Win­ter weather good for mack­ies

Pilbara News - - Fishing - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

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.

Kevin Dur­bano with a gold spot trevally caught from shore us­ing baby bell pop­pers. Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

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