Top tag­ger awarded

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

One of Ex­mouth’s char­ter op­er­a­tors has been be­stowed a swag of in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lades for his ef­forts in tag­ging and re­leas­ing big bill­fish.

Peak Sport­fish­ing skip­per Eddy Lawler was recog­nised as the top tag­ging and top re­leas­ing cap­tain for black and blue mar­lin in the In­dian Ocean area by The Bill­fish Foun­da­tion for 2016.

He was also com­mended as the top tag­ging cap­tain for striped mar­lin and top re­lease cap­tain for sail­fish.

Lawler said be­ing able to fish for bill­fish year­round off Ex­mouth gave his crew an ad­van­tage.

“A lot of places have good mar­lin or bill­fish­ing, but it will be only for two or three months of the year,” he said. “We have a world-class fish­ery right on our doorstep.

“I have Mur­ray Tees­dale and the other fel­las who fish for three to four months of the sea­son as well. You can’t do it with­out them.”

Lawler said one of his most me­morable days on the wa­ter had come one day last week, when his crew reeled in 11 mar­lin, 10 blues and one striped.

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