Coral Bay advice

 Hi all

Heading to Coral Bay 13th July for two weeks with our 6.8 mt Barcrusher. Just after general advice as to what sort of depths we should be trying for Reds and Goldband. Also areas to try for squid. Thanks in advance.

 


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i will be up there from the 14th to the 28th

Thu, 2018-06-28 07:21

come say hi and I will give you a few starting points .I will be in a 6.2 kevla cat with kevlacat written down the sides in big letters.you need to go either 20ks north or south to avoid the sharks nowadays if chasing reds .goldys we ok straight out in 100 plus sharks we not to bad last year in that depth

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I’m there from the 21st for

Thu, 2018-06-28 08:56

I’m there from the 21st for two weeks too. Always keen for a frothy. 

Blue 25ft Hydra-Sports

Hopefully the weather comes to the party 

 

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I usually get Reds 60-80m but

Thu, 2018-06-28 07:22

I usually get Reds 60-80m but think you can get them deeper too. Squid can be found around 5 fingers and south of there. Hopefully the sharks aren't as bad as when I was there in May.

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We are leaving tomorrow mate,

Thu, 2018-06-28 07:32

We are leaving tomorrow mate, fingers crossed lol.

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 I'll be up there from 27th

Thu, 2018-06-28 07:28

 I'll be up there from 27th for a week. Depends what you're after and depths. 60-80 is typically depth you'll work for reds. 100s for goldies and 200-500 for rubys

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Was there for 5 weeks in

Thu, 2018-06-28 15:54

Was there for 5 weeks in April/May.
The sharks were often horrendous and really very big.
I personally lost 26 sinkers to sharks so take plenty of tackle. I also lost braid.
Most of those fishing there at the time experienced similar problems.
Most of my red spots are now totally unfishable because of the shark problem. What concerned me most was the apparent increase in Bull shark numbers and they seem much more aggressive.
Hope you all have a good trip.

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We got reds in 80m out of the

Thu, 2018-06-28 16:20

We got reds in 80m out of the south passage when we went a couple of years ago. The sharks were a pain - Lost sinkers, braid and had rods snapped. We found that we would get 1 drop at best on a spot before they moved in.

The charters seem to still do well on goldband etc out wide so I guess the sharks arent as bad out there.

As for the squid we did well in 3-4m over the weedy patches near the 5 finger reef, had tripple hook ups at times.

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 Just got back from 2 weeks

Fri, 2018-06-29 11:13

 Just got back from 2 weeks there...sharks the absolute worst i have seen in the many years we have been going there...General observation while there and after talking with all other fishos there, sharks where horrendous 30m to 100m mark, started to land more tha

n lost after 110-130m for reds. Plenty of goldys where caught in 140-150m. good luck, take plenty of rigs.!!

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This shark situation is

Fri, 2018-06-29 15:37

This shark situation is bullshit, we should do something.

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Can’t believe fisheries

Fri, 2018-06-29 16:02

Can’t believe fisheries haven’t. Potentially killing 4-5x your bag limit to maybe take your bag limit can’t be good. 

What’s more important, the Shark population our our slow growing demersal finfish fishery 

Maybe too far gone now though.....

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Everyone needs to do their

Fri, 2018-06-29 15:54

Everyone needs to do their bit and make sure all sharks are "released" in the appropriate manner.

Since I have started running long mono wind ons I end up hooking and landing some of the sharks that steal my fish.

Some are only small but its still hard work pumping them out of 60-100m.

Some are so big I end up losing the rig anyway cos I don't want to loose my arm....

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 Yeah... “released” good work

Fri, 2018-06-29 17:12

 Yeah... “released” good work bucko 

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 throw a heap of fish frames

Fri, 2018-06-29 17:50

 throw a heap of fish frames in the water and move several miles away. that should give you some time 

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We didnt start getting the

Mon, 2018-07-02 15:49

We didnt start getting the good stuff till after 140m. May have lost a lot to sharks but we were pretty successful. :)
I think i caught my Goldband at 130 and the reds were caught in 140-160 i think they said.

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Coral Bay - Sailfish S9

Mon, 2018-07-02 21:44

 We are heading up to Coral Bay this year (14 July for a week) for our old boys trip (first time). Can anyone comment on how safe is it heading out of south passage, max swell??

 

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 The "safe swell size" doesnt

Mon, 2018-07-02 22:40

 The "safe swell size" doesnt exist as a figure.
Incoming or outgoing tide will double or half the swell situation in the entrance.

Coming in generally less of a problem-stay on the back of the swell.
Going out thru there on anything other than a calm day isnt really for anyone inexperienced or faint hearted.
Dont be fooled by thinking "he seems to know what he's doing, Ill follow him".

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 Thanks gents for the heads

Tue, 2018-07-03 13:55

 Thanks gents for the heads up info. will watch tite movements and swell

 

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Its a combination of tide and

Tue, 2018-07-03 07:21

Its a combination of tide and swell. 2.5m is about limit of consideration. Strong outgoing tide causes it to be worse as well...so hard to put a rule of thumb on it. 

My first experience was about 2.5m swell, looked nice on way out. Fished a few hours, come in and tide was heading out and it looked like a surf beach.
Absolutely no clean water in sight, double checked path in to be sure i wasn't off. I Rode the back of a crashing wave in, with a crashing wave not far behind and i think a little bit of brown emerged during this minute or so coming in. 

Just make sure you have enough fuel in case you need to bail and go north passage. Also, become familiar with north passage, as a few sections are skeptical. 

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 I had a simlar experience

Tue, 2018-07-03 13:57

 I had a simlar experience about 39 years ago in my dads mates boat. thought we were gone, I can remeber evenlining up a white sand dune on the beach to swim to. here I am 30yrs on going to give it a crack myself??

 

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 Hahaha I was asking for same

Tue, 2018-07-03 18:09

 Hahaha I was asking for same advice a couple of months ago on this site. What Spence says is spot on. I had bad experience in tinny 5/6 years back that gave me nightmares haha. This time paid a lot more attention to tides more so than swell and had a good look and watched the sets roll in before heading. It was easy as. Even had to come back in through there with no steering because cable snapped 7 mile out... holding onto outboard and steering was a little hairy

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Ian,  definately watch the

Tue, 2018-07-03 19:17

Ian,  definately watch the sets. not just one or two as the pattern can change a bit due to other contributing factors. generally the sets run in 3 but the distance between can vary. pic your gap and go for it without hesitation as you may get caught out. heard of boats comming to grief there. if your not comfortable with it its best to go north passage altho you need to watch your tides as it can get shallow in places and there is big bombies all around you. i have gone both ways .key thing is pay attention 

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 Thanks for the advice, I am

Tue, 2018-07-03 20:52

 Thanks for the advice, I am extra carefull theses days.

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 Was only 2 or 3 years back

Wed, 2018-07-04 20:33

 Was only 2 or 3 years back that the 2 Perth blokes came to grief there.
Only thing found was an arm at the gap sadly plus some debris

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That was a couple of fellas that i new

Thu, 2018-07-05 12:57

 From mangles bat fishing club .very experianced boatys to

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 Yep up Gnaraloo right now

Wed, 2018-07-04 20:27

 Yep up Gnaraloo right now and out on a 2.8m swell today. Only reason we went was an incoming tide and coming in pretty well on high tide, still hairy through the bay but doable. 

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 Any fish?

Thu, 2018-07-05 18:02

 Any fish?

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 Yeah mate a few good one's

Fri, 2018-07-06 08:01

 Yeah mate a few good one's Wednesday but waiting for tomorrow when the wind drops and we can smash it for a few days. Plenty of friendly sharks about.

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 Leave some for me.....

Fri, 2018-07-06 22:45

 Leave some for me.....

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 Ha ha well finally the

Sat, 2018-07-07 07:49

 Ha ha well finally the weather today has turned for the better, we'll hit the water around 11 when the wind starts to drop. The next two days should be magical.

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Sweet

Sat, 2018-07-07 10:26

Forecast is looking sweet now, get into them boys.

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 Last two days have been

Mon, 2018-07-09 19:56

 Last two days have been superb BJ, Huge Mackies and good mixed bags. Will do a report when back.

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 Nice work Andy! Look forward

Mon, 2018-07-09 20:29

 Nice work Andy, Look forward to the report mate! 

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Good stuff

Mon, 2018-07-09 20:32

Good stuff!

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