Fish­ers ready for GAMEX

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

An­glers across WA are spend­ing their chil­dren’s in­her­i­tance on new tackle and re­hears­ing ex­cuses to get away from work ahead of the an­nual week-long pil­grim­age for the State’s premier fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

GAMEX, to be held in Ex­mouth from March 11-19, will bring around 300 peo­ple to the coastal town.

The com­pe­ti­tion has grown be­yond a WA event, with many com­peti­tors trav­el­ling from across the coun­try and over­seas to wet lines in what was re­cently rated the sixth best mar­lin fish­ery in the world.

Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club pres­i­dent Jeni Gates said GAMEX 2016 was shap­ing up as an­other bumper event.

“Our pre­vi­ous GAMEX event saw some as­tound­ing fish­ing with over 601 bill­fish tagged and re­leased by com­peti­tors, which are catch and re­lease num­bers that ri­val the world’s very best sport and game fish­ing tour­na­ments,” she said.

“This year has seen the warm sum­mer cur­rent ar­rive quite late off Ex­mouth, which means the fish­ing is tipped to re­ally heat up as we move into GAMEX’s mid-March times­lot.”

Gates said with Ex­mouth’s fish­ing grounds very close to shore, most com­peti­tors fished from small boats for more than 35 dif­fer­ent game fish species found in th­ese wa­ters — a user­friendly com­bi­na­tion no other game fish­ing event in Aus­tra- lia of­fered. Fish­ing aside, sev­eral food, arts and cul­tural events will also take place dur­ing the week, in­clud­ing a con­cert night at the Pot­shot Re­sort, a long ta­ble lun­cheon at Nin­ga­loo Re­sort, a fancy dress beef and reef bar­be­cue at Ex­mouth Es­cape Re­sort and a free Nin­ga­loo Dis­cov­ery fam­ily fun day.

Ex­mouth Vis­i­tor Cen­tre spokesman Ben Knaggs said ac­com­mo­da­tion was still avail- able at hol­i­day homes, re­sorts and lodges and most car­a­van parks.

Mr Knaggs said the cen­tre’s staff ex­pected the whale shark sea­son would be be­gin­ning on the same week­end as the start of GAMEX.

Shire of Ex­mouth Pres­i­dent Turk Shales said the eco­nomic ben­e­fit from GAMEX was sub­stan­tial.

“GAMEX is not only a big event in WA,” he said. “With Aus­tralian and world records, there is now a grow­ing global in­ter­est.

“The me­dia ex­po­sure that Ex­mouth re­ceives as a re­sult of the event and the ben­e­fits that pro­vides in terms of vis­i­tors through­out the year is clearly a huge boost to the town.”

GAMEX did not run last year af­ter ex-trop­i­cal cy­clone Ol­wyn forced the can­cel­la­tion of the event.

Pic­ture: Aus­tralia’s Co­ral Coast

The GAMEX fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion will be held in Ex­mouth be­tween March 11 and 19.

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