Xtreme Gnaraloo Report

Hi all.

Finally got most of the pics sorted from a recent trip to Gnaraloo. The annual trip at the start of July was another ripper for us. One of the best things about it was finding new ground which really produced.

The track in was a little rough so a bit of caution was required there. The other interesting thing to note was how soft the beach was. Retrieving became an interesting afternoon feature as all up there were thoroughly challenged with the prospect with getting their boats out of the water. Team work was a must and a big thanks to all for a lot of help during the week. We managed well in the 6.5 ally however, it was always nice to have a second car on the spot if it was required. A big thanks to James and his crew for helping everyone during the week.

The fishing was excellent again, although i must say i did notice a destinct lack of a few species that would normally produce. Robinson Sea Bream and Pearl Perch were very scarce and only a few were caught.

We like to break our week up into three sections. One: filling the freezer, Two: drift baiting for mackies and Three: trolling.

All three produced really well without getting greedy. The thing we noticed on this trip, is that we could not get away from the big fish. A problem we were willing to deal with.

Catches of the week were: the 14 kilo 1 metre long Chinamen cod, 20 kilo Macks on 20lb gear, the number of 8.5 kilo Reds, the 11 kilo Rankins, the huge cods that were returned, fly fishing for trevs/bone fish and the large numbers of Cobia.

We did very well on the jigs and on the bait with the snapper in good numbers throughout the week. We did not have to travel far to find fish and the homestead reef produced some of the most insane rankins for the week. When the weather was good we did travel up and down the coast but did not fish in anything deeper than 45mtrs.

Gnaraloo is a magic place that makes you earn every fish. We did have trailer problems on the track (as you do) and these required some magical repairs so be prepaired.

We are definately returning for 2014 and look forward to seeing the FW crew up there again at the same time.

There was nothing better than coming home to head to the fillet table with a good bag of fish to fillet over a couple of beers.

A big thanks to my three mates, already planning for next year.

Enjoy some our pics.


Xtreme Dave

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That sea looks pretty freindly

Tue, 2013-08-06 21:50

 Looks like some fun was had...one place to visit one day...got any pictures of where you stayed or pointers?

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Hi Tank

Tue, 2013-08-06 21:54

We stayed at the homestead in one of the cabins. I will dig through some pics to see if we have one of the cabins. They are also online on the Gnaraloo Station website. What pointers are you after?

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wow some awesome fish there

Tue, 2013-08-06 21:51

wow some awesome fish there Dave. Nice trip
Well done

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 Awesome Dave! How were the

Tue, 2013-08-06 22:06

 Awesome Dave! How were the winds up there? Have booked for second week of June next year and am already planning and buying gear. The trailer will get a full revamp before the next trip too. What depths did you fish mainly? I have a little spot in 30m up there I'm dying to drop a berley bomb on in the right weather. And plenty of live baiting. I want to get one of your long boxes for next year too. top report mate.


Love the West!

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Hi mate

Wed, 2013-08-07 20:04

Good to see you returning next year. The winds were up and down as usual. We had one really good morning with no winds and the rest of the time it was good to average. The good thing this year with the winds was that it didn't blow hard enough to keep us out of the water. The other good thing was that they were mostly SE to SW which, as you know, is good for the bay.

We fished a lot in 30mts and headed out to the 50-60 for the Mackerel when we drift baited for them. They were pretty thick and even free jumping. We did get some visits by the big men in the jackets but to our surprise they left all the fish alone and just wanted to say hello. We did not anchor much but when we were able to it was well worth it.



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 Ah awesome Dave. Can't wait

Wed, 2013-08-07 20:35

 Ah awesome Dave. Can't wait although it's10 months away. It's a magic place an well worth the effort to get in there. Will be in touch re the long box for those big arse Mackies ;)


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Hey seakem

Tue, 2013-08-06 22:23

Hey mate let me know what dates your goin and I will see if I can drag the new keywest up there will have to make a mooring though and I'm keen as mustard to bring my mate from thailand for a week as I am now living in Thailand 2 months on and two months is aus at a time

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 6th- 14th June mate. And we

Wed, 2013-08-07 05:34

 6th- 14th June mate. And we have cabin 6 lol.


Love the West!

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 siccness !!!!

Wed, 2013-08-07 03:40

 siccness !!!!

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Slayed it Dave

Wed, 2013-08-07 06:27

looks like you guys had a ripper time. Good fishin

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that looks like a great trip

Wed, 2013-08-07 09:44

some nice fish there


all aggressive fish love bigjohnsjigs

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well done mate, looks like a

Wed, 2013-08-07 10:36

well done mate, looks like a pretty decent trip indeed


Would love to get up there, would struggle ont he beach launch tho :)

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Killer fish boys, Good work !

Wed, 2013-08-07 16:24

Killer fish boys, Good work !

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 Some big red fish there

Wed, 2013-08-07 20:46

 Some big red fish there mate, looks like a productive trip.

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Hi Milsey

Wed, 2013-08-07 20:52

 A very productive trip indeed. Looks like one of your trips.