If you've ever dreamed of land-based fishing the Quobba coast for pelagics like spanish mackerel, here's a short recap of our latest North-West Safari to get you pumped. At Perth Fishing Safaris we run North-West Safaris throughout the winter and Summer months. Winter is all about chasing spanish mackerel on spin and gas (helium ballooning), and there's always a chance of bycatch such as tuna and cobia. We also fish the stones in the afternoons for reef fish such as spangled emperor, snapper, baldchin groper, rankin cod, and more. In summer our main target is cobia on spin in the mornings, then reef or beach fishing in the afternoons.
Our June 2018 trip began at 3am on the 12th June. All 4 clients lived north of our departure point at Hillarys Marina, so I picked all of them up on the way. First stop was Dave Little's house. Dave was super pumped as this trip was his 40th birthday present to himself. Next stop was Koby Philips house, then last was Alex Carter's house where Will Smith was also waiting. After a quick game of Tetris trying to squeeze all everyone's gear into the Prado we were off. The lads were in a mixed state of excitement and anticipation as we headed north.
Fast forward 10 hours of driving and we had arrived at our accommodation at Quobba Station. We spent the next 4 nights in one of two chalets that look out over the ocean. Between sessions the boys would sit on the porch and watch whales migrate up the coast and keep a watchful eye out for fish bust ups.
Our first session was 30 minutes after we arrived. We literally unpacked the car, packed all the essential fishing gear back into the car and hit the dirt road. Rather than going into full details about each of the 8 sessions we had, instead I'll keep it short with some photos and simple description of some of the fish we caught.
Session 1: Day 1 Afternoon
Four casts into the first session and I was connected to this 16kg longtail tuna. P.S. 3rd cast was a spangled emperor!
Will and Alex with a pair of reef fish, a spanish flag and spangled emperor.
Alex with a very rare catch off the rocks, a Robinson's Sea Bream.
Alex with a better quality spangled emperor. This fish took a slab of mullet on a paternoster rig.
Yours truly with a decent spangled emperor after dark.
Our tally for the first evening on the stones was 1 longtail tuna, 6 spangs, 1 spanish flag and 1 robinson's sea bream. Plus many more big fish lost, as per usual!
Session 2: Day 2 Morning
Day 2 started with a spin session off a well-known ledge. We managed to land 2 macks and collectively lost/missed about 5 good opportunities due to the hooks not setting.