Bumper squid catch of day

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Thank you, Mother Na­ture, for giv­ing us one of the best week­ends this year for weather and fish­ing.

If you did not get out and could have, you should have. It was in­sanely good. Right, where do I start with this re­port?

Firstly, I’d like to start with my own re­port of go­ing out south of the ma­rina with four chil­dren and three women chas­ing some squid and boat­ing time, while the hus­bands were blue mar­lin fish­ing.

We were greeted with dol­phins as soon as we got out and it was ab­so­lute glass.

The squid were a bit quiet for the first stretch while we trolled with light drags, but then we saw some on the sur­face and cast to them.

Shari Kyle’s son Mako, 5, caught his first squid and was ec­static.

Jug­gling squid and kids was a lit­tle chal­leng­ing and we were lucky to have only two peo­ple inked.

There were lots of laughs, though. The kids were fas­ci­nated by the clear wa­ter.

Po­larised sun­nies are a must in Ex­mouth to al­low you to see the in­cred­i­ble clear wa­ter and what is be­neath it. The northerly picked up a lit­tle to cool us down and the squid turned on. We then had a hot ses­sion with squid get­ting hooked ev­ery time we trolled. The kids had the need for a swim, so we headed back, only to see a big squid cruis­ing along the way.

Shari sight-cast to the squid and it snaf­fled the new jig with­out hes­i­ta­tion. The reel screamed as line peeled off. After a short while, Shari man­aged to bring the squid close enough for me to grab and it was an im­pres­sive one that mea­sured 36cm for the hood, weigh­ing 1.6kg.

Mean­while, the guys hooked a blue in 1800m and caught some dol­phin fish for our din­ner.

Michael Burkala had just fit­ted some out­rig­gers to his boat and de­cided to go out and tar­get mar­lin on Satur­day.

He and a few mates man­aged to hook a striped mar­lin that, sadly, was tail-wrapped. This meant a very hard time to get the fish to the boat, and with no har­ness on board, the guys strug­gled.

How­ever, the crew weren’t so sad when they had it for din­ner that night (and will for the next few months) as it was de­li­cious.

It is good to see a bill­fish weighed oc­ca­sion­ally and mea­sure it up to help with weight es­ti­ma­tions.

The bill­fish rulers are a fab­u­lous tool to have on­board that you can eas­ily at­tach to a snap clip and lay next to the fish in the wa­ter to mea­sure the short length (tip of lower jaw to the fork in the tail).

This mea­sure­ment can give you a bet­ter in­di­ca­tion of its weight.

Other re­ports in­cluded Craig Smith get­ting some crack­ing or­nate rock lob­ster for the weekend with his kids.

Kurt Ost­wald drove from Dar­win to spend a week in Ex­mouth for a fish­ing hol­i­day. He had the prime week of weather and fish­ing, with ev­ery­thing from sail­fish to trout, GTs, span­gled em­peror and co­bia.

Kurt was fish­ing with cap­tain Ben Knight and the wa­ters are far clearer than Kurt is used to. Kurt has booked to re­turn again soon.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Shari Kyle with her 1.6kg squid.

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