Quiet times, teeming waters
February is one of the quietest months for businesses in Exmouth, but a great time for fishing with plenty of options and empty boat ramps.
It can be a bit hot and sometimes even wet if low-pressure systems come close, but it is all worth it when you have a day like John Guthrie had recently.
John has bought a boat recently and has taken the family out many times, but on the weekend decided to go out with a mate and got on to some cobia, jobfish and mackerel.
Another bloke, Daniel Blundell, on his first time chasing billfish in Coral Bay aboard Benrie Vales’s new boat, managed to raise a black marlin, blue marlin and sailfish in one day.
Spearfishers have been having good luck too, with good reports of a mixed bag of coral trout, bluebone and jobfish in the gulf.
One young spearo, Alex Wruck, 13, was in Exmouth recently and bought a heap of gear and had a ball.
He returned reluctantly to Perth, but managed to spear himself a 12.6kg samson fish from the beach in Fremantle.
It was such a great effort that we thought you would love to see the picture. Alex is keen to get back up in Exmouth again, but meanwhile is enjoying the Perth summer.
It is only a few weeks until the town will be abuzz with boats and anglers for the Australian International Billfish Tournament and GAMEX.
The new angler incentive this year that offered free entry to the first 50 new anglers reached its target by early February, and it is great to know plenty of new anglers are coming for the event.
This year the Exmouth Game Fishing Club are concentrating on the great fishing, the anglers and sponsors.
There will still be filleting demonstrations each day for the public to come and view (and take samples home) as well as university students taking samples for research.
The fancy dress this year is your favourite team shirts and we hope the weather and fishing is firing.
Alex Wruck, 13, with his 12.6kg catch.