Rains no barrier for fishers
There is a regular saying in Exmouth that is starting to fade: “It never rains in Exmouth” may need to be changed.
We need to check the records, but in my time, I don’t recall it raining for this long, ever.
Despite the soggy grounds, the fish have been loving it and not stopped feeding for those who are keen to try and catch a fish.
Youngsters at the marina have been getting into bream, queenies, trevally and wrasse.
Up the creeks, there are still plenty of bream, flathead, grunter, malabar cod and the odd sand bass.
A sand bass looks similar to a barramundi in the body shape and are often incorrectly identified as barra, however they are very different around the head and jawline.
Sand bass only grow to just under 50cm and are not very good eating, while barra grow much bigger and the saltwater barra are good eating (as opposed to freshwater barra you can get in some restaurants or from certain fish farms).
We don’t get a lot of barra in Exmouth though, but there are plenty of other tastier fish to target for eating.
Coral trout have been prevalent in the gulf and on the west side, with many of them being tempted by the Entice jigs. Other brands of jigs and soft plastics seem to lure trout from their territory as well and Abel Manning has been successful with them recently.
Trout are not easy to target on rod and reel, especially with bait, yet junior angler Trent Gregory managed to land a coral trout on 15kg line in the gulf using garfish as bait.
Youngster Jared Charsley caught a 75cm trout in the 15m depths on the gulf this month on a handline using mackerel bait.
Jared won the monthly fishing competition with his catch.
Andrew Arundel was up recently from Perth on a fishing trip and headed south of Tantabiddi in search of some good fish in the 80m depths.
They fished nearly all day with little reward, but were all smiles at 5pm after staying connected to two red emperor and a good-sized goldband snapper in just 10 minutes.
The guys were stoked with the final catch, as you can tell by this week’s picture.
Luke Hamon recently caught a 180kg black marlin and the crew onboard had no hesitation in jumping in with the fish to assist with the release.
The Ladies Day fishing competitionis on at the end of the month if you are keen to get out for the day and let the guys do all the work?
Further details next will be available next week.
Andrew Arundel with a red emperor.