Western Australia - 2006


Geraldton, Western Australia
June 2006

Written on 5/4/2012

After finishing a semester of study abroad at Curtin University in Perth, Australia I had a couple weeks left before flying home to the U.S on the 4th of July. At the end of June I went up the coast to Geraldton, Western Australia, my friend Ross's hometown, to stay with him and his family for a few days. My German flat-mate Julia came along too.

Ross's dad drove and we saw some kangaroos along the side of the road. We stopped at the Pinnacles as the sun was setting.

The Pinnacles at dusk:

 

Me, Ross, and Julia at the Pinnacles. It was eerie at night!

 

Riding through the night I remember looking up at the Southern Cross. The stars were so bright out there, far away from the artificial light of any city.

We got to Ross's place and had dinner. The next morning we got up early and a friend of Ross's dad took us out fishing on his boat. We bottom fished with cut shrimp and squid and I caught my first saltwater fish ever, this silver toadfish (Lagocephalus sceleratus; lifelister #40):

 

Julia also got one:

 

Then I got another new species, the Dhufish (Glaucosoma hebraicum; lifelister #41):

 

Ross caught a samsonfish, which we saved for dinner. It was delicious!

 

After fishing we chilled at Ross's and checked out the town.

A sunset view from Geraldton:

 

HMAS Sydney Memorial. 645 people lost their lives aboard this ship, which was mysteriously sunk off the Western Australia coast in a WWII naval battle.

 

The next afternoon I borrowed some gear from Ross's dad and fished in the marina. These weeping toados swarmed my bait.

 

Lifelister #42, the weeping toado (Torquigener pleurogramma):

 

I also caught a couple of small silver trevally (Pseudocaranx dentex; lifelister #43)...

 

...and this western butterfish (AKA striped whiptail; Pentapodus vitta; lifelister #44):

 

Then, the following morning, I fished for another couple hours after sunrise in a different marina and along rip rap jetties. I picked up another three small species: the gobbleguts (Apogon rueppellii; lifelister #45), the western school whiting (Sillago vittata; lifelister #46), and the yellowtail scad (Atule mate; lifelister #47).

Gobbleguts:

 

Western school whiting:

 

Yellowtail scad:

 

I couldn't fish long that morning, because we were headed on a tour of the coast north of Geraldton. Although I only fished a couple of days in my 5 months of living in Australia I still accomplished 8 new species.

The tour, graciously paid for by Ross's parents, was a blast! Here are some of the highlights:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pet kangaroo:

 

Species List: 
Butterfish, Western
Dhufish, West Australian
Gobbleguts
Scad, Yellowtail
Toadfish, Silver
Toadfish, Weeping
Whiting, Western School

Comments

Sweet! How did you manage to catch other species with the weeping toado around?! When I was fishing at Hillarys Boat Harbour, I couldn't shake the toado! They were so annoying after a while. I tried to use soft plastics and they ate all my plastics. I tried to use slab iron spoons like the Kastmaster and I would snag them on every cast. I tried to use small crankbaits and I was still snagging them. After an hour of this, I just threw up my hands and gave up crying

 

It would have been great to catch a silver trevally because I know they are around...but the toado just couldn't leave me alone.

 

Later in the evening, I moved to a sandy area and that's where I saw and caught my whiting smiley