Spo­radic bites in cool cur­rent

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tackleworld Ex­mouth

Sum­mer is def­i­nitely here and we would ex­pect the fish­ing to pick up, es­pe­cially in the bill­fish­ing scene.

But it has been a spas­modic start to the year for blue mar­lin — one day there are re­ports of plenty of fish raised, the next it is like they are nonex­is­tent.

Cool wa­ter is def­i­nitely not help­ing and un­sual num­bers of striped mar­lin have been pack-at­tack­ing spreads of skirts in­tended for blues.

Let us hope those warm cur­rents kick in soon and switch those big blues on.

Hav­ing said that, Eddy Lawler’s client hooked an es­ti­mated 385kg blue mar­lin in the past week.

Ac­cord­ing to Bill­fishre­port.com, Ex­mouth ranked sixth in the top 10 bill­fish des­ti­na­tions in the world. Cri­te­ria for the top 10 in­clude fish num­bers, va­ri­ety of bill­fish species, av­er­age size of fish, length of sea­son and num­ber of boats fish­ing.

More than 11,000 Bill­fish Re­ports were sub­mit­ted in 2015 from around the world and to be con­sid­ered for the top 10 makes a fish­ery one of the best.

Plus, we have far more bill­fish caught dur­ing the pe­riod yet only a few boats re­port to this site.

The re­port states one of our boats re­leased more grand slams than any other in the world. It also states Ex­mouth has one of the small­est fleets that re­ports to them.

Bill­fishre­port.com said it con­tin­ued to be “amazed at the va­ri­ety of bill­fish species caught in th­ese (Ex­mouth) wa­ters”.

It added there were 14 grand slams re­ported from the fish­ery.

“While most of the fish here are in the 200lb to 300lb (90kg-136kg) range, they do get their fair share of large blue mar­lin, with eight blue mar­lin re­ported to us over 500lb, the largest was a 750lb on Poppa Ge­orge,” the site said. “This is a year-round fish­ery with bill­fish caught in ev­ery month of the year.

“They do not get a stag­ger­ing num­ber of fish in a day, but this fish­ery and th­ese boats are con­sis­tent. We get day af­ter day re­ports of boats re­leas­ing three to four bill­fish in a day.

“Di­ver­sity, Azura, Peak and On Strike all had four blue mar­lin or black mar­lin days, with On Strike record­ing the best day on black mar­lin, go­ing five to six.”

For those look­ing for more pro­tected wa­ter from the sum­mer west­er­lies, the gulf has plenty to of­fer.

There has been a huge school of tuna, in­clud­ing long­tail and mack­erel tuna, within a mile from the ma­rina most af­ter­noons.

The bird ac­tiv­ity can be seen from miles away. Small metal slices in the 20g-30g range work best.

Most of th­ese fish are in the 2kg range but some bet­ter long­tail up to 6kg have been re­ported. Re­ports are that there is plenty of tuna schools work­ing through the gulf lately.

Pic­ture: Jeni Gates

A striped mar­lin breaches the sur­face af­ter be­ing hooked.

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