Small fry keep shore fish­ers en­ter­tained

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Tackle World Ex­mouth

Un­for­giv­ing south-west­erly winds over the past fort­night have kept many small boat own­ers on dry land.

In some ways we are lucky in Ex­mouth when this hap­pens, with so many op­tions to fish from shore that can be both pro­duc­tive and re­lax­ing.

Yel­lowfin whit­ing have turned up in strong num­bers over the past week and are school­ing up in shal­low wa­ter close to the shore­line and only a few min­utes drive from town.

In fact, Town Beach is al­ways a good start­ing point to look for them.

If you want to avoid crowds then a drive along the beach south of the ma­rina is where many good re­ports have come from lately.

It’s not only whit­ing you will en­counter in this area, with flat­head, squid and garfish a com­mon catch along this coast­line, and they are rated up there with some of the best ta­ble fish avail­able.

The Bill­fish Bo­nanza was held over three days and de­spite some strong winds, it was very fish­able and the gulf was flat and calm ev­ery af­ter­noon.

The west side was calmer in the morn­ings and there were plenty of fish to keep the an­glers busy on both sides of the cape.

There were sail­fish and blue, black and striped mar­lin tagged by the 50 an­glers on the 14 boats.

Sizes ranged from small sail­fish es­ti­mated at un­der 10kg, to big blues es­ti­mated at 180kg. The sail­fish in the gulf were mov­ing very fast on the bait schools.

The blue mar­lin num­bers are great to see, as is ex­pected at this time of year. The next fish­ing tour­na­ment is the NPS Heavy Tackle on De­cem­ber 10 to 13.

Mean­while, if you are a mem­ber of the Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club, re­mem­ber the end of year tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion and Christ­mas Party is on De­cem­ber 5.

Crews chas­ing bill­fish over the week­end also came across some wa­hoo and dol­phin fish in deep wa­ters. One team also had a dou­ble hook-up on large mack­erel in 60m of wa­ter off the Mu­iron Is­lands.

The gulf had good num­bers of bait balls and trevally and queen­fish were eas­ily seen feed­ing on them. Wa­ter clar­ity has been good and is ex­pected to im­prove this week, so spearfish­ing is the sug­gested plan for the week­end.

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