Lures sure bet from the shore
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.
Howard Thew with his big Spanish mackerel, estimated at 30kg.