GAMEX lures fishers from near and far
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.
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Ryan Mumford with a gulf-caught cobia on fly.