Blue swim­mers a fresh treat

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The blue swim­mer crabs have been a tasty treat for some an­glers this last week, with sev­eral re­ports of good re­sults from drop nets in the gulf.

These crus­taceans are best eaten fresh, so we al­ways rec­om­mend just tak­ing enough for a fresh feed.

The morn­ings have been bliss­ful for weather, with some af­ter­noons bring­ing in an un­sea­sonal northerly breeze, making it chal­leng­ing to re­turn to port for small ves­sels.

The gulf never re­ally has swell, but when you have strong winds against tides, it can be rather choppy and nasty, so make sure you are well pre­pared for an un­usual change in the weather.

Sail­fish have started to show up in num­bers with Josh Bruynzeel tag­ging five fish from five raised in one day over the week­end.

Sail­fish feed­ing in the gulf are an in­cred­i­ble sight, so if you haven’t wit­nessed it yet, make sure you put this ex­pe­ri­ence on your list of things to do.

You can also ex­pect to find large schools of bait be­ing ha­rassed by sev­eral other preda­tory species in the gulf at this time of year, in­clud­ing big mack­erel, bludger trevally, tuna, sharks and even the odd small back mar­lin comes in to feed.

The 65th Australian Spearfish­ing Cham­pi­onships will be held from Novem­ber 20-26 this year, at­tract­ing spearfish­ers from around the coun­try and across the globe.

Ex­mouth, with ex­cep­tion­ally clear wa­ters, of­fers a va­ri­ety of fish­ing for spear en­thu­si­asts.

It is no won­der that the Australian Un­der­wa­ter Fed­er­a­tion choose this lo­ca­tion for the pres­ti­gious event.

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Mean­while, renowned an­gler and for­mer owner of Halco Lures, Neil Pa­tric, was in Ex­mouth this week with his son Ben.

Neil is pas­sion­ate about fish­ing, in par­tic­u­lar game fish­ing, and was in­ducted into the In­ter­na­tional Game Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s Fish­ing Hall of Fame in 2015.

Neil has been the pres­i­dent of Perth Game Fish­ing Club, the Australian Game Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (GFAA) and has been a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for am­a­teur fish­er­men on many fish­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions for decades.

While he has also fished most of the world’s great­est fish­ing lo­ca­tions, he loves to fish in WA, par­tic­u­larly Ex­mouth, which he de­scribes as a “world-class fish­ery”.

As lo­cals, many of us be­lieve this area is one of the best but it is good to hear it from such a well-re­spected mem­ber of the fish­ing fra­ter­nity.

Daniel Chars­ley was the win­ner of the Na­tional Gone Fish­ing Day pro­mo­tion in-store and could hardly be­lieve his luck.

Queen­fish have con­tin­ued to show up along the shore­line.

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