Quick Gnaraloo report 2024

 Well it's once again just like a dream now, the anticipation and build up all gone like tears in the rain :P 

Was certainly a different trip with the wind blowing up the first 3 days and a lot of sitting around, bullshitting and drinking.

That said there's nothing like wallowing in the bay with a beer in hand and 8 scantily clad lasses in their G string bikinis close by makes you kinda forget your not out on the briney trying to slay fish. 

The bite itself once we did get out was very slow when the tidal almanac said it was meant to be a peak midday bite....BS

Anyway we fed the sharks well on a diet of bottom meats and jigs, a lot of them out there now with some nice jewelry. 

Many spots and depths were tried even my sacred spot in 100m produced one Goldband before being smashed with sharks, I lost one particular fish I reckon was no doubt a stonker red about a 3rd of the way up and was ready to throw my rod overboard in utter frustration. That particular spot has produced heaps of fish in the past so it consolidated my theory on the bite time being off.  

Thankfully the next day we tried more north of the bay out in 60m and finally came accross some big bommies which held good fish, each drift producing something good. 

The Coronation when hooked darted for his hidey hole and nearly bricked me before I gave him/her/they/them  plenty of slack and it  poked it's  head out finally and got him/her/they/them upwith high fives all round.  

The Estuary I took for a shark and was pissed off for a bit before somthing twigged it wasn't and first sighting of colour had me yelling spittle for the net, it went 13.4kg nice stocking filler that one. 

My PB Cobia at 16.1kg was pretty stoked with that. The Cobia actually saved our bag for the trip, there were plenty about  although we did get Some good Rankin, big Redthroat and Spangled. 

The Mackies were good on the troll as well as a nice Yellowfin where we had excellent Sashimi one night.

Last troll of the trip saw us hook up to a Billfish in 30m just out of the bay, my son saw it jump but couldn't make it species wise. I did see it thrash about on the surface before it knifed through the leader FFS 

Plenty of good laughs, banter at the filleting shed and a great steak night with a bottle of Grange put the icing on the cake. 

Will be back for more punishment next year

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Told you that yellow and blue shirt was bad luck

Fri, 2024-05-17 05:49

 Nice report Andy.  I am in Cairns and a SMALL fed of Goldband and sweet potato chips sets you back almost $60 .....ouch 

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Photos of the G strings or it

Fri, 2024-05-17 07:32

Photos of the G strings or it didn't happen lol, ha solid fish and still well worth the effort.

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 Had his beer goggles on

Fri, 2024-05-17 08:11

 Had his beer goggles on Brock O it was just his mates in their g strings but he was living in hope Nice fish.

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 Ha ha there were about a

Fri, 2024-05-17 08:28

 Ha ha there were about a dozen other blokes on the beach that day with sore necks 

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 Travelling down the coast in

Fri, 2024-05-17 08:42

 Travelling down the coast in a couple of weeks in search of a place to live so might have to drop into gnarloo on the way through.... I won't tell the wife why we are there.

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 I like the way you think ;) 

Fri, 2024-05-17 09:58

 I like the way you think ;) 

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 It's for the fishing

Fri, 2024-05-17 10:15

 It's for the fishing ....honest

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 Did you end up asking the

Sat, 2024-05-18 12:08

 Did you end up asking the coronation trout for the correct pronoun....lol  good stuff mate gnarloo definitely on my bucket list

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 Cheers mate, get up there!!

Sat, 2024-05-18 15:50

 Cheers mate, get up there!!

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Nice work

Sat, 2024-05-18 15:45

Awesome job Andy.

 

love this part of the world- just pulling into Coral Bay for a couple of weeks so hope to post a similar report when we get back.. 

 

Brett 

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 Nice Brett hope you do well!

Sat, 2024-05-18 15:51

 Nice Brett hope you do well! Yeah I want to be back up there, just something about it. 

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Great Fish

Sun, 2024-05-19 17:40

Some great fish there Andy!

The coronations up there are huge! thats a monster! 

Shame about the weather!

 

Pics of the G-String bikinis or it didnt happen hahaha

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 Ha ha If I got a pic with my

Sun, 2024-05-19 18:01

 Ha ha If I got a pic with my luck get busted and  be labled the dirty old man that I am lol

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Good effort

Tue, 2024-05-21 06:35

 Nice work Andy

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 Some great fish there Andy!

Tue, 2024-05-21 10:36

 Some great fish there Andy! Love the pronouns bit got a good laugh out of that.

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 Nice fish Andy

Tue, 2024-05-21 13:12

 Nice fish Andy

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Top stuff Andy

Tue, 2024-05-21 19:03

Great report and pics. That pic with the coronation trout should go straight to the pool room wall.

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 Thanks Alan, they are a

Tue, 2024-05-21 21:06

 Thanks Alan, they are a stunning fish. 

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Nice work Andy, great report

Thu, 2024-05-23 12:21

Nice work Andy, great report and love that coronation trout.