Mack­erel haul part of the fun for young­sters

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Plenty of ju­nior an­glers got hooked on fish­ing at the Mack­erel Fish­ing Fam­ily Day held by Nickol Bay Sport­fish­ing Club on Satur­day. The speedy fish were bit­ing all day, and chil­dren and fam­i­lies made the most of it with some im­pres­sive catches.

Game fish­ing on the west side of the Cape has started to heat up, lit­er­ally, this week.

As wa­ter tem­per­a­tures approach 25C in places, sev­eral boats en­joyed a cou­ple of near-per­fect days mid­week got to tan­gle with bill­fish.

Ra­dio chat was heard of smaller black mar­lin in­shore with a hand­ful of size­able sail­fish hooked as well. Mean­while, an­other boat re­port­edly had a slam of blue and black mar­lin as well as two sail­fish.

Wa­hoo and yel­lowfin tuna are around too and oc­ca­sion­ally smash skirted lures in­tended for bill­fish.

A solid long­tail tuna weigh­ing 18kg was taken on a Strada Tem­pest stick­bait cast at the back of the reef by two of Tackle World Ex­mouth’s staff mem­bers this week. That ses­sion was also high­lighted with a nice mixed bag of jigged-up coral and lu­nar-tailed trout as well as some qual­ity gold band snap­per.

Af­ter­noons have been pro­duc­tive off the north­ern end of the Cape and around Nor-West reef to Light­house Bay.

Bait has been balling up and Span­ish and shark mack­erel have been seen jump­ing through them.

A crew of four had an epic ses­sion cast­ing pop­pers and stick­baits into the frenzy with re­peated mul­ti­ple hook-ups with many fish re­leased.

Try high-speed spin­ning for the shark mack­erel with chrome metal cast­ing lures and stick­baits such as the Duel Ada­gio.

Tasty yel­lowfin whit­ing have been show­ing up along the beaches in the Gulf and eas­ily seen feed­ing in the shal­lows.

They will hap­pily take small pieces of prawn or squid on a lightly weighted, small long-shank hook. If you are up for a fun chal­lenge, try cast­ing tiny slen­der Berkley 3B pop­pers at the schools and watch them chase your lure.

Blue swim­mer crabs are in abun­dance south of town with good re­ports from Lear­month Jetty.

Tinny an­glers have been do­ing well in a few me­tres of wa­ter out from the Bay of Rest. Re­mem­ber your gauge if crab­bing; blue swim­mers have a min­i­mum size limit of 127mm across the cara­pace.

With the windy con­di­tions of the past week, a lot of peo­ple have been fish­ing the pro­tected wa­ters of the ma­rina. Yel­lowfin bream are pro­lific and one young­ster caught a nice 35cm spec­i­men, which he sub­mit­ted for our monthly fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

An out­stand­ing fish of merit was caught by one of the many fly fish­ers re­cently fish­ing Ex­mouth.

Ju­lian De­marco caught a tro­phy­sized black-spot tusk­fish from the shore on a 10 weight salt­wa­ter fly rod.

Tusk­fish, of­ten re­ferred to as blue­bone, are a spooky fish on the flats and in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful once hooked on any tackle.

To hook and land one on a fly rod is ex­cep­tion­ally chal­leng­ing, and at 8.5kg it just goes to prove what a di­verse fish­ery we have in Ex­mouth.

Ju­lian’s catch will leave many skilled fly rod an­glers en­vi­ous.

Na­tional Gone Fish­ing Day is fast ap­proach­ing. Oc­to­ber 16 will be the first time we have an of­fi­cial na­tion­ally recog­nised day ded­i­cated to our pas­time and sport.

It will be a great op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate with your fam­ily or friends.

Keep an eye out for events and pro­mo­tions as the day gets closer.

Picture: Ali­cia Per­era

Shark mack­erel have been smash­ing bait schools off the north­ern end of the Cape. High-speed spin­ning works well for them. Picture: Tackle World

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