Mackerel Islands 1
Nick Hocking and Lisa Sharp are heading out to the Mackerel Islands, which comprises 10 island atolls some 22km offshore from Oslow on mainland Australia. They arrive in the evening and after a pleasant night's sleep in a beachside cabin, they head out to Rosily Cay a renowned fishing spot. There's plenty of options for fishing in the islands, with lots of big pelagic species and its Lisa who get's things started by hooking into a strong Queenfish. Its a real specimen Queenie, and Nick thinks its the biggest he's ever seen so this is an unbelievable start to the trip. Nick then gets into a big meter long one himself on a popper and can see plenty of others in the crystal clear water. They decide to move location and Nick's first cast with the popper draws an explosive hit followed by a strong fight from a big Gold Spot Trevally. Lisa is in next but her fish gets hit by a Shark, which would normally be game over however she manages to hook the Shark up and has a back breaking fight before finally bringing the Bronze Whaler to the boat. Keen to catch a Mackerel but plagued by the numerous sharks, Nick tries a different tactic, using a dead Garfish as bait and twitching it over the surface behind the boat. The tactic works and Nick bullies the Mackerel to the boat quickly to avoid the sharks. Its been an incredible first day in the Mackerel Islands, but can Lisa pull a Mackerel out too past the Shark gauntlet?
Mackerel Islands 2
Nick and Sarah continue their fishing expedition in the Mackerel Islands and today they start fishing near to the shore of Airlie Island. Its on with the soft plastics and Sarah is first into a fish which turns out to be a small Blue Teeth Wrasse. With patches of algae on the surface attracting small baitfish, packs of Trevally are hunting in the area and Lisa gets into a nice one on her light tackle outfit whilst Nick has some fun with an acrobatic Queenfish. With so many fish around the boat, its no surprise that they then get a double hook up with Nick and Sarah getting into a couple of Gold Spot Trevally. Next up, as some Gold Spot Trevally approach the boat, Sarah notices another fish following and manages to hook it up, landing a stunning looking Chinaman Cod. The pair then decide to fish from the shore and Nick throws some bits of bait into the surf before they both cast out and get into some acrobatic Long Toms with Sarah catching a real specimen. The sport from the shore continues as their epic trip comes to a close.
In a special episode of Fishing Western Australia, Nick Hocking and Lisa Sharp travel to Malaysia for some deep-sea fishing in search of Snapper, Grouper, Barracuda and more! After sampling some of the country’s tourist attractions, the show heads to Langkawi Island, a secluded paradise of tropical rainforests and clear blue waters. Nick and Lisa head out to the middle of the South China Sea for some jigging and bottom fishing, landing Pearl Perch, Gold Banded Snapper, Grouper and all sorts of unusual species. Finally, Nick tries for some big, aggressive Barracuda, trawling lures in the shallow waters around the island. Fishing just doesn’t get any better than this!
Nick Hocking and Lisa Sharp ditch the boats for some shore fishing in this episode of Fishing Western Australia, as they visit the Kalbarri area in search of Tailor Fish and Black Bream. Beginning on the sands of the famous Wagoe Beach, the duo tries beach-casting for the Tailor Fish that live on the shallow reefs amongst the waves. Next, they head inland to the Murchison River to go bait fishing for one of the most popular freshwater fish to catch in Australia, the Black Bream, as well as some surprise Mulloway. This episode goes to show that Western Australia has far more to offer than the deep-sea fishing it’s famous for.
Nick Hocking tries his hand fishing for gigantic Samson Fish near Rottnest Island in this episode of Fishing Western Australia. Located off the coast of Perth, Rottnest Island is surrounded by some of the best fishing waters in the world, home to a multitude of huge sport fish species. Deep water jigging is the chosen method of the day, as the quarry in question requires some serious heavy-duty tackle. Growing to over fifty kilos, Samson fish are known as one of the most powerful fish in the world. Abundant in the area, the only thing Nick needs to worry about is not being pulled overboard! This episode shows off the sheer size of fish available in Western Australia that help make it the ultimate sport fishing destination.
In this episode of Fishing Western Australia, Nick Hocking and Lisa Sharp travel to the Buccaneer Archipelago in the Kimberley region in search of Mackerel, Trevally and Queenfish. The Buccaneer Archipelago is a fishing mecca of over a thousand islands and lagoons, home to all manner of big, prize sport fish species. Nick and Lisa begin by trawling and lure fishing before finding even more excitement with surface lures a flies. Despite catching amazing Queenfish and Spanish Mackerel, the main quarry of the day is Trevally. Coming in multiple variations, Trevally are some of the most powerful fish you can catch on a rod and line. Fishing just doesn’t get better than this!
Big Black Dhufish
Lisa Sharp and Nick Hocking travel to the Buccaneer Archipelago in this this episode of Fishing Western Australia, as they go in search of a big prize species, the Black Dhufish. Located in the Kimberley region, the Buccaneer Archipelago is a paradise of blue lagoons and over a thousand small islands. After trying the nearby mangroves for Barramundi and Crabs, Nick and Lisa try jigging and bait fishing for big Black Dhufish in the bays, as well as a few bonus species like Estuary Cod. As the team quickly discover, Dhufish are among the hardest fighting fish in the world, growing in excess of twenty kilos. This episode showcases the combination of beauty and incredible fishing that make Western Australia the ultimate sport fishing destination.
Montebello Islands 1
Nick Hocking and Lisa Sharp visit the Montebello Islands in this episode of Fishing Western Australia, as they take a trip with Montebello Island Safaris in search of Trevally, Snappers, Squid and more. After a night on a houseboat with a group of fellow keen fishers, the show heads for deeper waters to fish for deep water species. The duo find success with an array of bottom feeders including Emporer Fish, Saddle Tailed Snappers, Chinaman Cod, Crimson Tail Sea Perch and Trevally. Next, the group head to the radioactive Alpha Island, the largest Island in the Montebello archipelago and past testing sight for nuclear weapons. A less common quarry for sport fisherman, Nick and Lisa target Squid with lures in the shallow waters around the island. These islands represent some of the best fishing sport available across the world
Montebello Islands 2
In this episode of Fishing Western Australia, Nick Hocking and Lisa Sharp continue their trip with Montebello Island Safari in search of monster Mackerel! The Montebello Islands are an archipelago comprised of 174 small islands 120 miles off the coast of Exmouth. With clear waters and a plentiful stocks of massive sport fish, they make for an angler’s paradise. Nick and Lisa begin lure fishing in the shallow waters around the harbour for reef species such as Coral Trout, Trevally and Emperor Fish. Next, they head out to sea in search of a bigger prize, the King mackerel! Trawling with lures, the pair encounter fishing chaos with specimens over twenty kilograms, as well as a surprise variant of the Spanish Mackerel, the Shark Mackerel. This episode is an example of some of the best fishing sport available across the world.
Nick Hocking and Lisa Sharp are back in the Kimberley Region for this episode of Fishing Western Australia, as they chase Mackerel, Giant Trevally and Queenfish around Adele Island. Located over 180 kilometres off the coast of Derby in North West Australia, this remote region is synonymous for high quantities of big, powerful sport fish. The pair find success trawling, lure fishing and fly fishing, creating explosive top water action with Broad Barred Mackerel, Giant Trevally and Queenfish. Perhaps a bigger challenge than catching these trophy sized fish is keeping them out the jaws of the hungry sharks, creating one of the funniest moments of the series. This episode perfectly showcases the excitement and chaos of saltwater sportfishing that Western Australia is known for.
Deep Blue Pelagics
Nick Hocking and Lisa Sharp head for the Mackerel Islands in this episode of Fishing Western Australia, as they use a variety of tactics to catch Trevally, Queenfish and a multitude of open water species. The Mackerel Islands represent some of the best sport fishing in the world. With crystal-clear, shallow waters and an abundance of big fish, the duo’s in for non-stop action. Nick and Lisa begin with some exciting surface popper fishing, catching huge specimens straight off the surface amid the schools of bait fish. After a change of methods, Nick attempts to catch a very special trophy, his first ever Rainbow Runner on the fly! This episode represents the absolute pinnacle of saltwater fishing that makes Western Australia and the Mackerel Islands the ultimate destination for sports fisherman worldwide.
Black Bream are the target species on this episode of Fishing Western Australia, as Nick Hocking goes lure fishing on the banks of the Canning River. Located near Perth, the Canning River offers easily accessible sport for a variety of species amid beautiful scenery. Casting small, hard-bodied minnow lures, Nick fishes the shallow water over the Muscle beds that line the edges of the river. He encounters not only Bream, but other small native species like Grunter and Blowfish. This episode proves that even without access to the ocean sport fishing the area is famous for, Western Australia has something for everyone.
Saltwater Fly Fishing
Nick Hocking is joined by specialist fly fisherman David Bell in this episode of Fishing Western Australia, as they cast a fly for Trevally, Queenfish and anything that will bite in the Mackerel Islands. Saltwater fly fishing is among the most exciting forms of the sport around the world. The crystal-clear, shallow waters of the Mackerel Islands offer a population of fish so abundant that Nick and David may as well be casting into and aquarium. With no particular quarry in mind, the boys encounter Queen Fish, Chinaman Fish and a variety of Trevally species, with a few massive specimens on the cards. This episode is a perfect example of the never-ending variety of species off the coast of western Australia.
Moore River Bream
In this episode of Fishing Western Australia, Lisa Sharp and Nick Hocking go fishing for wiley Black Bream on the Moore River near Guilderton. Historically an Aboriginal prison camp, the town of Guilderton now make for a beautiful fishing getaway on the banks of the Moore River. The clear, shallow waters and snags make for great sport, but require a stealthier approach than the duos usual sessions. Fishing with light tackle and Prawn baits, Nick and Lisa target Black Bream and encounter another common Australian species, the Grunter. This episode is a perfect example of the diversity of fishing available in Western Australia.
In this episode of Fishing Western Australia, Lisa Sharp and Nick Hocking visit Stragglers Reef in search of dinner, fishing for Herring and Snook. The shallow waters and jagged features off the coast of Perth make Stragglers Reef the ultimate fishing spot. Nick demonstrates how to tempt fish out from underneath the rocks, catching feisty Herring for the barbeque on lightweight spinning tackle. As new species move into the bay, the pair try fly fishing for Snook hiding under the boat. Big or small, Western Australia is home to some to some of the best fishing sport around the world.
Nick Hocking and Lisa Sharp mix it up in this episode of Fishing Western Australia, chasing Tuna and Samson Fish on the reefs and Rainbow Trout at the Harvey Dam. The team begin in Perth, fishing the Three Mile Reef just out from Hillarys Harbour in search of big sport fish. Samson Fish are on the menu as Lisa tries trawling some new lures, before a surprise bait fish school creates an opportunity for aggressive Tuna on the lure rods. Next, the duo travel inland to the Harvey Dam, fly fishing and spinning with a very special goal in mind, Lisa’s first ever trout! This episode showcases the diversity and sheer quality of fishing available in the angling dreamland that is Western Australia.
FWA 10th Anniversary
Lisa Sharp celebrates the tenth anniversary of Fishing Western Australia in this episode, looking back at the best fishing moments throughout the show’s history. Through the years, presenters like Steve Correia, Ian Marshall, Ryan Thipthorp, Jacko and Nicko have caught almost every species the Australian coast has to offer, encountering everything from beautiful little reef fish to Sharks and Whales. As well as the fishing, the episode dives into the funniest moments from the cast of FWA. The western coast of Australia is regarded as some of the best saltwater sport fishing in the world, and the last ten years with the Fishing Western Australia team have shown us why!
FWA 10 Series Highlights
In the final episode of this season of Fishing Western Australia, Lisa Sharp looks back at some of the series funniest, most memorable moments and catches. We revisit Lisa’s trip to the Mackerel Islands, catching the biggest Queenfish the team has ever seen and landing a surprise Bronze Whaler Shark. Few catches survive the shark attacks around Adele Island off the coast of the Kimberley’s, as Lisa and Nick chase Broad Barred Mackerel, Giant Trevally and Queenfish. Finally, we see some of Nick’s biggest catches, fishing the Buccaneer Archipelago for huge Black Jewfish and jigging for Samson Fish in Perth. The western coast of Australia is regarded as some of the best saltwater sport fishing in the world, and this season didn’t fail to show us why!
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