Mackerel Islands

 Hi Folks

Heading up to Mackerel Islands next April. Will be taking the boat across from Onslow. Any tips / tricks for fishing out of the island would be appreciated as would any tips on what to take over.

 

Thanks in advance!


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Mon, 2018-06-25 21:47

Here’s a couple of links to recent trips from guys on here.

http://fishwrecked.com/forum/mackerel-islands-2017
http://fishwrecked.com/forum/trip-advice-monties-vs-mackerels-vs
http://fishwrecked.com/forum/mackerel-islands-9

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Some things to take

Tue, 2018-06-26 06:05

 The island is a sand atoll but sand is used loosley. Broken corals and shells is what it really is so take some reef walker shoes for walking down by the water and flicking lures. Getting coral cut feet is not enjoyable.

If you are doing your own cooking then take the speciality items that you love to add to your seafood. Herbs, spices, sauces etc. The shop has basics, depending on their supply runs, but if you want that special wasabi with your sushimi then bring it.

Double the amount of trolling lures you thought you will use. Nothing worse than having to borrow off your mates and they can see the upcoming problem for themselves. They will only lend you that shit lure with a broken bib that is in a colour that never gets a strike..

The fuel is not cheap but it and the beer are way cheaper than having to do a run back into Onslow. Budget for it and dont complain. If the weather is great you will be using fuel and if it is a bit blowy then you will be drinking more beer. Win / win in anybodys book.

They had a freezer for guest use, when i went, but the ice in said freezer can be taken by other guests if you are a bit slow to get there in the morning. If you really want to guarantee your ice take your own ice buckets and put your name on them. 

Take a good camera. Without a photo it didnt happen, It's just a story.

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 Sometimes when the water is quiet, you can hear the fish laughing at you !

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 Thanks for the info. Was it

Tue, 2018-06-26 06:44

 Thanks for the info. Was it easy enough to get your gear off the boat and loaded back up again when you leave?

How about the mooring of your boat? Do you need something to paddle out with or is it shallow enough?

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Gear

Tue, 2018-06-26 09:10

 Easy as to get the gear on and off. They bring down a ute and park it right on the beach, 3m from the boat, and drive your gear to the shacks. Getting a full esky of frozen fillets back onto the boat for the trip home takes some muscle.

The moorings are pretty close to the beach also and are wadeable at low tide with a mini swim at high. Send out 1 guy to unhook and load the eskies etc on the beach again.

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 You have to carry everything

Tue, 2018-06-26 09:10

 You have to carry everything from the boat onto the beach (and to the cabin most times) so allow for the extra effort.

The staff helped with a ute when we got there but they changed over staff and the next lot were crap so can be hit and miss.

 

The sand flies at the cleaning table are vicious as hell so take appropriate measures.

 

Ensure moring lines/ropes/tie off points are A-Grade. We had a boat end (in the group) up at Borrow island after broken mooring over night.

They have kayaks for getting to-from moorings.

 

Allow for there to be nothing to do when the weather won't let you fish. You're on foot once you're there.

 

Fishing is epic. 10k out in most directions and your good. We did better West for trolling and north for bottom bashing.

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 I went sept last year...

Tue, 2018-06-26 10:45

 I went sept last year... keep in mind theres resident bronzey that follows u everywhere u go from your mooring to shore. Obviously used to getting cleaning offcuts but be buggered if i would wade. They have a small rubber ducky but u gotta share. Motor wasnt workin either so u have to be ok using oars. Better than kayaks tho.

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Strong dual point mooring

Wed, 2018-06-27 12:53

Strong dual point mooring ropes and insect repellent after dark. 

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 Great tips, thanks everyone

Wed, 2018-06-27 20:05

 Great tips, thanks everyone

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 Hi Rick,April is a great

Wed, 2018-07-04 10:03

 Hi Rick,

April is a great time of year up here, usually light winds and calm seas (touch wood)

We have set policies in place in regards to unloading on the beachfront as it is subject to sea state/conditions, and you will be kept in the loop as to the best time to depart Onslow so we can safely offload.

There are few kayaks on the beach which you can use to paddle out to the moorings and tow back to the beach with you once you have retireved your boat (just remember to leave the kayak above the high tide line on the beach) If you have you're own feel free to bring that as your tender.

We have some heavy duty trolleys to load your catch in to and wheel up to the beach at the end of the day and big catch freezers you can store your fish in if planning to take some home.

Our moorings are checked and serviced regularly- you will be emailed a mooring policy which I reccommend reading thoroughly, we had a boat and up at Barrow Island last year as they tied one of their own ropes to a mooring and the wind blew up overnight... The policy details exactly how to safely tie up your boat to our moorings- occassionaly boats do clip moorings so if you notice anything you think might be out of sorts then let us know and we will sort it straight away.

The shop sells all the basics, including ice and decent range of fishing gear for up here, including lead and a good range of lures!

The fishing is awesome, if it's too windy for the boat try sight casting from shore (walk around the island) or we can drop you at back beach for a few hours, low tide can be good to wade some of the reef ledges for crayfish.

Hope this helps, see you in April!

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 Also, from the boat try sof

Wed, 2018-07-04 10:11

 Also, from the boat try sof plastics in 10-20 metres for Coral Trout and Rankin cod, bottom fishing out deeper for Red Emperor, Saddle Tail, Gold Band and more..

Trolling good for Mackerel, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin if you're keen,

Cast lures at the sandy cays and reef ledges/neighbouring islands for Queenfish, Trevally, Spangled Emperor..... Options are a plenty!

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MACKEREL ISLANDS FISHING CHARTERS