Fish fiesta in mild weather
This would have to be the mildest summer on record.
The ocean temperatures are cooler and Perth has had hotter day temperatures than here, with a report of a coral trout being caught there, so I think the fish are bewildered too.
There have been a huge number of fish reports in.
Ross Chapman caught an awesome 81kg yellowfin tuna.
Josh Bruynzeel had 18 species caught aboard On Strike over four days, including trout, giant trevally, mackerel, blue marlin, black marlin, sailfish and tuna.
A guy from Texas caught a blue marlin and a mako shark, not often encountered in these waters.
Steve Chambers, of Broome, came down with his sons to target marlin and caught a 150kg model.
A family from the Wheatbelt got stuck in to some red emperor, rankin cod and pearl perch to break the dry spell, while Vas and Nathan, of Melbourne, enjoyed shallow-water jigging from big cobia and queenfish.
Junior angler Hayden Michaels has caught many more billfish than most adults — 54 to date.
This summer he brought a friend, Liam, and the pair managed a double hook-up with Ben Knight in the Exmouth Gulf.
The summer run of yellowfin whiting has kicked in, despite the cooler weather.
Large numbers have been sighted and caught between Bundegi beach and the Bay of Rest, with Learmonth being a consistent producer.
Bait fishing with prawns or casting ultra-small stickbaits on light spin gear have been successful methods.
The odd flathead and squid are also encountered.
The marina has been on fire for light tackle sport fishing over the past week or so.
Large schools of bait have pushed in through to the canals.
Most afternoons these bait schools can be seen being smashed by small trevally such as GTs and big eye, along with queenfish varying in size, small mackerel and tuna.
Fishing with small poppers such as the Halco Roosta Popper 80 has been the most successful technique.
The Tantabiddi Camp Out started this year’s fishing competitions last weekend. This event had about 50 entrants camping at Yardie Homestead.
Heaviest mackerel was won by Bob Witcombe, with Jess Sutton taking out the junior category.
Heaviest Charlie Court was also won by Bob, with Will Lawrence winning the junior section.
Longest spangled emperor was won by Deb Witcombe, while Jess Sutton took out the junior section.
The hotly contested section of most species caught and released with a photo from the shore was won by team Fish & Wish with 39 species.
Callum Horlock caught the most species from shore by a junior with 13.
The heaviest fish caught on a kids’ Durango combo was a whopping 6.9kg queenfish by Corey Williams. William Roche won the junior section with a 2.03kg spangled emperor.
Hayden Michaels and his mate Liam hooked up two billfish with Ben Knight in the Exmouth Gulf.
Ross Chapman’s 81kg yellowfin tuna.
Josh Bruynzeel caught this dolphin fish.