Billfish action for novices and experts
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.
Cameron Trowbridge with an Exmouth mack-tuna caught on a light line.