Wealth of holiday options
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.