Fly fish­ers given tips from ex­perts

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

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

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.

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