Autumn action for all anglers
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.
Lexi Taylor with a golden trevally.