Weather a big plus

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Fishing - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

The amazing weather has con­tin­ued. Whether fish­ing from the shore or a boat, re­ports have been pos­i­tive.

Span­gled em­peror have been com­mon along the beaches on the west side and early morn­ing be­fore sun­rise is the pre­ferred op­tion.

Changes in tides are al­ways good too, and if you can com­bine the turn from low to high with sun­rise, you should be onto a win­ner.

Us­ing squid for bait works best. Keep it as lightly weighted with a sinker as pos­si­ble, or no weight at all.

The larger fish tend to roam the higher wa­ters.

If you pre­fer to use lures, pop­pers work well for span­gos.

A gen­tle bloop with a small pop­per rigged up with strong split rings and sharp hooks is our rec­om­men­da­tion.

It is wise to crush the barbs on your hooks, es­pe­cially in this re­mote area. A bar­b­less hook is far eas­ier to retrieve for the fish and crushed barbs or bar­b­less hooks are a much safer op­tion and help avoid a lot of pain or a trip to the hospi­tal.

There were some fan­tas­tic re­sults from the Heavy Tackle Tour­na­ment at the week­end.

The tour­na­ment tar­gets mainly bill­fish and pelagic species on 37kg and 60kg line class in depths of more than 250m.

There were 22 boats fish­ing which raised 190 bill­fish, hooked 139 and tagged 67.

The ma­jor­ity were blue mar­lin.

We also had a few other horse yel­lowfin at 70kg and 61kg and there was a great ef­fort by 13-year-old Darcy Bryce with a 60.3kg model.

Darcy also tagged three blue mar­lin.

Team Waverider man­aged a grand slam on the third day and took out the top prize.

Sadly on day one, team Game On didn't make it to the grounds after a fire on their ves­sel. Sev­eral teams raced to their aid, but the 50ft Key­west was en­gulfed and de­stroyed in a mat­ter of min­utes.

The quick-think­ing of the crew aboard had them all safe in a life raft.

The crew would like to re­mind ev­ery­one of the im­por­tance of hav­ing a grab bag and life jack­ets eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, be­cause this fire was un­con­trol­lable and there was very lit­tle time to rum­mage through hatches to find safety gear.

The rem­nants are on the ocean floor and owner Graeme Heel has named the (now) FAD lo­ca­tion as Game Over.

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