Young­sters hook a win­ner with con­test

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

It is fab­u­lous when young chil­dren get into fish­ing, but it is even bet­ter when they help each other and co­or­di­nate an event for other chil­dren and adults to en­joy.

That is just what Will Roche and a few young­sters in town did over the week­end when they or­gan­ised a man­grove jack com­pe­ti­tion that in­volved catch­ing and re­leas­ing fish af­ter tak­ing a photo of the fish on a brag mat.

Man­grove jack are a hardy fish and we al­ways rec­om­mend us­ing bar­b­less hooks for ease of re­lease and the health of the fish.

Chil­dren could be seen in the ma­rina, up the creeks and in all sorts of se­cret spots on Satur­day and Sun­day, chas­ing the man­grove jacks, with brag mats in hand and cam­eras ready to fire.

Big tides and murky hot wa­ter made fish­ing a lit­tle chal­leng­ing this week for an­glers and divers.

The good news is it should clear up in the next week, and we ex­pect the fish to be hun­gry.

The changes in this week have been quite dra­matic, with one crew head­ing out and find­ing clean wa­ter in 30m-40m with plenty of mack­erel and even bill­fish whack­ing mack­erel lures be­cause they were so hun­gry.

A few days later, the waters were green and seemed not to hold any fish at all.

The wa­ter tem­per­a­tures have been in the high 20Cs and, in some ar­eas of the gulf, above 30C.

Maarit Moss­man headed out in search of bill­fish on the week­end and man­aged to see a free-jump­ing bill­fish, as well as catch her first wa­hoo.

The boat crew had only the one small black mar­lin up for the few hours they were out, which man­aged to strike the lure, but not to stay con­nected. There have been more lit­tle black mar­lin show­ing up in re­cent weeks, just in time for the up­com­ing events of the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Bill­fish Tour­na­ment and GAMEX.

The big­ger blacks and blues are still out there and we hope to have some sword­fish re­ports for you next week.

Many peo­ple have been get­ting into the reef fish­ing, and some into deep drop­ping while the weather has been good, es­pe­cially over the long week­end.

Corey Welling­ton caught an eight-bar cod on his first drop in close to 300m and was pleased with the re­sult, en­ter­ing it into the monthly fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Not ev­ery­one gets a fish on the first drop and some­times it can be very frus­trat­ing to work out tides, drift and cur­rent to po­si­tion the boat right.

An­other en­trant in the fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion is eight-year-old An­gus Fog­a­rty with a 6.7kg blue­bone caught west-side us­ing crab bait.

All en­trants can be viewed in­store and any­one can en­ter to win a $50 voucher. Man­grove Jack com­pe­ti­tion re­sults Long­est jack se­nior: Kieran Pass­more Long­est jack ju­nior: Ri­ley Smith Short­est jack: Ja­son Pache Most jacks caught: Ja­son Pache

Deb Wit­combe and Maarit Moss­man with a wa­hoo.

A man­grove jack that was keen on a poddy mul­let up the creek.

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