Ya­hoo for wa­hoo con­di­tions

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

What an amaz­ing end to the week for weather with a glo­ri­ous few days. I hope you all got out and made the most of the fan­tas­tic, yet long-awaited calm con­di­tions.

With­out a doubt, the past month has been ter­ri­ble weather-wise, so let’s hope this is a sign of calmer con­di­tions ahead with spring just around the cor­ner.

Spring is an ex­cit­ing time for fish­ing around Ex­mouth with plenty to look for­ward to.

The be­gin­ning of the blue mar­lin run starts now with re­ports of fish be­ing landed this week.

Hay­ley Del­lar switched an es­ti­mated 180kg blue mar­lin in glass con­di­tions north­west of the cape on Satur­day.

Sail­fish usu­ally ap­pear in good num­bers from this time on­wards on the Nin­ga­loo reef, and as we ap­proach late spring, an ex­cit­ing run of sail­fish will oc­cur in the shal­low, pro­tected waters of the gulf.

The pelagic species have been run­ning hot over the past week with great re­ports of wa­hoo and yel­lowfin tuna wide spread.

The yel­lowfin have mostly been school fish in the 10-20kg range.

Lots of fish have been picked up trolling shal­low div­ing min­nows, such as the Halco laser pro 190 and Sa­maki pace­mak­ers.

Some an­glers have been re­port­ing foot­ball field school sizes, which can make for some great fun cast­ing stick­baits and pop­pers around.

Some speedy wa­hoo have been trolled up re­cently and can be found in shal­low wa­ter around the mack­erel grounds on the back of the reef, right the way out to a cou­ple hun­dred me­tres where an­glers have been tar­get­ing striped mar­lin.

The ar­eas west of the Mu­iron Is­lands have also been hold­ing very large num­bers of wa­hoo and tuna. Ge­of­frey Zuc­colo landed this im­pres­sive 1.6m long wa­hoo on 24kg mono in 20 me­tres of wa­ter out from Turquoise Bay and also re­ported loads of yel­lowfin tuna around the same area.

Divers in some ar­eas of the north­west have re­ported mas­sive schools of wa­hoo es­ti­mated at 1520kg.

The Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club is hold­ing the Ul­tra-light tour­na­ment in con­junc­tion with the resched­uled Ex­mouth Reef Clas­sic Tour­na­ment on Au­gust 19-21.

The Ul­tra-light is of­ten fished by ju­niors and those an­glers with lots of pa­tience and skill.

It is a WAGFA-sanc­tioned event, whereas the Clas­sic is reef fish­ing with no strict rules for those peo­ple who just sim­ply like to get out a catch a good fish to eat.

If you are keen to fish either of these events, con­tact sec­re­tary@egfc.com.au for en­try forms and fur­ther de­tails.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Ge­of­frey Zuc­colo landed this 1.6m wa­hoo on 24kg out from Turquoise Bay.

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