Holiday Visit

Hi all,

I'm a UK based fisherman in the stages of planning a two week fishing holiday in Western Australia.  I came across this forum and am looking for a few pointers.

Where I live (Edinburgh) the fishing is crap to say the least and what i'm primarily interested in getting out of the trip would be the chance to tangle with something big - either a Shark or a big Ray (hopefully both).  The plan is to fly into Perth, rent a car and head off up the coast toward Exmouth fishing everywhere and anywhere along the way.

At this stage, before i go and sort flights out, i wanted to ask what you guys would consider the prime time of year for land based fishing over there (and especially for the big stuff)?

Any help would be gratefully appreciated!

Steve


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Steve

Tue, 2013-03-26 21:39

Hi Steve,

Best tip I can give you is if you want to head north where some of the bigger fish are, save your dollars and buy stuff when you are over here and just buy the bare essentials as you go.  A couple of lures for the type of fishing you want to do and a good multi purpose rod.  I'd also invest invest in a charter or two whilst you are here, a really good way to see some quality action.

Cheers,

Adam

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to be honest mate, if I was

Tue, 2013-03-26 21:43

to be honest mate, if I was flying all that way to go fishing Id be booking onto a couple of charters at least, such as Mahi Mahi 3 (sponsor here) or Seaforce in Coral Bay (150km from Exmouth).

In between, stop at Lucky Bay or Wagoe (near Kalbarri), maybe Kalbarri itself, Steep Point (would need a 4WD and camping gear), Quobba and/or Gnaraloo.

Best time of year? Im not a beach fisherman but for comfort, thru the winter (now til October).

Summer north of Perth is either hot, windy or both in the summer months and can take some getting used to.

 

Note-2 weeks is a short trip here, WA is the size of a major part of Western Europe with alot of uninhabited space and little infrastructure

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Wed, 2013-03-27 22:58

Hi Steve, RobH has nailed it.  Two weeks is far too short a time and as a Scotsman, you will struggle with the heat after October, however from May to October is peak season and the crowds are crazy. 

you might find these informative reading. 

http://fishwrecked.com/forum/just-back-exmouth-land-based   there were heaps of photos but they have disappeared

http://fishwrecked.com/forum/darwin-perth-road-tripexmouth-land-based-fishing

http://fishwrecked.com/forum/exmouth-landbased-report

Have a look here too.  You will need a licence and to know the rules.  http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx

 

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wont need a licence Bod

Wed, 2013-03-27 23:10

wont need a licence Bod unless hes getting a boat as well!

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Thanks a lot for the useful

Fri, 2013-03-29 00:42

Thanks a lot for the useful info.  It looks like a bit of a re-think might be in order.  I'm a bit stuck with the two week thing due to work (and, more importantly, the wife) not allowing more.

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 linc, if you are coming to

Fri, 2013-03-29 03:42

 linc, if you are coming to Perth in summer, definitely go for a samson fish jigging charter. It is the most reliable sport fishing in the metro area. You will almost definitely get a 30lb plus fish, which fights hard and looks great in a photo. The samson aggregation is something of a natural wonder that Perth fishos take a bit for granted.