Our July 2018 North-West Safari was always going to be a special one. Fishing legend and TV host Steve Starling was to join us for the 5-day trip with his cameraman Gav from The 4WD Adventure Show.
The pair had a goal of filming 4 episodes for the show, so prior to the trip it was decided that we'd do a Perth Metro inshore boat fishing shoot to try and get the monkey off our backs. The target was pink snapper, samsonfish and WA dhufish. Starlo opened the account early with a brute of a sambo on a Squidgy soft plastic. It put up a tough battle in the shallows (only 12m of water) and had him in the reef at one stage. Starlo stayed calm and eventually had the fish boatside. After a few of words for the camera and a couple of happy snaps the rogue sambo was released to fight another day. This was the largest fish ever caught and filmed for the TV show, so we were off to a good start! Shortly afterwards I landed a nice table-size WA dhufish on a 7" Z-Man Jerkshad plastic. Starlo did his piece for the camera and we decided to keep that fish for dinner. Those were the highlights of the session and unfortunately no snapper were around, but the boys had plenty of footage for an episode so we called it an early morning and headed home.
Steve 'Starlo' Starling with an estimated 15kg Samsonfish caught while filming for The Offroad Adventure Show.
Session 1: Day 1 Afternoon
After meeting at Hillarys Marina car park at 3am, and slogging out an 11 hour drive, we arrived at our destination - Quobba Station. We took the boys down to the Blowholes for a quick look, and took the token photo in front of the 'King Waves Kill' sign. Our accommodation for the trip was the southern Chalet, overlooking the water with 180 degree panoramic views of the ocean.
After unpacking the 4WD and re-packing the fishing gear back into it, we headed off for an arvo session on the stones. This turned out to be one of the most insane sessions we've ever experienced with Perth Fishing Safaris clients. The lads were throwing hard-bodies and metals for pelagics and were hooking up left, right and center. Many good fish were hooked and lost but collectively the crew and Starlo managed to land 2 cobia to 16kg, 2 longtail tuna to 10kg and a spanish mack. After dark we fished for reefies and added 2 nice spanish mackerel to the tally. What a way to start the trip. It was one of those unforgettable sessions where the fish were biting hard and everyone was having fun.
Land-based fishing trifecta on the first afternoon for the boys. Tuna, Spanish Mackerel and Cobia!
16kg Cobia for customer Pierre. This was the one fish he wanted to catch on the trip, he did it on the first afternoon!
A beautiful big Spangled Emperor caught off the rocks by customer Sandya. Stoked!