Rain brings run of span­gled em­peror

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

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.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Michael Lerch with a good-sized Ex­mouth span­gled em­peror.

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