North-West Safari June 2018

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

Longtail Tuna off the rocks at Quobba Station

Four casts into the first session and I was connected to this 16kg longtail tuna. P.S. 3rd cast was a spangled emperor!

Fishing Quobba Station

Will and Alex with a pair of reef fish, a spanish flag and spangled emperor.

Robinson's Sea Bream Quobba fishing

Alex with a very rare catch off the rocks, a Robinson's Sea Bream.

Spangled Emperor fishing at Quobba Station

Alex with a better quality spangled emperor. This fish took a slab of mullet on a paternoster rig.

Spangled Emperor fishing at Quobba Station

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.

Spanish Mackerel caught at Quobba Station Western Australia

First mack of the trip went to the guide... Sometimes you've gotta show them how it's done! Hooked in the side on a placcy!

Spanish Mackerel caught off the rocks at Quobba Station

Will was the first of the boys to land a mack. Not a bad specimen and his first ever, at just over 10kg.

Session 3: Day 2 Afternoon

Day 2 finished with another session on the stones at the same location as Day 1. The swell had dropped and the wind was low, almost too perfect for fishing as the fish activity had dropped a bit.

Spangled Emperor rock fishing Quobba

Koby with a nice spangled emperor after dark. His first reefy landed on the trip, after losing many fish to bust offs.

Bonefish caught off rocks at Quobba WA

Alex with a solid bonefish caught on a small piece of occy.

Spangled Emperor night fishing Quobba WA

Another nice spang for the guide, my 5th for the trip. This fish was around the 3kg mark.

Session 4: Day 3 Morning

Day 3 started with a change of pace for the lads, I took them to a spot that has always produced well for macks. We spent the morning ballooning. It was a little slow-going but despite missing a couple of big hits we still managed to land a mack, this time for Dave. All Dave wanted from the trip was 1 mack for his 40th birthday. Well, we got it for him and he was one happy camper after that!

Ballooning for Spanish Mackerel Quobba coast

Dave with his first ever spanish mackerel. Happy 40th birthday mate!

Session 5: Day 3 Evening

By day 3 afternoon the fishing had again slowed down. We still managed a few nice fish and got blown away by a few more. Getting smoked by big fish is standard issue for Quobba reef fishing! To top off a successful morning for Dave, check out the beast of a Giant Herring he landed in the arvo!!

Spangled Emperor rock fishing Quobba WA

Slab of a spangled emperor for the guide, approx 3kg.

Giant Herring rock fishing Quobba Western Australia

Dave struck gold with this absolute horse of a Giant Herring to top off a great day. Measuring in at 107cm and 7kg.

Session 6: Day 4 Morning

Spanish Mackerel on Halco Max Quobba

Koby with a smallish mack caught on spin using a blue coloured Halco Max.

Session 7: Day 4 Evening