Range of jigs best for squid
Cooler temperatures have definitely hit, even forcing some to break out the jumpers — a rarity in Exmouth.
As water temperatures drop there should be an increase in squid numbers on both the west side and the gulf. It has been a spasmodic start to the season with no consistent reports of good catches.
Small numbers have been taken from the west side around Tantabiddi, while inside the gulf around the usual haunts — such as in front of the golf club, Bundegi and further south towards Two Rocks — reports have been better.
Good hauls of up to 20 squid have been reported one day, and then struggle to one or two the next.
Good quality squid jigs will increase catch rates, especially when they are fussy. It also pays to have a range of sizes, especially when extrabig squid are about.
Big squid will not touch a small jig, but will be aggressive with bigger jigs, especially when there are a few of them in the school.
These days there are many colours and makes of squid jigs — sometimes the colours suit the anglers more than the predators, but it pays to have a good selection.
Large bait balls have been slowly making their way around the shorelines on the tip of the cape.
At this time of the year, these bait balls will usually hug the shoreline.
On an incoming tide, or the start of a run-out, bait balls are often harassed by schools of queenfish and trevally species.
Small stickbaits, poppers and chrome slices are all effective in tempting these species into a bite.
Dunes Beach has been holding good bait balls consistently and reports of queenfish up to a metre have been common.
Fly fishing is also another deadly method of targeting all these species, especially in shallow water, where these fish can sometimes become slightly timid of surface lures.
Well-presented clousers in chartreuse colours are hard to beat in these situations. A fast retrieve seems to work best, especially when there are a few fish about.
A stripping basket is recommended along rocky areas and sometimes it is easier along the beaches when the waves dump hard and wash up steep sections of the beach.
The Exmouth Game Fishing Club’s next event is the Reef Classic. There are always great prizes and interesting catches. To enter, visit their website or call in to grab an entry form.
Squid numbers should rise around Exmouth soon.
Last year’s billfish champions Kate and Hamish McLeod were presented their trophy by Argonaut Marine’s Kim Lyons.