Popping the Montebello Islands 2011

Well it is that time of year again, time to go and Pop the Montebello islands.  It is a pretty special place located some 100km off the Pilbara coast in West Ozz’s north west for those that live in a cave.  Anyway the only thing different about this trip for me was the partner.  Long time travel buddy Tim had to stay behind, his replacement is another long time barra colleague of mine Webby.  To say we were excited would be a massive understatement.  We set off on Thursday night into some pretty average night time weather.  The wind had come up for the first time in a week and it was straight into our faces, which meant things were going to be very wet.  I had all ready driven 350 km and this was not the ideal way to spend another 4 hours in the middle of the night.  We kept telling ourselves that it was going to be worth it.  We finally made it to our anchorage at the bottom end of the montes group by around 2am, some GPS malfunction through the transit made things tough for a while but hey we made it.

We dragged our swags up on to the beach and grabbed a couple of hours sleep before the sun crept up.  We spent the best part of the morning setting up camp and sorting out our gear.  The tides were quite big for the next couple of days so our usual inshore casting for jacks and trout was going to be limited, oh well GT’s love big tides so either way we were happy.


Our awesome Camp



My GT Rig 


Foot prints in the sand



By the time we had fueld up and moved out to the popping grounds it was around 1030.  the tide was slow but it didn’t slow the action down very much.  To cut it short we landed 16 GT’s to around 30kg’s and dropped around 10.  It was pretty special.  There was only ever one person casting at any one time while the other drove the boat.  We wraped things up by 3pm and moved into the lagoon to spear some dinner for the nights feast.


First of the trip on a Sebile Splasher


ASWB Sinking stickbait



small cod on the pe3 gear and a Sebile Splasher




Webby’s nice G Bus


Small Double on the nomad Bobora



A horse West Oz GT on the Sebile Splasher


The Nomad Bobora worked really well when the tide slowed down in the afternoon



another on the Bob





I got this one right next to the boat while webby was pulling the hooks out of his, a school of about 5 GT’s all this size swap straight past the boat.  I cast the cubera about three meters to land it on this fishes head, it took the popper straight away.  It was a lot of fun



Well after day one we needed a pretty good feed to charge us up for the next day.  We jumped in tot spear a couple of fish for the evening meal.  We got a few trout and some jacks to see us through the next couple of days.  This is an example of a typical meal while we are away.  Fresh coral trout and home made chips, washed down with a corona.  In bed by 7pm.


preparing for the feast




fishing for dinner in around the islands



An awesome bay we had a look at




Anyway we spent day two exploring to the north of the group and mostly diving and trekking so no popping photos.  On our last day we speared some fish to bring home and then finished off the afternoon with another popping session.  When we arrived I cold see about ten GT’s mooching around on the edge of the bommie.  I cast my popper into the middle of them and hooked up straight away, it was an awesome session.  We landed another nine and dropped about 5 in two hours.  Again there  was only ever one person casting at any time.  Here are some more photos.


The nomad bobora strikes again


ASWB sinking stick bait




the cono cono 190


A nice Pilbara GT


Webbys favourite pink stickbait


Orion Bigfoot


Well that’s enough photos for now.  All in all it was a pretty special trip.  The trip home was terrible, we had to endure very rough seas for roughly 45 miles.  To say I am exhausted would be an understatement.  Was it worth it, you bet your ass it was!

Hope you like the report


Equipment used


 Ripplefisher GT78PF  Stella 18000

Ripplefisher GT78XH  Stella 18000

Yamaga Blue Sniper 75/4  Twinpower HG6000SW





Successful lures


Sebile Splasher SS 190

Sebile Splasher 152

Sebile Stick Shad  155 SK

Nomad Bobora 150

Nomad Cuber 125

Orion cono cono 190

Orion Bigfoot 140

ASWB Sinking stickbaits








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very cool mate, when we were

Mon, 2011-04-18 15:52

very cool mate, when we were out on Friday and the Montes were only 80nm away it was quite tempting, but I didn't think you'd have any diesel for me to top up the tanks to come home.

You've just ignited the fire to get back there asap, with some of the popping we've had I didn't think it could get much better but you've proven that wrong.

Great stuff Brad and Webby, wicked photos and report, you sounded pretty stoked on the phone and the pics now confirm why.

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Can get Diesel at Mackies.

Thu, 2011-04-21 19:16

Can get Diesel at Mackies.


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Yeahh That is one Great Report

Mon, 2011-04-18 15:50

Brad, Hmmm starting to plan already.

Well Done


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Unbelievable!! Not much more

Mon, 2011-04-18 15:51

Unbelievable!! Not much more to say..


Besides how jealous I am  :)

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Sick trip mate

Mon, 2011-04-18 16:00

sounds like the rough weather was worth it,

awesome fish and report

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another fantastic trip

Mon, 2011-04-18 16:05

another fantastic trip guys.  

nice work and a great report


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You make me sick

Mon, 2011-04-18 16:16

You make me sick Brad!


Another great report bud, nice to see the Sebile's getting amongst the action

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Now Brad

Mon, 2011-04-18 16:22

You are just showing off and making everyone jealous AGAIN!!

Not just the fishing but the great pictures. Awesome mate.



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Good to see the fish like the

Mon, 2011-04-18 16:44

Good to see the fish like the lures as much as the fishos!


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well thats sure makes up for

Mon, 2011-04-18 17:07

well thats sure makes up for missing the Fishwrecked comp Webby! Awesome fish boys and a great report. Some bloody horses there! that trade certificate can't come quick enough hey buddy, there will be a order for a new combo to go with the new boat i'm sure


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Cracking report guys

Mon, 2011-04-18 17:15

 You are killing me Brad... 

Ah well, I'll just have to continue to bask in the glory of my first Marlin to keep my mind off the Monte's.

I was only talking about the monte's 5 minutes ago with my next door neighbour, only to come inside to see that report...... bugger shark bay, c'mon Greg lets go to the Monte's!!!! 



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Sick bro

Mon, 2011-04-18 17:15

Sick bro, but what happened to the magic wand?


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Sweet report, sweet photos,

Mon, 2011-04-18 17:20

Sweet report, sweet photos, sweet trip. AWEsome..... Nice work boys.

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Mon, 2011-04-18 17:25

wicked report mate what a trip , great pics too well done

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Some quality amongst that

Mon, 2011-04-18 17:25

Some quality amongst that lot. Well done!





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Top report fellas!!!!

Mon, 2011-04-18 17:34

Top report fellas!!!!


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as usual - awesome :)

Mon, 2011-04-18 19:38

great report brad, last week we booked to go there next in 2012...cant wait :)


Gooooone Fishin!

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Yeh boiiiii, sweet trip

Mon, 2011-04-18 19:43

Yeh boiiiii, sweet trip mate

26 days and counting....




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who you heading there with

Mon, 2011-04-18 19:52

who you heading there with Sam?

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Heading over on the Kylin

Tue, 2011-04-19 09:05

Heading over on the Kylin Timbo, have a few days in Exxy after it so i'll give you a bell when im in town...




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well done mate, some great

Mon, 2011-04-18 19:50

well done mate, some great pics of even better fish.

what boat is that? looks real nice


rather a bad day fishing than a good day anywhere else

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Yeah thanks fellas it was a

Mon, 2011-04-18 20:07

Yeah thanks fellas it was a great trip and we managed to find some really exciting new ground along the way.  cant wait to get back there some time and do some more exploring.  i find out more about that place wvery time i go there.

Spanish, it is a custom job mate made in mandurah.  she has a few miles under the hull now but she still goes allright for a 5.2m






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sweet thanks man, i may have

Mon, 2011-04-18 20:20

sweet thanks man, i may have to look into the velosity boats, were looking at getting a new rig, but has to fit in the shed


rather a bad day fishing than a good day anywhere else

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Is that all? Just kidding.

Mon, 2011-04-18 20:17

Is that all?


Just kidding. Freak a leak that is some good fishing. V jealous.

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hey, that's not too bad, not

Mon, 2011-04-18 20:21

hey, that's not too bad, not too bad at all

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Crazy stuff Brad, thanks for

Mon, 2011-04-18 21:09

Crazy stuff Brad, thanks for sharing man.

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 well done guys. another

Mon, 2011-04-18 21:22

 well done guys. another quality trip, report and pics. sounds like your planing your next trip across to the islands.

 gotta get there one day


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Tue, 2011-04-19 06:25

Great trip and write up Brad. Very envious. Can't wait for the weather to settle here a bit and then I can get into my 'locals' as well.


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Tue, 2011-04-19 06:38

Top effort on all fronts.

Cheers Pete

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Great fish and pics as usual.

Tue, 2011-04-19 07:13

Great fish and pics as usual.

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Simply awesome Brad! Well

Tue, 2011-04-19 07:47

Simply awesome Brad! Well done to you both. The bobara is my go to GT lure. It always produces. Spectacular report and photos. It gives me encouragement to get there myself.

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Tue, 2011-04-19 10:04

Where did you set off from? I think it was thursday I was fishing a creek at cape preston from 7 to about 11pm. Heard a boat out in the darkness and remember thinking it was a bit unusual.

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yeah that was probably us

Tue, 2011-04-19 22:07

yeah that was probably us mate

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Amazing trip there guys.Wish

Tue, 2011-04-19 10:14

Amazing trip there guys.

Wish the GTs had played ball like that on our last trip there!


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that would have been an

Tue, 2011-04-19 16:05

that would have been an awesome trip! im hell jealous.

nice pics :)

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Thanks for sharing Brad,

Tue, 2011-04-19 17:53

Thanks for sharing Brad, awsome read and great pics to boot.


Where abouts do you buy you lures??


cheers russ

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cheers mate there are a

Tue, 2011-04-19 18:46

cheers mate


there are a number of supliers that stock the sebiles, the bobara's come from nomad

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 Well done Brad, you guys

Thu, 2011-04-21 17:10

 Well done Brad, you guys certainly live in paradise. Great read.

How do the the Sebiles rate in comparison to more expensive lures? Looks as though they accounted for more than their fair share.


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mate i am really happy with

Thu, 2011-04-21 17:27

mate i am really happy with them especially the stick shads,

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Thu, 2011-04-21 18:36

 not being rude just wondering whast with the mask

is it sand flies just wondering

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just sun protection mate, i

Thu, 2011-04-21 20:24

just sun protection mate, i know we all look like dicks but saves having to put heaps of sunscreen on and have it sweat into your eyes and stuff, also protects against wind burn and all that guff

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great report

Wed, 2011-05-04 08:21

great read guys and some quality fish there.

Cant wait till i get there and give it a crack!

cheers carps