Baitfish bring feeding frenzy inside canals
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 www.gamex.net.au or www.egfc.com.au.
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.