Sunday Times Column
Spaniards are one of the main catches at the Mackerel Islands
- Published: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 20:33
Having hung up his pads, former Test batsman and Perth Scorchers captain Adam Voges will finally get the chance to relax and do some of the things he didn’t have time for during his playing career.
One of those is fishing and he’s looking forward to getting out on the water at the Mackerel Islands as part of the Western Angler Seafari in August.
Following in the footsteps of the fellow cricketing greats like Merv Hughes, Kim Hughes, Geoff Marsh and Bruce Reid, Adam will be our guest at the Seafari in August.
He’ll also be joined by former West Coast Eagles premiership star Ashley McIntosh.
It was Swampy Marsh who put me onto Adam about the possibility of joining us, saying he’d love it at the Mackerels, and it was obvious from the first time we discussed it that he was very keen.
However, it was only after his season with the Scorchers came to an end and he decided against another county season in England that he was able to confirm his attendance.
He’s certainly looking forward to getting to Thevenard Island and wetting a line with a bunch of keen anglers from around WA, including Swampy.
“I haven’t fished for a while,” he said.
“I used to go to Albany at Easter for salmon and I’ve been to Coral Bay with the Marshs, so I am keen to get back into it again.
“I have spoken to a few people who have been there and I have heard it’s just fantastic.
“I’m going to have a ball.”
This year's Seafari runs from August 18 to 26 and is again based at Thevenard Island, around 20km off Onslow.
Timed to coincide with ideal tides for fishing the waters of the Mackerels, it promises to be a great week which should prove a perfect way for Adam to rediscover his love of fishing chasing species like spanish mackerel, tuna, cobia, red emperor, coral trout and maybe even billfish.
Adam and Ashley will be joined by several members of the WAngler team for the Seafari.
Anyone keen on fishing this area, but a little bit daunted by the prospect of trying to find fish in new ground, will be able to receive plenty of guidance.
Western Angler columnist Darryl Hitchen has no peers when it comes to knowledge of this area and will be there to assist other anglers, with guidance on and off the water.
These sorts of trips, which see people travel to the Mackerels with their own vessels, offer a great chance for inexperienced skippers to join up with other boats and enjoy the safety of not fishing alone in unfamiliar waters.
The beauty of fishing around Mackerel Islands is the incredible range of species and wide range of fishing locations nearby, including from the shore.
The resort facilities at Thevenard are first-class and the cabins make a great base for a week’s fishing, with meals available.
The trip also includes accommodation and meals at the Carnarvon Motel, which has secure parking for cars and trailers, on both legs of the adventure.
There is secure parking in Onslow, moorings at Thevenard, and you can refuel at the island each day.
Boats travel across and back in convoy and there are plenty of activities during the week to entertain.
There are still a handful of spaces left and if you are interested in joining the Seafari and want more information, email
Caption: Spaniards are one of the main catches at the Mackerel Islands.