Lures sure bet from the shore

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Exmouth

Af­ter a cou­ple of cool and blus­tery weeks, Exmouth is once again start­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence some fan­tas­tic weather, mak­ing for some magic days around the Cape.

Span­gled em­peror are be­ing caught in good num­bers by shore an­glers on both baits and lures.

Try walk­ing the beaches or rock ledges along the west side of the Cape while cast­ing stick baits or blooper-style sur­face pop­pers for a more en­ter­tain­ing way of catch­ing them.

Size­able queen­fish were en­coun­tered by lure cast­ers prospect­ing the shore­line along Light­house Bay to the tip of the Cape. Keep an eye out for bait balls mov­ing along the beach as the preda­tors are usu­ally nearby.

Cast­ing high-speed pop­pers, chrome metal shore jigs and stick baits re­trieved as fast as pos­si­ble usu­ally works best for quee­nies.

Good num­bers of mul­let have also been seen mov­ing along the shore­line at the end of the Cape, so hope­fully some big GTs won’t be far be­hind them. The ma­rina is a great place to catch bream, whit­ing, jacks, cod and the odd squid if you want to stay close to town or as an op­tion in windy con­di­tions.

Since the re­cent rains we have been hear­ing re­ports of good catches of tasty blue swim­mer crabs in the gulf.

Off­shore there have been yel­lowfin tuna up to 20kg taken among schools of smaller striped tuna. Very re­spectable Span­ish mack­erel are be­ing caught on trolled min­nows at the back of the reef.

Howard Thew caught a nice Spa­niard south of Tantabiddi this week. Howard’s fish looks to have given the 30kg mark a nudge and he has en­tered his catch into the Exmouth Tack­le­world Monthly Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

June and July are typ­i­cally the best time of year to tar­get Span­ish mack­erel. When mov­ing be­tween fish­ing spots try trolling high-speed bib­less min­nows, such as the Halco Max at speeds up to 20 knots. Do­ing so you can ex­pect to catch tuna, wa­hoo, mack­erel and oc­ca­sional bill­fish.

The new 190mm ver­sions of the Halco Max are due in any day and should prove to be win­ners.

Wa­hoo have been taken in the 50m-100m depths west of Tantabiddi by trollers look­ing for mar­lin.

Small black mar­lin are abun­dant in­shore at the mo­ment, mak­ing them within reach of small-boat an­glers and those us­ing lighter line classes.

Small to medium skirted lures trolled at 6-10 knots are ideal and pink and white is con­sid­ered to be the go-to colour scheme at the mo­ment.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Exmouth

Howard Thew with his big Span­ish mack­erel, es­ti­mated at 30kg.

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