Westmoore Island

G'day everyone, I have booked a weeks stay at the Westmoore Island accommodation in march next year and was wondering if anyone has stayed there or fished the area? I heard the surrounding creeks are good for muddies, jacks, bream, cod etc.

I would like to explore offshore for some tasty reef fish. What depth and what sort of ground should I be looking at on my sounder for species such as reds/rankin? Also do you have to travel far offshore to get into 'red' country? Red emperor is on my bucket list and keen as hell to catch one! I have a 5.35m trailcraft and a lowrance HDS 10 sounder.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.






Do the right thing and there will be fish tomorrow.

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Plenty of fish there

Tue, 2011-09-20 16:50

Plenty of fish there mate!!

Reds and decent rankines, usually can be encountered from 30m+, but trout, cod and other species you will score in water less than 10m.

How big is ya boat / fuel tank?  Cos the reality is (usually) the furthur you go, the better the fishing will be.  Look on your charts for the contour lines and sound around them looking for depth variations.  Only need the depth to change by a few feet to indicate there is something there other than sand.

Keep an eye on the tide books, as you may get stranded in some of the creeks at low tide.

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Get around the outside of

Tue, 2011-09-20 16:51

Get around the outside of Beagle Reef. Usually a few reds around there.


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yeah BeagleI is good.....Chinnaman also

Tue, 2011-09-20 20:17

Some in a little closer on the lumps on yous plotter...a further north of reef island on geograph is also good weather dependent

Inside the islands if weather is nasty also produces some great sport fish your in a great area mate.............. enjoy.

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Cheers boys

Wed, 2011-09-21 06:21

Cheers boys,


Pale Ale- My boat is an 18ft trailcraft with a 120l fuel tank so can head out a fair way but would have to choose your day. Yes I know all about getting stranded at low tide as I got stuck at back beach on the weekend for not paying enough attention to the time! Had to make a trip over to clearverville to get the boat out. Bloody kickin myself!!


Thanks again for your advice and hopefully after the trip I can post a great story on here with photos of some great fish.


Do the right thing and there will be fish tomorrow.

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mate, I did West Moore a

Thu, 2011-09-22 09:23

mate, I did West Moore a couple of years back in a Trailcraft 520 with a 90 E-Tec and it proved the perfect companion. Little Sherlock is a quick 10 minute trip, and we caught some of the biggest muddies Ive ever seen. All full of meat too. Also caught a few decent Jacks and Fingermark, no barra though

The weather prevented us heading out far, so we towed some lures a couple of miles off the island and picked up a 12KG macky and a trout. Take a light combo with you and walk up to the western end of the island on the incoming tide. There's a nice gutter that is just teaming with queenies and trevs, much fun to be had when you're sick of the boat