Good start to the lob­ster sea­son and sail­fish be­gin

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tackle World Ex­mouth

Rock lob­ster sea­son opened a fort­night ago and re­ports so far are good.

Plenty of west­erns and or­nates have been caught from the west side and all the way to the bot­tom of the Ex­mouth Gulf.

They can be found in a va­ri­ety of depths and lo­ca­tions, es­pe­cially ar­eas with lime­stone ledges.

Be sure to carry a mea­surer, as things of­ten look big­ger un­der­wa­ter.

Keep to bag lim­its. The lim­its are chang­ing soon, so if you are un­sure of any of the reg­u­la­tions, check them out with the lo­cal Fish­eries of­fi­cers.

The crew at the tackle stores can point you in the right di­rec­tion with ex­pert ad­vice on catch bags, cray loops, gloves and so on.

Oc­to­ber is also the time for sail­fish in the gulf and there are plenty of fish start­ing to stack up around the count­less bait balls that are push­ing into the Gulf.

The num­bers are not as high as pre­vi­ous years, but there are plenty of ar­eas for them to hide.

The bait balls on the Gulf grounds mainly con­sist of mulies and yakkas and make easy pick­ings for preda­tory fish.

The ma­jor­ity of the bait has been found around Ex­mouth reef but this can change from day-to-day and free-swim­ming sail­fish can be spot­ted al­most any­where, so it can pay to keep a few baits handy.

Free-jump­ing sail­fish have been seen in ar­eas close to the ma­rina.

This “free-jump­ing” hap­pens when the sail­fish round up the bait ready to feed.

You will see them jump many times in a cir­cle. This scares a sec­tion of the larger bait balls into a smaller ball and the sail­fish then eat them.

The Ex­mouth Bill­fish Bo­nanza is held this week­end.

It is not too late to get en­tries in, but it is ap­pre­ci­ated for cater­ing to get them in by to­day. En­try forms are at lo­cal tackle stores.

There are sec­tions for sail­fish, which are pre­dom­i­nantly found in the Gulf, or mar­lin, which are lo­cated around the west side.

Most peo­ple tend to tar­get sail­fish in the Gulf be­cause huge num­bers of fish can be eas­ily tagged on the right day, rack­ing up easy points.

How­ever, only yes­ter­day one crew man­aged to tag two de­cent­sized blue mar­lin in the morn­ing be­fore the bite be­gan in the Gulf. Yes, it should be an in­ter­est­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Blue mar­lin are well and truly on their way to the rich wa­ters of the Nin­ga­loo reef.

While huge num­bers have not yet been re­ported, they are start­ing to trickle through more con­sis­tently as the wa­ter warms up and the warm cur­rents push down.

Def­i­nite wa­ter tem­per­a­ture lines are al­ways a hot spot to troll for th­ese mag­nif­i­cent sports fish and tar­get­ing any­where be­tween the 400m to 1000m line will put you in the best area to run into one of th­ese beau­ties.

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