Montebello trip.



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Montebello Islands,
Sun, 2018-06-10 16:12


 Im seeking advice on a small boat trip to the Montes. I have a few question from those of you who've done the trip.

1. What's the best time of the year weather wise?

2. What's the best anchorage to give you good access to a variety of locations worth looking at for a variety of fishing styles. 

3. What sort of distances do you reckon you'd clock up getting to these spots. Fuel is a limiting factor as I don't want to carry extra fuel that makes the trip (over) dangerous. 

We allow ourselves approx 90 nm's out of out tank, which gives us a bit of a safety margin. I'd think 4 x 60ltr drums would be the most I'd want on deck, bearing in mind other stuff on board.

Oh yeah, boat is a 21 foot rebuilt Penguin, self draining deck. 

Thanks in advance...........John

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 We went in April 2 years ago

Sun, 2018-06-10 17:00

 We went in April 2 years ago and had the best weather even seen. Search the trip it was Bugger it does the monties i think


We slept on the boat in a different spot every night it was pretty easy to find protection. The islands are only small so dont need to much fuel to hang around those. I found when you start heading west for the deeper thats where you chew the fuel. Think i covered about 500km all up including a few offshore trip. We also launched at dampier!


Plenty of smaller fish and crays in a few meters of water. Once you starr heading out wide was hard to get fish past the sharks! 


I can check the plotter if no one else offers good spots, i cant really remember there names.. too many trips since!

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 Bluebell Island is not bad

Mon, 2018-06-11 08:45

 Bluebell Island is not bad for camping on. Easy enough to get on and off to unload your gear. Also deep enough that you don’t need to worry about it drying out like some of the bays. 


Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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 pm me A MOB #

Mon, 2018-06-11 15:49

 pm me A MOB #

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Mon, 2018-06-11 19:50

 We went from Dampier in April 

Boat: 7m Hydrasport running 225 4stroke yammaha (415l tank and carried 140 Litres) With boat weight, fuel and camping gear was heavy...

Ran straight there sat on 28knots 5500RPM used 180l fuel (thirsty bastard)

Home run sat on 18 - 20 knots 4800RPM used 130L 

Didnt do much running around as ran lower than wanted on fuel due to amount used getting there and fuel gauge and flow meter started being stupid. 

Used 80Litres running around in close. 

Next time I go if we go for a week I will look to pay for fuel to be taken over - I have not done my own research but was advised it was not to more expensive. By the time you take water, block ice, camping gear etc you get pretty heavy plus fuel...


Mooring we used two anchors off the front, set one up as a mooring while there worked good - found a bay that didn t dry out and sheltered on three sides. 

Best time of year I reckon may be March to April hopefuly before the Pilbara Easterlies come in. 

Looked on line at Mackeral Islands since coming back and will head that way one day...launch at Onslow only a small run out. 

U tube is your friend on both topics....enjoy. 





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 What model Hydra-Sports do

Mon, 2018-06-11 20:11

 What model Hydra-Sports do you have mate?


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Sat, 2018-06-16 10:01

 WA230 model pretty good boats 

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 I saw a pic of a boat

Wed, 2018-06-13 14:59

 I saw a pic of a boat sitting underwater at the Monties on anchor as i type this....


I havent got the finer details but the poor bastard had his pride n joy sink on night 1, they spent the next 3 days waiting for someone to come n grab them....


Boat to be salvaged in the coming days....

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Wed, 2018-06-13 18:19

That's bad news.


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Montebello Islands

Wed, 2018-06-13 17:20

Tank, how, or rather who, delivers stuff to the Montes?

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 I'd better not throw a pic

Wed, 2018-06-13 19:55

 I'd better not throw a pic up of the boat, well not for a while anyway...


Its a mate of a mates and i'd say he's not overly happy with the situation, 30k to retrieve it & that comes off the 110k she was insured for plus he'd just pumped 30 odd grand into engines and electronics....



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 Any ideas on how?

Wed, 2018-06-13 20:47

 Any ideas on how?


Love the West!

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 Nope, i'd just be

Wed, 2018-06-13 21:32

 Nope, i'd just be guessing...


I know it didnt have an auto bilge, he checked it at midnight and 2am but by 4 the led light he had on it was underwater

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wow thats no good

Sat, 2018-06-16 10:04

 be interesting to find out what went wrong when times right certainly not a good trip for them. A long way from nowhere.