Bait­fish bring feed­ing frenzy in­side canals

Pilbara News - - Pilibra Fishing - Tackleworld Ex­mouth

The ma­rina has had some firey ac­tion over the past week, with bait schools in­side the canals be­ing smashed up by preda­tory species.

It is in­cred­i­ble to watch when the wa­ters are so still and within sec­onds the area that is about the size of two cars, sud­denly ex­plodes with bait fish pan­ick­ing as queen­fish, trevally and other species am­bush the ner­vous baitschool.

Throw­ing a small soft plas­tic lure in and around th­ese schools is our sug­ges­tion to get you hooked up to one of the many hun­gry fish feed­ing.

Hard-bod­ied fast-sink­ing lures work well in this area, too, and we rec­om­mend a sin­gle bar­b­less hook so that you can re­lease the fish if you are not go­ing to have it for din­ner.

The out­side of the ma­rina has also been ac­tive, with peo­ple at the club­house of an af­ter­noon be­ing en­ter­tained by terns div­ing in among the schools of bait­fish.

Big co­bia have been en­coun­tered over the past month or so and con­tinue to dom­i­nate fish­ing tales told by an­glers.

Even the dive en­thu­si­asts have been see­ing plenty of th­ese species and com­ment­ing on their abun­dance.

The co­bia is not a species peo­ple ac­tively tar­get in Ex­mouth, but are rather an in­ci­den­tal catch on a day out.

You can get them in the gulf or around the west side. They gen­er­ally travel in pairs, but you can get them in big schools oc­ca­sion­ally in the gulf and this can be in­cred­i­ble to view from un­der the wa­ter.

If you are reef fish­ing in the gulf and an­chored, it pays to send out a ber­ley trail and of­ten you will get a co­bia come up in the trail. Co­bia will take to baits, but are also of­ten caught on soft plas­tic and hard-bod­ied lures. It is only a few weeks to GAMEX. The Ex­mouth Bill­fish Tour­na­ment will be held the week be­fore GAMEX and this three-day tag and re­lease event is a good warm up to GAMEX.

Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club would like to en­cour­age all lo­cal an­glers with boats to en­ter GAMEX.

The cost is $200 and you re­ceive a $100 shirt, $100 worth of meals, a boat bag full of fish­ing good­ies to share with your team val­ued at more than $250, a chance to win $1000 on the first night, a chance to win hourly prizes for the boat, and a chance to win one of the 25 sec­tions or six daily prizes that in­cludes up to $10,000 cash.

You don’t have to fish ev­ery day and we urge all boat own­ers to con­sider be­ing a part of this great event.

Get an en­try form from the club­house or via or

Pic­ture: Tackleworld Ex­mouth

Dean Gates, 21 months, had an im­pres­sive first ‘real’ at­tempt at fish­ing at the Tantabiddi camp out, reel­ing in a threadfin salmon, floun­der and a rare bone­fish (pic­ture) which are seen as the Holy Grail for fly fish­ers.

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