Mackerel Islands beckon

Anyone keen to fish the Pilbara, or indeed the North-West, but daunted by the prospect of fishing unfamiliar waters alone, might want to consider joining the Western Angler All Boat Business Celebrity Adventure.

The seafari concept to the Mackerel Islands is not a new one, but the mix of seasoned anglers and skippers, cricket personalities, great location and superb fishing has proven very popular in recent years.


This year, All Boat Business has agreed to join the WAngler team for the week and will be showcasing its brilliant Tattoo 700 Crew Cab on the trip, which departs Perth on August 6 and returns on August 14.

Anglers will be able to check out the distinctive Tattoo, which features the new bait station and will be powered by a 300hp Suzuki, and All Boat Business’ Tackle HQ will also host a briefing before the trip.

Cricket celebrities returning this year are Kim Hughes, Geoff Marsh and Bruce Reid, all keen anglers, while cult figure Merv Hughes is also set to make his Thevenard debut. The great thing about a seafari to the Mackerel Islands is that newcomers to the area get to travel from Onslow to Thevenard in convoy, and there are plenty of other boats on the water each day, offering an extra level of safety.

GPS co-ordinates are provided to give every angler a flying start, and there’s no shortage of experienced local anglers and skipper on hand to provide advice on fishing and boating. Boat fishing writer and Mackerel Islands guru Darryl Hitchen, who ran a charter operation in the area for several years, will be on hand to offer his valuable local experience, as will members of the WAngler team.

There’ll also be WAngler Thevenard packs for all, including stacks of fishing goodies, and everyone will get a commemorative shirt. As usual during the week, there will be plenty of entertainment off the water, with the sportsman’s night, beach cricket game, awards night, quiz night, wine tasting and much more during a busy social calendar.

There’ll be heaps of prizes and giveaways and hopefully the fishing will be as spectacular as in previous years. Last year’s trip saw extraordinary pelagic action, with some very big spanish mackerel to almost 30 kilos landed, along with a number of billfish, while there’s always some great coral trout, red emperor and rankin cod landed.

There were also a couple of whopping giant trevally landed last year, and there are plenty of angling opportunities whether you want to catch a feed or just enjoy some exciting sportfishing.

Even if the fish aren’t biting, you can enjoy the natural wonders of the area with whales, sea eagles, sea snakes, turtles and sharks in abundance, or take the opportunity to grab a feed of crays or squid.

The timing of this year’s trip was chosen by Darryl to coincide with what he believes are the best tides and moon phase for fishing the area. There are several options for lodging and meals at Thevenard, starting at $1645pp, while accommodation and dinner in Carnarvon is provided on both legs of the journey. Moorings and numbers are limited, so give the Western Angler office a call on 6394 1167 to book your place for 2011.

Big spanish mackerel are a feature of fishing around Thevenard Island.