Tour­na­ment forecast good

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■ The wind last week­end was un­be­liev­ably strong, but the good news is that the forecast looks a whole lot bet­ter.

This should be just in time for the Net­work Power So­lu­tions Heavy Tackle Tour­na­ment. This three-day event is de­signed for those wish­ing to tar­get large bill­fish in deep wa­ters.

Fish­ing is out­side the 250m depth and the sec­tion for most tagged will be hotly con­tested.

There is a sec­tion for heav­i­est fish, but it must be es­ti­mated to weigh more than 250kg to qual­ify. To give you an idea of how of­ten fish of this cal­i­bre come in to weigh, note that the record for the heav­i­est mar­lin in WA was bro­ken last year and had been in place since 1983, so that is one fish over 319kg in more than 30 years.

The amount of bill­fish cap­tured is very low com­pared to tagged, but it is al­ways great help with ed­u­ca­tion and show peo­ple who may never get the op­por­tu­nity to see one.

Bill­fish are a fast grow­ing species that can grow from the size of a pin­head to 30kg in just one year.

There has been a lot of in­ter­est in this event and we hope to see crew from Perth, Kar­ratha, Tom Price and lo­cals get­ting out on the wa­ter.

The en­try fee in­cludes a meal each night at the club­house and we are sure there will be plenty of sto­ries told on the week­end, with some video footage and pho­tos to go with it.

There are so many new fish­ing lures and ideas th­ese days. Al­though web­sites are in­for­ma­tive, noth­ing really beats sit­ting down and read­ing a fish­ing mag­a­zine.

Hol­i­days are loom­ing and we will soon be in­un­dated by kids, and there are plenty of op­tions for catching a great fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Lear­month Jetty has been pro­duc­tive this year and re­cently been splat­tered (again) with squid ink.

The ma­rina is al­ways a good op­tion for va­ri­ety, plus it can be handy to get out of pre­vail­ing winds.

The beaches along the gulf at any time of year can be great for whit­ing and squid. The best time for this is the high tide.

The west side is sim­ply magic. Walk­ing the beaches with pop­pers and soft plas­tic lures is re­ward­ing and the dawn bite is ex­cep­tion­ally good if you’re up for an early start.

Pic­ture: Jenni Gates

Luke Moun­sey, 4, took this pic­ture last year of a cracker crab caught in Ex­mouth. Yes, the crab was dead for the pic­ture.

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