Angling options aplenty
Bait schools have been getting smashed up by trevally and queenfish at the entrance to the marina this week, with terns coming in for the easy feed at every chance.
The commotion can be seen from the Exmouth Game Fishing Club clubhouse and easily accessed from along the rock wall directly in front or from the southern side of the marina.
Ultra-small metal slices or soft plastic lures are the recommended tackle to target the predatory fish in this area.
There are several methods of retrieval for these lures in this situation.
You can cast the lure around the school and either let it drop slightly, then retrieve fast, or with a slow erratic movement to make it look like it has been hit by a bigger fish.
Essentially you want to make the lure look like a bait fish that is weak or injured, which is more likely to be snaffled by a bigger fish.
The gulf has continued to show up good numbers of varieties for those anglers with jigs and lures.
Cobia, trevally, tuna and cod have been the main results and Entice jigs have been the best choice of lure.
Coral trout have also been among the mix and drifting over ledges or holding your position on them is where you will find some of the action.
The tuna move throughout the gulf and it can be like chasing rainbows at times, so drifting near them with your motor switched off is a better option.
Tristan Jahme loves his kayak fishing and caught a personal best this week with a 128cm Spanish mackerel.
The fish was caught off the back of Ningaloo Reef while trolling a Halco laser pro 160 in 25m of water.
His kayak gets up to almost 5 knots while trolling and with the “stealth” method, it is an adrenalin rush when a fish of this calibre hits hard. There is a kayak section in GAMEX this year for the first time and we hope to see some interesting catches.
The school holidays are over, which means there will be visitors here who like to travel through the quiet time.
February can bring great opportunities to roam the westside beaches without another person in sight. Fly casting is a great way to spend the day, especially in places like south Pilgramunna and Sandy Bay.
February’s quiet time can also mean the boat ramps are far from busy and make for a quick launch and retrieve.
Of course, the fishing options are aplenty and with the forecast for later this week looking great, I’d recommend getting out and into it.
Tristan Jahme with his personal best Spanish mackerel.