What’s bit­ing in Ex­mouth wa­ters

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

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

Pic­tures: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

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.

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