Predictable weather patterns help anglers
The weather forecast for the next week is shaping up to be great, so if you can get out on the water, we suggest you do.
The pattern at this time of year is fairly predictable, with strong south-easterlies in the morning and south-westerlies in the afternoon.
The sailfish in the gulf are spread out and when they push bait to the surface, they are timid and are hardly staying up long.
These fish should stick around for a while longer and are a great sight to see when feeding on the bait schools.
The billfish action on the west side has been spasmodic.
While we are well and truly into blue marlin season now and there was some consistent fishing a few weeks back, the past week has slowed down. This is possibly due to currents. Some solid numbers of sailfish out the front of mangrove bays before the 100m line have been reported and would be worth a shot.
The waters off Helby Bank are a great place to target a variety of species.
You can get mackerel in the shallow waters under 40m.
Reef species can be encountered in all areas.
There is the chance of several species of billfish, including sailfish, in the shallow depths of 50m-70m, black marlin in the mid waters of 70m to 130m and blue marlin in deeper waters.
This area has produced consistently over the years and reports from here lately have been good.
It is also an area easily accessible for craft coming from Tantabiddi or Bundegi, the gulf or the marina.
The added bonus is that with the general weather pattern in the early morning it is usually calmer than the gulf and in the afternoon it is usually calmer than the waters off Tantabiddi.
Plus you can travel with the wind back around to the gulf to come home.
More reports from the marina have been trickling in.
It sounds like the mangrove jack have already started to fire up.
You never know what you will catch in this system — anything from jacks, cod, queenfish, barracuda, school mackerel, tarpon, sand bass, flathead, bream, a wide variety of trevally species and, if you’re really lucky, bluebone and coral trout can be encountered.
If it is bluebone you are after, then make sure you are fishing relatively heavy or they will stitch you up in the rocks in no time.
A small burley trail of crushed prawns or crabs should do the trick and an unweighted or lightly rigged crab will bring even the fussiest of bluebone unstuck.
Otherwise, an unweighted mulie drifted down the rock faces is a sure way of catching anything else that may be around.
Try fishing after dark for mangrove jack, as this is when they are at their most active.
The Exmouth Game Fishing Club is your local venue for catching up on all things fishy.
We encourage people to become members and expect that this Friday night will be a big one with the members’ draw that has peaked at $1000 and must be won.