Blue swimmers a fresh treat
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.
For more information go to www.auf.com.au.
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.