An­glers net big re­sult for team Ra­zor­back

GAMEX is over for 2017 af­ter a week of tight lines off the North West Cape. Ex­mouth lo­cals Pe­lagic Hooker took home a swag of awards but it was team Ra­zor­back from Kar­ratha and Dampier that snared the over­all cham­pion boat. Pic­tured is Matt Arscott with a

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An­glers par­tic­i­pat­ing in GAMEX have re­ported the event was fan­tas­tic, with valu­able in­for­ma­tion, fun so­cial events and good fish­ing de­spite the windy weather.

Three tro­phies were awarded to an­glers, as well as a num­ber of high­est points scored and cham­pion in­di­vid­ual and team ac­co­lades.

Ryan Turner won the Steve Pitman tro­phy for most skilled an­gler.

He recorded 7709 points over 11 line classes and 10 species on board with team Ra­zor­back.

Ex­mouth favourite Ed­die Lawler won the Ge­orge King me­mo­rial tro­phy as top tag­ging cap­tain.

He tagged 18 fish at the helm of Pe­lagic Hooker.

The Phil Tickle Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for most mer­i­to­ri­ous cap­ture went to Mur­ray Lewin from Salty Dog for cap­tur­ing a 7.5kg queen­fish on 1kg line.

The pos­i­tives from GAMEX in­cluded some very valu­able data col­lected by the two sci­en­tists sent up via Rec­fish­west to take sam­ples and do re­search on fish cap­tured.

They were par­tic­u­larly want­ing three young bill­fish weigh­ing about 15kg.

Rec­Fish­West chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Row­land caught a 16kg black mar­lin on day two of the event, which was his first mar­lin.

Row­land was pleased to be able to as­sist with the re­search and talked at length dur­ing the weighin with an­glers about the fish cap­tured.

The fish was es­ti­mated to be about nine months old and is be­ing sent to Perth to try to de­ter­mine where the ma­ture mar­lin spawn in WA. There were 85 sharks tagged and 411 bill­fish raised, with 133 bill­fish tagged.

The con­tentious is­sue of a shark be­ing weighed dur­ing the event has raised in­ter­est in the con­tin­ued shark de­bate.

More than 10 years ago, the Ex­mouth Game and Fish­ing Club with GAMEX pro­moted the tagand-re­lease of sharks over their cap­ture, and this has re­sulted in hun­dreds of sharks be­ing tagged, with very few cap­tured.

EGFC co-op­er­ates in other re­search, such as a study on the sen­sory or­gans in the heads of large oceanic sharks be­ing con­ducted by the Univer­sity of Queens­land.

The two sharks that were cap­tured dur­ing GAMEX 2017 were caught within the code of prac­tice of the In­ter­na­tional Game Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and the Game Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Aus­tralia.

Game fish­ing is a sus­tain­able recre­ation that de­liv­ers sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic and so­ci­o­log­i­cal ben­e­fits to Ex­mouth and Western Aus­tralia as a whole.

Sadly, so­cial me­dia mis­in­for­ma­tion has led to in­ac­cu­rate ac­cu­sa­tions and threats from peo­ple with il­le­gal prac­tices.

GAMEX dates for the next three years are on our web­site, along with all the results from the 2017 event. A huge thanks to all spon­sors, an­glers, work­ers and vol­un­teers who helped with the event.

Shire of Ex­mouth com­mis­sioner Ian Fletcher said GAMEX pro­vided a plat­form to show­case Ex­mouth and the Nin­ga­loo Reef.

“GAMEX is one of the high­lights of Ex­mouth’s events cal­en­dar and in­de­pen­dent re­search con­ducted in 2016 showed that it in­jects about $1 mil­lion into the lo­cal econ­omy each year,” he said.

“The in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors and me­dia at­ten­tion that GAMEX at­tracts puts Ex­mouth on the tourism map and helps gen­er­ate vis­i­ta­tion through­out the year.”

The Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Bill­fish Tour­na­ment was held the week prior to GAMEX and, de­spite the windy weather, the teams en­joyed the fish­ing for tag­ging and re­leas­ing mar­lin and sail­fish.

Pic­ture: Ben Knaggs

Team Ra­zor­back from Kar­ratha and Dampier won the cham­pion boat over­all at GAMEX 2017.

Cham­pion boat from the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Bill­fish Tour­na­ment. Pic­tures: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Sci­en­tists take sam­ples from a black mar­lin caught dur­ing GAMEX 2017.

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