Con­di­tions ideal for a feed

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

If you have not had a fresh feed of cala­mari lately, then get set up and out there.

The squid have been on, es­pe­cially in ar­eas around the ma­rina for those with a small ves­sel who wish to go out on a calm af­ter­noon.

But be pre­pared to see many other things on your ven­ture.

We headed out re­cently and on the way saw dol­phins be­fore de­part­ing the ma­rina, then came across whales just out­side the ma­rina and passed a few tur­tles.

Bait schools were hang­ing in the ar­eas of about 9m in depth with birds work­ing on them, and there were schools of fish show­ing up on the sounder.

It cer­tainly is alive with op­tions and a great way to see var­i­ous sea life only min­utes from home.

Manta rays start show­ing up along the gulf soon and with glassy after­noons, it is no won­der you can find a heap of crew out and about on the wa­ter in the after­noons at this time of year.

For those lim­ited to fish­ing the shore­line, the squid and whit­ing have been show­ing up along the gulf side, par­tic­u­larly near Lear­month Jetty.

Again, be on the look­out for other species, in­clud­ing var­i­ous types of trevally.

Whales have been ac­tive, as usual at this time of year, and make for good en­ter­tain­ment when fish­ing from the shore, both on the gulf and west side as they frol­lick on the sur­face.

The weather has been awe­some for camp­ing along the coast­line and many lo­cals have been get­ting out to en­joy their back­yard.

The west side has been pro­duc­tive for peo­ple wish­ing to camp for the week­end and just catch enough for the time spent at the lo­ca­tion.

Span­gled em­peror and queen­fish have been plen­ti­ful, with the span­glies be­ing more re­spon­sive af­ter dark.

Queen­fish have been tak­ing well to small metal lures, stick baits and pop­pers, while some an­glers have man­aged to catch fresh hardy­heads, which are al­ways a win­ner.

The tip of the cape has been work­ing well for queen­fish too.

Lo­cal young­ster Jake McClel­land was driv­ing along the beach with his fam­ily when they de­cided to stop and chat with some oth­ers fish­ing.

Jake was passed the rod and landed a ju­ve­nile golden trevally, which is pic­tured this week.

The dis­tinc­tive bands and golden colours, along with the thick rub­bery lips, make this species easy to iden­tify.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Jake McClel­land with a ju­ve­nile golden trevally.

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