Wealth of hol­i­day op­tions

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­leworld Ex­mouth

With the per­sis­tent winds ham­mer­ing the west side of late, only lim­ited re­ports have come through of bill­fish.

How­ever, cap­tain Eddy Lawler has man­aged to land an­other grand slam with 2-2-1 blue mar­lin, 2-2-1 striped mar­lin and 3-2-2 sail­fish in one day.

Span­ish mack­erel have still been caught in the usual ar­eas be­tween Helby Bank and south pas­sage.

Trolling deep-div­ing min­nows in the 25m to 30m lines will pro­duce mack­erel and small yel­lowfin tuna, es­pe­cially for those who make it out in the early morn­ing.

You never know what you could hook trolling lures on the back of the reef, in­clud­ing wa­hoo, dol­phin fish, sail­fish and small black mar­lin, so be ready for any­thing.

Sum­mer is jack time and man­grove jack can be found any­where from the rocky ar­eas along the shore­line of the west side and the cape, stretch­ing down to the ma­rina and the southern creeks, such as Wapet and Tur­tle creek.

They can be suc­cess­fully tar­geted with both bait and lures and are feisty lit­tle scrap­pers as well as highly rated ta­ble fish.

Small div­ing min­nows and soft plas­tics both work well as do sur­face lures late in the evenings or on low tide, where they can be tempted to the sur­face.

If you can get live baits such as mul­let or hardy­heads, this is a great op­tion to tempt a jack. Un­weighted mulies or a slice of mul­let will usu­ally bring even the fussi­est jack un­stuck.

With the weather forecast look­ing more promis­ing for the Christ­mas break, Ex­mouth pro­vides more fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The gulf still has a run of sail­fish with some ex­tra-large long­tail tuna hang­ing around bait schools.

Golden trevally and co­bia are con­sis­tent for sports fish­ers and of course there is al­ways tasty co­ral trout will­ing to take a soft plas­tic or bait.

There is the bill­fish scene out­side the reef with ex­cel­lent bot­tom fish­ing for red em­peror, but don’t over­look the in­side of the reef for sight cast­ing big golden trevally.

Span­gled em­peror should also be easy to find and make for ex­cit­ing fish­ing, es­pe­cially with small to medium-sized sur­face lures.

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