Shark bay

 Hey, I know there is heaps of info on shark bay on the site already, but as someone who has never been just wondering how much better a boat will make a trip there.

booked a week in Denham early October and will be doing bulk fishing but more as a family thing , not going hard to bag out every day.

I have a 21ft glass boat that normally follows me wherever I go but the land based fishing looks so good I'm thinking maybe I shouldn't even bother towing it up there.

quite happy catching flathead and tailor off the beach but will I kick myself if I get there and don't have the boat?

Also do you get patches of good low wind days in Sep to October?


Deckie's picture

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Jmac. The options open up

Mon, 2016-01-25 12:42

Jmac. The options open up greatly with a boat.
Land based is ok if you do the miles, preferably in a 4x4.
The boat will give you the freedom to chase the fish & move around.
Winds should be ok, they start to pick up around late October but you should get some good days in.
We are heading up there in June to do the same thing.
I have changed my plans from Steep Point to Denham, just to take the family for a break.
Also the new bans on fishing in the eastern gulf (Monkey Mia) will be over by then & that will give you more options with regards to wind directions.
Hope this helps in some way. Good luck, be safe & enjoy.


Cheers & Stay safe

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September = 50% up to south

Mon, 2016-01-25 12:46

September = 50% up to south east up to 20 knots (mostly 10-15) in the morning and up to 50% at 20 (mostly 10-15 knots from the south west in the evening.

October = 60% south/south east in the morning up to 20 knots in the morning and 50% up to 20 knots from the south west in the afternoon

Google "Shark Bay Historic Wind"

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a bit late

Tue, 2016-01-26 10:47

 We go up mid year holidays becuse that is when the weather is the best for boat fishing.

i talked to a crew that went up there with a dinghy and land based and caught absolutley nothing except one sting ray. the weather was too rough for them to get out in the dinghy.

We have been going up there for 12 years now and there is a lot of ground to cover to get the best out of the trip. if you are using denham as a base it is a long way to go for a road trip to steep point every day. a trip out cape Peron may see you get the tailor and brim. you may also be able to baloon a bait out further, but hence the name "shark Bay' you are likely to get sharks and not much else for that style.

in a boat you have the opportunity to spend a lot of money on fuel but it opens many options even when the wind is up.


to answer your question, i think you will kick yourself if you dont take it, but i would revise the time of year.