Ningaloo 2017--pic heavy, more pics added

 Just back from the annual trip. Spent a month at Winderabandi point. The first 2 weeks were in the company of my chief fishing accomplice, my wife, who then went back to work , to be replaced by my youngest son. We also had a keen pick up passenger from the camp next door a few times, young Jason, who will likely now suffer from an expensive addiction for the rest of his life. Seeing a Black come tailwalking at you from close quarters will do that .   The trip was a bit different to previous years, as we are constantly evolving our fishing methods.  We ventured wider, trolling, for the first time, and were instantly rewarded with a pair of marlin, a little black and a larger striped. This was with my wife and we were driving my son insane posting all these pics. We had four in the first five days out there , then they went quiet. 

The first week was almost non-stop wind, strong SE-S. We went out regardless, just trolled lures for mackerel heading into it, something we normally rarely do,until we had one in the bag, then trolled home out a bit wider with the wind behind. Raised wahoo, mahi, and a sail, but got none to the boat. The second week was much better, had a few beautiful days, and good fish. Big wahoo were about--the first was sharked, the ones boated all went 138-. . Mahi were more plentiful, ate a lot. Mackerel weren't thick, or big, sharks got most. Big Rankins and Coronation were certainly about--probably close to our PB's. All of the really big Rankins go back down on the release weight--big breeders who aren't as good to eat as the sub jobs, keep the breeding stock protected. Had a small blue (?) grab a trolled gar meant for a sail, which was released , and another black took a ballooned gar meant for a sail off the anchored boat,  nearly jumped aboard, and released itself under the boat after a good fight. Those little marlin go hard, harder than a sail, pound for pound, IMO. Sails were very patchy, coming and going. You'd give up trolling after several fruitless days, then there they were again.  Sharks were just as bad as usual, or worse--we had another sail taken, this time on the last day, by a massive whaler, had to be a Bull, who firstly bit it in half, then came in boat side to take the remains, and even hit the prop, idling in gear, to stall the motor. All on video , to follow. Fought another XOS whaler on 80lb gear for over an hour, who had taken a trolled fish and hooked on the lure. Finally broke off 3 metres from the rod tip-- I had harnessed up for the first time, and it makes all the difference.

Throw in some beautiful sunsets, and good company, and you have something you just can't replicate.

 

 

 

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Awesome

Mon, 2017-07-31 11:58

 Sick photo's!  Love the one of the whale coming out of the water.  Looks like a submarine about to launch.  Will read the report once i've stopped flicking through all the photo's again.  Good work.

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 Great pic of thee stars you

Mon, 2017-07-31 12:50

 Great pic of thee stars 

you didn't see anything strange  in the sky's around the 24th June  if you were up there ?

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 That photo of the marlin

Mon, 2017-07-31 13:01

 That photo of the marlin with the line heading to it from the foreground is top notch! Great read!

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Think you got photo of the

Mon, 2017-07-31 13:22

Think you got photo of the month a few times over!

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Looks like a great trip mate

Mon, 2017-07-31 13:53

 Did you see the emu in the milkyway?

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 Some great pics there.

Mon, 2017-07-31 13:58

 Some great pics there. Marlin jumping pics look mint

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Great Report

Mon, 2017-07-31 14:47

 How good is Ningaloo!! Those Coronations look brillant. Some great pics amongst that lot. Thanks for sharing

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Epic

Mon, 2017-07-31 15:26

Sooo good. Gah i miss those days!

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 Just brilliant photos!

Mon, 2017-07-31 16:18

 Just brilliant photos! Sounds like a bloody great trip!

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Certainly epic.

Mon, 2017-07-31 16:21

 my rant re Labors betrayal on the lease issue was a bit off the mark, after talking to Phil, this business has a while to run yet. Whales seem to be getting thicker every year. Lots of very close encounters, you really had to be on the ball when trolling. We had never been out wider before chasing billfish, certainly a lot to learn. Found them mainly from 130 to 210 metres, went out to 250. Too close? Also found them in 30 metres. Having that sail taken by the shark really pissed me off--new rules from now on, 120lb leader, and once the leader is in hand, it's a caught fish. Every efffort will be made to grab the bill and unhook, but I'd rather bust a hook off in the corner of their mouth than expose them to a needlessly long fight.  I'll add more pics.

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Amazing

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:00

 So jealous

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Fishing mans heaven

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:09

You have found it, some really great pics there thanks for sharing, are you going to put the video up with the shark in.
By the size of the bite it must have been a bloody big un.

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 Great pics and report. I

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:30

 Great pics and report. I can't wait to get up North again 

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 noy just the post that was

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:41

 noy just the post that was heavy with pics some of them fish looked quite heavy as well. well done on pics and fish

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Awesome pics, love the Marlin

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:43

Awesome pics, love the Marlin in action shots, probably shouldn't pull so hard on the line though ..... you pulled the head right off one of them 

 

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Loved it best post for a

Mon, 2017-07-31 18:02

Loved it best post for a while

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That shark was enormous.

Mon, 2017-07-31 18:11

 Really didn't think any whaler could get that big. Even looks big on the Gopro, and their wide angle really shrinks things. Big enough to eat an entire sail, in two serves.  

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Amazing photos, looked like a

Mon, 2017-07-31 18:16

Amazing photos, looked like a great trip. Shame about the sharks but doesn't look like there's much you can do about them up there atm

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Great Report

Mon, 2017-07-31 19:49

Not sure what pic I like the most. There all pretty special.

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As above mate, cracking

Mon, 2017-07-31 19:54

As above mate, cracking report, pics and fish! 

Great news form Phil RE the lease too. 

Certainly is gods country up there!

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BLOODY HELL

Mon, 2017-07-31 19:56

Epic report, just wow.

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Awesome report, and awesome pics

Mon, 2017-07-31 20:31

 I like the camp setup and stars pic in particular. Also some bloody solid rankins landed! And agreed they start to get full of parasites and taste like crap when they are really big, far better eating the juveniles. 

 

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Video uploaded of sail vs shark

Mon, 2017-07-31 21:29

 Got the video uploaded to Vimeo, posted in Fishing Videos sub-forum on here

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Keen to have a look

Tue, 2017-08-01 09:35

Cracking photos ranmar...

Can you post a link to the video? I can't seem to find it

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2017 Best write up and pics

Tue, 2017-08-01 08:48

Awesome !!!

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 Some amazing pics & top

Tue, 2017-08-01 09:23

 Some amazing pics & top fishing mate

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here it is

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 Amazing photos and great

Tue, 2017-08-01 12:21

 

Amazing photos and great fish...cheers for sharing and Congrats on what looks like an amazing holiday in perfect conditions!!

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awesome report!

Tue, 2017-08-01 12:30

Thanks for sharing! 

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cracking photos mate, few

Tue, 2017-08-01 13:02

cracking photos mate, few nice fillets to.

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 Nothing not to like in the

Tue, 2017-08-01 13:30

 Nothing not to like in the post and the pics. I see a GoPro strapped to the head of one fisherman, what camera gear did you use to take photos with?

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We used a mix

Tue, 2017-08-01 19:12

 Gopro headmounts are useful, as well as  stick mounted gopros for the below water shots. The above water stills were a mix of smartphone, and DSLR. I have donated my "old" K-x Pentax as a boat camera,with 18-125mm Sigma zoom, this was  used for the billfish shots, and the best of the catch stills. I always shoot in RAW, so the smartphone is useful for immediate sharing via social media. The star shot was done with my newer, mid range Pentax K-70, with the same model lens, Sigma 18-125mm DC HSM. I took quite a few Milky Way shots, just posted tthe one shot. i also like doing timelapes, using the K-70 for a much higher quality than I got with my GoPro.

I have a large amount of video to go through, should be able to post a complete edited video within the next 2 weeks.

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Looking forwars to it

Tue, 2017-08-01 19:21

Your posts of pics and videos are really good and keenly looked forward to

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Full video of trip

Mon, 2017-08-07 07:22

 Now up on the Fishing Videos page