Whale Shark Day – Best day ever!
Episode 9 of our Princess Charlotte bay trip sees us swimming with a friendly whale shark, having a manic fishing session and relaxing on a superb sand cay.
I’d have to say, beside the helifish adventure, one of the best days of our lives.
To see the trip from Episode 1 >> click here.
Swimming with a whale shark has been on Karen’s bucket list for many years.
She was even planning a trip to Western Australia to swim with them.
Little did we know a friendly one would swim right up to the boat when we departed from Lizard Island.
But despite their size, there’s no need to be worried. These 10 metre long giants only eat plankton.
Although they do look like a big tiger shark from a distance.
So we were sure to make sure we saw spots instead of stripes before letting Karen jump in.
She and Evatt swam with the whale shark for around 20 minutes. It just kept circling around and checking them out.
It was an amazing experience.
Whale Shark Day
South Direction Island
After our amazing encounter with the whale shark, we decided to do a spot of fishing wide of Martin Reef. It was a pretty hot session with some good fish coming aboard.
Gear and Tackle used
We have prepared a cheat sheet with >> Ryan’s favourite gear and tackle.
Although this gear is not specific to on particular species, it is what he uses to fish tropical north Australia for most species.
On this trip we used our own lures almost exclusively because after years of testing they have been found to be so effective.
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And the custom rod mentioned in the video was made by Ron Farren of Salty Dog custom rods.
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I hope you enjoyed our video on the whale shark encounter and our trip to Martin Reef and Linnet Cay.
Stay tuned for the next episode as we have exciting fishing sessions on our last days of the trip.