Exmouth 2018 done and dusted

 Well thats exmouth for 2018.

Tough time with the southwesterly winds this year and a swell that was breaking across the north chanel on the first day making us turn for home. We lost a couple of days to wind but turned those into beer days

 

With the winds up making trolling for bills to uncomfortable, deep dropping was the next plan and we did well. Loading our freezers with our limit of ruby and 8 bar fillets made this a great trip none the less. Minimal issues with sharks made life easy.

 

Still managed to raise a handful of small black marlin and chrisG getting to issue his first tag on a acrobatic little rat marlin was a plus. 

 

Make sure you hit up mick and the boys at shore catch for quality bait, we had ordered some squid for this trip and man they were huge ruby lollies. We tried herring for first time this year and the 8 bar demolished them. Thanks again mick callum and hutch. 

 

If your looking for accommodation close to tantabiddi ramp then i suggest yardie homestead. The new managers have got the place looking great and enjoy a beer. Being 2min from the ramp is huge bonus

 

Not a great amount of photos and funny how water looks calm in these pics.

Already planning nexts year trip

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 Good work guys, a nice

Mon, 2018-04-02 11:33

 Good work guys, a nice couple of feeds there !

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Nice work

Mon, 2018-04-02 12:09

Looks like fun 

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 New managers at Yardie?

Mon, 2018-04-02 12:26

 New managers at Yardie? James and Leah left?

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James leah still own the

Mon, 2018-04-02 12:37

James leah still own or lease the joint but they hired new managers that have been there 2 years now and heaps of work has been done to clean the joint up and now looks good. 

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Good feeds there

Mon, 2018-04-02 12:40

 Well done fellas

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 Good work lads! 

Mon, 2018-04-02 12:57

 Good work lads! 

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 Plenty good fish there

Mon, 2018-04-02 12:58

 Plenty good fish there mate! 

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Nice

Mon, 2018-04-02 13:24

Some good fish there lads, well done

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Looks like a good time

Mon, 2018-04-02 14:04

 Was had.

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Some terrific 8 bar there

Mon, 2018-04-02 14:32

 good to see that it can still fire

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Well done Gilly.

Mon, 2018-04-02 16:10

 Bet ya glad you went, would have missed out on all that great fish flesh.

Like i said, cant control the weather, just gotta make the best of it.

Looks like you did that.

Well done again......

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 Top report Can't wait to get

Mon, 2018-04-02 17:44

 Top report Can't wait to get up north in July.

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Mon, 2018-04-02 17:53

 Good fish there Gilly, keep you guys fed for a while.

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Good stuff gilly

Mon, 2018-04-02 18:27

 if you don't mind me asking, you got the Ruby's on the tantabidi side?

 

some good fish there that's for sure!

 

always hard when the wind is up, but looks as thought you got into some half descent fish anyways! 

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 Yep,

Mon, 2018-04-02 19:22

 

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 Yep, all deep dropping done

Mon, 2018-04-02 19:21

 Yep, all deep dropping done within a 20 min steam out of tantabiddi 

killed it on deep dropping this trip. literally ran out of room on the boat for more fish one of the days, with a few hundred litres of esky and cooler bag space completely full-up....big Ruby’s and big big Greyband will do that to ya 

We gave up deep dropping at our trip limit but no issues finding fish whatsoever...even with a sounder unable to mark bottom due to having the motor in reverse foaming up the water....(reverse required just to hold bottom cause the weather was rubbish!!!!).

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 What depth Chris?

Mon, 2018-04-02 19:23

 What depth Chris?

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 First day greyband were

Mon, 2018-04-02 19:29

 First day greyband were 250-270 and Ruby’s were 270-300, other days Ruby’s were 230-250. You can see fish rather than ground on sounder mate. Mark them on gps and the just drift that ground. As I said once we were drifting we had no sounder picture as we had it in reverse so much....

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 Ok cool, cheers mate. 

Mon, 2018-04-02 20:08

 Ok cool, cheers mate. 

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 well done guys. going to be

Mon, 2018-04-02 18:41

 well done guys. going to be eating well for a while . them greyband are huge. 

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 Solid trip. Be there in a

Mon, 2018-04-02 21:59

 Solid trip. Be there in a few weeks. Cant wait!

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Nice one mate hate seeing a

Tue, 2018-04-03 16:27

Nice one mate hate seeing a bloke stressing bout the weather before a trip, glad it came together for you some cracking fish there brutha well done

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Great report and awesome fish

Tue, 2018-04-03 16:52

Great report and awesome fish guys. I'm heading there in 2 weeks and staying at Yardi Homestead for April school holidays. Trying out deep dropping for the first time so this is great info thanks.

If I may ask did you stick to any particular location when targeting the Ruby's or (i.e North towrds the rigs) or mainly just fish the depths and sound around?

So looking forward to our trip now after seeing these photos awesome stuff!

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 Mate best advice I can give

Tue, 2018-04-03 17:25

 Mate best advice I can give you is sound around in the depths mentioned above. Don’t look for lumps just depth changes and drop offs. If you’ve got your sounder tuned in you’ll see the fish within 5 metres of the bottom (bottom lock is your friend). I’m no sounder expert and rely heavily on gillys patience to spend the time dialing it in, but after a couple of trips now I’d be confident to do. 

I know a lot of guys go north and south and steam some serious miles for deep drop spots up there and maybe we’re just lucky but we’ve hit good ground with 20-30 minutes of tantabiddi channel for two years in a row now and we’ve done pretty good. Last year we were just trying something new and did okay, this year we had more of an idea and did pretty good so I’m sure you’ll nail it this trip or next... the key for me I reckon is slow down your drift and keep your line straight down - use you motor rather than sea anchor if need be. Second thing is big quality baits..Gilly mentioned shore catch and to be honest I’m sure his baits made a massive difference...on one of our more successful days we took another boat with us...we put them on the marks, they drifted the same speed and same ground and I even made up their rigs for them....we killed it, they didn’t boat a single fish! Only diff being we used quality baits they used shitty small squids and mulies.

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 Top Stuff, thanks Chris

Tue, 2018-04-03 17:49

 Top Stuff, thanks Chris thats great advice I really appreciate it.

I'll be sure to stock up on the Shore Catch squid, I agree i think good baits make a huge difference. I pretty keen to get up there, we are there from the 14th - 26th April so hopefully we get some luck with the wind conditions. Can't wait.

Thanks again, I'll report back post our trip!

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 cheers lads. looking forward

Tue, 2018-04-03 18:10

 cheers lads. looking forward to next year

 

 first day back at work and the ocean is a glass off all day 

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 Friday off for me ;) 

Tue, 2018-04-03 21:43

 Friday off for me ;) 

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 did ya go down the creek

Wed, 2018-04-18 19:21

 did ya go down the creek way, if so was the creek crossable and also how are the sharks?

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 Nah didnt head that way and

Wed, 2018-04-18 20:40

 Nah didnt head that way and only had a couple of shark issues

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8 bar

Wed, 2018-04-18 20:32

 Good size 8 bar, very nice

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 Is this the trip you were

Thu, 2018-04-19 18:15

 Is this the trip you were gonna can due to weather? 

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 Yeah same one. Battled the

Thu, 2018-04-19 20:10

 Yeah same one. Battled the weather 

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Great report mate.

Mon, 2018-05-14 09:50

 Planning on deep drop in Exmouth for the first time next month. Was curious as to what size weights you needed to fish those depths? I will be definitely visiting Mick at shore catch for some bait as I’ve already used his quality baits in the past.

 

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 We used chunks of cut up

Mon, 2018-05-14 14:44

 We used chunks of cut up trailer axle. Anywhere from 1 - 2 kilo depending on drift speed. With the boat in reverse fighting the wind and swell we used our heavier weights. Try to get to the bottom as fast as possible 

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Cheers mate.

Thu, 2018-05-17 08:32

I’m planning on seeing Mick next week at Shorecatch for some squid. Any other baits you can recommend?

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 We go for the herring or

Thu, 2018-05-17 09:46

 We go for the herring or mullet. Ask mick about doing up deep drop packs and he will give you good info

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Cheers mate.

Thu, 2018-05-17 11:35

Will go and see him.