Fish fi­esta in mild weather

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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.

Pic­ture: Steve Michaels

Hay­den Michaels and his mate Liam hooked up two bill­fish with Ben Knight in the Ex­mouth Gulf.

Pic­ture: Abel Man­ning

Ross Chapman’s 81kg yel­lowfin tuna.

Pic­ture: Tackleworld Ex­mouth

Josh Bruynzeel caught this dol­phin fish.

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