An­glers and fam­i­lies soak up event fun

Pilbara News - - Fishing - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

There are boats and an­glers in town soak­ing up the at­mos­phere of one of Aus­tralia’s most pres­ti­gious fish­ing tour­na­ments — GAMEX.

Fish­ing tales are be­ing told over ca­sual drinks and many school kids are keen to see the fish fil­let­ing demon­stra­tions.

The club is open each evening for vis­i­tors to view what is weighed-in while they can also have a meal and drinks.

There will be a spe­cial early fil­let­ing demon­stra­tion on Wed­nes­day from 4pm at the EGFC to show young­sters and adults how to sharpen knives, plus how to make the most of your catch by fil­let­ing fish well.

Vis­i­tors will also be shown how to take the wings out eas­ily from fish and any fish fil­leted will be avail­able for a free sam­ple to take home.

Any­one can come down on any night of GAMEX to col­lect free sam­ples of fish caught.

That is just what Gino did after catch­ing a 4.6kg span­gled on a 4kg line. It was a great catch, but was topped by the 24.8kg yel­lowfin tuna catch on 4kg line by an­gler Matt Arscott aboard the boat Awe­sum.

The sci­en­tists are thrilled to be here for GAMEX and get sam­ples for re­search. The first night had many species come in, in­clud­ing queen­fish, golden trevally, yel­lowfin tuna and more.

One of the cap­ture boat favourites, Ra­zor­back, brought in a 3.5kg goldspot trevally that was caught on a 1kg line by Ryan Turner.

The first day of the event had the fish­ing sus­pended with a strong wind warn­ing halt­ing the lines-in call.

De­spite the pre­dic­tion of 20-25 knots reach­ing 30 knots, the wa­ter off the light­house was so calm that there was not even a white­cap at 7am. The com­mit­tee as­sessed the weather and met to find that the con­di­tions were calmer than fore­cast and fish­ing be­gan at 10am.

The wind stayed down for much of the morn­ing west side, then picked up in the af­ter­noon.

That is the in­ter­est­ing and chal­leng­ing com­po­nent to fish­ing in Ex­mouth, as the wind was howl­ing in town yet calm on the west side. By the af­ter­noon it was howl­ing on the west side and a glass off in the gulf.

The bill­fish scene was a lit­tle quiet on the first day with only a dozen be­ing tagged, al­though nine boats did not fish the first day.

Day two shaped up to be good with more than a dozen caught be­fore 10am.

We ex­pect the fish­ing to im­prove as the week pro­gresses and pray that the weather god is good to us.

We have had some big swells around and it is great to have the wa­ter tem­per­a­tures drop to get the fish bit­ing on the sur­face.

Ju­nior fe­male an­gler Jesse Sut­ton fish­ing aboard Got ‘im On man­aged to land a 5.9kg golden trevally on a 3kg line, while Ja­son Hornardt on Wet Dreams caught a 7.kg golden trevally on a 2kg line.

The fam­ily fun day had many lo­cal kids en­joy­ing the fish sim­u­la­tor and rig­ging clin­ics.

They got to have a fish in the ma­rina, where they caught blue­bone, bream, cod and all sorts. Many thanks to Rec­fish­west for com­ing to help the kids learn more about the ben­e­fits of recre­ational fish­ing.

The po­lice are in town for GAMEX and on the wa­ter to as­sist with safety. The po­lice checked 28 ves­sels on the first day of the event and re­ported no is­sues with safety checks and breathalysing.

Gino with a 4.6kg span­gled em­peror caught on a 4kg line.

GAMEX Fam­ily Day at the Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club.

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