A Whale of a time!

What an awesome day out on the water! Fish wise it was quiet but as for the whales..... We spotted a group of 3 whales playing around in the distance so headed closer to take some photos, turned the motor off and just drifted a safe distance away enjoying their jumps and slaps and got a few good shots! 




They slowly made their way closer to check us out....


Getting very close! Ever wondered what a whale looks like on your sounder??? 




They rolled upside down under the boat!


A few waves and they headed off...... or did they!



Whilst drifting and watching the whales we'd spotted some nice looking ground showing a lot of fish so we left them and headed back to have a few drops.. they followed us but seemed to dissapear so down went the lines... no sooner had I hit the bottom and my baits were getting some action. I was poised for a hook up when suddenly out of the deep blue one of the whales came gliding right under the back of the boat and across my line, snagging it up and screaming line off against my drag! I backed my drag off straight away and hoped the line would slide off the whale but it wasn't going to happen and with 80m+ of line out I grabbed a knife and released old moby dick. He probably didn't even notice but I was pretty sad that I lost my favourite bottom rig :( Anyway, it was an awesome experience seeing the whale play around the boat, even if I lost 80m of my new braid... I got whaled!





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Sun, 2009-08-30 21:45

wow, heart in your mouth pics there, love the pic of the sounder showing it under the boat, absolute sensational

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Great report and pics !

Sun, 2009-08-30 21:54

Great report and pics Goodz...
That's a mighty close encounter.. great shot of the sounder !

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Mate , you

Sun, 2009-08-30 22:01

have some awesome shots in that lot , well done !!!!!


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awsome pics mate, would love

Sun, 2009-08-30 22:02

awsome pics mate, would love to have been there, its times like this you need an underwater camera, pity about hooking the poor bugger but


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Thats friggin awesome, how

Sun, 2009-08-30 22:08

Thats friggin awesome, how far were you out?


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out in 40m, bout 14 mile I

Sun, 2009-08-30 22:11

out in 40m, bout 14 mile I think? saw another 3 bout half way back in too, one of them was a baby, smallest whale I've ever seen, must have only just been born, pretty awesome!




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Wow. Wow. Wow. Just amazing!

Sun, 2009-08-30 22:08

Wow. Wow. Wow. Just amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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cheers guys! yeh love the

Sun, 2009-08-30 22:09

cheers guys! yeh love the sounder pic too, woulda been better if we had it not on zoom but didn't have time to change it.

I didn't actually hook the whale, my hooks were still on the bottom (prob bout to hook up a 20+kg dhu! haha) and it swam just under the back of the boat so prob just had the line over it's fin or something but no chance it was sliding off with the barnicles they had on them!




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That is magic! Fantastic

Sun, 2009-08-30 22:41

That is magic! Fantastic pics.

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great photos goodz, well

Sun, 2009-08-30 22:53

great photos goodz, well done


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Some of the best pics ive

Mon, 2009-08-31 05:54

Some of the best pics ive seen one the forums ,awrsome.no that beats pulling up a fish any day,


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Sensational pics

Mon, 2009-08-31 09:11

What an experience. We had something similar happen while we were out on the Kalbarri Explorer last year, they came in for a nosey, swam under the boat a few times and just had a bit of a looksee. It wasn't as good as the show you got but still an experience that doesn't leave you in a hurry.

Thanks for putting the pics up.

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awesome pics mate..

Mon, 2009-08-31 09:15

what camera you using?

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Canon 350D.. shes gettin old

Mon, 2009-08-31 10:08

Canon 350D.. shes gettin old now but still does the trick! Burst mode helped to get those shots of them jumping. Missed a few good ones cos of the auto focus tho...




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Best whale pics Ive seen

Mon, 2009-08-31 09:19


Top work Goodz. We've had close encounters before with the whales going under the boat etc, but never with the aerial show you captured so close to the boat.




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Fantastic Goodz

Mon, 2009-08-31 09:29

fingers crossed for me now the ginger tablets work, hoping in Sept (Leeman) we see the whales also, hope we are as lucky as you and your mates, words can't describe what I'll feel when I see them in the flesh. Sounder shot awesome.


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nice work mate, the whale

Mon, 2009-08-31 10:03

nice work mate, the whale jump shots are always hard ones to get.

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Photo of the month

Mon, 2009-08-31 12:57

Which one but,some great pics for sure
Must have been a little nervous with them under the boat without the motor running ?
Great stuff....


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Yeh my heart was beating

Mon, 2009-08-31 13:44

Yeh my heart was beating fast and we were holding on just incase! The photos don't do the experience justice. When they came gliding past right under the boat it just made your legs turn to jelly... they're a huge animal! It'll be an experience I never forget.. definately made me feel better about not catching many fish!




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whale pics

Mon, 2009-08-31 14:31

yep, they look great, well done


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Awesome stuff there Goodz

Mon, 2009-08-31 14:35

Some top quality pics there.


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absolutely amazing!! I hope

Mon, 2009-08-31 16:35

absolutely amazing!! I hope to get to see something like that someday! really top shelf, mate!

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Stunning Pics!

Mon, 2009-08-31 18:15

Thanks for sharing these sensational shots, pays to have a decent camera on board for moments like this - Well done!