Sis­ters score top span­gos

Pilbara News - - Sports - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Sis­ters Alysha and Hol­ley Shaw were fish­ing inside the reef off Tantabiddi last week chas­ing span­gled em­peror and they did not dis­ap­point the fam­ily.

They man­aged to get onto some crack­ing span­gos that mea­sured up to 70cm, us­ing Ugly Stik rods and a 1000 size reel.

We have en­tered them in the monthly fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion, which is about to end for the year.

If you haven’t got your en­try in yet, re­mem­ber ev­ery en­trant goes into the draw to win $1000 worth of Shi­mano fish­ing gear.

You just need to drop into Tackle World Ex­mouth with a pic and details of any re­cent fish­ing story.

The sum­mer tem­per­a­tures have def­i­nitely kicked in with a few days over 40C. The wa­ter tem­per­a­tures out wide are still around the 26C mark, with the shal­low wa­ters of the gulf a lit­tle higher. We have had con­tin­ued re­ports of good bill­fish, which is good news for the up­com­ing tour­na­ment.

More than a dozen boats have en­tered al­ready, with an­other 12 in­ter­ested in tak­ing part.

Let’s pray for good weather and get­ting some in­ter­est­ing statis­tics back for the tag­ging pro­gram.

If you are keen to fish the event, con­tact the Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club via sec­re­tary@egfc.com. au.

The gulf has had some big bait schools group­ing east and west of Ex­mouth Reef. Some small schools have been en­coun­tered by anglers and th­ese have been bro­ken off the big schools by preda­tory species such as sail­fish and bludger trevally swim­ming with queen­fish.

Big co­bia have also been cruis­ing the gulf wa­ters of late and feast­ing on the bait that comes into the gulf at this time of year.

It’s also not un­com­mon to spot a whale shark in the gulf in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary, so look out for ac­tion on the sur­face and be ready with rods or snorkelling gear.

There are some great species to be caught in the Ex­mouth ma­rina at any time of year and we have had some very in­ter­est­ing cap­tures, from sand bass, to tar­pon, monster man­grove jacks, bream, flat­head, sal­mon, tusk fish, squid and blue swim­mers. Last week young an­gler Daniel Chars­ley caught and re­leased a coral trout mea­sur­ing over 35cm so this is an­other area where you never know what may pop up next. Daniel also man­aged to get out on a boat at the week­end and catch some red em­peror, gold band job­fish, mack­erel and some other great ta­ble fish.

Alysha Shaw shows off her 70cm span­gled em­peror.

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