An­gling op­tions aplenty

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - ■ Tackleworld Ex­mouth

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.

Pic­ture: Tackleworld Ex­mouth

Tris­tan Jahme with his per­sonal best Span­ish mack­erel.

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