What’s biting in Exmouth waters
Cool weather has had the locals talking, with night temperatures staying low as southerly winds bring pleasant mornings to Exmouth.
The days of little wind have been gratefully accepted by those heading out in boats, and no matter the temperature, it hasn’t changed the fishing results. Fishing has been excellent, whether from the shore or out in the boat.
The highlights have definitely been in the billfishing arena, with boats raising 10 a day, particularly blue marlin, although the little blacks are now showing up in good numbers too.
Deb Witcombe headed out on Sunday and raised 10 fish for the day with three anglers onboard.
At one stage they had a triple hook-up on fish over 100kg.
The deck was a little messy at times but a great day was had that will be remembered.
Strangely, while they and others were getting such great numbers, another boat in the area only raised one for the day, but as we all know, that’s fishing.
The monthly fishing competition is firing, with entrants coming in almost daily.
The major winner for the year was Lea Windmill who caught a 100kg yellowfin tuna last January.
Lea was stoked to win the random draw, walking away with $1000 worth of Shimano gear.
This month, we have one of the weirdest stories ever with Pete Hickory, who caught a 40kg eightbar cod.
The strange part is that he was trolling in 250m of water when a fish hit the lure and hooked up.
At first, they thought it was a tuna, but to their surprise it was a 40kg cod.
The fish looked to have an old injury on its tail and was in very good condition, which indicates it was high in the water when hooked.
We can assure you the anglers were just as baffled as we were to have seen a cod take a marlin lure from the surface in such deep water.
Schoolchildren are getting among the great fishing and William Roche is getting stuck into the mangrove jacks and queenfish from the shore.
He’s been using 4lb line and live garfish at times, along with soft plastics and other lures.
Junior angler and new resident to Exmouth Tahlia Mossman, aged six, is the latest junior to catch her first billfish, with the sailfish pictured.
Tahlia and her family have moved to Exmouth permanently from Barragup.
I am sure we will see lots more of this family in upcoming events at Exmouth Game Fishing Club.
They are grateful for the help from fellow family anglers Steve and Hayden Michaels
Pete Hickory with his cod caught on a marlin lure on the surface in 250m of water.
Tahlia Mossman with her first billfish, a gulf sail caught recently in Exmouth.