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Pilbara News - - Fishing - Tackleworld Ex­mouth

Fi­nally, soar­ing sum­mer tem­per­a­tures have ar­rived over the past week and look set to con­tinue into the com­ing week.

The heat has def­i­nitely warmed the wa­ter in­shore and off­shore.

This has played a big role in fir­ing up the fish­ing in­side the reef and the flats in Ex­mouth gulf.

Warm wa­ter en­cour­ages plenty of fish species to fire up on the flats and be­come quite ag­gres­sive, es­pe­cially on an in­com­ing tide.

Quee­nies, GTs, co­bia, golden trevally, per­mit and bone­fish are just some of the species you can ex­pect to find when search­ing the flats.

Guide Brett Wolf from True Blue Bones has ex­pe­ri­enced this over the past wee, get­ting his clients onto many of the species men­tioned above.

The bot­tom fish­ing around the west side be­hind the Nin­ga­loo reef has also been ex­cep­tional of late.

Fish­ing the slower-mov­ing tides can be more pro­duc­tive, as the slower cur­rents help con­sid­er­ably to keep con­tact with the bot­tom and not drift off your mark.

Gold band snap­per have been high on most peo­ple’s agenda and avoid­ing the sharks has been chal­leng­ing, but they say a high shark pop­u­la­tion means a healthy sys­tem.

Most peo­ple would agree we have one of the health­i­est fish­eries in Aus­tralia.

The 100m mark is where you will find th­ese fish con­sis­tently and fol­low­ing the con­tour lines and mark­ing the slight­est change in bot­tom shouldn’t see you too far away from th­ese tasty ta­ble fish.

We thor­oughly rec­om­mend us­ing a sin­gle pater­nos­ter rig to avoid at­tract­ing sharks and get­ting the fish to the sur­face quicker.

Peo­ple tar­get­ing the same 100m depths with quickly re­trieved jigs can ex­pect to en­counter am­ber­jack, a great sports fish, even at a small size.

Once th­ese fish ma­ture they can grow up­wards of 40kg, al­though a fish in the 20kg-30kg range is classed as re­spectable for th­ese wa­ters.

Fish this size will test out ev­ery­thing from your reel to your knots, so be sure to take time set­ting up your equip­ment.

Shout En­tice jigs in the ringer and seeker mod­els as well as the vexed dou­ble base mod­els have been do­ing the dam­age. A group of seven an­glers came over from China in a pri­vate jet to fish in Ex­mouth this week.

None of them had caught a mar­lin be­fore, but they had been told Ex­mouth was the best place in Aus­tralia to catch one and that there was a big tour­na­ment here in March ever year.

They went out with cap­tain Josh Bruynzeel from On Strike and cap­tain Ben Knight from Nin­ga­loo Sports­fish­ing and in the first hourand-a-half caught a 220kg blue mar­lin, black mar­lin, sail­fish and dol­phin fish.

Need­less to say they were a bit ex­cited and plenty of pho­tos were taken.

They were so en­thu­si­as­tic about the blue mar­lin they de­cided to get it mounted for their home club in China.

There is no doubt it will ad­ver­tise great fish­ing in Ex­mouth for many years ahead.

The next day, they pro­ceeded to catch an even big­ger blue mar­lin and went on to catch a big range of species dur­ing their five-day stay.

On the last two days their wives were flown in to join them, and they have al­ready booked to re­turn again in Au­gust and for GAMEX 2017.

Pic­ture: Tackleworld Ex­mouth

Ji­dong Qi with a mar­lin caught aboard On Strike.

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