Cathie and I have been very lucky with our fishing in the NT, where we both started our fly fishing, but at times we have often thought that our luck was more arse than class because of the fish numbers and the environment that they are in. Exmouth is different, and arse does you no good in the crystal clear water where the fish can see you coming from a long distance and will take off at high speed, so fast accurate longer casts are required there because there are no lazy barra laying in the cloudy water. Have a look at this permit moving in the clear water, you don't have much time as it zig zags across the bottom at high speed.
|Crystal clear shallow water with speeding permit photo courtesy Jono Shales and Exmouth Fly Fishing|
Nearly forgot to mention, Qantas (our mates) upgraded us to Business Class, so we had entry to Qantas Club and Business Club....unbelievable.
Jono Shales from Exmouth Fly Fishing (click link) picked us up and took us to his holiday house (click for full tour)for the fly fishers. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, wifi, bbq and beer and wine!!! in the fridge for us....
|High ceilings, air cond. beer and wine....doesn't get much better.|
|Cathie settling in....hard life?|
|Rod racks with shower attachment on hose to wash the rods made cleaning easy.|
Drove around the next morning to the other side of the peninsular and launched at Tantabiddi ramp after visiting the Lighthouse to have a look at the Coast
and you would not believe, within a couple of kilometres of the ramp there was a welcoming committee of whales, waving to us and helping a calf swim north. We started counting the sighting we had of these magnificent creatures but after 112 on the third day we gave up. They would swim with you like dolphins, pass under the boat in clear water and the tourists boats were putting their clients off into the water to swim with them, really mind blowing, especially when they breach and leap clear of the water. We have a lot of footage of these, too much to put on this blog, but unbelievable stuff.
|These are rolling after the breached, this is copied from one of the videos.|
|Cathie and Jono. Ready to go. Jono is trailing a Teaser.|
|An Exmouth Marlin photo courtesy of Jono Shales and Exmouth Fly Fishing|
The wind changed and the next day we went into the gulf. Whales everywhere, again crystal clear water and Dugongs in the water....
|Saw a lot of these, you would see a clouding patch and a Dugong would come out of it...photo courtesy of Jono Shales and Exmouth Fly Fishing|
|Lunch with goldies, macs and if you wanted to put out a small fly ..heaps of good size bream.|
|One of the Goldies coming in photo courtesy of Jono Shales and Exmouth Fly Fishing|
|A golden goldie..photo courtesy of Jono Shales and Exmouth Fly Fishing|
and guess what else was around.....these were all over the place..and some right at the marina.
|Non stop action with the Tuna....but lactic build up makes them very hard to hang onto after fighting numbers of them|