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