Hill River

Hey Guys,

I just came back from Hill River up near Jurien Bay. I have been waiting quite some time to get out and enjoy some quality fishing off the beach and a few mates and family decided to pack up the car and head up.  I was very happy to be finished work for the week, I packed the car with all the essentials required for an overnight fishing trip. I just purchased a new Engle 60L combi for the back of the Prado and its the best investment I have ever made. 

Said goodbye to the Mrs and my kids and left Sat lunchtime at about 12:00. For those of you that dont know, Hill River is in between Cervantes and Jurien Bay. Full of excitement of what I had been hearing in the reports that had been coming for that area  and with me still on my mission to capture my first Mulloway there was plenty anticipation.The drive into Hill River is pretty basic and once you start following the track that leads off the road from Jurien to Cervantes its not hard to find the mouth of the river. From the mouth  of the rive south had good gutters and holes along the beach.


Just a word of warning  for someone who has never been before when you follow the track that runs paaralell to the beach you will drive into a big sandy open area, which you can see in the background of the first picture. It looks a little decieving, what you wont know unless you check first, is that there is a steep decline on the other side in which the right had side of the track is non exisitant with a very steep drop so as you go over keep well to the left, the second pic is very decicieving it is a lot steeper than it looks. You can actually avoid this all together and just the track that is to the left hand side of the first picture and that will take you all the way along the beach.


So we got to our spot and inspected the beach  for the best possible location. There seemed to be a big gutter running the full length of the beach. There was a bit of weed around but with the current pushing everything to the right of us we picked a nice spot that had cleared up set the berley bag up in the water and started fishing. 

Reports had stated that the Tailor were coming on the bite at around sunset and they were spot on. As soon as the sun hit the water the Tailor came on the bite and they were not choppers they all averaged over 40cm!! Not only that but for a short period of time it was a fish a cast... its been a while since I had a Tailor session where we were getting a fish a cast.


Heres a pic of my mate Russell with  a good size tailor

A few more good Tailor



Heres a shot that will give you a bit of a better perspective of the size, between our group of 4 we caught 14 Tailor - the other group of four caught the same.

By about 8:30 they had gone off the bite and we started dinner.  I fished untill 1:30 in the morning looking for some Mulloway action with a fillet of mullet but to no avail. I considered using a fillet of tailor but I thought it would be better served for our dinner!

We got up early the next morning and there was no action at all not one single Tailor. There was  few small Herring and a some big Gardies.. would have loved to have kept a few but the Exmouth trip is a few months away still and I prefer to use fresh bait up there o at least if its only been frozen for a few weeks or so. 


After a nice breakky it was time to head home at about 10:00 so we packed up and headed back to Perth. Hill River is an awesome spot not only for fishing but the beach is beautiful. I cant wait to goack and fish there when the river is flowing. I will be keeping a close watch on it during winter.

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great report mate, some nice

Mon, 2009-11-16 19:49

great report mate, some nice fish taken but pity about the mulla , maybe next time


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Good report, & some good

Mon, 2009-11-16 19:56

Good report, & some good choppers. Looked like plenty of fun.

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Sounds like a great trip there mossie

Mon, 2009-11-16 20:10

Did you throw some of those gardies out as baits? The big tailor just love them.


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Nice little write up mate!

Mon, 2009-11-16 20:21

Nice little write up mate! Looks like a good spot, pity you didn't score your mulloway, next time!




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Yeah Colin, they are

Mon, 2009-11-16 23:08

Yeah Colin, they are awesome  bait for the old Tailor, but we got the gardies in the morning and those gardies we caught were XL size.. the kind you would used for fishing the mouth of the Murchison in Kalbarri.

By the looks of your other post you did well down here as well. 

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Yeah, we had a real good run mossie

Tue, 2009-11-17 06:31

That's what I would love to be doing today mate. Sitting in the mouth of the Murchison with a bait box full of gardies.


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top report

Wed, 2009-11-18 19:02

Top report Mossie, looks the goods mate!


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Yeah it was really good....

Wed, 2009-11-25 20:15

Yeah it was really good.... Ive been hanging to go for afish for ages. I cant wait mate  - we are heading to Exmouth on the 7th of April... we should catch up when I am up there.