Fly fishos find flats firing
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.
Ebony Burns, 15, with a yellowfin tuna caught out near the rigs.