Hardy heads snare salmon

Pilbara News - - Fishing - Tack­leworld Ex­mouth

I spoke last week about the weird species we get in this lo­ca­tion, and how lucky we are, as we get species usu­ally found in warmer cli­mates such as bar­ra­mundi, and species usu­ally only caught in cooler wa­ters such as Aus­tralian salmon.

Lear­month jetty has still been pro­duc­ing the odd Aus­tralian salmon.

While usu­ally an ag­gres­sive fish will­ing to take down most lures, they have been quite fussy as re­ports would sug­gest.

Peo­ple have had the most suc­cess hook­ing salmon on live hardy heads that can be eas­ily col­lected from around the jetty us­ing bait jigs.

Pre­sent­ing small live baits from the jetty can quite of­ten pro­duce a large range of species, in­clud­ing queen­fish, trevally, mack­erel and even the odd long tail tuna.

The en­tries for the monthly fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion have been com­ing in, with Michael Smith catch­ing a 1m queen­fish off War­roora on a 40g raider lure. The queen­fish are show­ing up in big­ger num­bers along the coastal shore­line.

They re­spond well to fastly re­trieved met­als, as well as pop­pers and soft plas­tics. They usu­ally travel in pairs or schools, which make the bite very ag­gres­sive as they com­pete for the food. The queen­fish are not the best frozen, so we would sug­gest get­ting enough for a fresh feed and re­leas­ing oth­ers.

We also al­ways sug­gest us­ing bar­b­less sin­gle hooks be­cause their gills form part of the lower jaw and re­triev­ing barbed tre­bles from this area can be dam­ag­ing to the fish.

Wil­liam Roach is an avid ju­nior an­gler who re­cently did a TV show with Paul Worstel­ing’s son Jet, soon to be aired.

Wil­liam has been hit­ting the ma­rina at night and landed a 58cm span­gled em­peror on squid bait.

This is a great catch for the ma­rina, which usu­ally holds a lot of smaller fish.

You can get many species in the ma­rina and it has grown over the years to be a haven for many fish, which in turn cre­ate a great play­ground for young­sters wet­ting a line.

The Mas­ters Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion was on over the week­end, with five teams of an­glers over 55 get­ting out to tar­get ev­ery­thing from bill­fish to dol­phin fish, wa­hoo and tuna.

Pussy Ga­lore won Cham­pion Team with three tagged bill­fish, and Full Cir­cle were run­ners-up.

Cham­pion Sail­fish was won by Brad Speirs. Run­ner-up was Mort David­son with his first sail.

Champ Mar­lin went to Bob Wit­combe, with run­ner-up go­ing to Lindy McPhee with her first tagged mar­lin.

Brad Speirs also won a prize for an 18.2kg yel­lowfin tuna.

A black mar­lin jumps in the air be­fore tag­ging.

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