Winter weather good for mackies
It is fantastic to see the blue skies again after so much rain.
The winter weather is great for mackies at the back of the reef and there have been some good reports of them between Tantabiddi’s north and south passage.
The pelagic sports fish scene has been awesome, despite the rain.
Trolling or casting lures has resulted in everything from big queenfish to shark mackerel, Spanish mackerel, giant trevally, gold spot trevally and even large barracuda.
Those anglers targeting fish in deeper waters with jigs have been among the big stuff, with coral trout, spangled emperor, cod, rankin and gold band.
Gabriel Gomez from Perth is a regular visitor to Exmouth who brought his children up for the holidays to try billfish.
They had a double hook-up with a 50kg black marlin for Will Gomez and a 70kg striped marlin for Paula Gomez, while a third billfish would not let go of the teaser.
The striped marlin tend to feed in numbers and can be very aggressive with the bite.
Their tall dorsal fin stands high out of the water when striking a teaser and their iridescent feeding colours make the visual side of billfishing enthralling.
Using a drop-back bait with a circle hook gives good results with striped marlin, as they often hit rigged lures many times and do not stay connected.
Striped marlin love the cooler temperatures and you can expect to see them more regularly at this time of year.
The small black marlin are still being raised in good numbers as well.
There is a Exmouth Game Fishing Club women’s competition planned for Saturday, July 23.
It is a single day with the purpose of getting women new to fishing out on the water and having fun.
Experienced women love to have a shot at the several sections as well.
Last year there was one boat that caught and released 42 mackerel and five tuna before lunch.
Another boat caught and released 85 tuna.
There are several sections, including heaviest tuna, heaviest mahi mahi, heaviest mackerel, champion team tag-and-release billfish and champion team overall.
The club is always looking for people to help run tournaments and if you can help with this or other events, contact the president via the website.
Shore-based fishing has been good for anglers prepared to walk the coastline with lures.
Kev Durbano tried his luck with the new baby bell poppers and landed a few gold spot trevally off the tip of the cape.
The poppers are a visual lure and we always recommend them for children during the holidays.
Poppers are not likely to become snagged and if you have a school of fish chasing it, the kids love it.
It is also a great way to see the action of your retrieve as you slow it down or speed it up when the fish are attracted.
We recommend crushing all barbs on your hooks and having a small diamond file handy to ensure the hook points are sharp.
If you keep tight on the line, once hooked the fish should stay connected with barbless hooks and this makes it much easier, safer and better for the fish on release.
It is also better to have crushed barbs with youngsters around.