Bumper squid catch of day
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.
Shari Kyle with her 1.6kg squid.