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Steep Point / Dirt Harthog Island

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26°10'2.84" S, 113°11'36.8" E

Steep point is located approximately 900km north of Perth. It is around 12-15hour drive from Perth as the last 140km is via unsealed road, 30km is a single soft loaming sand track, however towing a 4-5m boat into Steep Point is no problem.

Steep Point is the most westerly point of Australia and is world renowned for some of the best land based game fishing. Just off Steep Point is Dirt Hartog Island which provides protection from the Western Swells and shelter from on shore winds. To the East is more land masses which provide protection from the offshore winds, making fishing around Steep Point and Dirt Hartog Island a year round possibility.

The Shark Bay area presents one of the worlds most unique fishing environments, where cold and warm water meet, producing Tropical species from the North and colder climate species from the south.

Small Boat Fishing Around Dirt Hartog Island

There are a plethora of choices when it comes to fishing from a boat, from chasing summer Trevally, Yellow Tail Kingfish and cobia around the channel mouth to year round Pink Snapper in 2-3metres of water. There need not be much of a guide for fishing spots here, however the rule is if your not getting a fish within 10mins move on!

The Eastern side of Dirt Hartog Island has great fishing for Big Bream, Snapper, Spangled Emperor, Sweet Lip, King Fish, Baldchin Groper, Whiting, Flathead, Mackerel, Tailor, Bonefish and Mulloway.

Clear life-like soft plastics are the key to success in the shallow clear waters. From 1/24 – 1/2 ounce jigs heads is a great range for almost all situations around the eastern side of the island.

During low tide fish off the island into the deeper holes where fish lay in wait for the incoming tide to push bait fish onto the flats and into the rocks. Small islands off the main also fish well around this time and fish are often found a few meters from any small structure 2-4metres deep.

During the incoming tide the surface fishing comes alive, up to 120mm poppers can be cast tight into the rock structures for Snapper, Emperor, Bream, Bluebone and Whiting. Its not uncommon to have several different species of fish fighting over a surface lure.

When the tide (incoming or outgoing) is moving faster through the channel the small islands and points off Dirt Hartog provide pressure points where larger fish show up, such as Kingfish, Mackerel and Tuna. These fish can easily be targeted on Metal Slugs or just throw a plastic at them and hang on. While fishing the shallows keep an eye out for birds working bait fish. This will happen only 100metres offshore, here you’ll find Mackerel and Tuna working bait schools.

During hightide it is also worth exploring the vast array of shallow flats where Bone Fish, Giant Herring and Summer Pelagics turn up. Deeper in the shallows Bream, Whiting and Flathead all move close to the mangrove often in 30cm of water.

The Channel between Dirt Hartog Island and Steep Point drops off into deep water around 8-20meters + where large Pink Snapper, Cobia, Coral Trout and even Dolphin Fish can be hooked. Dropping a heavy weighted ½ ounce large 8inch plastic and drifting out of the channel is a great way to landing some larger fish. Jigging around these parts is also a viable option when the run slows down.

To the North of the channel opening is a small surf break, to the north-west of this location waves break heavy onto rocks, during the warmer months you can find large Giant Trevally here. Year around this spot fishes great for larger Emperor and Bald Chin, where popping might be an option for Emperor during the Summer months. The small reefy bay to the inside of the point during Turtle Hatching season is also a great time to target Emperor on poppers.

Land Based Fishing Tamala Station, Steep Point to False Entrance

For the bait soakers the point provides a great place to float out large baits in search of all sorts.

The Points on the inside of the Channel fish will for Snapper, Bream and Pelagics. The Bays fish good for Herring and if you can get to the flats you can target Bone Fish, Bream, Flathead and some big whiting.

Tamala Station

From Tamala Station there are several camping locations located at Prickly Point, Bara Head, Three Bays, Nanas, Tea Tree and Giruad Point. All the camping spots provide access to some fantastic fishing.

Bara Head

Directly north of Tamala Station is Bara Head. Here anglers can expect Tailor, Whiting, Bream, Flathead and the odd Mangrove Jack and Cod.

Three Bays

A scenic camp spot, Three Bays fishes well for Whiting, Bream and Flathead. The odd small Trevally will also show up.


Mostly Whiting, Bream and Flathead along the beaches of Nannas.

Giraud Point

Anglers are most likely to encounter Bream and Whiting with the odd Tailor and small pelagics from Giruad Point.

Blind Inlet

Walk the flats for Whiting, Bream and Flathead close to the mangroves. There is also good numbers of Bonefish however they are pretty tricky to catch.

Shelter Bay to Steep Point

The beaches of Shelter Bay have good fishing for Whiting, Bream, Tailor and Mulloway at night. Past Shelter bay the beach has inshore reefs which fish well for Emperor, Tailor, Pink Snapper and the odd Cobia. Soft plastics would well along the beaches for Emperor and Pink Snapper. Metal Slugs and hard body lures for Tailor.

Steep Point

Amazing balloon fishing for Cobia, Mackerel, Sailfish, Tuna, Pink Snapper and more.

Dulverton Bay / False Entrance

To the south of Steep Point is Dulverton Bay. Access to this spot is rough a good four wheel drive is necessary. Camping is allowed on the beach. The fishing here is exceptional for Tailor and the odd coral trout and emperor. Surface lures like poppers and metal slugs are the only option over the heavy reef. From the point anglers can use large shallow diving minnows to target Tuna and Mackerel.

Crayfish Bay

Approximately 25km south of Steep Point is Crayfish bay. Home to massive Tailor, they can be targeted with metal slugs and poppers along the reef beach. Small Whiting and Tarhwine are also abundant in the sandy patches of the beach. The point produces Baldchin Groper and Pink Snapper however bait is best for bottom fishing here. Large shallow diving minnows can be used to target Mackerel that come in close if the conditions are good.

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Access to Steep Point / Dirt Harthog Island

4wd access only, although towing in a 4-5metre boat is no problem. Boat launching via beach at Shelter Bay.
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Recommended Lures for Steep Point / Dirt Harthog Island We're still working on the equation for the best lures, so please be patient!

Squidgies Pro Prawn Wiggle Tail 110mm

Suited to Steep Point / Dirt Harthog Island.

Squidgies Pro Flickbait 110mm

Suited to Steep Point / Dirt Harthog Island.
Good for: Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally, Spangled Emperor

Jewie 150

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Jewfish / Mulloway
Jackall Squirell 79 hank tuned

Jackall DD Squirrel 79SP Silent ‘Hank Tuned’

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Mangrove Jack
Squidgies Pro Wriggler - 100mm - Bloodworm

Pro Wriggler – 100mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Bream, Flathead, Mangrove Jack, Queenfish, Trevally
Reidy's Lures - Little Lucifer Hellraiser

Little Lucifer Hellraiser – Reidy’s Lures

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Cod

Roosta Popper 160

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Coral Trout, Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally, Mackerel, Trevally, Tuna

Skippy Surface Lure

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream, Yellowfin Whiting
Killalure Flatz Ratz 2

Flatz Ratz – Killalure

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Mangrove Jack

Lucky Craft Sammy 65

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Bream

Squidgies Pro Lobby

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Bream, Whiting, Yellowfin Bream
Storm Gomoku Fishing Jig


Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Pink Snapper, Snapper

Squidgies Pro Critter 55mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Bream, Whiting, Yellowfin Bream
Squidgies Pro Range Wriggler - 65mm

Pro Wriggler – 65mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Bream, Dusky Flathead, Flathead, Spangled Emperor, Yellowfin Bream

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  1. Ian Carter

    Hi I have planned a trip to Steep point via boat from Denham in July all the literature refers to spots to go fishing but there are no maps to refer to can you help out

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