Tantabiddi a great day out

Pilbara News - - Sports - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Trout seems to be the species of the week, with an­glers re­port­ing them in the gulf and west side.

These de­li­cious fish can be tricky to catch on line, al­though jigs and soft plas­tics seem to be work­ing well on them lately.

Trout are ter­ri­to­rial and will usu­ally be quite brazen if a stranger en­ters their home.

Small soft plas­tics slowly dropped and jigged over shal­low reefs of­ten lure a trout out, while the metal jigs work bet­ter in the deeper wa­ters.

Trolled lures can also pro­duce re­sults, but rarely do trout take to bait.

We al­ways rec­om­mend you ik­i­jime the fish and bleed it straight away for keep­ing, as well as putting it in a cold slurry of ice and salt­wa­ter.

If you leave the fish in the slurry for sev­eral hours, the flesh will be firm and white and per­fect for con­sump­tion. If you wish to freeze the fil­lets, we rec­om­mend vac­uum seal­ing for op­ti­mal qual­ity.

The run of yel­lowfin tuna has been hot, with many peo­ple get­ting among the ac­tion.

Lo­cal char­ter boats and recre­ational an­glers are get­ting some in­sane footage of great fish and fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, which is great to share with those who are not able to get out on the wa­ter.

The tuna have been tak­ing trolled lures in­tended for mar­lin, while some an­glers have also been keen throw­ing stick­baits into feed­ing fren­zies around bird ac­tiv­ity on the sur­face.

The tuna cer­tainly are feisty fish and are pretty good for eat­ing, too.

The Tantabiddi Camp Out is an an­nual re­laxed fish­ing event that many lo­cals en­joy at Yardie Homestead car­a­van park.

The week­end is very ca­sual with lots of swim­ming, cricket, so­cial­is­ing, relaxing and fish­ing. This year, Ri­ley Smith took out the heav­i­est Char­lie court, while Jake Fitz and Daniel Chars­ley took out the hotly con­tested sec­tion of most species caught and re­leased with a photo from the shore.

The two boys man­aged to get 23 dif­fer­ent species, which is a great ef­fort for the two-day event.

The other prized sec­tion is the heav­i­est fish caught on a kids’ combo. Kurt Decker took out this adult sec­tion with a 3.6kg spango, and Ri­ley Smith won the ju­nior sec­tion with a 1.65kg mack­erel.

Each par­tic­i­pant is given a kids’ combo when they en­ter, plus two meals, which is great value for just $30.

It is also a week­end when Yardie Homestead of­fers free camp­ing and dis­counted rates on ac­com­mo­da­tion for en­trants.

Thanks go to Ex­mouth Tackle and Camp­ing and Yardie Homestead for yet an­other great event.

Vis­i­tor Kim Hall had a ball catch­ing ev­ery­thing from salmon and bream to flat­head and flag and all sorts dur­ing the fun week­end at the Tantabiddi Camp Out. Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

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