it out.

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 I agree with Jmac mate, much

Fri, 2016-06-03 12:15

 I agree with Jmac mate, much better fishing out at balla balla, cleaverville is too overfished in my opinion unfortunately. But still its full of muddies and queenfish, but no where near as full as balla balla.

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cheers mate

Fri, 2016-06-03 15:37

cheers mate

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Looking forward to getting

Fri, 2016-06-03 16:06

Looking forward to getting among something decent, been having a look around for fish here in Karijini, but not seeing much. We've got some rain coming so that might stir them up. Some great swimming holes here though.

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 Just to let you Know.

Fri, 2016-06-03 16:47

 Just to let you Know. Cleaverville is home to serious sandflies. They can be really bad at times so take plenty of rid/bushmans. 

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 I still got a jar of this

Fri, 2016-06-03 19:51

 I still got a jar of this evil stuff this old aboriginal bloke gave me back over in FNQ. Works an absolute charm but the dogs hate it.

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I know that stuff..its made

Fri, 2016-06-03 21:53

I know that stuff..its made out of goanna shit. No wonder the dogs hate you when it is applied.LOL Take bucket loads of Bushman cause at Cleaverville you will need it..they are unbelievable

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could well be, all I know is

Sat, 2016-06-04 07:45

could well be, all I know is it keeps everything away. I only really use it if I'm fishing or the bushmans stuff don't work and there are places where that's the case.

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be careful

Sun, 2016-06-05 21:29

 Be careful if launching with a motor home....but have fun and best of luck with the fishing...

 

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Hi Tank, We have a land

Tue, 2016-06-07 11:27

Hi Tank, We have a land cruiser tray back in the trailer, so that's the launching vehicle. Motorhome and trailer is already near on 18.5m long so that would take up all the ramp I'd imagine lol

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My parents are there now,

Tue, 2016-06-07 19:27

My parents are there now, plenty of rain last night, track in is very muddy but weather is clearing up. The old man is catching plenty of blue mannas out from the creek.

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Sun, 2016-06-12 07:30

 Took a slow drive out to Balla yesterday, still a few people out there so we're waiting a couple of days for some to leave. Currently parked up waiting at the pool on the way in ain't such a bad thing either.

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Sun, 2016-06-12 10:41

 Coorinjinna or Balla Balla Pool? That's a nice little spot for sure, tonnes of midgies though.

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 Hey Dale, yeah just Balla

Sun, 2016-06-12 18:04

 Hey Dale, yeah just Balla Balla pool, can't get across to coorinjinna with our rig, watched some 4x4s go across there and it was hard work for them after the wet weather earlier this week 

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Had a float around this

Fri, 2016-06-17 16:27

Had a float around this morning out from the mouth of the creek, caught a few jacks but nothing to write home about. Had a poddy mullet out as a livey and got picked up by a black jew, lost it at boat side when the hooks pulled. Looked to be around the 10kg mark, Whetted my appetite now.

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 heaps of jews in the deep

Fri, 2016-06-17 17:37

 heaps of jews in the deep hole at the rock bar.

Try high tide at night

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Sat, 2016-06-18 10:41

 Bummer about the Jew, but they go pretty bloody hard those fish.

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Yep, that they do. Been

Sun, 2016-06-19 09:28

Yep, that they do. Been trying for another, but no joy just yet. Jacks are keeping us well fed.

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 Don't be afraid to use big

Sun, 2016-06-19 10:08

 Don't be afraid to use big live bait, Had a trip down there years ago where I was using legal size bream as lives, couldn't land them tho, 30lb spin gear locked up on the rocks wasn't enough

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Yeah, thanks for that Yewie,

Sun, 2016-06-19 10:31

Yeah, thanks for that Yewie, been thinking about giving some of these Spanish flag a swim with a hook in it's back. There is a few of those around here. We've used them for live bait over the other side for mackies.

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 Yeah, they will work, also

Sun, 2016-06-19 12:01

 Yeah, they will work, also if you catch a wolf herring, don't let it go, slimy buggers but I rate them as the best bait for black Jew by far!

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Going to have a crack at some

Tue, 2016-06-21 16:35

Going to have a crack at some threadfin tomorrow, another bloke camping up from us got a few this morning, got a fillet going in the pan shortly.

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weather has turned to crap,

Wed, 2016-06-22 16:15

weather has turned to crap, couldn't wet a line today.

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 Any rain?, was thinking of

Wed, 2016-06-22 19:17

 Any rain?, was thinking of pulling in on Saturday arvo on the way back from Karratha for a look, need to drag the tinny there soon

 

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Yeah, been raining off and on

Thu, 2016-06-23 05:55

Yeah, been raining off and on all night and yesterday

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Wed, 2016-06-22 17:24

 Pretty ordinary over here at Yandi too.

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 We've had to release the

Sat, 2016-06-25 15:35

 We've had to release the handbrake and move again, too many cloudy days saw our batteries getting down a bit, so we've moved south to the 40 mile south of Karatha. Charged the batteries back up to maximum again.  Few people here too.

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Sat, 2016-06-25 16:52

 Yeah, we haven't been able to get any planes in at work because of the cloud and foul weather. How big is your house battery set up?

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 Hi Dale, We've got a 6 x 12v

Thu, 2016-08-11 19:37

 Hi Dale, We've got a 6 x 12v 200a/h deep cycle battery bank. They're about 3 years old now. They're fed by 1050w of solar on the roof. Also get charged on the road like we just did by a seperate high output alternator. Got a 6kw Kubota gen set and that can charge them via a smart charger, but we generally only run the genny for an hour or 2 each day so that's not enough to bring them up to a 100% from say 70%. Generator is mainly for our 240v items, so we do any microwaving then and have our showers etc as the main hot water system is also 240v. 

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Sun, 2016-06-26 10:26

 Cool, be a lot of weight there I'd imagine, what's your GVM? Be around 20ish I'd think.

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 GVM 22 tonnes, our gross

Tue, 2016-06-28 13:25

 GVM 22 tonnes, our gross weight is usually around 19 tonnes, that's when we're chockers, with 1200 litres in the fuel tank, 1000 litres in the fresh water tank, 300 litres grey water tank and 300 litres in the black water tank. 

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 Much happening up that way

Thu, 2016-08-11 19:38

 Much happening up that way lately?

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Offshore   mackeral, reds, 

Sun, 2016-08-14 22:13

Offshore   mackeral, reds,  etc

Im overdue for a   creek/inshore  bash. My last visit earlier in the year in cleaverville produced   Barra and  Jacks.

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 Cheers mate

Mon, 2016-08-15 14:14

 Cheers mate