Shark Bay Spear Report

Well, got back from Shark Bay not long ago and had an amazing time. We stayed at Tamala Station as Steep Point was booked out, but what a spot. Amazing scenery, nice and protected and swarming with tuskies and black snapper.


Explored lots of small islands, and there were fish on every one of them. As you can see we were blessed with good conditions too.

Also found some shark nurseries each with atleast 50 tiny little sharks in them, that was a very cool dive.


It was the first time the old man had even picked up a speargun let alone shot a fish and he did very well, we both knocked over some absolutely thumping blackspots and he had a blast once he got the re-loading sussed out.


Planning a trip to Steep in April but definitely keen to stop off at Tamala for a couple of days if we get the chance.

Great spot for anyone interested in fishing or spearing I guess, good for beginners to spearing because its all less than 5m. For those wanting to strecth the lungs we saw over 15m in the middle of the gulf but there were only pinkies and they were no take.

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what a great place

Sun, 2009-11-22 10:19

good report thanks for sharing  your trip nice size tuskfish and blacks .


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You &

Sun, 2009-11-22 10:36

Your Father did real well,you certainly had the conditions by the look of the photos,Good one you both.jersey

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great pics

Sun, 2009-11-22 11:13

Love the conditions, last tuskie looks solid too!


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good report

Sun, 2009-11-22 12:00

great report mate, i love the photo of your old amn and the tuski!



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Great photos, looks like a

Sun, 2009-11-22 12:09

Great photos, looks like a good time with awesome conditions!




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Sun, 2009-11-22 12:26

Good stuff mate, looks like a good trip!

Steep point is basically the same fish wise...we pinned some nice tuskie's and baldys there early this year




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Whoa that is some smooth

Sun, 2009-11-22 13:10

Whoa that is some smooth water, I can barely remember what its like.Some nice fish in the mix too!


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great stuff mate. they fish

Sun, 2009-11-22 14:16

great stuff mate.

they fish look nice a fat good for a feed.

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thanks guys! Yeah was a

Sun, 2009-11-22 16:44

thanks guys! Yeah was a great trip.


Yeah SamC, was up Steep earlier this year, great tijme also. Looking at around April next year if all goes to plan, hopefully put some bigger dives in on the outside.

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Very nice

Sun, 2009-11-22 17:43

Great pics



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Sun, 2009-11-22 18:13

Great pics there dd83wa. Love those oily calm shots, hammer time!

How flighty were the black spots? Did you get the feeling they had been shot at before or were they relatively easy to get within range of?


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Looks like a great trip some

Sun, 2009-11-22 18:22

Looks like a great trip some good pics ,loooks like the weather was kind ,now you start planing the next trip .


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Great photos

Sun, 2009-11-22 19:00

Nice trip!

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Big John they weren't as

Sun, 2009-11-22 19:03

Big John they weren't as flighty as the ones towards the outside. Infact I didn't see a fish I couldnt have shot with some bottom time and a puff of sand.

Alot of them had cave networks under the reef too, like rabbits warrens, and it was a matter of patience, waiting for them to poke their head out. There was heaps of structure for them and lots of weed and seagrass too.


Like any fish, they behave differently depending on habitat I suppose. At steep towards the outside we were shooting them in deeper water over a rubble bottom with no structure at all around. And in those circumstances they are very flighty and cautious.


Did find an Omer spear in one spot, so assume theyd been shot at before, although perhaps not too often.


I rekon the big parrots up that way are the cagiest of the lot, tricky pricks to shoot, need big lungs. Almost on par with pinkies.

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Awesome report mate. I've

Mon, 2009-11-23 21:20

Awesome report mate. I've only ever been to Shark Bay once, I always seem to get tunnel vision for Exmouth when I head north but might have to make the stop there again after seeing those pics. It looks like my kind of place, all the blue bone I see at Exmouth don't want a bar of me!

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Tue, 2009-11-24 14:15


Hi Ya,

Ah, the garden gnome and his baldy.  Can't imagine why he'd have had touble reloading a spear in the water though, what with his big arms etc. Laughing  Should have been easy for him.

Still think you guys got the better of the trips away though. Laughing and am still envious.




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great photos there! 

Tue, 2009-11-24 15:28

great photos there! 

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Tue, 2009-11-24 15:58

Hmmm, another place to add to the must visit list.

Great pics and some cracker fish.

Awesome trip.

Cheers Pete

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Ahahaha, garden gnome. Think

Tue, 2009-11-24 17:24

Ahahaha, garden gnome. Think the muscles in his arms were a bit sore upon return.


Next time we will have to make it the 3 amigos. You would not land too many on line though, especially the bigger models.


Yeah Lucky Tim, i've found even the cagey ones do become curious, even if you think it's gone completely, i just lay on the bottom nice and calm and they often come in for a look. Good bottom times would increase your chances ten fold i rekon. Wouldnt even bother on compressed air.

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nice report and pics

Tue, 2009-11-24 23:05

that water is so clear.  Looks like a top spot.