Skills show­cased at Ladies Day

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

The Ladies Day fishing tour­na­ment on Satur­day was fab­u­lous.

An­glers Leah Burkala and Lexi Tay­lor had never seen a mar­lin be­fore, and man­aged to see one caught and learn about how to tar­get them.

Tay­lor also caught a yel­lowfin tuna and Burkala caught a striped tuna.

An­gler Nikki Sut­ton caught her first mar­lin and helped her team take out the Cham­pion Team tag and re­lease billfish sec­tion ti­tle on the boat Azura. Team In Deep won Cham­pion Boat over­all.

Yel­lowfin tuna have been caught by an­glers trolling lures at the back of the reef be­tween Tantabiddi north and south pas­sages.

The wa­ter has been clear right into the back of the reef at times, with sail­fish also en­coun­tered in the area.

An­glers fishing the area caught plenty of fish and also saw whale sharks, tur­tles, dol­phins, whales and a rather large ham­mer­head shark.

In the deeper wa­ters of 60m-100m there have been schools of striped tuna on the sur­face and the odd wa­hoo.

Tack­le­world staffers Azza Fitzger­ald, James Ab­ber­ley and friends had a hec­tic ses­sion on shark mack­erel and Span­ish mack­erel north of the tip of the cape.

They re­leased plenty of both species, catch­ing them on Maria Loaded stick­baits and cast­ing medium-sized shal­low-run­ning min­nows at them.

The Salt­wa­ter Fly Fishing Fes­ti­val was a huge suc­cess, de­spite some windy pe­ri­ods through the week.

There were some in­ter­est­ing cap­tures and many re­leases of fish from per­mit to trevally, snap­per, mar­lin and sail­fish to name a few.

The next ma­jor event is the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Billfish Tour­na­ment.

This event is de­signed to teach young kids how to work as a team aboard a boat and learn all that is re­quired to be on the wa­ter and chas­ing billfish.

If you are in­ter­ested in your child fishing this event, but are not sure where to start, please email the sec­re­tary via sec­re­

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Jeni Gates and Lexi Tay­lor with a yel­lowfin tuna.

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