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      1. Hi, I have been trying to find a good stickibaiting rod for kingfish, Australian salmon and other similar species in WA that is about 8ft so I can clear the big surf here. I have had a bit of a look at the shimano grappler rod series, mainly the Pe4 and Pe5 models. What rating do you guys think wold be best for what I am trying to catch? thanks in advance, Bamo
      2. G'day everyone, I am back from an amazing part of Australia and have some stories to tell and things to share. There is a lot to catch up on with real work and the new lure business also, I will get to photos videos etc as soon as time allows. Rather than doing a full report with heaps of photos etc like i would normally, I will be doing small videos and releasing photos slowly to get whatever mileage I can to promote the business. (I don't expect I will be doing a trip like this for a very long time so I need to make the most of it). I am expecting to release small videos of the trip on FB and the Gobblers web site so if you would like to follow that part of the journey you can. One of the best investments I made before the trip was to buy that drone. It gives a whole new level of appreciation when you see where we were and the amazing places we saw. Here is a small sample of what I mean. Cheers Wayne
      3. Hi All, Heading to Broome tomorrow (29AUG to 06SEP) so hoping for some land-based fishing tips. Disappointing to hear only 180m of the 640m of the jetty boardwalk is accessible now as I do not have access to a 4WD. Not targeting anything specific just hoping to get out for a fish. Family holiday with a young toddler so hoping to make the most of the limited time fishing I can sneak in. Good fishing spots (?): The Jetty Entrance Point Rocks near the Fishing Club Town Beach Boat Ramp Rock Groyne Gantheaum Point Rocks Cable Beach North of the Rocks Gear I’m taking: 15kg travel rod 5kg travel rod 40-pound hand reel 200-pound hand reel Hoping for any tips or pointers for any of the fishing locations such as suggested bait, recommended lures, best tides (slack water top of the tide?) etc. Thanks in advance.
      4. Just about sorted for the trip. Leave to Perth on Thursday and back end of August. See you all when I get back, might take a little while to write the report. Rods in a rod tube, now to throw some clothes and camera equipment in.
      5. Hi, I collect some beach blood worm for my next day fishing, upon wake up all worm are dead. How to keep blood worm alive for next fishing session? Please help, thank you.
      6. how good is this! Anyone chasing salmon in the South West over the Easter should have plenty to choose from and the seasonal run could yet bring schools of fish to the metropolitan area over the long weekend. Western Angler editor and Sunday Times fishing expert Scott Coghlan captured drone footage of one of four schools of salmon he saw at Cheynes Beach near Albany on the weekend. He said there had been reports of schools as far north as Dunsborough. “The school I got on the drone was probably about 30m long and there would be more than 20 tonnes of fish in it,” he said. “I’ve got another mate who told me there were schools at Hamelin Bay, at least until all the whales beached themselves last week. And that they were just around the corner from Hamelin at Foul Bay over the weekend. “I’ve also heard about some good numbers at Dunsborough. Will they get to Perth in time for Easter? I’m not sure but once they are at Dunsborough and the Capes, it can’t be far off. “If you’re going down south over the long weekend and having a fish you’re going to do all right.” Millions of salmon make the seasonal trek from the Great Australian Bight to metropolitan waters. Coghlan said the fish weren’t necessarily the best eating but were good sporting catches and often released back into the water by anglers. “They’re not terrible but wouldn’t really be my first pick - that said, like pretty much any fish, if you look after it and get it on ice right after you catch it, you can get some pretty decent eating,” he said. https://thewest.com.au/lifestyle/fishing/wa-salmon-run-anglers-could-have-bumper-easter-as-schools-wind-their-way-around-the-coast-ng-b88785483z
      7. Timely reminder for those rock fishing: The drowning deaths of three men in two separate rock fishing accidents in Western Australia’s south has prompted the deputy state coroner to recommend fishermen wear life jackets. The WA Coroners Court examined the deaths of Chinese-born men Chunjun Li, 42, and Jiaolong Zhang, 38, in April 2015, and former asylum seeker Ali Mohammad Soltani, 30, in April 2016. Mr Li and Mr Zhang used rope to tie themselves to a rock while fishing at Salmon Holes in Torndirrup National Park when they were swept into the sea. Mr Li washed towards the beach but bystanders could not revive him, while Mr Zhang’s body was never recovered despite an extensive search. Deputy State Coroner Evelyn Vicker said in her findings that the pair and their families had come to Australia to start new lives but it ended in tragedy. “On behalf of all those who risk their lives and emotions in these tragic circumstances, please wear life jackets,” she said. “It may not always save your life but it will help return a better outcome to your families and the community as a whole.” Mr Soltani was fishing from rocks at Salmon Holes when his anchor rope broke and he fell into the water. Police divers recovered his body the next day on the sea floor. “The fact he surfaced and was seen to be swimming supports the contention that had he been wearing a life jacket ... he would have survived and probably rescued before he drowned,” Ms Vicker said. She said rock fishing was recognised as the most dangerous sport in Australia. “Yet (it) is one where participants frequently take minimal precautions for their own safety and so rely heavily on emergency services and volunteers, often in treacherous conditions when something goes wrong,” she said. http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/fishing/life-jacket-plea-after-three-fishermen-die/news-story/b952a172cf3b7aa262147a08d76c7e09
      8. Our travels West took us to Lucky Bay, near Esperance. A local told us that the name means that if you catch a fish here then you're lucky! This video show us doing some squidding off the rocks and also shows my squid cleaning method.
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        THE 50th GAMEX fishing tournament will be hosted by the Exmouth Game Fishing Club from March 16-24. With recent sensational statistics in the billfishing scene, it is expected to be another ripper event. Charter operator, Eddy Lawler, managed to get a double marlin grand slam in one day recently; something we believe may never have been achieved before. Captain Lawler also made the headlines on New Year’s Day when his crew weighed in the first official blue marlin weighing over 1000lb. There are over 40 gamefish species to target on all line classes in waters close to shore in this fishing hotspot. Over 50 boats including mainly trailer and some charter boats fish this event in this remote location, situated at latitude 22deg south. The GAMEX event includes 6 days of fishing, social nights, educational sessions, scientific studies and much more. It starts with a Rig and Gig night where some of the Australia’s premier skippers will discuss their techniques and tips, including. Swordfish with Ross Newton of Reel Teaser Fishing Adventures Blue marlin with Eddy Lawler of Peak Sportfishing Charters Sailfish and sportfish with Josh Bruynzeel of On Strike Charters Reef fishing with Bernie Vale of Mahi Mahi Fishing Charters Light Tackle Tactics with John Prince of Team Awesum Black marlin with Brendon Hawker of Innkeeper Sportfishing Charter and recreational vessels have availability in this iconic event, so if you are keen to join, contact event coordinator Scott Owens on 0487 409 355. For further information, click HERE.
      10. Fishing the picturesque setting of Walpole WA for King George Whiting when my bait was taken by and Eagle Ray. No chance, right? What and see! :-)
      11. Saw this online and thought worth sharing: http://www.egfc.com.au First 1000lb+ blue marlin caught in Australia to GFAA rules. History was made on Jan 1st 2018 with Captain Eddy Lawler from Peak Sportfishing! Date: Jan 1st Captain: Eddy Lawler Boat: Black Marlin Angler: Clay Hilbert Line Class: 60kg Method: Switched off a Bonze Violator Weight: 494.3kg = 1089.7lb Congratulations to the crew. Special thanks to all the volunteers that helped out at the EGFC on the night of weighing. In particular, Mark Hourn, Anna Passsmore, Maarit Mossman, Scott Owens, Deb Foster and Matt Gates. Special thanks to Phil from Exmouth Freight and Logistics for helping with the crane! Eddy has tagged over 1000 (1180 to Jan 1st, 2018) billfish with The Billfish Foundation and many hundreds of billfish with NSW fisheries over the few years he has been fishing in Exmouth. Eddy has had a few recaptures recently as well, (2 in one week in December) which is fantastic to see. Last week Eddy and others satellite tagged fish too. In fact, the EGFC were one of the first clubs to participate in the IGFA's Great Marlin Race, which involved tagging 10 marlin off Exmouth in 2012. All the details of where those fish went can be found on the IGFA website. Exmouth Game Fishing Club has won top tagging club in Australia more than once, which is a great effort in this remote location. From this capture, we will gain more information on these species and we believe in highlighting the positives of recreational fishing to help others learn, respect and appreciate the ocean and fish within it. This fish will be used for years to come. This particular blue marlin will be used for research and education and be available for visitors to the region to view and grasp the size of fish out there. (Especially those people who can’t go out in the ocean!) Thanks everyone for your great feedback on Facebook. We hope that those people who were not aware of the work we do for the conservation of billfish, have learnt so much more.
      12. Here is part 2 of the trip fishing Montgomery reef and other inshore reefs around the Kimberly.
      13. I am currently undergoing the research project in SA on gummy sharks and it would be appreciated if you could help by filling in one of my surveys. survey draft.docx
      14. Recently came back form a amazing land based trip from the mid west in WA and couldn't of asked for a much better trip having a wicked time with the boys getting to have a good crack at surf fishing for mulloway, snapper, tailor and to our surprise even bonefish wich was incredible to see. as well as getting a break from the wild weather to ballon for mackerel and get roasted by some sharks on the heavy gear. It as a hell of a trip that wont soon be forgotten! put together a video of all the highlights hope you enjoy and tight lines!
      15. ellicat

        Dragged In !

        Man survives six hours treading water after marlin drags him off boat Search and rescue officers say the fisherman was "extremely lucky" to be found alive in such a remote area. Image Caption:Marlin are popular game fish in tropical seas. A man has survived treading water for six hours after being dragged out of his boat by a marlin off the coast of Western Australia. The fisherman, believed to be in his 20s, was in a boat on his own when the drama began. He hooked a marlin - a game fish that can weigh up to 400kg. But the giant fish dragged him overboard and his boat drifted away. He was found hours later by a passing fishing boat. Exmouth Volunteer Marine Rescue Group Commander Rusty Ellis said the man was "extremely lucky" to be found in such a remote area. "He was just one tiny little head bobbing in the ocean," he said. Cmdr Ellis added that Tuesday's rescue highlighted the need for anglers to take proper safety precautions when fishing off Australia's west coast, with two lone fisherman killed at sea near the same area last year. http://news.sky.com/story/man-survives-six-hours-treading-water-after-marlin-drags-him-off-boat-10717426
      16. First off, I'm from Sweden so excuse my English. I came across some photos on facebook yesterday on some recent Blue marlin catches, and to my surprise it wasn't the usual by-the-boat-before-release photos. Nope, the Marlin where strung up and very dead. You can see the photos on Muriwai Sports Fishing Clubs facebook page. Now, I got pretty upset. Since Blue Marlin are currently considered a threatened species by the IUCN due to overfishing, I thought they where protected in all waters. Especially in a country like Australia. Can someone explain this to me?
      17. Hi everyone, I’m back from the Kimberly adventure over west. There was so much that happen it is hard to cover it all, so I will do it parts. PART 1 This trip has been in the planning for a couple of years between a mate (Brett) and I. We have been friends for 30 years and said when we both had long service leave we would do a big trip. We started our 2,400km trek from Perth to Derby with much excitement. Besides dodging kangaroos, cattle and being passed by road trains the travel was enjoyable. 30 hours later we arrived in Derby at the caravan park and checked tides for the next day’s departure. Before leaving we logged on with the sea rescue and left all our relevant details with them and the caravan park manager. As we headed out of Kings Sound the muddy water gave way to an aqua colour before becoming the blue we were expecting. We left at 1pm catching the tide and the first day we covered 280 km’s before arriving at a remote barge to refuel. Brett had prearranged a 200 litre drum of unleaded ($650 ouch) that is hand pumped aboard. The boat was full again for the next leg and we carried on to the our first safe anchorage for night one. Our second night was a little more eventful than the first. We picked a safe anchorage in a sheltered bay, however our inexperience combined with and the massive tides made it a night to remember. Brett positioned the boat and set the anchor for night. We cooked up some dinner and planned the next day’s travel. The rain was coming down and there was a fair bit of lighting around. We dropped the rods down from the holders because having 1300 litres of fuel on board we thought it wise. Scanning the surrounding area, we could see a croc’s eyes reflecting in the spotlight, nice. We decided to get some sleep and I was lucky to get the cabin and Brett was happy to swag it on the deck. At 2.30am in the morning things changed quickly when a squall hit. Brett bangs on the cabin saying to get up quick. Bleary eyed we accessed the situation with water swishing around the deck. The call was made to put life jackets on as we started empting the kill tanks of equipment and bailing water. The wind was very strong there was lighting going off and the tide had changed. This meant the scuppers that were left open to drain the rain were now letting water in and we had the deck flooding because of the amount of weight/fuel on board. Although it is a self-draining deck the 2 massive kill tanks only drain when the boat is underway. We started bailing the kill tanks and dumping 70 litres of fresh water to lighten the load. The wind increased and the rain was horizontal when the anchor pulled and we were drifting quickly towards the rocks and croc’s. Trying to see in the driving rain was very hard but in the flood light beam I saw a bird flying frantically before dropping out of the sky and flopping into the water exhausted. Brett was letting more anchor line out via the winch while starting the motor and idling forward. With great relief the anchor took hold with the boat resting 50 meters from shore. We had dodge a bullet and stayed up the rest of the night till day break. We learnt a valuable lesson about anchoring that night. In the morning we with played with the sounder and learnt how to set the drift alarm, shallow water alarm and with the range rings, how to accurately measure the amount of anchor rope we fed out based on the stage of tide. The next priority was to get the fuel off the boat and lighten the load. The area we were going to be fishing was unsurveyed and we were warned it can be quite dangerous by the sea rescue guy. We timed the entry into the inlet with slack tide to minimize risk. Even at slack tide the water was calm but boiling with whirlpools and upwelling’s letting us know we were just visitors in this untouched land. Being slack tide we thought we would try our luck at cast netting some bait at a small creek entrance. We edged the boat towards the small trickle that had some bait fish giving their presence away with ripples. I threw the net and nearly instantly some big thumps could be felt and to our joy and surprise we caught a 74cm Barra in the net! We spotted a rock wall further down the inlet and was too excited to catch bait so we made a bee line for the wall. The third cast from Brett and he had a knock and his fourth he was onto a small barramundi. We end up with 5 hits and 3 fish with the largest going 90cm. Brett and I had a bottle of Bundy or Wild Turkey Honey on the largest Barra of the trip. I am happy to say the 90cm was not beaten. We mucked around in this system for a while before moving onto others, picking little creeks on the map and heading off. It didn’t take long to start to see more crocs the further we got from civilization. We didn’t see any massive ones but they still put the wind up you when they approached the boat. We then shot up a small system and allowed the boat to be left high and dry when the low tide arrived late that afternoon It was time to see if we could find a mud crab for dinner. Unfortunately, we did not see any muddies or get any in the hoop nets for the rest of the trip. Surprising I thought they would be everywhere. We were a little nervous while hunting the muddies always keeping an eye out for those scaly critters. I did manage to slip over in the mud and cut my wrist on and oyster cover rock, Doh! Waking up in a swag on the boat to see the sunrise each morning was amazing. Part 2 coming.
      18. Wayne's wife sent me this picture to show the progress on his much anticipated 4 week long fishing trip over in WA with a mate of his. Good to see everything seems to have gone to plan so far! I wonder how the fishing is going. These are the pictures I got before they hit the water. 1350L of fuel would have made an interesting servo stop. Looks like his mates new boat is a nice setup.
      19. Gad

        SHARK BULLBAR

        An old saying….. every circus needs a clown… but in this case, you can`t take the Richard out of Head January 5, 2016 A Perth motorist filmed driving with a shark strapped to their bullbar of their four-wheel-drive has been lambasted online and accused of keeping an illegal-sized catch. http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/01/05/03/38/wa-driver-straps-shark-to-bullbar-in-bizarre-bid-to-transport-catch