Bill­fish ac­tion for novices and ex­perts

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tackleworld Ex­mouth

The year is fly­ing by al­ready and it’s only a short time un­til WA’s big­gest game fish­ing tour­na­ment GAMEX, from March 11-19.

There are 25 sec­tions in this year’s event, as well as daily and hourly prizes, and a chance to win thou­sands of dol­lars in other prizes, in­clud­ing $1000 in cash for just be­ing there as an en­trant.

With an amaz­ing range of prizes for each sec­tion there is some­thing for ev­ery­one, whether you’re af­ter bill­fish on a spe­cific line class or light line-class sports fish.

Ev­ery year, more than 25 an­glers catch their first bill­fish, so there are novice an­glers and ex­pe­ri­enced ones who all have the chance to win.

There is plenty of en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing fil­let­ing demon­stra­tions, sci­en­tific stud­ies, in­ter­ac­tive work­shops, live bands and spe­cial guests.

Fish tagged will be recorded and footage avail­able for view­ing, while fish cap­tured will be weighed in daily from 6pm.

This gives ev­ery­one an op­por­tu­nity to come down and see a species of fish they may never get to en­counter them­selves.

Don’t for­get that in the lead-up to GAMEX, the Ex­mouth Bill­fish Tour­na­ment will be held from March 6-9.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site at egfc.com.au. If you want to learn how to fish GAMEX, Tackle World Ex­mouth’s Sun­day ses­sion from 2pm-3pm is all about how to fish the event.

Num­bers are lim­ited, so book in now on 9949 1315.

If you are in need of fresh baits for ei­ther of th­ese tour­na­ments, then there is a stack of tuna in the gulf.

Belly flaps of stripy and mack-tuna are ideal for switch bait­ing or skip­ping baits in­tended for bill­fish.

You will find large schools of mixed species of tuna from north of the navy pier, stretch­ing south all the way to Coop­ers Shoal.

They have been in huge schools of late and they are not hard to find once you lo­cate the birds, which are al­ways a dead give­away.

Not only are th­ese tuna great bait, but they also great fun on light spin gear and keep chil­dren and those who like to hear scream­ing drags, en­ter­tained for hours.

The wa­ter around Ex­mouth is at its warm­est this time of year, which re­ally turns on the fish­ing, es­pe­cially in­shore, and we have seen some great cap­tures over the past few weeks.

Flick­ing small stick­baits around, such as the newly re­leased Storm So Run, has been pro­duc­ing some qual­ity fish from shore.

Span­gled em­peror, queen­fish and trevally have been the main species en­coun­tered, but this is only the start of what you could ex­pect to catch at this time of year.

Pic­ture: Tackleworld Ex­mouth

Cameron Trow­bridge with an Ex­mouth mack-tuna caught on a light line.

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