denham shark bay

 Went on a trip to Shark Bay. Was planning to arrive on Sunday arvo 3/6, but as weather forecast for Monday was filthy, got there about lunch time. Unpacked and got the boats in. Went out into the bay and caught some black snapper. Left on dark, was nearly back at boatramp and Nathaniel's boat started making horrible noises.  So we had to tow him in. Rained in Monday/Tuesday so took grandkids to Ocean Park. Nathaniel went to Kalbarri and picked up hire boat. Wednesday forecast looked great so went back out into the bay. Could only find undersize pinkies but caught some more black snapper. Thursday Nathaniel, Rach, Josh, Bud and Jo headed out to Steep Point but was too rough so settled for more fishing in the bay and came home with their limit of blackies, black spot tusk fish. Friday we all headed out to the Shoals, caught 2 nice pinkies then the hoards of sharks moved in. Went into Turtle Bay into deeper water found more pinkies which only fed the sharks. We decided to move back to the Shoals and shallower water to try and get past the sharks - no joy. Then Nathaniel and crew who stayed in Turtle Bay called us to say they had caught a wahoo and 2 spanish mackerel. We decided to head back out and try our luck. We managed to boat 2 mackerel and watched Nathaniel catch a his PB wahoo at 1.6m long guessing at 35-40kg. They managed 3 wahoo and 2 mackerel on the hire boat. Next day took it easy, then on Sunday (our last day) we all went back to Turtle Bay, still couldn't manage to get anything past the grey coated taxman. So put lures out and trolled for mackerel. Josh managed a nice 1.3m wahoo and we also caught 2 mackerel. Bud got nice big eye tuna. On the way back in decided to troll close along the cliffs of Turtle Bay and saw about 12 manta rays cruising round. Awesome day. Grandkids saw turtles, sea snakes, manta rays many sharks etc. All-in-all great holiday with family.

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 WAAAAAAAHHHHHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Mon, 2018-06-25 20:02

 WAAAAAAAHHHHHOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Nice 

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 well done. pity about the

Mon, 2018-06-25 20:16

 well done. pity about the taxmen with the pinkies. you ended with some nice fish in the end. hope the boat gets sorted.

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denham

Mon, 2018-06-25 20:37

 Gday Rus & Jody, bit like the time you were up there with your old boat and the motor went, anoying but not a total disaster, Think it is big end bearing gone

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 not good at all. what motor

Mon, 2018-06-25 20:42

 not good at all. what motor is the other boat running. 

 

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Mon, 2018-06-25 20:46

 My boat has etec 130 great motor no probs at all, other boat had older 135 johnson

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 its a great place for

Mon, 2018-06-25 20:55

 its a great place for fishing but downside is its a long way to go to the great grounds for fishing.

sounds like your mates boat may need an upgrade. there is some good priced ones out there. we got a 2006 140hp jhonson 4stroke for just over 7k with lowish hours

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 ps meant Rus and Sandy,

Mon, 2018-06-25 21:09

 ps meant Rus and Sandy, probably will upgrade motor, may rebuild, need to do costings

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Nice work

Tue, 2018-06-26 07:26

Those blackies are better eating than pinkies in my opinion.

Nice wahoo

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 Agreed..... black snapper

Sun, 2018-07-15 20:40

 Agreed..... black snapper are in my top 5 for chewing!!!

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 Great read about your trip,

Tue, 2018-06-26 09:01

 Great read about your trip, you didn't mention the crabs???

Up there in a couple of weeks will hope for some luck and keep away from sharks.

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 went out crabbing from

Tue, 2018-06-26 20:07

 went out crabbing from monkey mia one day caught 25 good size male crabs in about 2 hours

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 Monkey Mia, Down past the

Tue, 2018-06-26 20:45

 Monkey Mia, Down past the pearl farm, around 3 to 4m of water. Easy feed of blues.

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Awesome Hoo!!

Tue, 2018-06-26 12:55

 Leaving for Tamala early tomorrow morning hoping to get a few Pinks and hopefully a blue bone or two. 

Great report

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denham

Tue, 2018-06-26 20:09

 hope both you and Tom have great trips, and get a feed or two.

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Nice Hooo

Mon, 2018-07-16 18:40

and well done on the others.  It is hard to tell from pics but I reckon the bigeye is probably a yellowfin as it has that 'V' shaped notch in the middle of the tail that is a distinguishing feature between the two.

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