Sporadic bites in cool current
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.
A striped marlin breaches the surface after being hooked.