Monties/Rankin Bank report

Hey all

After so much crappy weather for so long, the weather gods looked like they were about to let us play the game we had been praying for. Forecast was for shit hot weather and as we had the trip planned for awhile it was go, go, go on Thursday and for the entire Easter weekend including the Tuesday. The trip over was sensational to say the least and when getting close we had a couple of drifts at the monopods with little success, but that didn't dampen the spirits much. It was the first time for the young bloke (Josh) and myself but had my great mate Daisy along and was a great opportunity to put the new boat through its paces on a large extended trip. Plenty of food, water, piss and extra fuel came along for the ride as well. After we dropped off the fuel and water we had a bit of a look around the Northern end of the group but not much so settled into a few beers and a feed.

Day Two saw us head over to Tryall rocks for a look and a bit of exploring the area and the young bloke picked up a couple of good Rankins to open the account for the trip. Headed back to the beach for an early arvo swim and a feed and yep, you guessed it.... a few more frosty ales followed by a feed of rankin and trout.

Day three was where the anticipation for the trip had come down to. A trip out to the Rankin Bank with a few stops off along the way. Did around 25 miles out to a spot we thought might be good for a look at, and it didn't disappoint with plenty of good trout (650mm) and rankins along with double headers of trout and coronations also. The grey coats turned up and we lost a fish but that was cool, we headed off to the next spot and as we had to cover a bit of likely ground thought that a wahoo might be a goer. So Daisy rigged up a killer vibe with a wire trace x 2 and off we went. What happened next was a spin out!!! We weren't expecting the billies to play around here as you could guess with the wire business, and although we had the big Tiagra on board, the TLD 25 and the 30W were the reels of choice. I was at the helm when I heard the reel start to make that noise that gets all of our hearts racing and looked around to see a smallish black somersault out of the shit and the call was to Josh get on the reel and do the work. After half an hour of toil, the boy had the fish at the boat but what happened next chilled us to the bone. As we had the rods rigged to catch a HOO, a leader wasn't a high priority and when tested the fish leapt out of the water and at the angler pushing Mick aside and gave Josh a short sharp jab in the chest with her bill leaving a small wound and the boy with a bit of shock. Thank Christ it didn't hit him a little further North or it would have been all over red rover.

After that had happened, the fish calmed somewhat as had Josh, and he managed a photo with his first 50ish Kg Black Marlin. We pushed on after this with the adrenilin pumping, and nearing the second lump Daisy was on with the Hoo that we were actually chasing (after putting on some 100olb leader just in case). Had a drop as well and got a couple of fish, but the pelagics made a bit of a nuisance of themelves but never the less a cracking mack came to the boat and went into the esky. Off we went and after a little while with nothing happening, the 30w went off and my turn to have a crack and a nice little yellowfin came to the boat not long after with little fuss and was released happily to the esky. Pulled up near the bank and a couple more coronation trout came to the boat however tried to jig up a puppy dog with little success on that front which was not surprising given the hordes of wahoo everywhere. Time was winning the battle of the day and it was decided that we should probably head home to the islands given that dark was not far off, but stuff it... chuck one more lure out and tempt Josh from the cabin after his brush with death :-) Sure enough, the line absolutely peels off the reel and if you have heard a large mackeral go, multiply that by 5 and you have one frigging amazing sound. After a solid fight a cracking wahoo comes to the boat and there were a few high fives going on and a bit of back slapping.

After such a big day thet day before, day four was a quiet affair with plastics chucked around the islands and a bit of time to take in what was around by exploring the well as having a rest, a good feed and a bit of shit talk about the day before.

 Day five saw us plan to explore the southern end and stay close, which we did for a while but the weather was toooooo good to knock back the opportunity to have a look out towards Barrow. As a result we picked up some solid trout, with a good double header coming to yours truly,  as well as daisy with a double header (and not too far off the truth) with  one only having the head left (lucky it was the small one). Explored some more with some quality ground to go back to next time with a decent red coming to the boat. That was it, left the fish biting for a blast back to the anchorage for the night in preparation for the run home the next day.

 Trip home was glass all the way really with a couple of stops along the way to sound out ground we havent been to in a long time and it was a friutful one with a couple of good fish to Daisy.

What a fantastic place to visit and I really can't wait to get back there one day soon to really learn what we have missed out on and only scratched in terms of where to go and what to look for. The fishing was shit hot, and really these words only describe part of it but the company was every bit as good and the memories will last forever!!

Pics are probably in fairly random order but its late :-)





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Thu, 2011-04-28 03:06

Mannnnn i love that place! never got the chance to hit rankin bank but sounds like it was worth the miles

great report and great pics! the young fella sure woulda got a suprise from the beakie! Looks like a solid fish too!

top work fellas


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Top Trip

Thu, 2011-04-28 05:19

Top write up. An awesome trip by the sounds of it. That is going to be a pretty cool scar to have.


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Great report

Thu, 2011-04-28 06:39

  some great fish and sounds like a great time was had by all




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Cheers for the write up

Thu, 2011-04-28 07:01

Was a good read, any chance you took some pics of Tryall Rocks themselves? Are they visible? Im writing an assignment on the Tryall at the moment and I thought it might be nice to have a picture of the rocks/wash if it is visible.


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Thu, 2011-04-28 07:02

Great stuff mullows, glad you had some great weather and fishing.
How much fuel did you burn on the trip?


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Ended up using just over

Sat, 2011-04-30 19:38

Ended up using just over 500litres John. Pretty happy really considering the ground we covered over the week.





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Didn't take any pics of

Thu, 2011-04-28 07:20

Didn't take any pics of Tryall Rocks Bryan and yes they were very visible with a little wash over the top but it really was very calm so not going off at all.

Cheers John it was awesome and we had a ball..haven't refuelled the boat yet but I reckon we would have used somewhere around 600ish litres. Will get a better idea when I take it to the servo, bit scared really :-) Used more than I thought going over but it was very heavy fully loaded with the extras...after that all got unloaded it was pretty good.





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Top report

Thu, 2011-04-28 07:27

Top report, cheers Mullows. :)  Very lucky with that bill injury.


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great trip fellas, love the

Thu, 2011-04-28 07:55

great trip fellas, love the DIY Montes adventures, especially when Rankin Bank is visited, and it looks like you socred the weather for that too.

Great work to the young fella on the bill and wahoo, and a great story for school as well.

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Cool Mullows, Josh and daisy

Thu, 2011-04-28 08:09

Mate that is awesome. Josh certainly was a lucky chap. That could have been a disaster out there with a punctured lung etc had it gone a little deeper. Shit that would have frightened me. Bet the boss gave you a few strange looks when you got home about that one.



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The realisation that we could

Thu, 2011-04-28 08:24

The realisation that we could have been in some real trouble there was not lost on us at the time...that said, when we quickly figured out it was all good we had a fair ol' laugh. He will certainly get some miles out of it at school Tim as will I. My new favourite saying is ' It's always fun until you get stabbed in the chest by a marlin.'


Haha Neels I am lucky on that front as she is in Perth, she only knows what I have told her  Looks like you have had your own dramas with the boat and all. Glad to hear no one was hurt in that.






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 Love so much monties ! my

Thu, 2011-04-28 09:05

 Love so much monties ! my paradise...  hey poddyfish ! where did u get that from this bloody massive bluebone ? speared around hedland ? 

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awesome i wish i had that

Thu, 2011-04-28 12:33

awesome i wish i had that range in my little tub.  Great report lads very nice!

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Great write up Mullows,

Thu, 2011-04-28 13:07

Great write up Mullows, sounds like you had a blast!! Few interesting stories to tell at school for the young bloke :)

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Good write up Bumcrack, had a

Thu, 2011-04-28 19:57

Good write up Bumcrack, had a great time, thanks for the trip, plenty more to come brother.


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looks like you picked the weather

Fri, 2011-04-29 06:04

Few people over there i heard .......fisheries floating around as well.


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Cheers mate. Yeah fisheries

Sat, 2011-04-30 19:35

Cheers mate. Yeah fisheries were there and they boarded our boat at about 7pm after coming in from the bank.

There might have been a few over there but to be honest we didn't see that many people around and we thought that it would be busier given the weather was so good.





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Carn Daisy would it kill ya

Fri, 2011-04-29 09:23

Carn Daisy would it kill ya to smile :)

Nice trip boys, pitty didn't play ball, would have loved to see a couple of those!

Can't wait to get out there!

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 Hey guys, how far is Rankin

Tue, 2011-05-24 07:08

 Hey guys, how far is Rankin Bank from the Monties ? cheers


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About 40 miles north of

Tue, 2011-05-24 15:11

About 40 miles north of Trimouille is. But there are a few lumps on the way that are worth looking at which breaks up the trip.

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Great report guys!  Thanks

Tue, 2011-05-24 07:37

Great report guys!  Thanks for sharing.

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Looks like a top trip. Do you

Tue, 2011-05-24 09:25

Looks like a top trip. Do you have any consumption figures for that boat now? Just curious.


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Cheers Alfred.I had a few

Tue, 2011-05-24 18:08

Cheers Alfred.

I had a few dramas with the GPS Jamie (pushed the wrong button, not once but twice!!!) and stuffed up the miles figures. Each day we roughly worked out how many miles we did though, and when added up went close to, if not a tad more than 400miles. Final fuel usage was just over 500litres so pretty good considering the load on the way over and the weight of the boat. Next thing I need to get though to be sure is a fuel flow meter which is easier said than done I think for a diesel inboard....need to do some research I think.

Did a lot of miles that day to the bank Quebra with the exploring, factored in with trolling some likely areas etc as Lastchance said, pretty close to an 80-90 mile round trip (100 miles from Dampier). Easy though considering the weather we had. A mate of a mate unfortunately had a shocking trip back a week later from the Montes which took 10hrs & 280litres of juice as the weather was atrocious.





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Thats pretty good economy for

Tue, 2011-05-24 18:24

Thats pretty good economy for a big boat and loaded for a few day's fisging.

I hear that fuel flow senders are a bitch for diesel, nothing cheap can accomodate for the return fuel line.

Maybe put cheapies on, one on the supply, the other on the return, and subtract the difference at the end of the day ;)