Keen an­glers brave the rain

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Exmouth

Rain is an im­por­tant part of fish­ing.

The rain is great for the man­grov­e­lined creeks in the gulf that help make up the great fish­ery we have in Exmouth.

On top of that, rain at this time of year means that when we walk the coast­line over the next few months on the way to var­i­ous fish­ing spots, wild­flow­ers will be an ad­di­tion.

The rain cer­tainly did pour at times, al­though it did not stop the keen an­glers from wet­ting a line in salt wa­ter.

It was a fit­ting wel­come to Exmouth for vis­it­ing an­gler Jack O’Neil from Mel­bourne, who had not caught many fish be­fore, but was ex­cited to fish with his cousin Cal­lum.

Birds could be seen div­ing on schools of bait be­ing ha­rassed by preda­tory fish, while tur­tles combed the beach, and whales breached to greet the new an­glers who ar­rived for their first fish at the tip of the cape.

The two teenagers ar­rived to find sev­eral an­glers cast­ing baits on the beach and de­cided to cover more ground by walk­ing with stick baits around the cape.

Jack was stoked to see his cousin catch a trevally on the first cast at a com­mo­tion in the wa­ter off the rocky point. They then pro­ceeded to catch sev­eral queen­fish as well on the high tide around mid­day. All fish were re­leased.

The boys then tried their luck at the ma­rina and caught many bream, cod, wrasse and bat­fish.

The best catch though, was a bream mea­sur­ing 40cm at the ma­rina by Jack. The fish was gen­tly re­leased and the boys still have a week of fish­ing ahead.

Speak­ing of young­sters, Josh Minema was fish­ing out the front of Tantabiddi re­cently, chas­ing his first mar­lin in the 100m depth ar­eas.

The crew were us­ing skip­ping garfish as bait and Josh’s bait was smashed by a crack­ing yel­lowfin tuna.

The fish took a scream­ing run and nearly spooled the reel as it swam deep in a tra­di­tional tuna style.

How­ever, Josh man­aged to re­gain the line and, af­ter many cir­cles un­der the boat, Josh landed the fish, which is pic­tured this week and en­tered in the monthly fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion. The fish weighed an im­pres­sive 15kg.

It was a sad week­end in Exmouth with the funeral ser­vice for Steve Salmeri from Blue Hori­zon Char­ters.

Steve had been in the char­ter in­dus­try in Exmouth for 29 years and had been fish­ing here since he was 17.

Steve was a hard-work­ing, happy and cheeky char­ac­ter that Exmouth will miss dearly. He loved his fam­ily and fish­ing, along with many other fun things in life.

A big crowd gath­ered for his ser­vices in Perth and Exmouth.

He will not be for­got­ten and we don’t doubt his grand­son will carry on fish­ing these wa­ters that Steve loved and called home.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Exmouth

Josh Minema with his crack­ing 15kg yel­lowfin tuna.

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