Gulf feast draws in sail­fish

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

“Sail­fish, sail­fish, sail­fish” ... those are the words on most an­glers’ lips this week as the gulf heats up with bait balls aplenty.

It’s just in time for the Bill­fish Bo­nanza, too.

An­glers wish­ing to see some of the great ac­tion can get among it within a short dis­tance of the ma­rina or Bun­degi boat ramps.

Es­sen­tially, the sail­fish come into the gulf to feed on the acres of bait that con­gre­gates at this time of year.

Gulf mulies and yel­low­tail scad can be seen in large schools, with the pre­dom­i­nant species en­coun­tered be­ing the mulies.

The bait will boil on the sur­face at cer­tain times of the tide and can be seen ris­ing off the ocean floor on your sounder.

Look out for the birds when on the grounds, be­cause they are a key in­di­ca­tor for you to find the sail­fish feed­ing near the sur­face.

Tuna can be in schools also in the gulf, with birds fol­low­ing them. These tuna birds are gen­er­ally smaller terns, as op­posed to mut­ton birds and the larger terns found feed­ing around the sail­fish.

You will note the dif­fer­ent ac­tion of the var­i­ous birds with a lit­tle prac­tice, so get out and re­mem­ber to be ob­ser­vant of all those ele­ments that as­sist in suc­cess.

Ele­ments in­clude tides, wind, moon phase, birds, bait, wa­ter tem­per­a­ture, wa­ter colour and fish­ing grounds/ depths. Fish don’t just jump on your hook eas­ily and a lit­tle more thought and plan­ning will give you more suc­cess.

To learn more, the Sun­day Ses­sion for the month next Sun­day from 3pm is about fish­ing for sail­fish in the gulf.

Spots are lim­ited, so con­tact Tackle World Ex­mouth to se­cure a spot. There has been some in­ter­est­ing data re­trieved from some satel­lite tags that were in­serted into broad­bill mar­lin off Tas­ma­nia ear­lier this year.

The two fish trav­elled north, in fact one of them showed the fish swam 2866km (in a straight line, so it would have been a lot fur­ther) in just 187 days. We are all wait­ing to hear fur­ther re­sults of wa­ter depths and ar­eas trav­elled.

In 2012, the EGFC in­serted 10 satel­lite tags into mar­lin and we hope to do more satel­lite tag­ging in the fu­ture.

While most of the tagged mar­lin off Ex­mouth stayed in this re­gion, one did travel more than 1000km north-west.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

A sail­fish be­ing swum be­fore re­lease.

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