Black marlin fire up crews
Black marlin have been on fire out from Tantabiddi and raising up to eight or nine fish in a day has been common in the right area.
Recent reports suggest that most of these fish have been coming from between 100m to 300m.
Striped marlin have also been a regular catch over the past few weeks and encountered in the same depths as the black marlin. Throw in the highly possible chance of encountering a sailfish at this time of year and billfish grand slams are a very realistic chance.
Early season blue marlin have also arrived.
Ningaloo Reef fishing out from Tantabiddi has been exceptional. The coral and coronation trout have been in abundance and most of them found in quite shallow. Bouncing soft plastics along the reefs drop off is most productive. This week’s picture is of Graham Shaw displaying a very healthy 65cm coronation trout that was actually trolled up on a Rapala Xrap in just 10m of water behind the reef.
Rankin cod and coral trout are also quite often taken with this style of fishing and it certainly doesn’t take a big boat to get among them.
Reasonably sized squid have been hitting trolled jigs in the gulf, with some whiting among them. The crabs have been a little quiet.
Graham Shaw displays a 65cm coronation trout.