Mon­ster tuna nudges 100kg

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tackle World Ex­mouth

I hope we’ve all been mak­ing the most of the calm weather lately as it has re­ally turned it on for us over the past week.

And the fore­cast for the week ahead isn’t much dif­fer­ent. Light winds and lit­tle swell give you the op­por­tu­nity to do al­most any­thing.

Whether it’s trolling out wide for blue mar­lin and big yel­lowfin, run­ning to the is­lands to dive for rock lob­ster, or head­ing out deep to bot­tom-bash for Ex­mouth’s renowned ta­ble fish, the op­tions are aplenty if you have a boat. But if you don’t the west side is in­cred­i­ble with this fore­cast and warm weather has brought myr­iad fish in­side the reef in the crys­tal­clear wa­ters when there is not much swell.

Lea Wind­mill has won the Tackle World Jan­uary monthly fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion with this im­pres­sive yel­lowfin tuna es­ti­mated at 100kg. The fish was taken on a skirted lure in­tended for mar­lin on 37kg line class. Big yel­lowfin like this are a highly prized sports fish and most peo­ple would con­sider this the catch of a life­time.

Big yel­lowfin have been in good num­bers this sum­mer with plenty of fish re­ported be­tween the 60-100kg mark. Most of th­ese have been taken on skirted lures, al­though sharks have been a prob­lem.

Yel­lowfin will also take good-qual­ity deep-div­ing lures with up­graded split rings and hooks. Cub­ing a slowre­lease trail of mulies is also a pop­u­lar method of hook­ing large yel­lowfin. Fish­ing heavy tackle with a sin­gle cir­cle hook and drift­ing an un­weighted mulie down your bur­ley trail is the key to tempt­ing a big fin.

This method can also bring large fin to the sur­face where you can then present a stick bait or pop­per at the fish for an amaz­ing sur­face strike.

Also, we con­grat­u­late Jeni Well- man, the over­all win­ner of the 2015 monthly fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion with her 18kg ruby snap­per.

Jeni re­ceived a $1000 voucher to be spent at Tackle World Ex­mouth on any Shimano prod­uct of her choice.

If you would like to be in the run­ning for this end-of-year prize and the $50 voucher for the monthly win­ner, bring in a pic­ture and re­port of a re­cent fish­ing trip.

The McArthy soft plas­tic com­pe­ti­tion was held over the week­end with many ju­niors and adults tak­ing part.

En­try was free and prizes were plenty. Man­grove jacks, mul­let, bream, black snap­per, tuna and many other species were caught on the soft plas­tics.

One of the most ex­cited an­glers was ju­nior Wil­liam Roche who caught a 46cm man­grove jack in the ma­rina, while Joe Reynolds was not far be­hind him af­ter catch­ing 18 dif­fer­ent species.

Pic­ture: Tackleworld Ex­mouth

Lea Wind­mill with his prize-win­ning yel­lowfin.

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