Blue Horizon Charters

Blue Horizon Charters

MONTEBELLO ISLANDS

Overnight Adventures
April through till November

ITINERARY

Perfect for your next blokes trip or even family holiday!

Day 1 – The boat departs the Exmouth Marina between 7-8am to arrive at the magical Montebello islands at about 6pm. To pass the time, we throw the lures out and trawl for Sailfish, Marlin, Mackerel and Tuna. Stopping off at the Barrow Island we catch some bottom fish to throw on the Barbie for your first night.

Day 2 – After a cooked breakfast, we spend the day trawling, snorkelling for crayfish and sightseeing around the islands.

Day 3 – Bottom fishing and trawling around the islands.

Day 4 – Steam out to Tryal Rocks and trawl for mackerel, sail fish, marlin, and GT’S

Day 5 – Fish our way down to Long Island, bottom fishing and trawling before we spend the last night moored at Long Island.

Day 6 – Bottom fish and trawl till 12pm, then steam into Exmouth arriving around 3pm.

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The Longest Operating Fishing Charter Business in Exmouth

Name

BLUE HORIZON

Size

57 FOOT

Sleeps

10 PEOPLE

Welcome Aboard the Blue Horizon

Enjoy a Montebello Islands fishing adventure, pristine water enjoy the fishing, cray fishing, diving, surfing and spear fishing. The Blue Horizon, a luxury vessel equipped with the latest electronic equipment, 240 V power and air-conditioned.

 

  • Breakfasts – Ham cheese tomato croissants, Bacon, eggs ,sausages, toast, beans and a selection of breakfast cereals and juices.
  • Morning Teas – biscuits, cake, tea, coffee.
  • Lunches – Cold meats, fish, cray fish salad wraps (if you have any special dietary need please let us know so we can cater for you)
  • Afternoon Snacks – Cheeses, dips, crackers, salami’s, olives to name a few
  • Dinners – Steak night, Thai fish curry and a seafood feast.
  • Fishing Gear – We have Fin Nor offshore reels spooled with 80lb braid. All bottom bouncing gear is provided plus some lures for trolling for Spanish mackerel and trout. If you would like to bring some jigs and soft plastics you are more than welcome to bring them along as well as you own rods and reel if you like.
  • Sleeping Arrangements – We have 9 bunks on the Blue Horizon all air-conditioned or you can grab one of our stretcher beds and roll the swag under the stars.
  • Snorkelling Gear – We have snorkelling gear on board. However if you want to go spear fishing you will need to provide your own spear gun.

BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE WITH US TODAY

PRICES

Please note all trips can be tailored to suit your needs.
Max 8 people.

PASSENGERPRICE
6 Days$22,800 for the boat
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TESTIMONIALS

Courtney Wood

I would like to thank you for providing us the opportunity to have a fantastic week fishing and exploring the Monte Bello Islands. A number of the boys hadn’t previously caught game fish, which they can now cross off their bucket list and with all their photos, even have the proof. Everyone enjoyed trolling the …

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Courtney Wood

I would like to thank you and your crew for a rewarding and enjoying week aboard Blue Horizon. Under difficult tide and weather conditions both you and your team performed with skill and excellent knowledge to put us on great fishing grounds, allowing us to obtain full fish quotas for the trip. The Montebello Island …

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Paige Salmeri

Awesome day out and I caught lots of fish. The best one was a huge Red Emperor. It was almost as big as me.

Jim McMackin

I have fished with Blue Horizon Charters for Fifteen years and have caught every type of fish native to these waters. I have been treated very well and there has always been great crew on board. The ONLY fishing charter for me!

Joe and Ronnie

I had the wonderful experience of taking out the Champion Angler Tag and Release Billfish in Gamex 2006. For a few years now my fiancé, Ronnie and I have been competing in Gamex with Steve and his crew, but 2006 was definitely our year. As always the crew, Steve, Damien, Shea and Tamina were excellent. …

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Rob Gotti

Hi Steve, Thanks to you and your crew for putting on a great day on the water last week. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will be back soon.

Nick Christie

A huge thanks to Steve, JC, and Max for 2 great days out on the Blue Horizon. Amanda and I had an awesome experience. I cannot recommend your charter enough to anyone keen to fish the north west of WA. Let me know where I can get one of those classic whale shark t-shirts. Thanks …

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Madeline Tucker

Anyone travelling to exmouth do not look past this charter! By far the most plentiful bounty filled charter I have ever been on. Extremely well worth it. So helpful and friendly. Do yourself a favour!!!!

THE ISLANDS

Montebello Islands

The Montebello Islands are a group of more than 100 Islands off the north-west coast of Western Australia. They achieved international notoriety in 1952 when the British, in an operation code named Hurricane, detonated an atomic weapon in a bay off one of the major Islands Trimouille. Two further atomic tests were carried out in May and June of 1956 on Alpha and Trimouille Islands.

They are located 20 km north of Barrow Island and 120km north, north-west of Dampier and were named by the French navigator Nicolas Baudin in 1801. Baudin was evidently “discouraged by the seeming barrenness of the country, the scarcity of fresh water and the hostility of the blacks, so kept to the sea and did little else than survey the coast line and islands. Before he left, however, he named the islands after the battle of Montebello, where the victorious French general Lannes (Later duke of Montebello) defeated the Austrians in 1800.

The flat limestone islands range in size from Hermite, the largest, at about 1,000 ha, to several small islets and rocks of less than one hectare. They are the remnants of an old coastal landform and have been separated from the mainland for more than 8000 years.

No evidence has been found of Aboriginal occupation of the islands since that separation, although they probably lived there before.

HISTORY

The earliest known European use of the islands was in 1622, when one of Australia’s first recorded shipwrecks, that of the TRYAL took place just west of the Montebello’s. The survivors of the wreck spent seven days on the northern islands before setting forth for the East Indies. Only 30 could sail with the captain in the lifeboat, the rest were left to their fate on the wrecked ship. Other early navigators, Baudin in 1801, King in 1818 and Stokes in 1840 had less eventful voyages.

The development of the pearling industry along the North West coast in the late 19th Century formed the next exciting chapter in the history of the Montebello’s. The pearlers who fished the waters and camped on the islands are probably responsible for the introduction of the cat and the black rat who in turn are accountable for the extinction of the golden bandicoot and spectacled hare wallaby.

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One of the most notable characters among the pearlers was Thomas Haynes, who held a pearling licence for the Montebello’s from 1902-1913. Evidence of his pioneering experiments in raising pearl oysters can still be found on Hermite Island. There is an inscription in cement “The Montebello Experimental Shell Pool, Constructed 1906. Completed 20 September 1981 by R.P. Morgan and Crew”. Haynes also left other evidence of his presence, which the W.A. Museum picked up on a recent survey. These include bottles of tonic (apparently a necessity because of the poor diet imposed by the remoteness) and a bottle bearing the proud legend Swan Brewing Co. Some things don’t change much with time!! Haynes left Hermite in 1909, after a willie willie’ completely destroyed his house and damaged his oyster enclosure.

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