Ningaloo in June

Hey guys.

chasing some info on weather and Ningaloo fishing in June. For the last 6 years we have hit the station in April but due to the restrictions we missed out this year... just booked 3 weeks in June! It looks a lot cooler in June (normally we sweat our balls off!!) should we expect much rain or a difference in the wind patterns?

Do the cooler water temps affect the fishing at all? I would assume less Bills and more tuna? Do the mackies and hop slow down at all? Do the demersals move in closer as the water cools? Not asking for spots (I have plenty!) just some general info so we are correctly prepared for this year!






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You will get some rain, most likely

Tue, 2020-05-26 06:11

 June is normally your wettest month, should rain at least once. Watch out for a forecast of fresh northerlies going nor'west, best to get the boat out of the water if that is coming. We normally will leave them in the water if the forecast is no more than 20 knots max from that direction. All other directions are fine. Nights can get cold, and clear, great for viewing the Milky Way, take warmer clothes than you would for April.  The nights also tend to be windy--it can drop out late afternoon, then pick up after dark and blow all night ESE. Fresh easterlies in the morning, dropping off later. You'll work out how to pick it. 

Water temps can be all over the place--we have had no luck at all with marlin last two years,(normally go up for July) had some good runs before that. You can normally find sails if you look hard enough. Normally Wahoo about, tuna can be a nuisance, and good luck getting spaniards past the sharks. Watch out for whales, they can be bloody thick, you need to keep a really good lookout. It won't be long before someone hits one up there, IMO. Demersals are probably the same any time of year. The fishing has really dropped off up there in recent years, coinciding (coincidentally?)with the growth in popularity of that Ningaloo Campout Competition--my personal opinion is that it has just gotten too big, a stack of boats are flogging the immediate vicinity for a week early June, and it just never recovers. The fishable strip is very narrow, you are limited by sanctuary zones, and it is easy to overfish it.  We have to work harder and harder for what we get, and we aren't freezer fillers.

I will be arriving 1st June.

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 Thanks mate. Good info.

Tue, 2020-05-26 08:15

 Thanks mate. Good info. Pulling the boat out in a Northerly won't really be an option unless it's going to be a real banger. I put in at Coral Bay and drive the boat in and we leave the trailer behind. I tried one year to tow it in and after 6 hours and a huge amount of damage we turned back and launched at CB.


have the sharks become an issue with the Spanish lately? We had to go to exmouth last year because my little one was only 4 months and it was horrendous. But prior to that I'd never lost a pelagic to sharks at station in 5 years! We have landed countless hoo, macks, tuna, dollies, bills etc without incident. Bottom fish well that's a sad story...

Camp out has been canceled this year which sounds like it is a good thing. I have noticed over the years the sharks are getting worse and you have to fish deeper for a feed. We invested in electrics this year to go deeper. also the sanctuary zone has reduced for our first time can go further south than before!

cheers for the info if you see a Trailcraft 640 Hardtop that's probably is come say hi.



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Where are you camping?

Tue, 2020-05-26 20:18

 We will be at Winderabandi, towards the east end. Look for the Reefrunner "Exit Strategy" . Sharks have really been hammering the pelagics there for years now, I've even lost a couple of sails to the bastards.  There are some places I just won't fish any more. We've only just taking up bottom bashing after avoiding it for a long time. Also have a couple of electrics. Getting out away from the reef helps, sharks haven't bothered me with pelagics over 50 metres.

I don't get what you mean by "the sanctuary zone has reduced?" I just checked, can't see any changes?

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Quick progress report

Tue, 2020-06-16 13:03

 In Exmouth for the day, fuel and stores. Weather was exceptional for a week and a half before that rain, never seen it so good for so long. Pity I didn't have any crew.... so I just did a couple of deep drop and general bottom bash solo trips, before I rounded up a casual deckie to get more serious. Solo trips yielded easy bag outs on a mix of rubies, goldband, robbos



8 Bar Cod went 23kg, really made the Megatwin howl out of 300m, especially more since it was half of a double header :-) That Wahoo was one of many, all good fish.We were hammered by wahoo, nice problem to have trolling for sails and small blacks, but expensive on the gear. We speared 7 big ones back over the side one day, in addition to the two bite-offs and one sharking .Only one sail boated, out of 2 raised, and a nice black jumped off. Water is warm, there was zero surface activity until yesterday, when the stripies appeared, so it may be good going forward

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Tue, 2020-06-16 15:01

 That's a cracker hoo pic Ranmar.


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Good fish, Wahoo is on my

Wed, 2020-06-17 11:05

Good fish, Wahoo is on my bucket list - hopefully in July while in Exy.

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 Got my one and only 'hoo at

Wed, 2020-06-17 16:48

 Got my one and only 'hoo at Exmouth! Good luck mate 

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Thanks Mate.Hooked one a

Thu, 2020-06-18 10:04

Thanks Mate.

Hooked one a couple of years ago in Exy, my son was on the rod and we dropped it 2m from the boat - bloody spewing.

Hopefully next month 

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 Fingers crossed mate!

Thu, 2020-06-18 13:40

 Fingers crossed mate!

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Plenty of wahoo here ATM

Thu, 2020-06-18 21:19

 Got 4 one morning trolling for sails, before the day I mentioned earlier when we got 7--went out today, pretty foul early, fresh SE and leftover sw slop from the night before when the front went through, but we stuck it out, and it got quite nice for a while--got another double of good wahoo trolling deep divers to catch some dinner today. Had spaniards go ballistic atacking a skirt without hookups, and got a sail a bit later one before the wind came up again.  So, total of 13 wahoo and only 2 sails, and a nice Black jumped off.



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Spectacular shot there

Thu, 2020-06-18 21:42

brilliant colours.  Always enjoy your posts Ranmar.  



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They are a spectacular looking fish

Fri, 2020-06-19 09:39

 Great photo again Ranmar 

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 Looks like you had a good

Mon, 2020-06-29 15:48

 Looks like you had a good trip mate! We are still here, just taking a few days in exmouth as a trade off with the misso for 2 more weeks fishing!

the Wahoo have almost been a nuisance! I've lost count of the double, triple and 4 way hookups... but it's been costing me a lot of gear!

we landed 2 sails the other day and have raised and dropped a few bills including one that took a ruby on the deep drop!

deep drop been paying off with consistent rubies to 11kg, flame tails and 2 cod 22 and 26kg. Lots of nice fish on the shallower grounds too but I've only been able to find smaller goldband this year. 

Pulled a 13.5kg jobbie out of 90m the other day so that was a new one! 

my understanding was they had reduced the Point Edgar sanctuary but it appears I was wrong. Had a chat with fisheries when I was leaving coral bay and he explained it to me. I think state moved one boundary and federal theirs but end result was same area being off limits.

Are you still up here? I haven't been for a drive around to the point this year as beach driving is banned.

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I got home last night.

Wed, 2020-07-01 20:42

 We had a good trip, got some nice rubys, a couple of flame snapper one day to give us a ruby bag plus 2, plus the fish I've already posted. We mostly fished north in the last couple of weeks, didn't go south of the Lefroy entrance. Big lack of bills for us, sails were very hard to find, only released 2, and jumped a nice Black off. Only got one Red, mostly goldband in the middle depths.

My boat is in still in Exmouth, we are heading back up on Saturday for the school holidays.

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Thu, 2020-07-02 07:00

 Nice of you to drop in on your way through and give me an update on how the trip went.

You are running up the miles dragging the boat, caravan and now the missus back and forth, Won't be long and you will know the road better than most of the truckies passing through

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Good luck up there Samd, and

Sat, 2020-07-04 10:20

Good luck up there Samd, and Ranmar that sure beats a couple of perth snapper!

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I've been in Exmouth since the 4th

Sun, 2020-07-12 14:25

 Just to give my wife a holiday. We have both agreed we are NEVER coming back during the July holidays.  Place is packed, as you would expect.  Luckily , we scored a berth in the canals, so don't have to queue for an hour to launch. CBF doing a 130 k round trip to queue for an hour to launch at Tantabiddy, so we've been confining ourself to the gulf. Went down there today for a drive, big swell, bit of a nor'easter blowing, obviously crap conditions offshore, still 30-odd boats out. You get spoilt down at Winderabandi, leave the boat in the water, no big distances to travel. So it's just squid, trout and bluebone for us.