GAMEX lures fish­ers from near and far

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Glassy con­di­tions in the gulf al­most ev­ery af­ter­noon have been an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for small ves­sels to head out off­shore.

Kayaks, jet­skis with fish­ing gear and tin­nies have been seen head­ing out to tar­get some fish on a midafter­noon, with re­ports of some tuna, squid and co­ral trout from an­glers.

Lisa Wan­tuch is here from Port Hed­land and ven­tured out on her own in her 4.4m tinny to north-west reef.

Lisa was trolling and flick­ing soft plas­tics when she hooked a co­bia.

The fish was about 10kg and ev­ery part of it was used for a tasty meal, in­clud­ing the head and frame.

Lisa is a com­pe­tent an­gler and skip­per who has never been to Ex­mouth be­fore and we think it will be hard for her to leave.

She is re­turn­ing for the Ex­mouth Bill­fish Tour­na­ment in March, the week be­fore GAMEX, to fish in an allfe­male team, so look out guys.

Speak­ing of GAMEX, which will be held from March 12-19, the pro­gram for this year is set to be huge again.

Ev­ery year, we ex­pect about 300 an­glers to travel from the sur­round­ing re­gion, Perth metro area, the east coast and over­seas.

There are an­glers regis­ter­ing in­ter­est from South Africa, New Zealand and the USA.

There are 25 sec­tions to this event, with more than 40 game fish species avail­able to tar­get.

The hotly con­tested sec­tions of tagand-re­lease bill­fish will be in­ter­est­ing, as al­ways.

GAMEX is six days of fish­ing, while the EBT is three.

The last GAMEX and three-day event be­fore it had 2399 bill­fish raised, with 904 tagged, which was a re­sult that could eas­ily ri­val any other in the world. This is a world­class fish­ery and not only for the tagand-re­lease bill­fish sec­tions.

Ex­mouth is also listed in the record books for plenty of species on light line classes.

Renowned marine bi­ol­o­gist Dr Ju­lian Pep­perell will be in at­ten­dance again to do re­search on var­i­ous species.

It’s not just about the fish­ing — there is a huge amount of things to do with this event for lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

It all starts with the so­cial night of Rockin’ the Boat.

The club­house is shaped as a boat and it will be rock­ing the night away with live mu­sic.

This night is a chance for an­glers to catch up with friends, plus vis­i­tors get to see what is com­ing up for the week.

Spe­cial guest TV pre­sen­ter Paul Worstel­ing will be at­tend­ing with his fam­ily.

Fisher mum Emma Ge­orge will also be here to pro­mote fish­ing with fam­i­lies.

Satur­day will be the long ta­ble lun­cheon at the Novo­tel, with spe­cial guest chef and former Olympic swim­mer Ea­mon Sullivan.

The brief­ing for the event starts at 4pm, with ev­ery an­gler get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to start the week with a $1000 cash prize.

Fish­ing is Sun­day to Fri­day in­clu­sive.

Cost to en­ter is $200, while each an­gler re­ceives more than $200 worth of goods.

Sun­day is the free fam­ily fun day with a day at the club­house full of fish­ing games, talks, in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays, food and bev­er­age tast­ings and live mu­sic.

Email if you are will­ing to vol­un­teer at GAMEX.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Ryan Mum­ford with a gulf-caught co­bia on fly.

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