Turtle Bay Dirk Hartog

I know there is a lot of info here about fishing around Shark Bay but haven't found much on Turtle Bay.

If anyone can give me some advice like fishing the area, travel time from Denham, best sea conditions ect... That would be great! Ive never been there but have a capable boat to get out there. I hear the fishing is unreal.

Any other advice on other places to try my luck would be very much appreciated. 

Were heading up in a few weeks for a week of fishing with the boys. Never fished the place with a boat. Can't wait!

Thanks in advance!



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Im in sharkbay at the moment

Sun, 2016-06-19 06:12

 I didnt go to turtle bay but went out off steepoint everyday .fishing was good got our bag most days of reds rankins and snapper .everyone i have talked to here about turtle bay has said dont waste your time sharks are shocking up there .the couple of boats that were up thete for three day trip weren't even getting there bag of fish .its about 50 ks to shelter bay then no more than 15 ks to fish or turtle bay is 70 ks then 10 ks to fish

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Where are you based?

Sun, 2016-06-19 07:48
  1. How long does it take from Denham to steep point? I was thinking 1-1.5hrs. I see the weather is being kind ATM. Hopefully it stays that way for a few more weeks. What are you floating around in?

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Depends on your speed i sit on 30 knots

Sun, 2016-06-19 13:59

 So just over an hour .smooth trip over most days can get a little lumpy coming back to denham if blowing over 15 knot easterly but still sit on 30 knots in my kevlacat

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 Caught a NW blowie there a

Sun, 2016-06-19 07:50

 Caught a NW blowie there a few years back whilst hiding from a 35 knot south easterly.....

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It's 38nm from Denham

Sun, 2016-06-19 08:05

Took us less than two hours on a gentle southerly.   Was moored there for four days alongside my mates sailcat......fishing was poor and yes when we hooked up sharks ate everything........still had a great time  

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 41 Nm from the boat ramp at

Sun, 2016-06-19 14:57

 41 Nm from the boat ramp at Denham to sitting in the shelter of Turtle Bay.  

Be careful of opposing tide currents and wind. It can kick up some very nasty chop in the bay. I'm talking swamp your boat chop!

If you track direct from Denham you will cross the Bar Flats area... Good for a fish, but beware of schoaling banks in the area that will leave you with less than half a metre of water under the keel with very little notice. 

Levillian Schoal is fishy as well be be carefull between the schoal and the island. A sneaky swell coming around the point could be your undoing.

Pick reasonable weather and its a great trip!



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 Thanks for info guys! Turtle

Wed, 2016-06-22 21:54

 Thanks for info guys! Turtle Bay is starting to sound scary from most reports.  

Im green as hell when it comes to boating, just got my skippers today actually but my mate has experience.

The aim is to catch fish without dying


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Great Attitude Reel Tight

Thu, 2016-06-23 20:40

Denham is a great spot to have a boat fish. So many options to get up confidence. Extended trips 40miles plus will come with experience and getting to know your boat and the weather well, big cobia to be had both sides of Perron Penisula.