Wa­ter ad­ven­tures galore

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

There has been so much hap­pen­ing in the past few weeks.

Brodie Scrib­beras came to town to catch him­self a bill­fish or some sort of pelagic fish be­fore Christ­mas and af­ter pretty av­er­age weather he thought it wasn’t to be. On the last day he was here, he was due to fly out at 3pm and thought he might have a last­ditch ef­fort for a few hours be­fore leav­ing.

Af­ter he left the pas­sage at Tantabiddi he was on to a nice Spa­niard in­stantly.

He man­aged to beat the sharks and was very happy.

As he was de­ploy­ing his lures again, he changed to a cou­ple of Richter soft grassies and then he got a dol­lie and a wa­hoo on a dou­ble hook-up once again land­ing both fish.

Not long af­ter that he turned around on the 40m line to come home af­ter a good lit­tle twohour ses­sion and his dream came true in the last hour, land­ing a 30kg black mar­lin.

Af­ter think­ing it was a dud trip, he ex­pects to re­turn an­nu­ally to chase the dream.

Odile May had a bit of a big night out, but man­aged to get a sec­ond wind when pulling in a fish from 70m depths north of the Mu­iron Is­lands.

To her sur­prise, she ac­tu­ally had two fish on one hook! Yes, she had a span­gled emperor and a red emperor. Clas­sic catch. Need­less to say, she had smiles all round and is pic­tured this week with her red.

We had some windy days and some re­ally calm days through the fes­tive break, but no one would be more grate­ful for one par­tic­u­lar calm day than Ross Chap­man from the boat Poppa George.

Ross was fish­ing solo, as he has many times, for mar­lin in 500m wa­ter depths, 30nm north­west of Ex­mouth. At 830am Ross caught and re­leased a large blue mar­lin es­ti­mated at 250kg.

Di­rectly af­ter the re­lease he knocked his Go-Pro off the gun­wale and while reach­ing for it he aci­den­tally fell over­board.

The boat was in gear and Ross knew straight away his predica­ment. Try­ing to swim and catch a boat in gear is near im­pos­si­ble.

The quick-think­ing Ross then grabbed a lure in the wa­ter at the stern. He slowly tried to pull him­self in to­ward the boat and al­most did, get­ting within a me­ter of the stern, but miss­ing it.

Sadly, the line broke af­ter some time and Ross was left to watch his boat slowly drive off. Mean­while, he could see an­other ves­sel in the area and tried to get the at­ten­tion of the an­glers, to no avail.

Ross man­aged to stay calm, con­serve en­ergy and did a lot of pray­ing, es­pe­cially to his great-grand­fa­ther Poppa George. Iron­i­cally, an­other ves­sel had a guy fish­ing on it with a nick­name of George, who was named af­ter his great­grandad­who was also a salty sea­farer.

This ves­sel, fur­ther north of where Ross’s boat was head­ing, hooked a large fish that dragged them di­rectly to Ross’s boat and con­se­quently dropped the hooks right at the boat. One of the other crew on­board no­ticed the ves­sel was in gear, but could not see any­one on aboard. George (Liam Hall) then jumped aboard and alerted other ves­sels and a full-scale search be­gan.

It was at about 3.30pm that Ross was mirac­u­lously plucked from the wa­ter, alive.

As I write this re­port, I know Ross and Liam are sleep­ing soundly in prepa­ra­tion for a day fish­ing to­gether to­mor­row. One of many friend­ships that have been made in this life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Dou­ble-emperor queen Odile May caught a span­gled emperor and a red emperor on the one hook.

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