Couch fishing

Just wondering if anyone here knows of any programs available to search for new spots while not actually out on the boat?

I once heard a fella say that he had a program on his computer, but never got the name of the program off him (or a copy). Ive tried google'n it, but no success so far.

It would be good if there was one, currently sitting here 300kms for the water dreaming of catching the next big one!!!!
any help would be most appreciated.


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Welcome Billy Chase

Sun, 2007-03-04 17:49

I think Google Earth might give you a few potential spots.


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Hi billy

Sun, 2007-03-04 17:55

And welcome to a great site/injoy
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Google earth

Sun, 2007-03-04 18:19

Google earth is about 1km off, when you compare navy charts to GPS readings at google earth

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I was hoping electronic

Sun, 2007-03-04 19:38

I was hoping electronic charts or similar, but never mind. Fishwrecked has enough info/pics to keep me going!!!!
We are heading off Onslow again over the easter break and was thinking of ideas for new spots to fish. We have quite a few rippers, but these are good bottom bouncing stuff in 35- 50metres. We never seem to get any Macks, cobia dollys etc on the troll, just Tuna! Pretty sad when youve been fishing the place for 2 years and never caught a Spanyid at the Mackerel Islands!
hopefully try trolling around Rosily and Peguin. I have read on other sites that the is a 20m drop of the back of Anchor Is which is good for Sails. It must be a fair way off the back though.
Any ideas or area's to be trying?


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Onslow Spaniards

Mon, 2007-03-05 13:40

Welcome to fishwrecked . I have been fishing Onslow for the past 20 years and find it astonishing that you have not caught a spaniard yet. Here are a few tips that we have gathered over the years.
Trolled gardies work better than lures.
The shallower the water the better - all my best spaniards ( 50 lb plus )have been caught in less than ten mtrs of water.
fishing in depths over 30 mtrs is a waste of time for macs - may get the odd one .
Trolling depth is very important. get the bait down if things are quiet by adding a bean sinker to the gardie or use crazy deep 7mtrs + lures if you are using lures.
Time of day is also important . Sounds strange but we have found change of tide at low tide - yes low tide - works best out of Onslow.
Above all don't flog a dead horse .Sometimes there are no fish at home at that point in time. Go and have a bottom bounce and try again in an hour. So many times we have worked the area at the back of Rosily Island without so much as a bird working and then an hour later the place is going off!!! Who knows why but it does happen and as quickly as it starts it all shuts down. Remember most of them are on the move all the time . I believe the big macs to be residents of a particular are but don't have any proof only gut instinct . The areas you mentioned Rosily , Penguin Bank and Anchor all produce good fish but we have found that they don't all fire at the same time of year . If it is quiet at Rolsily it will probably be quiet at penguin but may be going off at Anchor and Long.
If you need some spots let me know and I will be glad to send them to you as we now fish Exmouth and maybe someone will do the same for me .
Hope this helps .
Any day fishing is a great day !!

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You change your name on here

Tue, 2007-03-06 08:56

You change your name on here plugga or what? (if your the plugga i know)

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Tue, 2007-03-06 18:33

Thanks heaps for the info Paul N. Very much appreciated mate. First thing on the 'to do' list is catch some gardies in Beadon! DO you use any skirts to dress the bait up, or run them natural?

Gday Neil, yeah mate new name and stuff. Whats been happening mate? When are you coming up here mate? Hows things down in the big smoke?

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The gardies in beadon

Wed, 2007-03-07 17:56

The gardies in beadon are usually too small. Try onslow fish supply on the right hand side on the way to the ramp. Depending on the time of year they have good size gardies you can buy.
For a deep running bait don't use a skirt but for skipping baits use one. This helps with the splash and keeps the gardie from ripping off the hooks. I also make sure i wire the mouth/beak shut onto the hook to make sure it stays there. At work now but will add some pics of the size of the macs we get out of Onslow as soon as I get home.

Any day fishing is a great day !!