Au­tumn ac­tion for all an­glers

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tackleworld Ex­mouth

Au­tumn fish­ing in Ex­mouth is awe­some and by far my favourite time of year.

Warm wa­ter and large bait schools scat­tered from the west side to the in­side of the Gulf usu­ally means an abun­dance of species to choose from.

The only trou­ble you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing this pe­riod is what to tar­get. With so much on of­fer it can be over­whelm­ing at times.

Be pre­pared to ex­pect the un­ex­pected when fish­ing Ex­mouth wa­ters at any time of the year, but for me this is when the fish re­ally seem to fire up and bite hard.

If you’re look­ing for some light­tackle fun flick­ing around small stick­baits and pop­pers, then look no fur­ther than the ma­rina it­self.

Fish­ing has been ex­cep­tional for the past month and more with huge bait schools be­ing pushed into the rock walls by preda­tors such as queen­fish up to a me­tre in length, trevally, mack­erel and man­grove jack.

Even the odd small striped tuna and long­tail tuna have been caught from the north­ern rock wall, a very wel­come by­catch for land-based an­glers that will test out line ca­pac­ity’s on small spin­ning reels. Early morn­ings and late evenings seem to be the prime times to tar­get all th­ese species on sur­face lures.

Out wide and there has still been plenty of blue mar­lin en­coun­ters with most boats com­ing across at least a cou­ple strikes a day. It has been a bumper sum­mer for big black mar­lin with more large fish be­tween the 100200kg plus range than any­one can re­mem­ber.

It seems that the small black mar­lin are on their way now with many be­ing caught as by­catch for an­glers tar­get­ing blues. While the striped mar­lin have slowed down now that the wa­ter has warmed up, there are many re­ports of sail­fish start­ing to ap­pear.

Mahi mahi and wa­hoo have made reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances while tar­get­ing mar­lin es­pe­cially out wide for blues.

Vis­i­tors Lexi and Barry Tay­lor are up again from Perth to en­joy the fish­ing in Ex­mouth. They have been among the ac­tion with some fair re­sults one day and bril­liant the next.

The buzz has started al­ready in town as boats ar­rive for GAMEX. The 14 teams are pumped to get on the wa­ter to tag bill­fish for three days and we will have the re­sults next week.

Pic­ture: Tackleworld Ex­mouth

Lexi Tay­lor with a golden trevally.

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