Jigging options in W.A.

Looking for recommendations and opinions on hard core jigging hotspots in WA.
Locations and proven charter operations that can put keen jiggers onto big fish....longe range expeditions, overnighters, day trips
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monsters

Fri, 2009-04-17 13:07

jee sean after the pics you have been posting mate might be hard to come across haha... i havent done it but suppose the Rowley Shoals Scott Reef and the like would be options.... Monte Bellos out wide i did well on large demersals but not quite thinking thats wat your after... good luck with ya search 

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Sambo's off Rotto

Fri, 2009-04-17 13:35

sure you would have heard about that.

Honsu is the man.

whats your preference geograhpically?

 

 

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I'll go wherever the fish

Fri, 2009-04-17 14:11

I'll go wherever the fish are Damo...I love the tropics, long range trips where you get to 'disappear' for a few days....

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It is not in the league of your NZ and Eastern States YTKs

Fri, 2009-04-17 14:13

Sean, but there are a fair few of them around the back of Rottnest and on the Key Biscayne rig just north of Perth.

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Not interested in Kingfish

Fri, 2009-04-17 14:37

Not interested in Kingfish Colin.....more tropical and sub tropical species.....

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The Pilbara guys should be able to help you there Sean

Fri, 2009-04-17 14:47

and guys like Kasey that do a lot of jigging up north.

I know the Montebellos and Rowley Shoals are pretty popular big GT destinations. This company is well known for its Montebellos charters.
www.mahimahicoralbay.com.au/montebellos.html

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If dogtooth is your thing

Fri, 2009-04-17 14:51

If dogtooth is your thing take a look at Scott Reef.

http://www.reelteasercharters.com/index.php?id=13

I can highly recommend Reel Teaser charters for extended trips.

Their biggest dogtooth on jig is about 90kg caught at the Rowley Shoals but they are in far better numbers (and just as big) at Scott Reef.

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Scott Reef

Sat, 2009-07-11 08:52

I've been out to Scott Reef and it has awesome potential for jigging. We only trolled but landed numerous doggies and heaps of other species. The reef edge drops to 700m very quickly and the species range is great from coral trout to sailfish.
It is more expensive than Christmas Island but once you add in flights, food and accom at Christmas I think they'd be closer priced, plus at Scott you'd have the place to yourself. We also didn't see a single shark let alone lose a fish at Scott.
Would definitely be up there on spots to visit for a full on fishing trip.

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Now that sounds good

Fri, 2009-04-17 14:54

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thanks Jay, that's is the

Fri, 2009-04-17 16:45

thanks Jay, that's is the sort of info I was after.....very remote with lots of big fish.......a true trip of a lifetime

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aside from those already mentioned

Fri, 2009-04-17 16:54

Christmas Island has the goods. Only need to travel a short distance and plenty of species options.

pretty sure there is still a charter over the dry season. 

 

 

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Shorefire Charters

Fri, 2009-04-17 18:53

As Damo said Christmas Island!! (although not really WA).

 

A mate of mine went on a Shorefire Charter last year and had a ball on massive yellowfin, wahoo, huge GT's etc... They get massive dogtooth, as you'll see on their site but he didn't do any jigging due to shark problems... Small operation - charter is on a small centre console with 1 or two fishermen... 

 

Pic below is from their website...  

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website is www.shorefire.com.au 

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I read somehere that there is a problem with getting flights

Fri, 2009-04-17 19:10

to Christmas Island at the moment. You might want to double check that though Sean.

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Hey Colin, Can't comment on

Fri, 2009-04-17 19:17

Hey Colin,

 

Can't comment on that one... I know that he went via Malaysia (I think it was Malaysia or maybe Singapore...) and a connecting flight to Christmas Island...

 

Would love to try Rowley's, Christmas Island and if I ever win lotto a Nomad Charter...  

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In my opinion, the only

Fri, 2009-04-17 19:19

In my opinion, the only thing that really stands out about WA for the global jigging circuit is its Samsonfish.

If you want to specifically target Dogtooth, and chase the 100-kegger, you need to start looking at destinations like Vanuatu and Rodrigues.

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I wouldn't even bother with

Fri, 2009-04-17 20:39

I wouldn't even bother with Sambos any more, judging by recent years results it looks like it's a bit of a waste of time now.

Our dogtooth jigging might not be quite as good as the global hotspots but still pretty hot. Definately better than sambo jigging - albeit more expensive.

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Well, I think people have

Fri, 2009-04-17 23:47

Well, I think people have come to expect too much and have abused the term 'one drop one fish' and 'lets use a spanner as a jig'. For 200$ to shoot out, I would reasonably expect any experienced and able bodied jigger to still get at least 5 fish at the peak of the season. And for $200 a day!

When you talk about things on the global circuit, time and money is your limit so one would be wise to only choose the best value for money.

Of course, this is purely from one person's perspective - and you could say I have become too infatuated with GTs to pay attention to much else lately.

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Cutting, cutting

Thu, 2009-07-16 17:45

Plenty more fish in the sea!!!

If we stick by the rules.

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I have dreamed of going to Christmas Island Bones

Fri, 2009-04-17 19:19

It sounds like an awesome place.

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Different Christmas Island,

Fri, 2009-04-17 19:39

Different Christmas Island, though I think there would be some GTs and other fish around too.

 

Going to spin or swoff for those bones Col?

 

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Wouldn't mind it Matt

Sat, 2009-04-18 06:35

There are quite a few options there - and when the planes are flying it is a pretty cheap getaway.

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Heya Colin   Jump on a

Fri, 2009-04-17 19:58

Heya Colin

 

Jump on a dodgy boat somewhere in the Indo Archipeligo and I reckon there's an even bet you'll end up on Xmas Island with free food and accomodation. Govt might even chip in for your airfare home. With any luck you might get to do a bit of fishing also!!!

 

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Note to self. Read newspaper

Fri, 2009-04-17 20:03

Note to self. Read newspaper before posting politically incorrect posts although in jest. Poor buggers.

 

 

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jigging

Fri, 2009-04-17 21:20

Reel teaser - Scott Reef, and Rowley shoals. Big Doggies are probably the most hard core thing you would ever want to come accross jigging on the coral. Ross on reel teaser is a legend in the field of hard core jigging in these areas, and anyone one that has fished with him would agree that he and his crew fishes harder than any other charter. After fishing with him a couple of years a go I can not recomend him enough for this stuff. If you want to see pics of what you get at the shoals let me know and I will get on to him for you. In the mean time look at www.reelteasercharters.com .

Bugger Vanuatu, fished there done that. Take the shoals any day.... and it's in your backyard!!!!! Bigger fish will come from the shoals than vanuatu, just got to have the tackle and the right angler to get em.  

Cheers and good luck. remember the gloves, bend knees, and keep the drag managable.  

 

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Two words   THE

Fri, 2009-04-17 21:41

Two words

 

THE TRENCH!!!!!

 

 

 

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Vanuatu,as everone knows is

Fri, 2009-07-10 21:18

Vanuatu,as everone knows is the shit for fishing,if only one day yep i will be there and hitting every style of fishing i can carry on the trip.

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Christmas island

Sat, 2009-07-11 12:14

Flights in todays paper for $1570.00 return Perth including 7 days accomodation. If you have a look at Web Site for Shorefire the June 09 report sugests things are starting to fire up. If I had the money I'd be giving Christmas Island a go but I just got back from the Montes so I don't want a divorce.
Definately on my places to fish list and a jigging paradise!
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You can forget getting on

Thu, 2009-07-16 17:36

You can forget getting on shorefire without booking a season ahead though. I remember contacting them earklier this year and they had nothing for the whole season =0

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