shark bay april 8th

 Long time reader first post family and I will be in Denham from April 8 to the 25th white haineshunter named old mate will there be any other fishwrecked members up there be good to put faces to names

 

 


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shark bay

Fri, 2017-03-31 14:13

hey mate, I will be up at Denham between the 9th & 20th of April, and its been years in the making.
I have a white 22ft Fraser ( reel Freedom) make sure you say hi, I will keep an eye out for you.
Would be good if all the Fishwrecked members going to Shark Bay at that time, got together & did a groupfishing run or even a crossing to Dirk Hartog

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Fri, 2017-03-31 15:56

I could be up there around that time, not 100% yet. I'll be sure to check this post closer to the time, it would be good to meet a few members.

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 Monkey mia side 7th to 25th.

Fri, 2017-03-31 16:35

 Monkey mia side 7th to 25th.  5m grey glodstar plate ali. "Bon peche"  blue bimini

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Shark bay

Fri, 2017-03-31 17:44

 Will be at monkey mia 7 to 21 this will be are 14 year at Easter 

Let hope for lots  off glass offs

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We'll be there 9th till the

Fri, 2017-03-31 20:40

We'll be there 9th till the 28th, staying in Denham. I'll keep an eye out for "Old Mate" as well as "Reel Freedom" and "Bon Peche". I'll be in a red 6.7 mtr Coraline Wakaround.
Hookedonrum, where are you staying ?

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Living Here

Sat, 2017-04-01 05:30

I am living here now so will keep an eye out for all of the above .

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 The saint pretty sure we are

Sat, 2017-04-01 09:34

 The saint pretty sure we are staying at the Denham seaside caravan park my brother arrived yesterday he has 7.6 revival named she buckled we are both keen to a day trip to dirk hartog 

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 The saint pretty sure we are

Sat, 2017-04-01 09:36

 The saint pretty sure we are staying at the Denham seaside caravan park my brother arrived yesterday he has 7.6 revival named she buckled we are both keen to a day trip to dirk hartog 

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 Hi Carnarvonite can you

Sat, 2017-04-01 09:41

 Hi Carnarvonite can you update if the crabs are in monkey Mia side or will we be to early thanks in advance

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No Idea

Sat, 2017-04-01 13:28

Have no idea if crabs are on the move, donated my 10 nets to a mate the other day as missus doesn't eat them and one or two a year is more than enough for me, hadn't used them for over 2 years, half had only been used once.

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carnarvonite,Any word whether

Tue, 2017-04-04 12:33

carnarnonite,

Any word on whether the sharks are still about in annoying numbers around Turtle Bay ?

Last Shark bay trip we only did the Turtle Bay once due to shark numbers, where previously were only a minor pain in the arse.

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Sharks

Tue, 2017-04-04 14:21

Haven't been up there for quite a while so would only guess that nothing has changed

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 Sharks in shark bay?  Who

Tue, 2017-04-04 16:41

 Sharks in shark bay?  Who would have thunk?...

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Ha Ha, good point Randall

Tue, 2017-04-04 18:19

Ha Ha, good point Randall !
But seriously, have fished Turtle many times in the past, sharks ALWAYS around, but last time just weren't able to get hooked fish past them. Not so bad when they just take your fish, but what started to hurt was all the gear we were losing when they hooked up ! Still, we'll most likely give it a bash and see how it goes. Usually do an all nighter as it's a fair run from the ramp, half the fun is anchoring up in the Bay and flicking soft plastics late into the night, never know what's gunna smash 'em.
Just 5 more sleeps .......................

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 First world problems .  We

Tue, 2017-04-04 19:44

 First world problems .  We will be in monkey mia friday.  Wetting a line saturday weather permitting.  And yes sharks areca pain in the arse on that side too!

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We always do a couple of

Wed, 2017-04-05 06:40

We always do a couple of trips out from Monkey Mia, will be keeping an eye out for Bon Peche.

Just had a look at the forecast, not looking great Sat or Sun, still a few days away so may change.

At this stage Tues looks good for a run out past Steep Point.

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 Yep we had same issue in

Wed, 2017-04-05 12:18

 Yep we had same issue in 2015   in close to cliffs and out a few miles from the cape. Moved around heaps and just kept getting fish nailed by Sharks so we gave up.

The few years  in a row we went before only had 1 or 2 fish taken..

 

 

 

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Yep, I'm hearin' ya !We found

Wed, 2017-04-05 12:37

Yep, I'm hearin' ya !

We found that there was a reasonable chance of getting the first fish hooked into the boat, second fish less than 50% chance  and anything after that virtually no chance.

We just kept moving but it didn't take long before they caught up, shame because my only reliable spot at SB for big coral trout is up that way.

 

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 Cheers will have to throw a

Sat, 2017-04-01 16:10

 Cheers will have to throw a few pots in and have go had a good run a few years back good size

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Tue, 2017-04-04 09:34

sounds great guys, I hope we can put an early start one day for a run across to the Island

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 3 sleeps to go hopefully we

Wed, 2017-04-05 09:49

 3 sleeps to go hopefully we can post daily with decent catches will keep an eye out for all above mentioned boats and say g'day 

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 Finished work.  Yay.

Wed, 2017-04-05 16:11

 Finished work.  Yay.  Packing time.  Off tomorrow.  Monkey mia friday.

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Randell, Where do you stop

Wed, 2017-04-05 16:58

Randell,
Where do you stop over for the night ?
We usually do S-Bend if we don't drive straight through, but it was booked out this time.
Giving Northampton Caravan Park a try Sat night.

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 We have stayed at both s

Wed, 2017-04-05 20:49

 We have stayed at both s bend and northampton caravan oark, but settin up a tent for one night is a pain.

 

We have found a nice farm stay called northbrook.  It is 6 km north of northampton on the eastern side  of the road.

 

They have dongas for about $20 / person i think up to four people or they have a nice comfortable cottage which we are staying in for about $120 for the night.

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Thanks Randall, I'll keep

Wed, 2017-04-05 20:54

Thanks Randall, I'll keep that in mind for next time.
Were not tenting it either, like you say a pain for one night. Onsite van with linen provided for $65, just the Mrs and myself.

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 A crap start to our

Fri, 2017-04-07 16:56

 A crap start to our holiday.

Got stuck behind the accident on brand and waited over an hour.

Then my car started to overheat and engine light came on.  Alarm bells. Stop and arrange tow to geraldton.  Then a taxi to northampton to catch up with wife and kids.

Car now at dealership being assessed (still under warranty).  No news at the moment is bad news.  Suspect it is a serious issue.

Boat is still at tow yard.

We are at northampton waiting to hear and thinking about our options.

All our food is on the back of the car in a freezer (hopefully plugged in).

Looking at hiring a car to get boat and gear to monkey mia tomorrow until we find out what the car situation is.

 

 

Edit. Dealershop cant find what the issue was.  We're good to go in the morning.  24 hour delay but at least the car has been checked and given the all clear by a dealership.

 

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 At least your back on

Sat, 2017-04-08 06:35

 At least your back on the road mate. Geez, what's a taxi from gero to Northampton cost?

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 $120.  Taxi driver was an

Sat, 2017-04-08 06:36

 $120.  Taxi driver was an avid fisherman.  Had a great chat :)

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Fri, 2017-04-07 18:23

 Bugger Randall, did you run over a chinaman on the way somewhere?

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 Hope all is good Randell.

Sat, 2017-04-08 18:05

 Hope all is good Randell. Saw your boat and car at Billabong rd house with the bonnet up around 2pm. 

FYI and l hope its not the case but my mate had a 2014 tritan that started randomly over heating whilst towing after a year. Mitsubishi couldnt find a problem but after 6 times they replaced his motor. Apparently theres alittle info on the net about it. They certainly know of the issue.

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 Cheers.  I know they know.

Sat, 2017-04-08 21:09

 Cheers.  I know they know.  They admitted at gero they have replaced quite a few...

Doesnt help me atm....  only up side is its windy until tuesday.  Gives me a few days to get 240 kms!

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So who is managing to get

Fri, 2017-04-14 07:39

So who is managing to get amongst a few fish up here ?

Weather definately against us, been out twice since arriving Sunday for very little return. Headed over to Monkey Mia on Monday, picked up a couple of cod, biggest 6.5 kg then went out past Steep Point on Tuesday. Total keepers for the day - one nice pinkie, 6kg, a red throat and a couple of spangled emperor, never experienced it so quiet out there. Now we have a week of howling wind to look forward to !

Still beats being at work though.

How did things end up with your car Randell ?

 

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 Car is back in geraldton.

Fri, 2017-04-14 07:47

 Car is back in geraldton.  Head removed and checked and "apparently" nothing wrong with it.  They are putting it back together next week and somehow getting the car to me at monkey mia.

 

Fishing has been slow for us here.  Only one black snapper in the freezer and we beer battered a school mackerel last night.  I got sharked on a big pink snapper on our first day out.  Left me the head to admire and it would have definitely been a 700 - 800 mm model.

 

Plently of sharks and nw blowies about.

 

Big tides here at the moment.  We never seem to get any fish when the water is moving fast.

 

Hopefully that will change later next week.

 

Today looks nice weather wise.

 

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Hope it all comes together

Fri, 2017-04-14 13:43

for you Randall. Sounds as though you have been on a rippa run lately  

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I fished Tamala over last weekend

Fri, 2017-04-14 14:15

 Got up Friday night , howling southerly, set up by dark, bunkered down. Expecting Saturday to be a writeoff windwise, with no water to launch. Woke to a light ESE, but no water. Had just enough by 11 to get in, went fishing. Wind stayed down to a light SE until mid afternoon, I'd anchored somwhere shallow I hadn't tried before and was immediately rewarded with fish. Mostly smallish blacks to start, then cuaght a couple of 44-45cm, so that was dinner. Caught more of that size, returned them, some undersize pinks started showing up. Then a better fish of 58-59, and another of 55, then a few more around the 50 which were all returned. Southerly was in and fresh, but, as we were out of the tide run in the shallows, very comfortable. Being broad daylight and in around 2 m of water, we were fishing light--hooked something substantial, got a look at  as it powered past the boat--big pinkie, then the 20lb leader broke. Bugger. definitely would have been a PB for The Bay. Oh well, keep fishing and smiling. Had a dugong working around close to the boat for a couple of hours, seemed quite unconcerned at our presence.

Sunday dawned beautiful, light E, boat was anchored, so we spent the day out mooching around mostly trying stuff we hadn't done before, like fishing the deeper water, for no real results. But a beautiful day, and in for beer o clock and a good sunset caught on timelapse. Had a go off the Hobie Monday morning, just beautiful, straightened a jig head hook on a big baldie. Packed up Monday afternoon--it got really hot for a while, flies were friendly, but we were at the Billabong for dinner. Good weekend.

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 Got out Thursday picked up 3

Sat, 2017-04-15 13:22

 Got out Thursday picked up 3 pinkies 2 blackies but the weather is just crap so didn't stay out long. Probably going to suck it up and head out again tomorrow, have to see how bad it is first tho.

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Where Staying

Sat, 2017-04-15 14:56

Where is everyone staying?
I live in the blue bus in Shark Bay caravan park, will be at the markets tomorrow morning helping the missus sell jewellery then off to Kalbarri markets on Monday morning.

If the Nissan wagon is there then drop in and say hello from Tuesday morning onward.

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 Hi Carnarnvonite we

Sun, 2017-04-16 08:53

 Hi Carnarnvonite we stayinging at Denham seaside c/park same as above a lot of hours on the water for little return couple of little blacks but did get 30 decent size crabs yesterday monkey Mia side as mentioned above better than working 

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 Coming back in now got 4

Sun, 2017-04-16 12:28

 Coming back in now got 4 black snapper 2 estuary cods and a nice flat head. The wind dropped for about a hour max which made it pleasant for a tad otherwise weather is crap. 

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Meet up

Sun, 2017-04-16 16:50

Was nice to meet up with a couple of members at the markets, it is good to put faces to the names we see on the site

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 Yeah it was carnarvonite

Sun, 2017-04-16 19:49

 Yeah it was carnarvonite nice to meet you will give your info a shot tomorrow weather permitting good luck at the Kalbarri markets

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 Still honking on this side

Tue, 2017-04-18 15:22

 Still honking on this side of the peninsula.  Only managed to get a couple of squid in close today.

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 Was able to get out today

Tue, 2017-04-18 16:40

 Was able to get out today ended up with three nice pinkies and a blacky just before the wind picked up anyone else mange to get a fish in today

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Went out early from Denham

Tue, 2017-04-18 18:29

Went out early from Denham ramp this morning, headed to Bar Flats, got around 6nm out and it was like being in a washing machine, headed back in closer for a couple of NW blowies.

Should've stayed in bed !

Heading to Monkey Mia in the morning.

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 Still blowing it tits off

Wed, 2017-04-19 07:41

 Still blowing it tits off iver here at 7:40 am.

 

May be better later today.

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 I reckon we past behind you

Wed, 2017-04-19 17:33

 I reckon we past behind you at the ramp as you were pulling your boat out. It turned out pretty good this afternoon.  We even caught a couple of fish!

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Randall,If it was about the

Thu, 2017-04-20 11:26

Randall,

If it was about the crappiest colour red you've ever seen a boat painted, it would have been me.

We went over near the pearl farm around sun up, dropped the pick in 3.5 metres and settled back for a relaxing day, not expecting a hell of a lot. Dropped a burley pot down with GoPro attached for a look see.

Got a couple of firsts, had never seen a diamond trevally before, caught 2 yesterday, really beautiful fish with those long filaments on the fins, second one put up a fair struggle on the flick rod with a 6-7 foot shark on it's tail. Shark didn't seem to want it though, could have easily nailed it, just seemed to want to follow.

The other first was a sea horse...... on soft plastic. Thought it was a bit of weed on the plastic, shook it off and a sea horse landed on the gunnel, couple of inches long. Seemed to be OK, had a look and dropped it back in.

Hooked up a hammerhead around 8 foot, had it to the surface several times before it went under the anchor rope and then bit me off, quite a few sharks around in the shallow water.

Heaps of undersize pinkies, blackies, bluebone and a couple more shark hookups.

Went out not really chasing a feed but came home with a nice little estuary cod and a school mackeral, mackie will be part of fish and chip feed tonight.

GoPro footage won't win any awards, but interesting to see what's going on down there.

Been keeping an eye out for Bon Peche, but haven't spotted you yet. How much longer are you up here ?

 

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 My boat is moored up the

Thu, 2017-04-20 19:37

 My boat is moored up the beach (towards the pearl farm from the ramp).  We're here until monday.  Boat will be out sunday.  We had a nice (but quiet) day on the water today.  Got a couple of blacks, biggest went 48cm.

 

I hooked one of those diamond trevally a few years ago.  Pretty fish.  I released it and then took a while to actually work out what it was.

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Certainly been a windy April

Wed, 2017-04-19 09:35

 Glad I'm not crayfishing any more. 

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Drops.

Wed, 2017-04-19 13:44

 Hope it drops in the next few weeks & back to how it should be....

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 Got 4 blackies and 2 estuary

Wed, 2017-04-19 18:10

 Got 4 blackies and 2 estuary cods today nothing huge but a feed in the dinghy.

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Meanwhile, over at Carrarang

Fri, 2017-04-21 17:24

 Boys are catching fish like this in broad daylight, make my Teatree Camp efforts look weak

 

 

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 Which camp do you know?

Sat, 2017-04-22 19:30

 Which camp do you know?

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 Very nice we were over that

Fri, 2017-04-21 19:06

 Very nice we were over that way today, only getting harassed by little pinks all day no size ones wanted to play the game.

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 Anyone such as Randall above

Sat, 2017-04-22 19:59

 Anyone such as Randall above who is having trouble while passing thru Gero is welcome to message me, happy to help if Im home and I can.
Got a shed and spare beds

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 Legend mate, good to know

Sat, 2017-04-22 20:17

 Legend mate, good to know

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 Cheers.  Got the car back

Sat, 2017-04-22 21:22

 Cheers.  Got the car back today.  Had to get out to overlander to pick it up.  Made it to monkey mia without any further drama.

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 Did they give a diagnosis?

Sun, 2017-04-23 13:31

 Did they give a diagnosis?

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Hey Randall,How did the car

Mon, 2017-04-24 21:07

Hey Randall,

How did the car perform on the way home ?

 

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 The official reason i got

Tue, 2017-04-25 17:40

 The official reason i got was a head gasket failure.  (Not sure how they didnt pick that up day 1, nor how i drove another 200 k's before it overheated again.  But i am no mechanic.

 

Car went ok coming home, but i wasnt towing the boat.  That is still in denham awaiting our steep point trip next weekend.

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Glad.

Tue, 2017-04-25 19:38

 Glad ya got back ok & all is well now Randall.

Shame you had to put a week in between Monkey Mia & Steep Point but i guess you had to change crews. Lol

Hope the trip back is not as eventfull.

 

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