Ideal start to hol­i­day fish­ing

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

April is one of our favourite months of the year, and it has started with a great few days al­ready, with glass con­di­tions, fish bit­ing and clear wa­ters.

Al­most all the canal hol­i­day homes are full with boats on jet­ties and kids wav­ing rods around madly from dawn to dusk.

Ma­rina op­tions can in­clude man­grove jacks, bream, queen­fish, trevally, cod, sweet­lip, squid, bar­racuda and an ar­ray of species that can make any young­ster ex­cited to see, or catch.

We rec­om­mend us­ing small prawns for bait, or mulies, if bait is your pre­ferred choice.

Small lures also work re­ally well and are less likely to ef­fect the laun­dry de­part­ment.

Lures that can sink work ex­cep­tion­ally well, although re­ally small pop­pers can work when the bait is pushed up in the canals.

What­ever you are tar­get­ing, make sure you have a species iden­ti­fi­ca­tion book handy, a pair of de­cent long nose pli­ers, gloves for han­dling the fish and a rag.

If you plan on keep­ing fish, make sure you have a brag mat or fish ruler to en­sure cor­rect siz­ing, along with the fish­eries pam­phlet on bag and size lim­its, and some ice in an esky with a knife or iki-jimi spike.

The big GTs have been show­ing up on many Face­book pages of late around Ex­mouth and these hardy fish are a tough species that fight hard and re­lease well.

We rec­om­mend us­ing bar­b­less hooks when chas­ing them to im­prove the chances of fish sur­vival and as­sist you with the re­lease.

Most of these have been caught from boats of late, but there are still plenty that cruise the shore­line each day along the coast.

Jimmy Mor­ton from Gin­gin took his nine-year-old son Lachie out to fish with friends Mur­ray Teasdale and Ja­son Brown­ing last week aboard Cin Bin.

Lachie man­aged to catch a sail­fish and a black mar­lin in glo­ri­ous con­di­tions off the west side.

It set a great vibe for the ju­niors and we are sure we will see much more of this fa­ther/son team in years to come in Ex­mouth.

Shark re­search is hap­pen­ing up and down our coast at present.

Would you like to be in­volved? We need to get in­for­ma­tion to the sci­en­tists as best we can.

As recre­ational an­glers, I be­lieve most of us are aware of the in­crease in sharks in the past decade.

We are try­ing to get a tour­na­ment up and hap­pen­ing with the most sharks cap­tured and best shark cap­tured.

If you would like to as­sist with this event or par­tic­i­pate, please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact Jeni on 0408 905 448.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Mur­ray Teasdale and nine-year-old Lachie Mor­ton with Lachie’s black mar­lin.

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