Montebello's 2011- Pilbara Brad's Farewell

Addy and I rolled back into Exmouth late last night after 1000km in the car and 210nm by sea so we could farewell Brad from the Pilbara- Montebello's style. We had a great trip, even though none of us did the usual stuff. There was three boats this time, Adz and I in mine from Exmouth, while Brad and Sheldon took Brad's and Leith and Paul towed Leith's down from Pt Hedland. Wanting to get value for money, Ady and I left Thursday night and camped at Fortescue Roadhouse for an early refuel and launch on the morning high tide.

We were treated to a pretty sweet ride out, enjoying the wildlife and scenery as the miles passed.

Nearly there.....

Cracking a beer to celebrate our arrival

The other boys weren't arriving until the next morning so we set up a temporary camp and headed off for a pop. The GT's were slow compared to previous sessions but we landed a few to keep us interested.


I also popped this 69cm spanglie that fought harder than any of the GT's for the day, unfortunately the big popper makes it look a tad smaller than it was.
It glassed off later in the day so we decided to come in for a swim, just for a look.
We dined on snags and onion that night and hit the hay early, the trip out had caught up with us. Brad and Sheldon rolled in later that night.
The next morning we packed up to shift to our preferred site.
Leith and Paul arrived at around 9am but we were out of there, our plan was to find some new reef to drop jigs and plastics for demersals. It took some finding but we started finding fish, Adz first with this nice trout on one of Jeffo's (Deepwater) home made jigheads and a McArthy 7", followed by me with a nice trout and rankin on the one jig, first for me!
We shifted a little further where we released a heap of mid sized rankins, then we stumbled upon the Graveyard, the place where jigs go to die. This was some of the hottest fishing I've had, with every drop nailed, usually before I'd even lifted the jig.
Adz jumped on the video camera and took some sick footage of me hooking up, getting stitched up and also landing some nice trout. I hooked and managed to extract a big trout from the reef only to get it sharked halfway up. The head was pretty big and could've beaten my 80cm PB but we'll never know. That signalled it was time for us to move on as these fish are too good to waste but man it was a hot session.
We took 2 mid sized trout for tea that night- some coral trout sashimi followed by a Thai Red Trout Curry- delicious but the sunburnt lips stung a little.
We woke the next morning to discuss the day where we all decided to head to Tryall Rocks
Upon arrival I was rigging a stickbait as I had plans for some popping and stickbaiting for mackies so Addy dropped his placcy over the side on nothing in particular and landed this nice trout, not a bad start!
The mackies were on the chew with some awesome aerial strikes from fish to 20kg getting airbourne with my lure in their mouth, even though pulled hooks made sure none made it back to the boat. Brad and Sheldon trolled and it was fish every few minutes, all released except one which became tea. Adz swam and videod watching the mackies underneath which must've numbered over 50 at one stage. Leith and Paul headed wide for a billfish to no avail, while Adz and I found a sailfish nearby which we cast our stickbaits at but it refused. Bummer. Brad and Sheldon then headed out to some reef where they found a similar situation to what we did the day before- heaps of big reefies all hungry for jigs. Addy and I headed inshore, dropping on any structure we found and pulling up more trout, rankins and chinamen.
Coming back into the reef we passed a few waves that were like this for our whole stay, and we didn't have a surfboard or lid anywhere near us- next time one is getting packed for sure. Left or right? Take your pick.
We came in early and had a walk around just taking it all in.

This seagull was being eaten?? by what looked like a big sea anemone, it was half inside this thing and couldn't get away so Dr Harry came to the rescue and it managed to walk away and sulk, it's final fate unknown.

Tea was fish and chips, with Leith copping a oil burn courtesy of the frypan so no, he's not reaching for a beer.

That night the wind picked up and Brad and I had to take a midnight swim to reset his dragging anchor. We woke to a stiff 20kt Southerly for our long trip home and for about 2 hours didn't we know about it!

The photo is very complimentary to the conditions, we were all drenched and battered. Closer to shore it got better and by the time we hit the islands off Fortescue River it was near glass- go figure! We had some lunch, a fish and relax then hit the road for the long drive home, with a trailer tyre blow out after Nanutarra our last drama.

Cooking pancakes for lunch

Food for fishermen!

All in all we got 4 days of nearly perfect weather, great company, awesome fishing and a nice change to our usual Montebello sorties. Hope you enjoyed yourself B-Dog, it was a great way to send you off.

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Jealous much

Tue, 2011-08-02 19:36

Bastards, while us southerners are enduring a 2 week belting by mother nature you lot are doing this

Great trip guys and well done on the fish.

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ill add some more photos

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:01

ill add some more photos soon, thanks heaps for making the effort lads, was a blast


Well we only got 2 days fishing but it was worth it.  It was a long way to go for the lads but we had a blast, a very different montes trip to the usual with a hell of a lot more relaxing going on and not as much fishing.  Thanks Adam, Tim, Paul, Leith and Sheldon for comming out was a great trip and an awesome way to say good by to the montebello islands after 9 trips out there over the last few years








Spangos were thick on top water lures


the viper



Kelvin8tors first ever topwater spango




We made a perfectly good bay look like this



Mackies were really thick with multiple double hook ups


Few mackies on the sounder












Kelvin8tors first ever fish n a jig and on his first drop, 77cm trout


His second ever fish on a jig


nice rankin

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 Wow these photos are

Wed, 2011-08-03 14:14

 Wow these photos are amazing! What lens you using there Banana Brad? The 2nd photo of your mate with the spango on the popper is bloody amazing


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Awesome photos!

Tue, 2011-08-02 19:38

Awesome photos!

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Tue, 2011-08-02 19:43

Was just unreal.  Sooo zoned out by the last day of just unreal fishing, conditions and cold beers quite often!  Got some sick video that I'll edit up tomorrow!!  Cheers fellas, top trip indeed.


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Great photos and report!

Tue, 2011-08-02 19:54

Great photos and report! There will be plenty of jealous fishos after reading this one!




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fantastic work guys, very

Tue, 2011-08-02 19:59

fantastic work guys, very jealous indeed

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Awesome pics.I'll keep

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:00

Awesome pics.

I'll keep dreaming & one day I may even get to see it for myself.



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Tue, 2011-08-02 20:01

 cheers lads, had an absolute ball, still wrecked today!

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 Excellent report and pics

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:07

 Excellent report and pics lads, thanks for sharing.

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It has already been said

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:12

great pics, thanks for sharing.



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Tue, 2011-08-02 20:18

On a rainy day in Perth, To open this thread was awsome. Great pictures and report, thanks.

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Definitely gotta go there...

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:19

I'm adding the Monties to my bucket list....what an awesome place. Thanks for some great photos guys, can't wait for the videos.

Best wishes to you Brad, stay safe wherever you're heading.



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Thats awesome guys, magic

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:19

Thats awesome guys, magic


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Nice report guys. What is the

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:23

Nice report guys. What is the name of that bay you stayed in. Looks like it would be sheltered from most wid directions


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no name bay but it also runs

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:28

no name bay but it also runs out of water on the low tide. There are at least a dozen bays like it out there, plus numerous other beaches and sheltered anchorages.

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Its called "take it to our

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:35

Its called "take it to our grave bay"  only runs out of water on the springs timbo

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Looks amazing guys, very very

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:25

Looks amazing guys, very very jelous! Definently got me thinking about a trip up that way, looks like a lot of time effort and planning but way worth it! Awsome pics too!

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Tue, 2011-08-02 20:26

Great photos guys! looks like a good time was had...

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Nice work

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:27

Great report, hopefully Brad can still write the occasional report of his sorties over in QLD region if work allows.

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Awesome, just Awesome!

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:41

Awesome, just Awesome!




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Top report and a great way to

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:53

Top report and a great way to say seeya brad. but im sure we will see plenty more of queensland Brad in the future


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awsome report & pics boys.

Tue, 2011-08-02 20:57

awsome report & pics boys. sounds like an awsome trip.

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Tue, 2011-08-02 20:59

Great photo's, Great fish, Great waves. Nothing else to say really

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Pretty special trip that.

Tue, 2011-08-02 21:03

Pretty special trip that. Love the trout and rankin on one lure and the pic of the cod on the sand is mint.

Saw the boat in Ads driveway with you unloading stuff. Thought "those pair of pricks been to the islands" didnt think you`d been to THOSE islands.

Thanks very much for the report and the pics. . Bec just read it and guess where we off to next ??


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you should have stopped in

Tue, 2011-08-02 21:14

you should have stopped in for the stories. If you go I'll draw you a mud map if you draw me one of your trout spot here...

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Tue, 2011-08-02 21:05

You boys make me sick.

What an absolutely brilliant place. Great work boys and enjoy home Brad. Anyone taking your place up there?


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Awesome report

Tue, 2011-08-02 21:10

Awesome report fella's.


What I would give to have done that trip 9 times!!



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Mmm fried! Nasty the taxman

Tue, 2011-08-02 21:34

Mmm fried!

Nasty the taxman didn;t even leave you wings!


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 Tim,  Thankyou for putting

Tue, 2011-08-02 21:37



Thankyou for putting that together and what an incredible introduction to that place. It is truly a gigantic saltwater playground out there and as Leith and I found, if you don't go there with a plan you just get lost and try to do too much of everything.  


Can't wait to get back there.



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sensational report fellas.

Tue, 2011-08-02 21:44

sensational report fellas. Great fish, photos, weather (even the conditions on your trip back are heaven for us down here at the moment). Even some beaut surf! What a great way to send Brad over east.

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Well done guys, can not think

Tue, 2011-08-02 21:47

Well done guys, can not think of a more fitting farewell for Brad. Tim-love the first photo!!!!!

Guess I've got M-dog creek to myself..........unless you guys come up for a barra trip.




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Addy and I talked about a

Wed, 2011-08-03 06:57

Addy and I talked about a trip to M-Dogs for a no-Brad barra trip this season, might be on the cards!

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 i'll be more than happy to

Wed, 2011-08-03 19:35

 i'll be more than happy to take over brads spot at M-dogs, i'll even sing a few more power ballads for yas :)

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yep, come on up in barra

Wed, 2011-08-03 20:51

yep, come on up in barra season. With no Brad we might have a chance of catching a big barra rather then watching brad catch them!



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Thanks guys

Tue, 2011-08-02 22:01

Thanks for sharing. Not much else one can say after a report like that.

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 Well done guys, cant think

Tue, 2011-08-02 22:28

 Well done guys, cant think of a better way to spend 4 days.

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Top report there guys, what a

Tue, 2011-08-02 23:17

Top report there guys, what a send off!



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now that looks like a great

Wed, 2011-08-03 06:23

now that looks like a great trip ,lots of fish and fun and a great send off for Brad


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Fantastic report there Tim.

Wed, 2011-08-03 06:26

Fantastic report there Tim. Man I love that place. All the best Brad.





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Wow, you would have to go

Wed, 2011-08-03 06:35

Wow, you would have to go along way to read a better report and certainly to find a better trip, that looked awesome fellas!!

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Now that is a send off! 

Wed, 2011-08-03 06:52

Now that is a send off!  Awesome report with many top pics.

Great double too Tim.

Looking forward to the vid. Ads.

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Out with a Bang

Wed, 2011-08-03 07:06

Great report Tim, some great pics to boot. Nothing like going out on top Bradley, top effort well worth the hard yards getting there I sure. All the best bud. I see Sheldon's been grazing in the top paddock too, you look well conditioned brother. I'll be popping up to hedland in the next few weeks Sheldon, i'll get in touch. When you leaving Brad?


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Wed, 2011-08-03 19:36

 hahahahahahahahahahahaha very good top paddock mate

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Tops all up, Fish, location,

Wed, 2011-08-03 07:36

Tops all up, Fish, location, pics & write up

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very nice

Wed, 2011-08-03 07:40

 look like a mint spot to camp let alone fish


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Surf Vid

Wed, 2011-08-03 07:46


Here's a pretty crappy vid I knocked up last night, shows some of the surf though.


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Awesome stuff guys. Nice

Wed, 2011-08-03 08:42

Awesome stuff guys. Nice double on the jig (revolver?) Tim. Great sounder shot of the mackies also. Love to do that trip one day.


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Sea Falcon Ukari?

Wed, 2011-08-03 09:07

Sea Falcon Ukari?


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 yep, not many left in the

Wed, 2011-08-03 09:21

 yep, not many left in the box now though.


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Awesome report

Wed, 2011-08-03 08:48

Gotta love those photos. Reminds me how bloody lucky we are to have that sort of country and fishing available.  Thanks for sharing!

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Top stuff

Wed, 2011-08-03 09:53

Looks like an awesome time was had by all.

Did you have the place to yourselves or were there a few other crew getting about?


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 there seemed to be maybe 6

Wed, 2011-08-03 11:05

 there seemed to be maybe 6 other trailer boats and a yacht but we only saw them from a distance.

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I've got to get over there!!

Wed, 2011-08-03 11:16

Thats just supreme.

Just have to keep posting these reports up, and BananaBrad will scuttle back this way fast.

Great send off and best off luck over there Brad.



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lucky Bastards!!! looks

Wed, 2011-08-03 11:20

lucky Bastards!!! looks awesome!

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God dammitThat looks too

Wed, 2011-08-03 14:43

God dammit

That looks too good!

Not fair. Think I need to get back up there pronto!


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Wed, 2011-08-03 14:45

Jig Graveyard Video:


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How good (but expensive) is

Wed, 2011-08-03 15:30

How good (but expensive) is graveyards! had soooo much fun out there

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awesome video Adz!!!

Wed, 2011-08-03 15:42

awesome video Adz!!!

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sweet trip

Wed, 2011-08-03 14:54

to farewell Brad

good to see Sheldon migrate north from bunno.

some awesome shots a s usual and fish to boot

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Great report as usual you

Wed, 2011-08-03 14:58

Great report as usual you boys make us all jealous i cant wait till i am hopefully lucky enough to get back to the monties

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Great video boys!!!!

Wed, 2011-08-03 15:13

Great video boys!!!!


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Nice work boys, fitting send

Wed, 2011-08-03 19:26

Nice work boys, fitting send off.


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Best way to farewell a mate I

Wed, 2011-08-03 19:45

Best way to farewell a mate I reckon. They are the sort of trips that stick in your mind for a lifetime. All the best PilbaraBrad. Damo6230 never changed his name when he moved north so i think you should leave your site name as is.


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Fantastic report guys and a

Thu, 2011-08-04 13:57

Fantastic report guys and a fitting send off for a fishing mate.

If you will excuse me for jumping into your thread, this is a trip that i have always wanted to do but have not screwed up the nerve to undertake. Always worried about weather and fuel, the usual stuff. The day however is coming when I will commit to this trip and I would really appreciate a couple of pointers as to safe anchorages and must takes. I also see you left from Fortescue, how safe is your vehicle and trailer there ?

Any information that you are willing to part with would be much appreciated.


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cars seem safe at Fortescue,

Thu, 2011-08-04 15:19

cars seem safe at Fortescue, besides there's not too many other options. 

There's so many anchorages you couldn't list them all, Google Earth is going to be your best friend here. Lower tides are going to catch you out more than anything as a lot of the sheltered bays dry out on springs. Must do's include the bomb sites but if the weather is good just go fishing. I can email you bomb site pics instead.

Make sure you know your boat and fuel usage and don't underestimate the amount of miles you are going to do. We averaged about 40nm a day once we were there, they add up pretty quickly. Feel free to post up prior to going and I'm sure someone can help

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Thanks Tim, appreciate the

Thu, 2011-08-04 16:19

Thanks Tim, appreciate the quick reply.