Pilbara catches

DSo long story short, moved from Portland VIC to Tom Price in 2009 nice little place but a bit isolated and too far from the water!. Moved back to Portland for 18 months but hated FIFO with the young family so discussed our options and had always said if we move back to WA it will be by the coast. Landed a job in Wickham WA so away we went again. Was stoked to be back by the water again be able to get amongst the fishing. Was land based only for the first 12 months till I bought a boat. Had a blast fishing the local creeks off the banks and landed quite a few nice fish Barra, jacks and salmon all the while slowly figuring out the times tides and techniques for the area which were quite different to what I was used to. Also figured out the rocks were quite slippery on low tides after a couple of quick trips to the hospital to get patched up! Oysters are sharp little buggers. Still love fishing land based as its only a quick trip down the road to get amongst it and don't have worry about launching the boat, clean up and all that goes with it. Was stoked to get the boat though and be able to head out into the blue water and have been getting amongst it for the last 12 months whilst doing up the boat to suit my needs. It's an old Haines V17l not the flashiest bit of gear on the water up here but rides nice and gets the job done. So far have done a bit of trolling and bottom bashing around the place trying to find some good spots (still got a lot to learn) but it's not too often we go home without a feed or catching some nice fish. The best part is being from vic if each time I catch a different species it's normally a first of that Kind for me which is exciting Spanish macks, Gt's, reds, cobia. All in all just love this place! Bloody hot a lot of the time but such a great place to fish and live. Cheers guys, here's a bunch of pics of the journey from the last 18 months

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Sat, 2016-01-02 16:58

 Photos not working? beers to be drunk, will try again later.


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Sat, 2016-01-02 22:27

 Beers have been drank, photos have been fixed 

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What the hell

Sun, 2016-01-03 01:36

What happened to your hands and leg!!!! you look like you picked a fight with some thing with a great set of teeth and sharp tail.

Also I'd leave the nasty bit of a fish you caught on the gold lure well alone. They have a sting that will surely make your eye leak for some time, stonies are best kept well away from IMO.

Glad to hear that you are having a blast fishing and hope you keep on getting stuck into them

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Sun, 2016-01-03 15:19

 Had a couple of slip ups on some oyster covered rocks, once sliding in after a barra that snapped my leader as i was about to grab it. The other same location just a couple too many beers and my balance was a little off haha!. Caught 2 of those nasty critters this one and another on a soft plastic, i try not to get too close the the spikes as i hear it's not too nice to get pricked by them.

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Thats got to be the sampson crossing rockwall!!!!

Mon, 2016-01-04 09:55

Have seen that heaps off time. People get hot and think a swim will do, but then to get back on the rocks through the Oysters????


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Thats the spot mate!

Tue, 2016-01-05 16:57

Thats the spot mate!

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Nothing wrong with the haines

Sun, 2016-01-03 06:30

Nothing wrong with the haines 17's mate. I did half a dozen Montes trips in mine. Great rigs.


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Good boat

Sun, 2016-01-03 15:24

 Yeah they are a nice boat, ride really well. Just not as flash as some of the big girls up here but is nice and easy for me to launch solo if i can't find anyone to come out with me and cuts through the chop nicely. Where did you launch yours to get to the monties? Fortescue?. I need to get the inboard fuel tank replaced to give  me some more range. Would be good as long as the weather holds out i guess, might have to give it a crack one day! 

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picked a good time

Sun, 2016-01-03 07:58

You picked a good time to go out that weather looks magic.

great captures. dont worry about the wounds, chicks dig scars.


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I've got plenty of scars

Sun, 2016-01-03 15:26

 Haha yeah i've got more than my fair share of scars. Had a couple of real nice glass offs at the start of the year but weather has been horrid for a month straight now, at least it's given me some time to fix a few little things on the boat.  

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A good bunch of pics.

Sun, 2016-01-03 08:00

great to hear your enjoying it. Hope the good run continues.

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Sun, 2016-01-03 15:27

 Cheers, it can only get better as i find more ground hopefully. Always learning

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good call

Sun, 2016-01-03 09:41

 Looks like moving back was a good call looking at those pics, apart from the patchups!


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For sure

Sun, 2016-01-03 15:31

 Yeah definately in a better place now in more ways than one, happy family and much happier me. Let the good times roll! hopefully this wind buggers off at some point so i can get back amongst it.