Dirk Hartog Island Trip Report (Video & Pics)

I don’t normally post many reports as I only really fish on holidays.. but I was lucky enough to get up to Dirk Hartog Island for the first time with a group of mates back in November. Wow! What a place. Had 8 nights up at Urchin Point and didn’t see another person until the last day, how good is that! We had good weather overall which was lucky for the time of year. Not lots of pelagic action but it was the best land based bottom fishing I’ve ever had. Certainly wasn’t a fish a cast but we put in the hours and we’re rewarded with lots of species and awesome feeds. Didn’t lose many to sharks either which was handy, think we lost 3 fish to them all trip.

Personal highlights included seeing everyone get fish, the epic views at Turtle Bay, the amazing coastline all over the island, personal PBs for Baldy, Pinky & Coral Trout (wow they are good on the chew).

Filmed the trip and chucked it on our YouTube channel if you wanna have a watch: https://youtu.be/hvADyaJwIjE

Its a mix of fishing but also some fun stuff and a heap of footage showcasing the epic island landscape. We don’t do a lot of fishing videos though it’s something I’d love to do more (so I can do more trips!). Will drop some photos below too.

A big thanks to Kieran and the DHI crew for what they do on the island, for the barge over and enabling us to have such an amazing experience. The fishing opportunities are endless and I reckon we barely scratched the surface. A 2nd trip back would be so good but really I’m just really grateful I got to go once. If you’re thinking about heading up there then make sure you give it a crack!


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Sun, 2017-12-17 15:24

 Some good fish off the stones, well done


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 Wow!! How good is that!!

Sun, 2017-12-17 15:30

 Wow!! How good is that!! Awesome trip by the looks of it. 

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 looks like an awesome trip.

Sun, 2017-12-17 15:54

 looks like an awesome trip. plenty of nice fish landed. well done. 


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Sun, 2017-12-17 16:09

Just got back myself from an epic 5 days on the island, some of the best fishing I have ever experienced. will have to post up some photos when I get them sorted.
4 fishing sessions and some of the biggest baldies I have ever seen. They are hard to stop of the rocks.


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 Great vid guys looks like an

Sun, 2017-12-17 16:46

 Great vid guys looks like an awesome trip 

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 Great pics and great vid

Sun, 2017-12-17 17:04

 Great pics and great vid mate-sparking my wish to get the boat up there!


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 Great pics,how high  above

Sun, 2017-12-17 17:19

 Great pics,

how high  above the water line are you, and do fish release easily and successfully from there ..

I have been meaning to plan a trip there for the last few years 

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 Mostly at least 4-5m above

Mon, 2017-12-18 14:04

 Mostly at least 4-5m above and some a lot higher. You need a cliff gaff almost all the time for any reasonable sized fish so catch and release wouldn’t be your friend on the cliffs. We released small fish that we could lift up as much as possible though. Turtle Bay would be your best bet for catch and release and some of the shallow reef sections that you can fish low platforms but we didn’t fish these as much

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Crackin trip ! One day!

Sun, 2017-12-17 18:29

Crackin trip !


One day!

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 Looks to be a Good trip

Mon, 2017-12-18 07:07

 Looks to be a Good trip mate,  good to see you get on to some fish. great pics from the drone. Where is that  last drone shot looks like whitnell point  or along the east side of the island 

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 Yep correct along the east

Mon, 2017-12-18 14:01

 Yep correct along the east side somewhere near Whitnell. Couldn’t tell you exactly, we just pulled over to film on our way to and from Urchin

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It's a very special place

Mon, 2017-12-18 08:57

 And I know the feeling about scratching the surface we felt the same way. Great photos with some quality fish. I almost don't won't to go back Because I have such fond memories and don't want to dampen them.


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Great pics and aerial footage

Mon, 2017-12-18 12:57

Great pics and aerial footage.  Looks like dream holiday.

Out of interest how do you find the Mavic?  




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 We actually used the Spark

Mon, 2017-12-18 14:00

 We actually used the Spark which is the smallest/base model. Performed incredibly well given the wind but not as good as the Mavic/Phantom/Inspire. Another con would be that it’s only 1080p video. We got sent the drone to test it out otherwise we’d normally use bigger ones. The Mavic is really good especially for its size and ease of operating. The best semi-beginner/amateur drone for sure I would say 

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you're right, haha.

Mon, 2017-12-18 21:23

Sorry, I didn't get to watch right to the end where you plugged the Spark. Wow that is still good footage from that drone, I have heard pretty good reports about it too but Mavic like you say is just a little bigger and heavier, so more stable with a bit of wind. Cheers.

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 Some great fish & awesome

Mon, 2017-12-18 13:25

 Some great fish & awesome pics

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 Red fish with blue dots is a

Mon, 2017-12-18 21:12

 Red fish with blue dots is a tomato cod? looks a little different to a trout 




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Coral cod

Mon, 2017-12-18 23:15

Coral cod

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 Some great fish there

Mon, 2017-12-18 22:12

 Some great fish there mate

Awesome job

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 Looks like a ripper trip.

Mon, 2017-12-18 22:59

 Looks like a ripper trip. That's on the bucket list.

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 Thanks for taking the time

Tue, 2017-12-19 13:19

 Thanks for taking the time to report and post pics!  

Looks like an awesome trip!

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Great fishing

Tue, 2017-12-19 22:20

 Great fishing and magic video


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 Looks an awesome spot  I

Thu, 2017-12-21 08:15

 Looks an awesome spot  I could handle a couple of weeks there 


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