Monster tuna nudges 100kg
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.
Lea Windmill with his prize-winning yellowfin.