Maddy, Opa defy the rain

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

School hol­i­days have been a lit­tle damp this year, but it cer­tainly hasn’t stopped the fish from bit­ing.

Young Mad­di­son Gre­gor was fish­ing at the ma­rina in front of EGFC with Hans Ven­rooy (Opa), her un­cle Steve and Da­mon vis­it­ing from Al­bany. They man­aged to get about an hour of casts in be­fore the weather turned.

Maddy has had her rod since Christ­mas and this was her first real at­tempt at fish­ing af­ter many prac­tices at home. Maddy used a Jarvis Walker reel and rod with 10lb line. She caught three dif­fer­ent species in­clud­ing the one pic­tured this week.

By Maddy’s third catch Opa wasn’t al­lowed to touch the rod, how­ever, she con­ceded for help went it got too hard to reel in. We have en­tered Maddy into the monthly comp.

A cus­tomer was fish­ing in­side the ma­rina with his wife us­ing mulie on a 3/0 hook when she hooked a de­cent fish. It was landed and a photo brought into the shop on cam­era for ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

To our surprise and amaze­ment, it was a south­ern mul­loway, which is very rarely seen here. We have seen some caught in deep waters of the gulf, but this is es­pe­cially in­ter­est­ing, for a fish of this species and size has never been recorded to our knowl­edge in­side the ma­rina.

The fish was more than 1m long and we would love for the guy to email us the pic­ture please!

The northerly winds played havoc with boat­ing en­thu­si­asts and rough con­di­tions kept many an­glers ashore over the last week.

The best news is that the fore­cast is for a huge im­prove­ment. About time too. We’ve never seen such a long pe­riod of foul weather and we are look­ing for­ward to some reg­u­lar pat­terns and sta­ble con­di­tions.

Luck­ily though, it is not just us, as many other parts of the State and coun­try are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this change. All I can say is that the rain should bring some great fish­ing with many of the man­grove-lined creeks soak­ing up the good nu­tri­ents, mak­ing a great haven for growth of var­i­ous marine species.

The Ladies Day com­pe­ti­tion is on this Sat­ur­day, July 23, as per the EGFC cal­en­dar of events.

This fun day is de­signed to get the guys to take out the women and spoil them by help­ing the women catch fish all day.

There are sev­eral sec­tions to the event in­clud­ing one in­side the ma­rina in case of rough weather. How­ever, at this stage of writ­ing the fore­cast looks great.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth Mad­di­son Gre­ogor and Opa Hans Ven­rooy with a ma­rina bream caught on Maddy’s first fish­ing rod.

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