Yahoo for wahoo conditions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for entry forms and further details.
Geoffrey Zuccolo landed this 1.6m wahoo on 24kg out from Turquoise Bay.