Small fry keep shore fishers entertained
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.