Family Boating - South Coast WA need advice please

Submitted: Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 13:09
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Looking for advice from those that have boated the area at this time of year and can advise good spots to camp near good boating areas for family fishing. Have campsite booked at Peaceful Bay for next week then looking for options from 2nd January onwards. Bit concerned where we can go. Have done some general googling for fishing/boating info in the region but getting very mixed ideas of what to expect. Friends have planned for us to go with them to Fitzgerald NP but don't know if that's going to be suitable?
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Reply By: mountainman - Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 13:47

Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 13:47
Please wear your life jackets..
soo many stories on the news about people losing their life and simple fact is they all werent wearing a life jacket.
these days they make some very comfortable ones to wear and self inflatable.
And be safe on the water
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 17:05

Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 17:05
Thankyou for your concern. Yes we have self inflating life jackets and wear them. Plus have epirb etc on board. 5.5m inboard mercruiser aluminium bowrider. Better suited for kneeboarding or trolling a line in calm waters or running with gentle swell. But on good days is perfect at Ningaloo (offshore).
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Reply By: disco driver - Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 16:21

Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 16:21
Hi Michelle,
Depending on size of boat and skipper experience, would it be possible to stay where you are and launch at P/Bay and head out toward Chatham Island (west of Walpole), perhaps even launch at Walpole, a bit closer, for the same destination. This should offer up the usual Snapper, Dhuies, Bald Chin and of course the possibility of Shark of various specie and size.

If you want to stay inside, both Walpole and Nornalup Inlets (joined together) would offer safe fishing ()KG's etc, possibly Flathead and flounder.

Sorry I can't help with Fitzgerald area though, never fished there.

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Follow Up By: disco driver - Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 16:24

Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 16:24
Walpole/Nornalup Inlets are open to open ocean with reasonable safety.

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Reply By: Member - Odog - Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 16:55

Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 16:55
If around Fitzgerald np, Hamersley inlet/river looked very fishy.. Also Stokes inlet, although bit further east.. Don't know what size vessel you have, but have seen a couple launch an inflatable off the beach at banksia camp, near Walpole, Chatham island directly out the front.. The local shire at Hopetoun have done heaps of work on camp grounds, east side of Fitzgerald np, looked really nice.. Happy sailing... Cheers
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Reply By: Michelle M11 - Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 17:14

Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 17:14
Thanks for the replies so far very helpful and I am Michelle from ExplorOz - sorry I didn't realise I had logged in with my other account. I was testing/fixing Stephen's account then messed up my login - opps!
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 17:17

Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 17:17
Did it again - phone has the right login, but just seen my computer is using my other account, really sorry. Not trying to confuse you. It's all the same me :)
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 23:49

Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 23:49
Split personalities, Borderline Personality Disorder, Witness Protection perhaps........

Merry Christmas Michelle and David (or is he hiding too?)

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Reply By: Member - Odog - Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 19:02

Saturday, Dec 26, 2015 at 19:02
Hi Michelle, had an idea it was you for some reason.. Just wanted to add, really nice camp area at Hamersley inlet, all sealed, with boat ramp at your feet.. Not much in the way of grassed areas for kids, but sites were terraced, and well set out.. This was one that has been done up.. Great drive into quoin head too, back down the road in Fitzgerald np... Good view on google earth.. Have a great time.. Hope you all had a merry Christmas too, I'm still bloated! Ha .. Ha... Cheers Odog
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