Good start to the lobster season and sailfish begin
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.