Good fish de­spite bad weather

Pilbara News - - PILBARA FISHING - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

The damp, gloomy weather may have scared off a few of the tourists, but it cer­tainly hasn’t scared off the fish.

There con­tinue to be some great re­ports from those an­glers who have ac­tu­ally ven­tured out, de­spite the weird­est win­ter we can re­call by local stan­dards.

As I men­tioned last week, we had a fam­ily ven­ture into the ma­rina in the hope of catch­ing “some­thing” af­ter not get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to get out much in their boat be­cause of the dis­mal weather.

They were us­ing 3/o hooks and half a mulie for bait and get­ting a few hits and small fish, but it was on sun­set that the reel screamed and made all the wait­ing worth­while. The re­sult was the south­ern mul­loway pic­tured here to show you all the in­ter­est­ing cap­ture.

An­gler Kel­lie Gus­tard said she was “rapt” with the catch and the fam­ily are al­ready booked to re­turn to Ex­mouth again in April.

This par­tic­u­lar fish is not of­ten found in these wa­ters and per­haps the fish are telling us that the sea­son is un­usu­ally cold too?

It was in­ter­est­ing to note at a com­mu­nity group meet­ing last week with the oil and gas com­pa­nies, that re­cent in­de­pen­dent stud­ies of co­ral on the Nin­ga­loo Reef, found there to be no bleach­ing from higher wa­ter tem­per­a­tures, as have been ex­pe­ri­enced in other parts of the world. Yes, are very lucky here in the North West.

An­other great fish­ing story is that of a vis­it­ing cou­ple to Ex­mouth who had never caught bill­fish be­fore. The pair man­aged to tag and re­lease 10 bill­fish in two days in­clud­ing blue mar­lin, black mar­lin, striped mar­lin and sail­fish.

They say they are def­i­nitely re­turn­ing again in March and I don’t think they have stopped smil­ing since they left. In fact, one of those days was to be the Ladies’ Day com­pe­ti­tion, but the forecast looked poor, so it was post­poned.

In­ter­est­ingly, it was dread­ful in the gulf that day, but ac­tu­ally quite pleasant and very fish­able on the west side.

The Ladies’ Day comp is now sched­uled for Satur­day, Septem­ber 17, so get your­selves ready, girls.

An­other fish that has been preva­lent in the deeper wa­ters is the yel­lowfin tuna, with char­ter oper­a­tors us­ing stick baits and suc­cess­fully land­ing good sized tuna for fresh sashimi.

Var­i­ous tuna, mack­erel and other pelag­ics have also been re­spond­ing well to stick baits and make a very ex­cit­ing cap­ture with a thumping bite of­ten the best part.

En­tice jigs have also been work­ing well for an­glers, par­tic­u­larly those chas­ing trout. Local res­i­dent Colin Dawe caught the barcheek co­ral trout fea­tured on this page.

A happy Kel­lie Gus­tard with her son and the south­ern mul­loway they caught in the Ex­mouth ma­rina.

Pic­tures: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Colin Dawe with a barcheek co­ral trout caught off Ex­mouth.

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