Keen anglers brave the rain
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.
Josh Minema with his cracking 15kg yellowfin tuna.