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Postby Barrabundy » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:46 pm

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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby kayakone » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:06 am

Beautiful place Con, well captured in those shots. One of my favourites (suggest Armit, Grassy and Double Cone as well).

We found the stripeys to be good eating - what did you think?



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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby Zed » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:56 am

Niiiice clam.

What's the thick brown fish at the yak w/ the hp in its mouth?
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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby Bigdyl » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:55 am

Looks awesome, I went up there for a holiday with the boss and all I wanted to do was paddle island to island fishing. One of the best places in the world and still largely untouched. I'm so jealous at the moment :)
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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby Marty75 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:25 am

Nice report Barra. Scary shark moment :shock:

The 2nd last pic looks like a venomous cone shell? The little buggers shoot poisonous darts (what else would a shell do....)

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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby paulsod » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:47 am

Good report and photos Con. Really shows the place off.
Curious as what shark that was.
I be more worried about crocs anywhere in the north. I haven't got a croc-shield. :lol:
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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby Bummer » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:57 am

That fish is one of those mega large puffer fish with teeth that could bite your finger off. Caught it whilst trolling which is an unsual catch. Ugly fish.
Wanted to note that all fish were caught via lures(plastics and hard bodies). Had the oldies using bait out of the tinnie with no luck. We gradually convinced them to switch to lures (oldies with old habits) where they started to catch fish. The 70 yr olds are now converts.
On another note I have a Hobbie Adveture at home and hired a paddle Mission catch for the trip. ^*%*(ing hard work paddling and even harder with no steering, but over all did 35K's in two days and found it a pretty good little kayak. Not good in chop as you get very wet. But for the price is overall a great little kayak.(no affiliations with this kayak).
Looking forward to next years trip which will include some camping and again no expectations of catching fish.
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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby keza » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:59 am

Looks like a beautiful part of the country.
The octopus looks like everything else in Australia, very pretty and will probably kill you if you get too close.
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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby Zed » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:29 pm

^And with arms that long too close is relative.

Thanks Bummer. That's the biggest puffer I've ever seen.
I've caught porcupinefish trolling hb's. I can't figure out how they motivate that much to try and eat it.

Excellent trip and report guys!
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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby dru » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:54 pm

Just a fantastic part of the world. I have heard of crocs this far south, but only between mainland and the inner islands. Does that make sense?

Fantastic part of the world, thanks for sharing.
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Re: QLD Whitsundays

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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby SamT » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:43 pm

Well done Con,
I reckon you've found the venue for a Mackay/Whitsundays/Burdekin regional get-together.
A mate of mine was around the corner at Hideaway Bay on the weekend and also did well with soft plastics.
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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby ringo » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:11 pm

Hey Con. Great report and photos. Sorry I couldn't join you. I went to send you a PM on Thursday to say that I had to work all weekend but then I realised that you were probably already there. Were you still there on Sunday? The weather was magic. I spent a bit of time at the 'Whitfunday' for work but I didn't see you there. Gloucester Island is a nice spot to camp and I've always had more luck with fishing in the passage between Gloucester Island and Montes Resort.

I had a mate that saw a huge shark while kayaking not far from the boat ramp. I saw a big one(bigger than the Espri) near Gloucester Island and had a similar experience of crapping myself. It's a shame the Mackerel and Tuna didn't make an appearance for you guys but at least Bummer got a Coral Trout.
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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby Barrabundy » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:42 pm

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Re: QLD Whitsundays

Postby ringo » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:38 am

@Ringo, the oldies saw a kayaker fishing somewhere near the southern end of hideaway in a paddle kayak and spoke to another guy who had just come in with a PA with a feed of sweet lip....either of them your friend by any chance?


Nah, my friend is selling his Pro-Fish on that GumTree site.

What's the go with the current in the passage, navigable with a kayak or do you need to really time it? A few people in tinnys told us they had troubles in that area and we'd have no chance in kayaks, we took their advice and stayed right away.


I've never paddled to the passage from Dingo or Hydeaway so I don't know if it's any different from that end. The water is pretty shallow around Hydeaway Bay. I've always launched from near the Eco Resort at Cape Gloucester and I've never noticed any strong currents. It is the only place in that area where I've hooked up on Mackerel(only spotties and doggies) and tuna on a couple of occasions. Whenever I fish off Dingo or Nelly Bay I usually get Trevally, stripeys and small trout on lures and Oyster Cracker, sharks, rays and remora fish on bait.
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