Rain brings run of spangled emperor
After some welcome rain, conditions over the past week have been cold by Exmouth standards.
As the easterly winds start to prevail, this will give anglers a good opportunity to fish the west side more often as offshore winds create calmer weather.
Reports of crews reaching their bag limits of spangled emperor inside the reef have been a positive and it seems the rain may have fired them up.
Fishing a rising tide with a constant slow-release berley trail can produce quality catches of spangled emperor in as little as 2m of water.
The Ningaloo reef hosts some bruiser spangos, and fish over the 60cm mark are common, with real trophy specimens over 70cm a realistic chance if you can keep them from coral bombies.
Luke Hamon caught an estimated 180kg black marlin on a 24kg line off Ningaloo Station this week and is an entrant in the monthly fishing competition.
The winter run of small black marlin and sailfish has been consistent and when you throw in the good catches of mackerel, yellowfin tuna and the occasional wahoo, it makes great sports fishing fun.
Bread-and-butter species inside the marina have been fishing well, with bream, flathead, cod and the occasional mangrove jack. For keen reef anglers, the Exmouth Game Fishing Club have their annual Reef Classic coming up on the last weekend in June.
Michael Lerch with a good-sized Exmouth spangled emperor.