Visitors bag billfish
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.
Jidong Qi with a marlin caught aboard On Strike.