New to boat fishing

Hi All,

Thanks for recent advice on the forum. I now have myself  a 60hp 4stk 5m Quintrex Freedom Sport. My worries about reversing it up the driveway with only 20cm space either side were unfounded; and I was able to do it first time - slowly slowly slowly is the key!


Now looking for some beginner tips on getting out fishing. I live close to Freo boat ramp and Woodmans is a short drive too. 

- What is the 'go to' app for checking the forecast? and what should I be looking for with regards to wind speed, direction and seas/tide?

- What would be good spots to target for a beginner (I'm not looking to go out too far as my experience with boats is limited)

- What species should I be targetting?

- What would you consider a good pre requisite of fishing gear for the sound? i.e. Size of Rod and Reel. Rigs, Line, lures and hook sizes. 



sea-kem's picture

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 IMO fishranger coupled with

Tue, 2019-11-12 11:44

 IMO fishranger coupled with seabreeze (laymans graph) For starting out breezes less than 12-14 knots anything less than a 2m swell and low seas. Fishranger defines the seas as well as swell on his charts that's why I like it. Get out and get used to your boat a few times, Mellville water on the river is always a good start to get the feel.


Love the West!

backlash's picture

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Tue, 2019-11-12 12:33

the more hours you put on the water, the better
even with stuff like launching and retrieving
Maybe try to target bread and butter fishing first - like whiting (good during demersal ban plus they're tasty, and easy to catch)
Also - Squidding is great fun, and also nice to eat
plus you'll get to know your boat more as well


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As above....spend the next

Tue, 2019-11-12 12:55

As above....spend the next month in close on squid and whiting watching the weather etc. if you can get a good deckie with deeper experience that will help a heap once you do start heading out further. It literally is like learning a trade with all the variables to safe boating and catching a few decent fish.

Download / play and learn your sounder at every opportunity.

Find a good local tackle shop, you will spend less...and will end up with the right gear.

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As above

Tue, 2019-11-12 15:32

Pick a species, any species within the bread and butter family let's say the humble whiting. Find out where they live , what they like to eat and the best rigs to catch em on . Target that one fish and before you know it you'll be a pro at catching whiting  . Best thing about catching whiting you ask ?
Perfect Dhuie bait !  
Learn how to run a spread of lures whilst your on the hunt for new ground , start with one then it's two then it's four . Best thing about dragging lures you ask ? No fish , no boat to clean .

As long as you're on the water you're winning in my books . 


 My wife understands why I clean my rods n reels in the shower....


sunshine's picture

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And log on to sea rescue

Tue, 2019-11-12 17:20

VH6CL if launching at 73 VHF

VN6DI if launching Freo also on 73 VHF


That way if you get in any strife you can call for help very quickly ......the Sound has plenty of whiting spots look for sand holes in weed beds ....size 6 hooks and squid tentacle pieces with by catch of herring

SQUID over the same ground ....water only needs to be  few metres deep 

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Hi Mate

Tue, 2019-11-12 17:34

 Good advice above. Takes time and practice, but heaps of good fishing avaliable in the sound. Be careful with the bowrider in choppy /big swell, they are prone to flooding (so ive heard). Stay on This Forum, plenty of experieced fishos here. Good luck!.

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 Hey mate come down and see

Sat, 2019-11-16 07:56

 Hey mate come down and see us. We can help you out and answer your question plus hook you up with what ever gear you need . You will get 10% discount on al purchases (10%FW MEMBERS DISCOUNT) plus we can help you out even if its just questions and answers you are after. feel free to pop in and say good day .


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