Quobba??

Alright fellas

 Just joined up to the site, as am coming over from the really, bl**dy cold UK in august.  Will be doing mainly LB fishing as will be with the Mrs.  Keen to catch some of your powerhouse fish that you got.   Might be able to stay a couple/three days in Quobba.  Is it worth it and is it relatively easy for a pommie novice to fish.  Fish a lot in UK but i reckon you may use different methods/styles here... any advice would be great.

 

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Mate,If she is anything like

Sat, 2009-01-17 06:36

Mate,

If she is anything like my wife not being able to see shops, shops, more shops, clean toilets, fluffy pillows, day spa's etc would be a no-goer.

For a novice pom it might be hard work? Big fish, difficult conditions (cliff fishing, big swell, flies - you'll love our flies) which are often very dangerous and lack of gear (presuming you aren't bringing your UK gear with you) could make it hard.

As for the gear comment - do you want to throw lures, balloon or catch a bottom fish? If you're anything like me I want gear for each purpose - but I have a tackle accumulation problem. 

But in summary the fishing is fantastic.. Many post's have been written on Quobba. But my thoughts, unless you were going with someone in the know, with the gear, who knew the area, it might be easier to go on charter's? 

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outback

Sat, 2009-01-17 07:54

Roger welcome to the site mate,

the west coast can be very desolate and remote to the "new". Perth to Broome is 2300km mate....lots of driving. don't bother me but in two weeks its a lot for most.

I'll reply considering your Mrs; you have obviusly traveled some but not sure about her?

 a quick list I think would include a stop at Kalbarri. good LB fishing and plenty of beach for the Mrs and some inland gorge country and wildflower season.

then stop at Shark Bay and Monkey Mia for the dolphins. Once again good fishing and plenty of speci beaches for the Mrs.

not sure of your vehicle or your 4WD capabilities but Steep Point, which is off Shark Bay may be possible? Australias most westerly point and pretty much premo LB in Aussie.

then EXMOUTH.....best fishing destination........especailly for you. Amazing beaches/ reef/coral/diving etc plenty of options for the Mrs also.

depending how much time then you ca cruise via Karratha, Pt Hedland (not much here), Cape Keraudren is populat camp 80 mile beach to Broome.

all these places have amenities for your Mrs and good fishing LB for you.

Definitely spend time in Exmouth mate

just a short list, you will find plenty of blokes on this site who are familiar with the coast. 

keepposting threads/post and you will get replies

if you want more info you are welcome to PM me.

cheers

damo

 

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like bones said, its hard

Sat, 2009-01-17 18:14

like bones said, its hard fishing unless you have right gear. if your staying at the quobba homested you have minimal power though the day from generators and if you want a hot shower (depending on what time of the year you go up.) you got to light the community donkey up for hot water. but the fishing is great from rocks or even at the beach at point quobba. Laughing

 

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Cheers fellas keep it

Sun, 2009-01-18 03:58

Cheers fellas keep it coming.  I will have the proper gear and the drive dont bother me too much.  If anyone fancies coming out for a fish when I am there then let me know where you are and maybe a fish and a beer would be in order ?? 

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Have you look at the wabsite

Sun, 2009-01-18 07:04

www.quobba .com.au This is hard country you need the right gear

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August

Sun, 2009-01-18 08:03

August is about the time of the year when the southerlies are starting to blow.You can still fish High rock,Garth's rock/caves or Red bluff quite safely.
They have a small shop at Quobba now,not sure what they sell though otherwise its 80 km back to Carnarvon if you need fuel/supplies

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If youre heading to exmouth

Sun, 2009-01-18 11:24

If youre heading to exmouth try www.wilderness-island.com.au

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Hi Ya, Hope I'm not

Tue, 2009-01-20 20:01


Hi Ya,

Hope I'm not treading on anybodies toes here but that would have to be one of the worst designed web sites I've ever seen.  None of the drop down boxes actually show anything until you move your cursor down the box.  you have to guess what might be available.

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Its a trade-off between

Wed, 2009-01-21 08:10

Its a trade-off between wasting screen space ALL the time, and actually using it to get your point across. I don;t think their menu system is either unusal or bad.



They're using Joomla, which in itself isn't unusual. Its a very common and well supported CMS.

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Quobba

Wed, 2009-01-21 08:20

WARNING....DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE the dangers of fishing this area. Very big swells and very high unforgiving cliffs. Lots of fishermen have lost their lives fishing that area.
As others have said its not a place to take lightly and requires a lot of care.
True the fishing can be red hot with balooning the favourite passtime when the easterlies are howling.
I would suggest as Damo said get up to Exxy and Coral Bay, the missus will love it and so will you..... and it will be nowhere near as inhospitable or as difficult to fish as Quobba or Steep.
Best of luck mate. Enjoy the trip.


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Sounds like a very senisible

Wed, 2009-01-21 17:15

Sounds like a very senisible suggestion mate, dont want to get myself into trouble!  Will make sure I come back to do these places when I have a group of mates and a local who will help with inside info! appreciate the comments cheers Andy.

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Good idea

Wed, 2009-01-21 20:51

I'm with the volunteer sea rescue in Carnarvon[80k]from Quobba and the worst thing we hate is a phone call from up there telling us that someone has fallen in,if they cannot get themselves out by the time it takes us to get there it is probably too late.It is not a place to learn how to fish because it rarely gives anyone a second chance if they make even the slightest mistake

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dont panic

Wed, 2009-01-21 22:06

I have done a lot of rock fishing here in the uk and the bristol channel has the one of the biggest tides in the world so I understand what you fellas are saying! I would love to go but trust me I wont be doing it without someone who has been before, you got plenty of beaches which are safe!!

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Yep

Wed, 2009-01-21 23:09

I drove that part of the coastline all last year and 07 for work and was there the day before the Japanese tourist fell off the blowholes and the day after the father and son's went in at Garths.  Never felt such a negative vibe as going around pt quobba campsite the next day and the stories of the pro mackie boat guy having to retrieve the dead smashed up body of the dad.  Absolute terrible story and reinforces the safety issues of this place, not to be under estimated by any stretch of the imagination.  One day we were there Gnaraloo was 12-14ft and the waves coming over high rock and fencelines were bloody scary!!!

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sounds bad

Thu, 2009-01-22 03:52

Not good!  I want a holiday not a coffin.  That said I am sure I can find a fish somewhere along the way!  Cheers

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Maybe talk

Thu, 2009-01-22 04:54

To some of the guys that go there from perth, That know what they are doing and team up with them

But not a place for your wife

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more Quobba

Fri, 2009-01-23 13:49

Yeah mate - especially if you only have a few days, just call in and have a look, i wouldnt recommend gearing up for it for just a few days, not to mention the dangerous aspect of it - it can look benign when it is in fact not.

I remember when I was a kid arriving with my family at the Boundary Fence (or was it High Rock? cant remember now) soon after some fella got washed in trying to get  a fish from the lower rock platform (NEVER climb down to it!!) - it was a calm day, but a larger than normal wave popped up and took him off. Well, not long afterwards he was so far out to sea that you could no longer see him. There is a memorial on the rock to mark the tragedy. It was a dead flat calm day.

it is very beautiful and spectacular for a look though! - there'll be heaps of swell at that time of year to make it more so!!

get yourself a good all round beach/shore fishing rig, and cruise the coast playing it by ear, talking to people and tackle shops about where to go and what to do, and you'll have a great time.

If you gear up with everything you need to fish Quobba ($$$), and have only a couple of days to get there, find the spots, learn how to fish it (safely), have good weather, and get on to a fish - you still have to land it!! thats probably the most tricky bit!!

As much as i love the place, I'd have to agree with the other posters - i'd say it's neither worth it or easy for you from the sounds of the trip you are planning!! If you want a powerhouse fish - find a beach anywhere up that way, catch a little fish, stick a big hook in it and throw it back out again and wait!!! you dont need to fish off the Quobba cliffs!!

have fun!

Ewan

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Well said Ewan

Fri, 2009-01-23 14:01

There is so much all along that coast Roger, And if you talk to adam he will help you out in Exmouth

And maybe big john in onslow can help you on some landbase fishing too

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Wed, 2009-01-28 22:30

I can't see Roger calling into Onslow Sherbert. Bit far off the main coastal highway (pretty much in the middle of nowhere) and I think he's on a limited schedule.

On the other hand Roger, if you do end up dropping in here I'd be happy to take you out on the boat and try and get your arms ripped out of there the sockets (but it will have to be on a weekend).

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cheers Ewan

Fri, 2009-01-23 17:11

Thanks fella some good sound comments I am pleased that you think I can catch fish from plenty of other places, without having to do the ground work for somewhere like Quobba.  Do fish like GTs and queenies take livies or are they better on lures and dead pillies?

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Cheers

Wed, 2009-01-28 23:31

Cherrs big john will let you know havent planned a strict route yet but if time and planning allows will gladly take you up on your offer.

Rayman

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