Bloody north west blowies

 Staying in portgregory for a week and 8yr old grandson had a nw blowie attack him in couple of inches of water middle of the day right in front of town near the swimming pontoon took a large chunk out of his toe had to go to Northampton hospital to get it cleaned up and antibiotics. 10 year old granddaughter was with him when it happened and says shes never going back in the ocean again pissed off to say the least once a year beach holiday not off to a good start young blokes taking it like a trooper though counting the days till he can get his foot wet again. Has anybody on here every been bit while launching or heard of similar incidents . 


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Years ago I was scuba diving off

Sat, 2021-10-02 15:17

 red bluff in Kalbarri, speared a few small cod with a gidgee. As i was removing a cod off gidgee i felt a sharp pain and pulling on my earlobe. Reached up and grabbed a bloody norwester hanging off my ear, it didnt let go straight away and started kicking harder in my hands, didnt even know he had been hanging around me. bloody hurt, bled like a bastard but he didnt bite right through. my dive buddy thought it was funny but i didnt. hope your grand daughter gets over her fear, would be a shame if it turns her off enjoying the ocean. good on your 8 yr old grandson for taking it like a trooper!  

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 I heard a story about a kid

Sat, 2021-10-02 16:17

 I heard a story about a kid losing a toe at Kalbarri in the river. 
Ive had them come in hard and bite chunks after fish I've speared and biting legs off crays that I've got in a bag on my belt. 

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Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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 Yeah I've had a dive off

Sat, 2021-10-02 19:25

 Yeah I've had a dive off horrocks couple of years ago dropped my gun to get a couple of crays and the basterds chewed the loop of ski rope i hook fish to off the back of my gun then started biting the cord and the wood of the gun was a large group of them and didn't help i wasn't wearing booties and had to take the fins off to use the ladder while crowded by them wondered then how a swimmer would go if they run into a pack of them.

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 I hooked one once at Sandy

Sat, 2021-10-02 16:21

 I hooked one once at Sandy cape off the shore, it bit through my 5/0 tarpon then charged at my feet. Luckily managed to jump out of the water in time. Never forget it, Farkin ballsy things they are. 

 

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 Hooked one off the beach

Tue, 2021-10-05 20:16

 Hooked one off the beach just at the north point at Port Gregory. Thought I've bloody done it, I've got a huge snapper off the beach.. dirty great big nor wester came in.

Got one at club cap off the beach too. Guess I'm just really lucky.

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 I was there when the kid

Wed, 2021-10-06 07:36

 I was there when the kid lost his toe in Kalbarri, he was sitting in the wash of the waves at the river mouth. Than was a long time ago probably late 70's.

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 For some reason I remember

Wed, 2021-10-06 08:24

 For some reason I remember it getting a mention in Fishing the Wild West book? Maybe a different book I had growing up. Always stuck with me. 

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cockburn sound

Wed, 2021-10-06 09:45

about 8/10 years ago, there was a fucktonne of them in cockburn sound. a few times I pulled in half a squid jig, and wondering WTF was biting a jig in half, when I saw a heap of them under the boat attacking the squid jig. 

 

they hung around for a good while, but over the next few months I started takin my mackie bat out with me, and sorted out a good portion of their local population. 

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 Caught one trolling a Laser

Wed, 2021-10-06 10:33

 Caught one trolling a Laser Pro off Cott once! It went like all the others as per Scotto above!

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 I got one between Woodmans

Wed, 2021-10-06 10:44

 I got one between Woodmans Point and Garden Island when putting along with a Laser Pro behind the boat too. 

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 Funny they don't list them

Thu, 2021-10-07 10:56

 Funny they don't list them as a target species on the box! 

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Bait !

Wed, 2021-10-06 12:08

If you do happen pull one aboard, wip the fillets off, pull the skin off (comes off easy) cut flesh into chunks and use it for bait. Flesh is very firm and stays on the hook.

As good a bait as anything when at Shark Bay, pinkies love it, so do the black snapper & estuary cod, even bluebone.

Was told about it as bait by a couple of old fishos years ago but was always reluctant to give it a try. Finally gave it a crack in April this year and I'm a convert !

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Same

Wed, 2021-10-06 17:33

We were there at the same time. Was playing cricket near the pontoon one of the days and 5 blowies came in right to the edge of the water. Cricket bat sorted out a couple. 

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Same

Wed, 2021-10-06 17:33

We were there at the same time. Was playing cricket near the pontoon one of the days and 5 blowies came in right to the edge of the water. Cricket bat sorted out a couple. 

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NW Blowy

Thu, 2021-10-07 08:56

Probably hanging around in the lagoon because people cleaning fish and throwing scraps in the water.
This is one of the reasons would like to see processing fish at sea compulsory.(frames can come in as identification)
Just scavengers of the sea, little pinky toe would look appetizing if I was a blowy.

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Port Gregory

Fri, 2021-10-08 11:56

 Has heaps of them both inside and outside.  We were snorkelling inside the reef in about 4 metres depth and 4 came at us real fast.  Kids were terrified and will not snorkel there again.  Also seen heaps of them near the pontoon and at north point. Not so many at Hutt river beach though.  About 6 years ago there were a couple of european backpacker girls stranded on the pontoon as the NW blowies were attacking the pontoon.  Needed a mate in a kayak to go out and get them back to shore.   Also offshore I have had them attack the leg of the outboard.  If you are anchored up and they find you then you may as well move as they will just bite off any tackle.  

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double post

Fri, 2021-10-08 11:58

 double post