Rules changed to pro­tect small catch

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Ross Ital­iano

The buzz this week is around the Broome Bill­fish Clas­sic tour­na­ment which will see more than 40 an­glers out chas­ing the glory of cham­pion an­gler.

The bill­fish which have been show­ing up are very small and re­quire del­i­cate han­dling.

The Broome Fish­ing Club has in­tro­duced a new rule this year called a touch-tag be­cause of the bill­fish’s small size.

This means that an­glers only need to touch the leader on a caught fish, rather than tag­ging the fish, for it to count as a cap­ture.

The club has taken this mea­sure to re­duce the amount of stress placed on the fish, re­duce han­dling time, and in­crease fish sur­vival rates on re­lease.

With the re­cent small run of sail­fish and mar­lin, an­glers are also asked to han­dle the fragile bills with ex­tra care.

Else­where on the wa­ter, nice catches of blue­bone, fin­ger­mark bream and blue-lined em­peror have been picked up in Roebuck Bay dur­ing the past week.

Reef fish­ing en­thu­si­asts have been pick­ing up fair catches of red em­peror, co­ral trout, sad­dle- tail seaperch and blue­lined em­peror in waters up to 30-40m deep west of Broome.

Dis­as­ter Rock is al­ways worth a try dur­ing this time of the sea­son for co­bia, queen­fish and big golden and gi­ant trevally.

Mul­loway to a me­tre have been caught quite fre­quently at Black Ledge while blue­bone have been picked up in num­bers near Gantheaume Point.

Shore-based an­glers have been en­joy­ing queen­fish and trevally ac­tion near the port and at the mouth of Wil­lie Creek.

Ross Ital­iano is a keen recre­ational fisher who has fished ex­ten­sively across WA and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Elle Smith and Ross Ital­iano show how to take a photo of a bill­fish without pulling it out of the wa­ter.

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