Fly fishers given tips from experts
The Salt Water Fly Fishing Festival is on this week and it started with a meet and greet for anglers poolside at Exmouth Escape Resort, which was handy to practise casting into the water.
The anglers got to listen to renowned anglers Dean Butler and Rod Harrison talk about tips and techniques for fly fishing.
They also did some demonstrations and answered questions from the visiting anglers.
The regular group of fly anglers called the Boneheads did a presentation on fishing locations, wind conditions, temperature graphs and gave suggestions to those new to the area.
The week ahead has presentations daily and anglers get to choose three of the five days to fish for the event. Further details can be found at egfc.com.au.
The Ladies Day Fishing Tournament is on this Saturday.
Briefing is Thursday night at the Exmouth Game Fishing Club and the presentation is a lunch on the Sunday.
If you are keen to fish on Saturday, drop in to the club on Thursday night to enter or join a team.
There are various sections and the day is designed for the women to have fun.
Graham Shaw got out and into the squid last week and pictured this week are his girls Alysha, aged 11 and Holley, aged 6.
Some people are getting loads, while others getting few.
The new Daiwa Emeraldas nude jigs seem to be the most productive and popular at the moment, while the salt ‘n’ pepper calamari dinner is still a big winner.
Jigging on the west side has produced lots of rankin cod and gold band lately on 100g-240g jigs.
This method of fishing is very popular these days, especially with the youngsters.
There tends to be less encounters with sharks while jigging compared with those using baits on double paternoster rigs.
Jigs can also be much faster at reaching the ocean floor, with less resistance and streamlined features.
Of course there’s not the bait factor when jigging, which some anglers prefer.
It is interesting how fish do respond to different techniques in retrieval as well, so if you haven’t had a crack at it yet, we’d suggest you try it. Dolphinfish have just started to show up in good numbers as the waters warm up.
Bait is also building in the gulf around Exmouth reef and looks promising for the arrival of hungry sailfish.
Having said that, On Strike has seen sailfish on several occasions already in the gulf while chasing mackerel and other species.
There still has been quite a few good numbers of sails at the back of the reef on the west side, so we would expect the sailfish to start coming in to the gulf in higher numbers any day now as we head into spring.