Good fish despite bad weather
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.
Colin Dawe with a barcheek coral trout caught off Exmouth.