Few bill­fish tagged in a slow Bo­nanza

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

This year’s Bill­fish Bo­nanza was one of the slow­est on record.

In 2015, on day one, there were 48 bill­fish tagged with the same num­ber of teams as this year.

This year on day one, there were just four tagged.

The fish­ing was strangely slow for Ex­mouth stan­dards, but it beats be­ing at work.

There were 14 teams with 49 adults and seven ju­niors that hit the wa­ter, with strong winds, cool tem­per­a­tures, green wa­ter and high en­thu­si­asm.

The af­ter­noons did calm down, par­tic­u­larly in the gulf, and de­spite the lack of ac­tion, there were still 24 mar­lin raised, 21 hooked and 10 tagged. There were only 10 sail­fish raised, four hooked and four tagged.

The 2016 Bill­fish Bo­nanza win­ners were:

Cham­pion boat sail­fish: On Strike, with two tags and 800 points.

Cham­pion boat mar­lin: Inn Keeper with three tags and 1500 points.

Cham­pion boat com­bined: Wi­nora with 700 points.

Cham­pion boat over­all: Inn Keeper.

This is also the first time we re­call a boat tar­get­ing mar­lin hav­ing taken out the over­all sec­tion.

There were some big mar­lin among the re­sults, in­clud­ing an es­ti­mated 270kg blue mar­lin on­board the Wi­nora.

Things are shap­ing up well for the next big event of the Heavy Tackle Tour­na­ment in De­cem­ber.

Fly fish­ing is a chal­leng­ing task at the best of times, but we are very lucky in Ex­mouth to have some of the best fly fish­ing grounds in the world.

The mas­sive GT pic­tured this week was cruis­ing in less than a me­tre of wa­ter on the Ex­mouth Gulf flats last week.

Brett Wolf guides many an­glers, but this guy was very lucky to come across such a great fish.

He was also very skilled to hook and land it.

The fish was caught on 40lb tip­pet and a few quick photos were taken be­fore a healthy re­lease.

It is one photo that has been liked and viewed by many an­glers world­wide on so­cial me­dia. The queen­fish have con­tin­ued to show up in good num­bers around the top of the cape and south of Bun­degi.

Novem­ber has tra­di­tion­ally been great for queen­fish in this area and we can re­mem­ber big ses­sions with sev­eral crew catch­ing and re­leas­ing queen­fish on the ris­ing tide in wa­ter depths up to fish­ers’ waists.

We even had dogs in the wa­ter en­joy­ing the out­doors.

This year, sadly, the sharks have been heav­ily present and caus­ing con­cern for an­glers and dog own­ers along the fore­shore.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth A GT caught on fly in the Ex­mouth Gulf with True Blue Bone­fish guide Brett Wolf.

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