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