Sunday Times Column
The imposing stretch of rocky shoreline at Quobba
- Published: Sunday, 04 February 2018 21:10
The imposing stretch of rocky shoreline at Quobba continues to be an iconic destination for WA shore anglers and with good reason.
Located just north of Carnarvon, Quobba offers the rare chance for land-based fishos to tangle with species normally exclusive to boat anglers such as spanish mackerel, tuna and even billfish.
There was a time when we used to visit Quobba most years and enjoyed some fantastic fishing from the rocks for cobia and shark mackerel in particular, but haven’t been back there for a while now.
I will always remember our first trip, when we drove up overnight and arrived just after sunrise to the sight of fish busting up south of the station and flocks of birds wheeling around for as far as the eye could see.
It was an amazing introduction to Quobba for someone who had never seen such a sight before, but it must be said our early trips were generally not very successful.
However, we eventually worked out the local fishing and ended up having some awesome times there, with many memorable captures and even more unforgettable tales of the ones that got away.
Our preferred approach was spinning with lures or baitcasting rather than ballooning and my first decent fish at Quobba, after a few missed chances, was a shark mackerel at Camp Rock on an RMG Scorpion and the thrill of landing that fish has never faded.
Every so often I get a hankering to return to Quobba, and one of these occasions was when talking to Robbie Riches from Perth Fishing Safaris about his recent trip there.
Robbie is a gun angler and took a small group of clients to Quobba for five days’ fishing based at the accommodation offered at the station.
Summer is peak time for spinning for sharkies and cobia along this stretch of coast and the group enjoyed some of the sort of fishing which has made Quobba famous.
Although they hooked a few mackerel, landing them proved to be problematic, with the usual hordes of sharks all too quick to grab an easy meal.
There weren’t a lot of shark mackerel around either, the group having just missed the annual run which usually takes place in December and sees schools of these speedsters passing through regularly.
However, they did particularly well on cobia at the legendary Garth’s Rock with plenty of fish to 20 kilos on offer and the odd bigger one about.
They saw a 28kg fish landed and lost a big cobe themselves when the hooks pulled.
Robbie’s clients did well on mullet fillets and scalie mackerel baits, while he used soft plastics to good effect.
They found there was a good bite time at first light and then again around 9am, when the sun rose and the shade offered by the towering cliffs disappeared.
At times they could sight cast to the cobia, which were either free swimming or shadowing sharks.
As well as the cobia, they caught some sizeable spangled emperor, small mulloway and blue salmon, while a couple of solid trevally caught at the Two-Mile were a highlight.
The group also enjoyed the fantastic experience of watching a big loggerhead turtle slide up onto the beach next to them one night.
For all of the clients fishing Quobba was a new experience and they absolutely loved the thrill of it.
Robbie, who usually runs beach fishing tours just north of Perth, was buoyed by the success of the trip and plans to make Quobba a regular destination.
Caption: Vinnie Flynn with a solid shark mackerel caught at Garth’s Rock.