South coast tinny fishing

 Hi all, 

 

Long time follower.  

I have a 3.8 tinny with a 25hp yammy that i chuck on top of my camper & collapsible trailer that we set up for our Gibb trip in 2018.

 

Looking for longer trips to do with the mrs - full camper/tinny setup OR shorter trips to do with a few other mates & boats on normal trailers & swag it.

The spots I've been researching are around Fish Creek (Windy Habour), Reef & Stream Beach (near bremer) & Duke of Orleans.

 

Looking for any advice & tips for fishing around these areas. I'm very confident in the tinny setup, but am also very aware of the south coast and how gnarly it can get. Picking the right days is key & if all else fails will just be a good chance to check out the coast line.

Aiming to hug the coast & stay withing a 2-3 km incase the weather turns, have been scouting navionics to find deeper contour drop offs close to shore.

 

Has anyone fished in a <4m boat down there?

 

Cheers

 

 


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 We did Peaceful bay in a 4m

Sun, 2021-08-15 07:45

 We did Peaceful bay in a 4m boat. Felt a bit small a mile offshore but if you trust the motor, boat and know the capabilities of all involved then it can be done.

There are plenty of similar sized boats down there during holiday time.

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Looking for ground?

Wed, 2021-08-25 14:43

 Hey Swompa, Did you find ground out just hit a certain depth and do some big drifts?

 

I have a half decent garmin sounder on the tinny but find it isn't the best as the boat rocks and rolls around alot & is hard to get a good sounding unless its nice and flat.. i also have zero spots to check out haha

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Yep, we went out to 25m and

Mon, 2021-08-30 19:40

Yep, we went out to 25m and dropped on some fish...

I threw my guts up and we headed in.

constantly getting hits when we were out there.

 

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reef and stream beach

Sat, 2021-08-21 19:46

 Reef and Stream beach at Bremer would be bloody hard to launch, especially if you can even get to stream beach.

Best bet would be to camp in Bremer and launch at Little Boat Harbour. Great fishing not far from the beach plus the Bremer river fishes well for Black Bream

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Hey Plugga, we havent been

Wed, 2021-08-25 06:50

Hey Plugga, we havent been into Stream Beach yet. Have heard mixed reports on the track in, some say dont take a trailer in and others have said with a half decent 4wd its fine.

 

Whats your experience with stream beach?

 

Years ago i tagged along on a trip to reef beach, a couple lads had a tinny and got out just behind the reef and snagged a blue grouper. Didnt look too hard from memory and had me thinking stream beach wouldn't be too bad as it looks more protected? 

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 G'day Deano Stream Beach is

Fri, 2021-08-27 18:27

 

G'day Deano

Stream Beach is one of those places that i would definately not take a trailer. Used to put tinny on the back of a ute to go there but its way 

easier to launch at little boat harbour and scoot across the bay on a nice day. Little Boat is more protected than Stream plus theres better squid grounds closer.

 

Stream can fish pretty good for KGW and big skippy on its day.

I personally prefer Little boat for ease of launching but both beaches require very little swell which can wrap around the headlands to both beaches.

If you wanted to try Reef beach, you need to really pick the day as is faces the open ocean. Winter always means bigger swells which is 

more of an issue

 

Im heading down again in the 2 weeks before school holidays for 8 days.

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Cheers for the heads up

Sun, 2021-08-29 14:34

 Plugga!

 

Thanks for that, i did a bit more scoping on navionics & google maps and i think staying in Bremer and launching at either boat habour will be better for me. Will just do a day trip out to check out Stream beach.

 

Heading out into Dillion Bay from Little boat harbour, i was planning to head to the 40-50m mark and look around for some activity. Am i on the right track or worth sounding over the sharper contours in closer & the rise in the middle of the area/bay a bit further out?

 

8 Days is a good stint, hopefully the weather is good for you and can get out a few times! 

 

Cheers

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 Deano,   the 40 to 50m mark

Mon, 2021-08-30 19:16

 

Deano,   the 40 to 50m mark out of Dillon bay is about 4 mile or so out. 

I usually go just outside Black Point when i take my 5m boat, often get good Queenie and foxfish just outside the headland.

Bremer reef can fish well on its day for queenie at times, pinks and blackarse are usually around as well.

Not really much inside Dillon bay unless you go right up against the rocks but thats asking for a high pucker factor if theres 

any hint of swell around

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Worth hugging the headland?

Tue, 2021-08-31 09:55

 Thanks Plugga. The distance doesn't bother me, if its good enough too get out then im happy to cover some the kms

 

Would it be worth scouting around the 40-50s towards the outter reaches of dillon bay (between little boat harbour & stream beach) or closer to the headland off Point Henry? 

 

If i launch from the normal boat ramp ill stick around black point, cheers

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 Theres some good ground in

Tue, 2021-08-31 19:11

 Theres some good ground in that sort of depth range out there.

Almost anywhere from Black Point/Point Gordon south to south of Horatio Is should be good.

Thats about the range i go

One thing i will say is that IF you need to contact anyone on 27Mhz, dont bother.

Its not monitored because the signal is to weak to get through the hills, VHF is a must.

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 Following your post mate I

Sun, 2021-08-22 19:30

 Following your post mate I am doing the same setup 3.7 with a 25 fs with a camper.

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what camper?

Wed, 2021-08-25 14:28

 What camper & tinny have you got?

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 A cruder high side MDC & 370

Tue, 2021-08-31 21:21

 A cruzer  high side MDC & 370 quintrex explorer outback with a Yamaha f25

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how committed are you?

Thu, 2021-09-23 16:37

 How far do you head out if conditions are optimal?

 

i went out 22km off perth (woodies) the other day, was a great day. Heaps of sambos but managed to get a pinky to keep.

 

Its all good when you know there area, but was thinking of limiting myself to 5km from the coast/camp while down there

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Double up

Thu, 2021-09-23 16:49

Double up comment

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Fished down here in Esperance

Wed, 2021-09-01 18:40

Fished down here in Esperance for years in a 3.7 Quintrex Dart. Defo have to have good weather and get out at first light. Light northerlies are the go because the swell normally drops out too.
I find fishing at the remote beaches awesome, don't have to travel far to close in islands and fish around them, using the lee side for shelter from wind and swell if need be. Mainly fish drop offs as you aredrifting away from the island and always clean up on groper, queens, BA, Harlies etc. Don't fish flat sloping ground near islands, its normally barren. Look for boulders, broken ground and drop offs.
I tend to use jigs a fair bit as shallower water tend to hold a lot of wrasse etc which clean bait out pretty quick.

The Duke isn't bad, launch from Cowrie, Vic Harbour or Little Wharton beach and check out the close islands. Better places down here though because a lot of people go to the Duke.

Good luck

Woody

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Duke & A' Bay

Mon, 2021-09-27 07:28

 Hey Woody, 

 

Thanks for the info!

For the 2nd week of our trip we are going to stay at the Duke and Alexander bay.

Ill try stick around the islands and look for drop offs & bombies, but some islands look to be 10km away from camp in both spots. If i cant make it that far, what depth should i start looking in? deeper the better?

 

Is it worth trying off "Hammer Head"? looks to drop off to mid 30s pretty quick which was going to be my first spot to try (if the weather is good)

 

Getting keen, only a month away

Cheers!

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 Hi Deano,if launching at

Sun, 2021-10-03 14:22

 Hi Deano,

if launching at Alexander head round to the west and work your way up the coast to find ground. Anything deeper than 20m is good, but I've caught Harlies and queens in 8m before! 

At the Duke launch from little Wharton and there's islands straight out, head round the back of them. You often don't need to go far. Haven't done much round Hammerhead but it's easy to get to if you launch at Little Wharton. You won't tow the tinny there as the track is too gnarly sometimes. 
 

Good luck

 

Woody