Great Australian Bight - Israelite Bay

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Great Australian Bight - Israelite Bay

Post by XXtreme » Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:13 pm

Howdy All,

My brother is turning 40 later this year and to celebrate his coming of age I'm flying from Darwin to Adelaide on the 8th of November catching up with my Dad and were travelling across the Nullabor to Balledonia and meeting my brother, his father in law, our brother in law and a couple of his mates who are travelling from Busselton. Then we're heading over the dunes for the 60 odd Kms to Israelite Bay in the Great Australian Bight for a week of camping and beach fishing.

I know it's a bl..dy long way for a fishing trip but it will probably be the last time that my brother and I can share some time with our old man while he's still fit enough to enjoy it as we're all spread out across the country and we always seem to busy to catch up.

I've never been to that neck of the woods, has anyone ever been to Israelite Bay and fished from the beach? If so do you have any tips for a WA Fishing Green Horn :? - like do you use Pilchards or Mulies, is there any language skills that I need to refine before crossing the border into WA, are the Sand Gropers dangerous critters , what beer should I avoid in WA :drinking7: etc?

Cheers

Dicko



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Post by Dex38 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:05 am

Looks like good Salmon water there Dicko. Most of the surf fishing down South, they use a pilchard on two or three ganged hook with a surf popper sitting about 1.5-2 foot above the bait and a star surf sinker on the bottom. The surf popper is a feathered hook embedded in a resin/foam filled head.

Have fun :mrgreen:

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Post by Dex38 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:48 am

Here is an image of what they look like.

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Post by bushie » Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:40 am

Speak very slow and use a lot of hand gestures. Those from the west are a bit, you know, 'different'. I'd take a shotgun and or .303 just in case.
Best to avoid them altogether and definitely don't feed them!

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Post by XXtreme » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:45 pm

Thanks Dex - Where do I get my hand on the Surf Poppers?

Thanks Bushie - Just as I expected, everytime I talk to my brother I turn the clock back 20 years! WA = Wait Awhile.

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Post by Lats » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:54 pm

Any metal slices will catch salmon if they are there. Pilchards will work well too but keeping them cold and firm will take up beer space in the fridge. I would take 1 block of pilchards and when they are used up, move onto spinning for salmon. Pippis/cockles (found on the beach) will catch bream and all of your whiting species. Also if you find a good gutter, put on a slab of fresh salmon fillet for a jewfish.

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Post by XXtreme » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:15 pm

Lats - Thanks for the advice.

We're salting tubs of plillies and as for cold beer, a few Engels, solar panels and generator should do the trick. I'm definitely not a fan of the Kimberley Koolie!

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Post by olfart » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:22 pm

bushie wrote:Speak very slow and use a lot of hand gestures. Those from the west are a bit, you know, 'different'. I'd take a shotgun and or .303 just in case.
Best to avoid them altogether and definitely don't feed them!
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Post by antfish » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:41 am

I have been to Israelite Bay. It had an old telegraph station and is a point where they give weather warnings from, got me beat why as there nothing there! If you go to the bay itself be prepared there was some pretty boggy salt pan flats and very sandy rough tracks. The earth looks dead by day but at night the ground moves with all sorts of creatures not to mention SNAKES so wear good boots and be careful when taking a bog a night. I caught salmon, sharks, and goat fish but I reckon a big jew could very easily be on the cards. Have fun

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Re: Great Australian Bight - Israelite Bay

Post by Dex38 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:51 am

Dicko, I picked the surf popeers up at the local tackle shop. The locals use them in the Gippsland area a lot. I seemed to pick up more fish on the popper than the bait. I've pulled the shed apart looking for one but no joy.

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Post by justin » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:00 am

Sit up high wait for the schools of salmon to come past and cast a lure at them. The salmon over there are big.

There is plenty to see on the way from Adelaide you can travel along the beach and back tracks from about the border of sa wa done it a few times awesome trip. Big whiting from the beach snapper and other fish. At the air bird observatory there is a beach easy day trip from the highway good fishing also.

Sounds great
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Post by UncleD » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:51 am

Looooong rod, Alvey reel, running sinker (on a plastic slider), meter or so of leader below sinker (as long as possible while still cast friendly) with ganged 8/0 hooks at the end. Biggest star sinkers you can find; 30lb mono; quality swivels on sinker and leader.. Freshly caught tommy or salmon trout as bait (so take a small rod). Rod holders (PVC pipe will suffice). Glo-sticks for rod tip when night fishing. Long gaff. Pour tuna oil into a hole in the sand in the wash zone....retreating waves will do the rest. Gimble belt....battling stingrays and sharks will bruise your balls otherwise.

Silver and gold Halco twisters for salmon. Sweet chilli sauce on grill over fire on beach.........

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