A newbie to WA


Been scanning the forum as a ghost for a couple of months now and finally decided to write a small report of a foreigner’s new home. I have been calling Australia home for a couple of months, however the trip happened 4 weeks after arriving in November 2019. 

Been with a new company for six weeks before they forced me to take a two-week holiday (Christmas break), how unfortunate. Me and the misses decided to start working our way up from Perth driving north and sleeping wherever and whenever we feel like it. Fishing rods packed, sleeping in the van and having no idea what to expect along the way. Got a few decent tips from searching the forum.

The first couple of days had minimum success as can be expected if you drive around inland and looking at all kind of tourist attractions, finally we made our way up to Hamelin Pools and decided to continue to steep point and see what the fuss is about. Our first two night we stayed at false entrance, being the only campers there was exiting and allowed us to explore and really experience a bit of remoteness reminding us of back home (Namibia). Early mornings and late afternoon gave us a couple of tailor which was fun and starting to lighten up the trip. Next stop, steep point and the next two days fishing the bay and diving in the area yielded no results and after just two days the wind has finally driven us away and made me realise that we were not nearly as prepared as we should have been, we decided to leave and continue north, but before we leave I will gather the courage to stand between numerous other anglers on the point and give it a last go with my spinning setup and hoping that if I manage to hook something that someone will give me a hand getting a fish up the cliffs. One fellow angler saw me standing on my own and having a less than average time, told me to join them and even gave me one of his lures, a yellow belly that is apparently deadly. Humbled I casted the whole afternoon till dark with no results and not seeing one fish landed for the day. To show my gratitude I had to spend a couple of hours on the cliffs the next morning before we leave. This is when it happened for me, my first Spanish mack and that on spin from the shore blew my mind. We ended up spending another three days at steep point joining my newfound friend and his camp. This is where I fell in love with WA and its people, taking in a foreigner and sharing without the slightest hint of selfishness. 

As our trip continued, we found a honey hole and managed to bag a couple of good crays (biggest 2kg), and to repay some of my debt we had a good feedback at the camp. We headed north and ended our trip in Exmouth, a great first trip. Since then I have done a couple smaller trips and closer to Perth as my work does not feel as forgiving as when I started. Now that I managed to get rid of most of the touristy stuff and settling in. I am looking forward to exploring and uncover a couple more secrets along the way. 


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 How good is that - great

Thu, 2020-07-09 15:40

 How good is that - great story. Cheers for taking the time to write it up. 

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 Nice mate . Always good too

Thu, 2020-07-09 16:18

 Nice mate . Always good too hear story's like yours! I always try too help the newbies get into some good fish, it's a real kick to see. Don't forget rottnest for a snorkel, plenty of crays.

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 And that's Livin

Thu, 2020-07-09 16:38

 And that's Livin


Love the West!

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 Well played mate

Thu, 2020-07-09 16:46

 Well played mate

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to the West

Thu, 2020-07-09 17:43

Thanks for thwe very good write up

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well done

Thu, 2020-07-09 21:13

sounds like a good trip and many more to come.

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Great write up

Thu, 2020-07-09 22:37

Reading through that and looking at the photos, im sure it wont be the last adventure report we read

So much coast to explore here, we are indeed lucky 


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 Good write up and you got

Fri, 2020-07-10 06:41

 Good write up and you got the results in the end. Hope to see many more fish from you in the future and welcome to the best state in oz 


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Fri, 2020-07-10 07:19

 If you like fishing, you're in the right place.

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Great report!

Fri, 2020-07-10 07:50

 ...en geluk met die Cuta!

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Good work, just how it should

Fri, 2020-07-10 09:11

Good work, just how it should be with everyone, friendly and inclusive.

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Great Read, Well done...a few

Fri, 2020-07-10 12:15

Great Read, Well done...a few good catches, your persistence paying off!

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Great story what an adventure

Fri, 2020-07-10 14:14

Awesome story thanks for sharing your adventure .We are leaving Perth soon heading to Darwin .Steep point ive read alot about but i believe its a dirt road and dad with his new toy wont go on dirt roads lol

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 Great story and we're bloody

Fri, 2020-07-10 15:04

 Great story and we're bloody glad to have people like you join in the fun!

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Well done

Fri, 2020-07-10 15:37

 Appreciate the share and glad you joined in and posted your story, welcome to the West!




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Great read

Fri, 2020-07-17 10:26

 Thats a great report.  It's a huge state, so much more for you to explore.

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Great report

Fri, 2020-07-17 11:58

Welcome to the site. Look forward to more reports.  

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Tue, 2020-07-21 11:32


Thanks to everyone for good wishes. This is just a confirmation of the good will of fisherman. Looking forward to the next trip.