‘Di­verse’ Ex­mouth bags sixth for bill­fish

Pilbara News - - Sports - Tom Zaun­mayr

Ex­mouth has again been rated one of the best in the world for bill­fish.

The town was rated sixth in the 2016 Bill­fish Re­port’s top 10, based on a mix of fish num­bers, va­ri­ety, size, length of sea­son and num­ber of boats fish­ing.

The re­port noted Ex­mouth was “per­haps the most di­verse fish­ery in the world,” de­scrib­ing it as the only place on the planet where an­glers could hook onto more than 10 blue mar­lin, black mar­lin and sail­fish, as well as plenty of striped mar­lin, in a day.

Work­ing against Ex­mouth’s chances of mak­ing the top of the list was the rel­a­tively small num­ber of big fish caught, though the re­port noted the num­ber of 500lb fish caught had grown from three in 2013 to 15 in 2016.

One su­per grand slam was recorded in 2016, with Peak Sport­fish­ing catch­ing and re­leas­ing a sail­fish, striped, black and blue mar­lin.

The Ex­mouth fish­ery fea­tures the sec­ond small­est fleet cov­ered in the re­port, mean­ing the an­glers in­volved punch well above their weight class.

Ri­ley Smith com­pletes a grand slam in 2015 with a 40kg striped mar­lin. Leigh Sloot, left, and Eddy Lawler lend a hand.

Pic­ture: Rowan Smith

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