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24/04/2009  First week in Exmouth with Big Gav
The bottom of Exmouth Gulf is a great place to fish, the flats are vast and varied and the islands provide many options from rock ledges to beaches to mangroves with semi-sheltered areas from the winds. My mate Gav and I loaded the boat with fuel, food and some camping stuff and headed about 40km South Exmouth Marina for a couple of days camping, exploring and fishing.

It didn't take long before we started spotting large queenfish in singles and doubles, cruising the surface in the shallows.

Double hook-ups were not uncommon ...

We found a likely spot to camp on a beach somewhere ... made a fire and cooked up some fresh fish on the open flames.

The next morning we were greeted by another of nature's miracles, a brilliant sunrise to welcome in the new day.

We spent the rest of the day scouring the flats and sighted some truly trophy fish however getting them to take a fly was another story completely. We had a run of bad luck but saw some goldens, a monster blue bastard and got bust off by numerous giant herring.

After some persistence we eventually figured out that we could scare the crap out of the goldens with my ugly mug ... :D

Conditions heading home were terrible at times too

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