Tamala report

Hey guys,

Just got back from an awesome trip upto Tamala Station. Had to pull the kids out of school on the Tuesday arvo to get a spot at Shell Beach, Tamala.

We left Mandurah at around 2:30am Wednesday and started setting up camp at 2pm Wed. 

Got out fishing on our first day at the leisurely time of 10 am. Was a bit quiet at our first spot, so decided to head towards Salutation Island, on the way over our sounder flashed red. A quick U turn had the sounder lit up red. I didn't even get a chance to get a line in the water, as Scott and Mum were hooked up solid straight away. Jade got some action video and I was either baiting hooks, taking Snapper off or netting another Snapper. Great fun, we had our limit of 6 Pinkies (No license for Jade) in about 45 min. 

The next day was a carbon copy. Except for the Dolphins. They go to any boats fishing, and wait for any undersize fish (Pinky's) as soon as you have unhooked them, they wait until you throw them over and get an easy feed. I even tried slipping them quietly in, but they were onto it. Saying that we didn't lose one fish to sharks. Which at the moment is unpresendented(spelling) Only got 3 sized Snapper that day. My boy, Scott, blamed it on the bloody Dolphins. His sister, Jade was pretty chuffed though and got some cool video's of them.

Our Third day got Scott his biggest snapper to date. It went 720mm. It didn't seem too big to start with, but then sent him on a merry dance around the boat. Jade also decided to have a crack. I hooked her up and she managed the fish above. We got a heap of Pinky's but nothing else (not complaining) but would love to get a few Blue Bone, seen heaps of undersize ones.

Just a p.s. We recently lost our beautiful Red Heeler Yani, 

We got this little dude 2 weeks before heading up there. Meet Rusty, he had a ball. 


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Memories for life!

Sun, 2018-07-08 22:45

Good one! 

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 Thanks the time to put

Mon, 2018-07-09 03:03

 Thanks the time to put together a great report, shame above the red heeler theyre beautoful dogs.

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Good times

Mon, 2018-07-09 05:44

 Kids will be talking about this till next time you head away. 


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 That's awesome mate great

Mon, 2018-07-09 06:39

 That's awesome mate great trip by the sounds of it,  couldn't ask for better conditions looking at that ocean 


 Happy dayz 

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Sounds like you had a good

Mon, 2018-07-09 07:27

Sounds like you had a good trip! A good sounder seems like a pretty important requirement as we got nothing from Huts after 7 days.

Sorry about the loss of your dog. Pup looks like it will have a good life.

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Mon, 2018-07-09 15:42

Yeah it definitely helped. I think we got pretty lucky running over it. They were really thick but the area they were in probably wasn't much bigger than a average house block. They were that thick in a couple of parts the sounder thought it was the bottom, went from 14 m upto 9 m!! 

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 Nice work getting the kids

Mon, 2018-07-09 08:23

 Nice work getting the kids onto them mate 

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 well done . that first day

Mon, 2018-07-09 15:14

 well done . that first day sounds like it was full on . been in the same situation when bite was on and not put a line in . great memorys are made when you see the kids faces light up when they land their fish. im sure the family will remember this trip. Rusty looks right at home there, we take our pooch out with us too. you might have to teach him to stay away from the bait tho. 


RUSS and SANDY. A family that fishes together stays together

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Cheers mate

Mon, 2018-07-09 15:46

 Yeah my boy was stoked. The puppy slept most of the time on board but was pretty interested in a couple of the Pinks.

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 My pooch showed a bit of

Tue, 2018-07-10 18:14

 My pooch showed a bit of interest but luckily not with the sharks we have had sitting on the deck. . You will however teach him not to jump over the side lol unless your after the big sharks. We even got our dog his own life jacket just in case .


RUSS and SANDY. A family that fishes together stays together

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An excellent report Kirky and

Wed, 2018-07-11 06:29

An excellent report Kirky and thanks for sharing! 

Looks ike the weather gods were on your side too.


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Nice work

Wed, 2018-07-11 08:08

Hey Andy I’m still waiting with baited breath for your Gnaraloo report........... Mwaaaa waaa waa wa . Please tell me it got better ! 


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 It did mate, we actually did

Wed, 2018-07-11 08:58

 It did mate, we actually did a day trip into Carnarvon and I was going to call you. But guess what! bloody Optus was down so no phone lol.


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 Very nice

Wed, 2018-07-11 11:05

 Very nice

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Blue Dog.

Thu, 2018-07-12 11:15

Good looking pup !
Is that from a Western Australian breeder ? I have an older dog that i hope has a few years to go. My sister in law just purchased a pedigree dog from SA, $2000.
Just wondering how much you pay for a well bred dog here in WA.

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Hey mate

Thu, 2018-07-12 13:10

We had a $100 non returnable deposit down with a breeder in Canningvale & their dogs were going for $1000. Then the missus spotted this one on Gumtree for $500. Mum & Dad purebred East coast dogs. Females are much harder to come by, we wanted another bitch but when this fella came up we jumped on it. 

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Thu, 2018-07-12 14:00

 He has terror written all over his cute face.


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What am I doing wrong?

Sun, 2018-08-26 08:42

 Hey Kirky, great pics and story. I went to Tamala for the first time on the 26/7/18. Camped at Nannas and fished a couple of k's out and around Baudin Island and got nothing! Do you think I was too late? I was using soft plastics and fishing in 7m to 40m. I loved the place and want to go back and would be nice to get a couple of fish so best to ask the experts.

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 PM sent

Tue, 2018-08-28 09:51

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Great write up Kirk....not

Sun, 2018-08-26 11:19

Great write up Kirk....not easy planning these trips, looks like it went to plan in every way! Nice work..rusty looks mint.