Pe­lag­ics fire in clear wa­ter

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

The weather was so in­cred­i­bly good on Satur­day that we be­lieved every boat owner in Ex­mouth was on the wa­ter,

Not only was the weather sen­sa­tional but the wa­ter clar­ity was in­sane.

The turquoise colours of our wa­ters both in the gulf and west side had many peo­ple snap­ping pics and up­load­ing to so­cial me­dia.

In deeper wa­ters, the rich blue and pur­ple colours had pelagic fish in feed­ing mode and sev­eral great cap­tures from lo­cal and vis­it­ing boats were recorded, in­clud­ing the dou­ble hook-up and tag­ging of two blue mar­lin by Pete and Alyssa Faulkner af­ter hav­ing three blue mar­lin in the spread at once.

The crew man­aged to get six bill­fish in two days: four blues, one striped and a big black es­ti­mated at 180kg.

They also caught mahi mahi, yel­lowfin tuna and on the days when it was too windy to get out wide, they got into some tasty squid and bread and but­ter species around the ma­rina.

The ex­cite­ment is high among the mar­lin an­glers as the blue sea­son is in full swing.

The up­com­ing Heavy Tackle Tour­na­ment al­ready has well over a dozen boats en­tered and we be­lieve it will be a cracker.

Fish­ing with young kids can be very re­ward­ing and there’s noth­ing quite like the fun of squid­ding.

Kaz Cooper has been in Ex­mouth while trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia with her kids Keira, 2, and Da­ley, 5.

They tried chas­ing squid for the first time off Bun­degi and had an amaz­ing ses­sion.

They cruised the flats south of Bun­degi and sight-cast at big squid on the sur­face in the lead-up to high tide.

The Ika squid jigs used were in var­i­ous colours and they got ham­mered but held up well con­sid­er­ing the size of the squid. Other boats on the flats were find­ing it chal­leng­ing to en­tice the squid and we be­lieve that the 20lb flu­oro car­bon leader also as­sisted in tempt­ing the large squid in the crys­tal clear wa­ters.

Dur­ing the fam­ily stay, they also man­aged to get into queen­fish off the tip of the cape and when the days were windy the kids had great fun with bream, Span­ish flag and all sorts of other species in the ma­rina, as well down in the gulf creeks.

We had some renowned fly fish­ing an­glers here last week chas­ing bill­fish on fly.

Ray Horsey has fished in many ar­eas around the world for all sorts of species on fly and this is his re­turn trip to Ex­mouth.

He was joined by long-time friend Neil Shep­hard and Gor­don Dun­lop.

Again, I say how lucky we are to have a world-class fish­ery here in Ex­mouth that has peo­ple travel from around the world to fish our in­cred­i­ble wa­ters.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Kaz For­rest and her chil­dren Da­ley, 5, and Keira, 2 smash­ing the squid at Bun­degi.

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