tantabiddi ramp condition

 Heading to Exmouth in a weeks time . Anybody know what Tantabiidi ramp is like at the moment . I was there late November and the ramp was so full of sand it was un usable for our deep v inboard boat . I know it was going to be dredged for gamex but wondering if anyone is up there now or could tell me what its like at the moment .Cheers Paul

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Mon, 2024-04-01 14:53

Hey mate ramp didn't get dredged there's still a good hump towards the back of the jetty's I need at least a .6 tide to get my glass 19 footer in comfortably probably about the same as when you last saw it

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Tue, 2024-04-02 07:17

Thanks for the reply . Not the news I wanted to head but it is what it is .  Are you up there at the moment ? 

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Just replied to your message

Tue, 2024-04-02 11:04

Just replied to your message Paul. The Shire ended up getting approvals through DBCA to carry out mechanical excavations around the boat ramp at the end of Feb. The tide window available wasn't as low as we would have liked for access with the excavator but there was a significant amount of sand removed from the southern ramp and we removed what we could from between the finger jetties on the northern ramp. There is still a bit of sand to the western end of the northern ramp but it is a lot better than it was. There were some bloody big boats around for Gamex and I didn't hear anything about any boats having any issues. 

Again, the difficulty is that we can only excavate what we can get access to with an excavator and beyond the ramps, the navigation channel becomes responsibility of DoT.... When we met with them they certainly didn't appear to be too interested in mobilzing a dredge to site and suggested they'd just look at shifting the navigation markers north of the sand bar to deeper water.... Flick us your number is a message if you want and I can get some photos tomorrow morning at a 0.9m low tide. Theres a lot of boat activity over there at the moment with the whale shark tours in full swing so the water at the ramp is typically pretty stirred up. 



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Tue, 2024-04-02 12:38

Thanks for all your help and messages 

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Thats service

Wed, 2024-04-03 10:49

 Your a champ mate , no wonder i still like coming on this site verses some facebook rubbish...



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 Its good having knowledgable

Thu, 2024-04-04 07:56

 Its good having knowledgable people like you willing to provide input on this site. It adds nothing but true value. 

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 I launched there the last

Wed, 2024-04-03 21:16

 I launched there the last few days and I need about .6m to be not hitting bottom and I didn't have any dramas on the morning low tides. Although the ramp is bloody chaotic with the amount of boats and whale shark tenders.

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Thanks Roddo

Thu, 2024-04-04 08:54

Thanks Roddo . I need about .8m to not bottom out so I'm hoping for the best . After getting out for a days fishing I may have to throw out the pic and wait for a bit of tide to be able to get back to the ramp . Assuming the sand build up is on the approach to the ramp and not at the ramp it's self . 

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 Correct. The sand we

Thu, 2024-04-04 09:19

 Correct. The sand we couldn't get a good crack at is just beyond the end of the finger jetties. The ramps themselves and alongside the finger jetties are fine 

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Mate you are a legend

Thu, 2024-04-04 09:47

Mate you are a legend . Thanks for all your help . We're heading up Saturday for a couple of weeks chasing billfish only , no bottom bouncing that's why we are so interested in the ramp .Hoping the weather gods are kind to us but sure we will have a good time regardless . 

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 Looking like you should at

Thu, 2024-04-04 09:56

 Looking like you should at least get a couple of reasonable windows off the top of the cape. Good luck!