Fly fishos find flats fir­ing

Pilbara News - - Sport -

There is so much to say about the fish­ing this week that we don’t know where to start.

The water clar­ity last week was ex­tremely good with re­ports from both the west side and gulf of crys­tal clear ar­eas in shal­low and deep water.

This made for great fly-fish­ing in ar­eas for an­glers to sight-cast at cruis­ing fish along the flats.

There were a few com­pletely glass days as well, which made it in­cred­i­bly good to get out on the water. Many lo­cals took ad­van­tage and used owed days at work to get out and en­joy it.

Squid have been plen­ti­ful this last week and very easy to spot in the clear water too.

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, when you see one squid, there are usu­ally oth­ers close by, so it pays to be pre­pared with a few jigs ready to cast. It is al­ways fun to see who can get the most squid on what colour/ brand of jig.

We had a great ses­sion with a pink and green squid jig, but they came up even in num­bers prob­a­bly be­cause they were in a feed­ing frenzy.

Size­able queen­fish have started to show up around Lear­month jetty and the sur­round­ing beaches.

There were also re­ports of large schools pass­ing along the end of the cape for any­one keen to walk the beaches and cast a line far out to give the space for a speedy retrieval.

If you have a boat, VLF Bay and out from the Navy Pier area have still been hold­ing shark mack­erel for those pre­pared to chase them cast­ing lures. Of course the big queen­fish have been in there too and you can find your­self hooked up to these crack­ers eas­ily.

We al­ways rec­om­mend us­ing the bar­b­less sin­gle hooks when tar­get­ing these species for ease of re­lease and to aid in the fish’s re­cov­ery.

Whit­ing have been taken on pop­pers along gulf beaches this week.

Small clear pop­pers work best in less than knee-deep water.

Make sure you have good po­larised sun­glasses to spot the schools cruis­ing along the fore­shore.

Sev­eral big flat­head were caught and seen in the same area.

There have been co­pi­ous re­ports of wa­hoo west of Helby Bank this last week.

One crew at the ramp got into a solid frenzy and caught plenty but also lost lots when other wa­hoo swam past and snipped their line.

Dol­phin fish have also been plen­ti­ful.

Yel­lowfin tuna around the 8kg mark were in abun­dance out in the deeper wa­ters near the rigs, as were wa­hoo.

Of course, this time of year is when we see the big blue mar­lin, who love to feed on the yel­lowfin and there’s been a few of the big girls about too.

If the winds are light, we sug­gest get­ting out there and giv­ing it a crack.

The up­com­ing Bill­fish Bo­nanza is a three-day tour­na­ment on Novem­ber 11-13 that is the sec­ond big­gest to GAMEX on the Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club cal­en­dar.

You can chase the sail­fish in the gulf, or mar­lin west side. There is sec­tions for both and over­all.

It is a to­tal tag and re­lease event and a great one for be­gin­ners to get into bill­fish­ing.

Coronation trout have been jigged along the west side at the back of the reef. When div­ing, you can see lots of these fish and they are tasty like coral trout.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Ebony Burns, 15, with a yel­lowfin tuna caught out near the rigs.

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