First Mulloway; All class or arse, you decide.

With no boat to head out on anymore and the weather for yesterday evening looking primo I made a late arvo decision to try my luck at catching my first beach mulla. Having not beach fished with baits and long rods for at least 4 years I quickly shot out to Compleat Angler Rockingham for some tackle and bait. The staff helped me out with rigs and I left the store with somewhat of an idea of what to do.

As we left for the coast I still had no idea what beach we were even going to fish at, absolutely no thought was even put into what I was doing as it was such a last minute decision to head out. We pulled up at a pathway over the dunes and we setup right in front. First couple of baits were smashed by tailor and a couple of my rigs bitten off too then I got a herring on the flicky and that went back out in half on the bigger rod. Kept fishing with the flicky hoping for a big whiting for a bait for my brother when I noticed the tip of the big rod slightly bouncing in the rod holder, tap tap tap tap... I ran over and picked up the rod and held it for a bit feeling the tap tap tap. I slowly put some tension on the line and came up solid so struck hard and the reel came to life. The fish was zig zagging just under the breakers, I called it for a big tailor then the fish took off up the beach.

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The ticker was starting to beat a bit harder by this stage, but the last thing I wanted to do was rush it and pull the hooks so just let whatever it was on the end of my line play out just behind the breakers. As we got it infront of the breakers I started saying that it could be a ray or shovelnose just to keep me level-headed but deep inside I was hoping for a mulla. Cody ran back to where we had setup to grab the gaff and thats when the fishes tail come out the water and I noticed the yellow tinge of a translucent tail, this was no shark or ray! It took 2 waves for the fish to wash up on the sand where Cody was waiting with the gaff where he pinned it in the jaw and dragged it up the sand. It wasnt until I picked the fish up that I realised it wasnt just a soapie, but a fair lump of silver sheen!

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After a few quick photos I jumped in the water with her and walked out to chest deep water, copping waves on the head. It was all worth it when with one big thump of the tail she cruised out of my hands back into the big blue.

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Bloody hell. Ive caught one, ive caught one on my very first attempt at targetting one! I just kept telling Cody that this just doesnt happen, not on your first go. It was all the stories of guys putting in hundreds of hours and still no glory that had put me off this whole time. People say "the first one is the hardest, it gets easier from there," I had been on that beach for one hour!!

Still cant believe it really, I can finally say I have caught a fish of a lifetime.

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 Yewwwww on the money. Nicely

Tue, 2015-01-06 13:49

 Yewwwww on the money. Nicely done beau.

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 What a great story! I reckon

Tue, 2015-01-06 13:51

 What a great story! I reckon it's not luck, you seem to have a knack of catching fish where ever u go.

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you are a cunt.

Tue, 2015-01-06 14:02

you are seriously a cunt.

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Tue, 2015-01-06 14:08

a bit rough but fair.... 

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Scotto y u do dis to me?

Tue, 2015-01-06 14:10

Scotto y u do dis to me?


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Tue, 2015-01-06 14:45

dirty fish-tickler

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Haha stop saying that on such

Tue, 2015-01-06 14:46

Haha stop saying that on such public forums!


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Tue, 2015-01-06 14:11

Awesome catch Beau, and great to get the pictures too.

I have spent countless hours chasing them , but like you most of the ones i landed was a last minute " lets go fishing " thing.

Well done bro,

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 Arse. Well done 

Tue, 2015-01-06 14:15

 Arse. Well done 

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top pics beau ..well done

Tue, 2015-01-06 14:40

top pics beau ..well done

all arse by the way , fishing is just like that sometimes lol

store it away in your memory box of trips to remember



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Tue, 2015-01-06 14:43

All Arse!!! Good things happen to those that love fishing. Hooking a Mulla might be a bit arsy, landing one is classy.


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 great report and fish!! nice

Tue, 2015-01-06 15:00

 great report and fish!! nice work!

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That aint no big

Tue, 2015-01-06 15:02

rod. Big fish though, top work.




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Alllll arse

Tue, 2015-01-06 15:19

As ive always said, blak magic 110% !! Redonkulous catch, so stoked for you!

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Talk about a tin arse

Tue, 2015-01-06 15:22

 That's you to a T Beau. Hard to believe!! You and ChrisFish must be in a league of your own when it comes to fishin luck for sure. Well done. 

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You tend to run into a bit of

Tue, 2015-01-06 17:34

You tend to run into a bit of luck when you're fishing as much as Chris and I are!

I speak for myself when I say its all about the time on the water more than anything else.


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Nice work!

Tue, 2015-01-06 15:27

Great job there Beau, good reading and pics, but seriously, you must have been kissed on the d#$k by the fishing fairy! Who gets to do that? And metro too.


Still keen to get you out on the boat one day, but reckon I might just sit back and watch you catch everything.


Very jealous.


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Awesome job Beau - good story

Tue, 2015-01-06 15:30

Awesome job Beau - good story and good pics, well done buddy

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 put the time in full moon

Tue, 2015-01-06 15:36

 put the time in full moon rising tide right time of year...  Well done the pinkies were going off last night too same time (sundown)

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 Fark yeah, you know how to

Tue, 2015-01-06 15:39

 Fark yeah, you know how to catch fish! Great effort, one I (and many others) can only dream about 


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 Sounds like classy arse to

Tue, 2015-01-06 16:00

 Sounds like classy arse to me, but any catch like that is always a good catch.



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Tue, 2015-01-06 16:36

 Right place at the right time, that's all you have to do every time you go fishing. Great catch, great brag and well done releasing.


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Lol ScottoToo many in the

Tue, 2015-01-06 16:41

Lol Scotto

Too many in the account to be a tin arse Beau, well done

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Cheers everyone. I agree with

Tue, 2015-01-06 17:35

Cheers everyone.
I agree with the majority, all arse!


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Bloody areshole, I know who

Tue, 2015-01-06 17:59

Bloody areshole, I know who has stole all my fishing luck!!!! first attempt mully. I doubt its luck, good day, right tide, moon, bait, you were destined for a good one. Although the luck was the fact all those elements were right on the day u chose


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Well done mate, awsome

Tue, 2015-01-06 18:16

Well done mate, awsome capture, brilliant photos and an even better ending. love ya work

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 well done mate the joys of

Tue, 2015-01-06 18:34

 well done mate the joys of going home like a crumbed sausage after releasing a big jew, wouldnt say arse you no ya shit just aplied it to a new species stoked for ya mate if ya got the mulloway bug meet us in kalbarri and we'll chase some big girls one time


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Tue, 2015-01-06 19:40

Yep, arsey, jagy, flukey, lucky C@#T. But when you live and breath this sport like nothin else, it's no wonder this shit happens, ken awesome, especially the fact there was no hesitation to release it


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 great read,  great pictures,

Tue, 2015-01-06 20:20

 great read,  great pictures, great fish! Well done mate!!! 

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No Ass

Tue, 2015-01-06 21:02

Mate maybe your first attempt at a Mulla, but as others have said your no kook.
Seen you and bro's shore based mackie effort and from memory that wasn't too shabby either.
Top shit.

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Well done Beau! It doesn't

Tue, 2015-01-06 21:11

Well done Beau! It doesn't matter now if you never catch another mulla again, awesome fish.


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Thats crazy, ive put in so

Wed, 2015-01-07 01:10

Thats crazy, ive put in so much time only for small soapies, probably around the area you fished as well. Well done, jealous as.

I know the feeling I picked up a 65cm LB dhuie on my first attempt at targetting them but havent got one since. No doubt youll get stuck into the mullas again.

Good stuff

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I shake my head as I have

Wed, 2015-01-07 06:27

I shake my head as I have never caught a decent Mulla from the shore. You bloody tin arse! did you go and buy a lotto later?

That is a top effort and well done Beau! That 2nd pic is a POTM contender.


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Good Job

Wed, 2015-01-07 06:41

 Good luck you have their. and good job.


Edit: you need to post that up on photo of the month comp :D



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Beau i say

Wed, 2015-01-07 07:13

You got to be in it win it .....Well done m8e Great catch


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Awesome pics. Great story.

Wed, 2015-01-07 08:23

Awesome pics. Great story. All class

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Got to be out there fishing to be catching

Wed, 2015-01-07 08:30

If you weren't getting out there having a go you wouldn't be catching anything.

Great catch Beau - Nothing wrong with some arsey beginners luck, I managed a metro marlin on my first ever troll for one.....hmmm now the long wait for the next one!

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Wed, 2015-01-07 08:50

 Gold Beau, well done mate and great pics!!


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double thumbs up!

Wed, 2015-01-07 14:46

double thumbs up!


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Awesome Beau

Wed, 2015-01-07 14:51

 Great catch, well done mate!


But seriously, shut up about it geez?!!!


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Great fish. Horse Could of

Wed, 2015-01-07 16:02

Great fish. Horse 

Could of gave the FW record a run, did you measure the length? 



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Good call, i didnt measure

Wed, 2015-01-07 17:56

Good call, i didnt measure but definitely over 120, just wanted to get the fish back in the water, I didnt even get a measurement for an online tournament im part of, $300 prize!


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All Ass Beau

Wed, 2015-01-07 17:44


 Great story writing too!! 

 "Late decision"

 "Not beached fished for a least 4 years"

 "left store with somewhat of an idea"

 "Left for coast! still no idea what beach"

 "No thought"

 "Kept fishing with flicky for big whiting for bait!"

 "Called it for big tailor"

 "Wasnt until i picked up the fish i realised it wasnt a soupie"

 "Very first attemp"

 "First one is the hardest then it gets easier from here! I had been at that beach for one hour"

Phukin rub it in why dont ya!!


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Probably not, thats my beach

Wed, 2015-01-07 17:48

Probably not, thats my beach fishing career over lol


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top notch work

Wed, 2015-01-07 21:03

top notch work mate , class not arse when you release a fish like that, again good work

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Congrats beau

Wed, 2015-01-07 21:09

It's an absolute beau...ty


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 Geezus, what a fish! Great

Wed, 2015-01-07 23:18

 Geezus, what a fish! Great pics, great write up, you make me sick ;)

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Great catch,great pics and

Thu, 2015-01-08 05:57

Great catch,great pics and even better release. Well done mate!!

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 Only just seen this post

Mon, 2015-01-12 14:30

 Only just seen this post after seeing the Potm picture. That is gold Beau. Great story!

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 Mixture of arse and class

Mon, 2015-01-12 14:34

 Mixture of arse and class Beau. Right place, right time. Good onya!


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Mon, 2015-01-12 14:45

Nice first up effort Beau but how did you go on round 2 Saturday afternoon?

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Tue, 2015-01-20 10:37

class or arse - who cares what a beautiful fish, good karma for the release...


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mad skills

Wed, 2015-05-20 18:35

Mad skills right there Beau !

Epic to release the fish and add more significance to the capture.

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 Bloody ripper mate!!

Sun, 2015-06-07 05:33

 Bloody ripper mate!!


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