Black mar­lin fire up crews

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

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.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Gra­ham Shaw dis­plays a 65cm corona­tion trout.

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