Harvey’s catch a highlight
The recent Exmouth Classic Reef fishing tournament was held last month at the Exmouth Game Fishing Club and there were some interesting captures.
Budda Damien took out the spangled emperor section with a 2.6kg fish. Gary Mounsey caught the biggest ruby snapper, while John Prince caught the largest rankin cod.
Ian Huxter caught a ripper mackerel that weighed 23.6kg, while Chin Prince caught an 11.8kg tuna. Champion Boat went to Awesome with 2000 points, while Jakel was not far behind at 1800 points.
Riley Smith won Champion Junior and we are sure there will be plenty of fish dinners to be eaten after the event.
The Ultralight Champion Boat Section was taken out by Hindisght, with anglers Murray Lewin and Brian Snook, but the highlight of the event was the reaction of four-year-old Harvey Mitchell, who fished the event with his Dad.
Harvey absolutely loved it and fished all day with no dramas.
The diminutive fisher weighed in a 3.1kg morwong he caught on 2kg line that took him about 15 minutes to land.
Although technically not a gamefish species, he was awarded Champion Junior angler for the competition by the EGFC, because there were no other fish weighed in by any juniors.
We don’t know who is happier though, Dad or him. Not bad considering he is only four years old.
The next fishing event is the Fly Fishing Festival, which is being coordinated by local guide Allan Donald.
We have already seen an influx of salt water fly fishing anglers hit the shorelines and ramps over the weekend and what a great start the early-comers have had with sensational conditions in the gulf.
We don’t think we have ever seen Bundegi boat ramp so busy. The west side was rather murky on the weekend with big swells pushing dirty water in to the lagoon areas, particularly in the areas north of Tantabiddi through to the tip of the cape.
This doesn’t make for great fly fishing from the shore, but boat anglers got out to some good fish beyond the reef.
The gulf side shoreline was crystal clear on the high tide from Bundegi south. Bait schools could be seen showering in the waters off the rockwall from the EGFC clubhouse on sunset, as queenfish and trevally hammered them in search of a feed.
Plenty of boating enthusiasts took the opportunity to get out in the gulf, as the marina boat ramp was also busy.
The Ladies Fishing Competition is also on soon, with the one day event scheduled for September 17.
There are guaranteed to be lots of laughs, hopefully a few fish caught, a presentation luncheon and relaxed times.
The sections are champion team tag and release billfish, heaviest mahi mahi, heaviest tuna, heaviest mackerel and champion team highest points overall.
For further information, go to www.egfc.com.au.