Coral Bay 2018 - Trip Report

Well the weather this year looked atrocious worst in at least 5 years for our annual trip. Wind Wind..followed with 3-4m swells for the entire time. But...we made do in the 7 days we were there. North passage it was for every trip out.
We had about 3 days out there, with a terrible half day. Considering we did.....ok...
Days we couldn't get out, we spent collected big occys from exposed reefs and eating the local pastries, followed by lots of drinking beer and wine. (not necessarily in that order)

No massive reds (10+kg) this year (4-8kg), but found some awesome untouched ground in 100m that held your normal offenders in numbers....Out deep we did our normal annual efforts of bagging out on massive greyband and some average sized rubies, which always a specticle at filleting table. Biggest GB went 26.5kg. 

We did notice, due to what i suspect caused by large swells, a clear colour change in about 80-90m (~15km out), and would explain why it was hard to tempt stuff below these depths. Normal for us to find big reds in 60m and loads of fish. Each mark this year was very....short on life to say these least, until you sucked it up and headed out into those ugly winds and chop past that colour change. 

Sharks were normal, nothing over the top on most of our spots maybe lost half a dozen fish in the days we went out. Until we tried trolling that regular visited place at the back of the reef. Those things are smarter each year. Managed to get 1 of 2 10kg+ mack under the boat before we gave up, the other lasted 2 secs on the lure before it was blasted by big whalers. Better weather and would have liked to have gone North or South of entrances, so no macks were landed this year. 


A fun video we made from occying.
Context: I'm trying to pluck one from a hole and your mate just picks a big one off rocks with bare hands. 

I'll upload some awesome drone footage from the shoreline at a later date, when i have a free wifi connection someplace. (Follow the my youtube channel for updates)

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 I heard you got outfished by

Mon, 2018-08-13 09:31

 I heard you got outfished by your decky 3 out of the 4 days......

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It's to be expected when

Mon, 2018-08-13 09:34

It's to be expected when you're the captain driving the vessel lining it up for the deckie

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 Good work Spence, certainly

Mon, 2018-08-13 10:13

 Good work Spence, certainly did better than we did. Weather was absolute shite.

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 Lovely fish! Those occys are

Mon, 2018-08-13 10:47

 Lovely fish! Those occys are the goods.. 


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 some great fish there.

Mon, 2018-08-13 14:17

 some great fish there. despite the weather looks like you got plenty of feeds on the way. them greys are decent size


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Quality again!

Mon, 2018-08-13 16:09

Another good trip from the looks.

You have that area sorted no doubt 


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 Awesome Mate! Those cods

Mon, 2018-08-13 16:44

 Awesome Mate! Those cods would have assisted in getting your limit of fillets pretty quick! 


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 If you counted just our

Mon, 2018-08-13 19:02

 If you counted just our bags. Pretty sure we would have Come back with 40kg each. But shared between 3 boats it landed around 15ish

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nice effort! I think you

Mon, 2018-08-13 17:20

nice effort!
I think you caught more fish in those 3 days than I have in the last 3 years!

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Mon, 2018-08-13 19:15

 I think you need a bigger esky


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 Agreed. We carried 2 eskies

Mon, 2018-08-13 19:20

 Agreed. We carried 2 eskies (white one too) and both were full with less than 10 fish

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 Nice report 

Mon, 2018-08-13 20:12

 Nice report 

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 Interesting read well done,

Mon, 2018-08-13 20:58

 Interesting read well done, what did you land from the furuno shot?


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 Decent 6-8kg Red Emps, Loads

Tue, 2018-08-14 07:18

 Decent 6-8kg Red Emps, Loads of Pearls, Spanglies from the structure. Mixture of golden, tea leaf and bludger trevally on top which we tried to avoid. 

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Well done 

Tue, 2018-08-14 12:15

Well done 

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 Well done mate

Wed, 2018-08-15 19:06

 Well done mate

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awesome guys

Thu, 2018-08-16 11:33

 nice pics good times 


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Great pics

Mon, 2018-08-20 19:39

 thanks for sharing 


how did you guys catch the occys 

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Just ripped them out of holes

Wed, 2018-08-22 15:14

Just ripped them out of holes on low tide.

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Pretty impressive

Tue, 2018-08-21 01:28

Pretty impressive that place sorted.

What's the go with the shark...type ?

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Mako shark that was

Wed, 2018-08-22 15:14

Mako shark that was terrorizing Boat. Wire trace floater sorted him out.

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 that looks like an epic

Tue, 2019-01-01 18:20

 that looks like an epic trip.

We hit Exmouth back in June 18, and did a couple of day trips to CB (no fishing though), and it looks like a magic place, did a little paddleboarding and snorkling but nothing much. 

Am starting to plan our 2019 assault.... and considering a week in CB and a week in Exy, or just two weeks in Exy, and do a couple of day trips down to CB, this time with the boat.

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Exmouth has more options in

Wed, 2019-01-02 07:24

Exmouth has more options in bad weather, in the gulf and different pelagics other than macks/tunas/hoo etc. Deep water is also a lot closer. 

Coral bay is expensive, but more country town feel, which is a pleasant way to relax. Jetty for launching is one of best in state. Only issue is no wash down facilities around due to artisian water supply. 

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 Yeah, we did a couple of day

Sat, 2019-01-05 17:38



we did a couple of day trips down to CB (sans boat), and the ramp looked awesome. There are some decent houses to rent in CB too (as with exy). We are looking at doing two - three weeks in June, but will probably gravitate to Exmouth again, with a view to doing a day trip or overnighter out of CB. 

We loved the proximity to the beach and to close in coral for snorkeling and paddleboarding etc. 

The drive from Exmouth to Tantabiddi ads a fair bit of time to each end of the day also... so handy having the ramp right in town...