Easter seafood lovers are spoilt for choice
There’s no better time to get out on the water for fishing than the lead-up to Good Friday.
And what a selection of fresh seafood we have here in Exmouth; you can choose from whiting off the beach, to red emperor from the reef, or you may prefer crabs in the creeks or squid from the shore.
Then again, rock lobster might be the choice or perhaps some sashimi yellowfin tuna, or maybe it is those incredibly large prawns that make your mouth water.
In fact, I don’t think there is a better place on this continent that can offer such diverse fresh seafood in such a small radius for any angler that is in search of an alternative to meat on Good Friday.
Of course, if you haven’t got the time to get out there, we are now even luckier in our town to have a great supply of fresh seafood from the local operators of the Fresh Fish Shack, a relatively new option that has been lacking for some years in Exmouth.
Have you been out fishing yet this month?
If not, you should get out there, as it is sensational.
If you have been out, then I believe you would have experienced some awesome days.
The reports have been thick with so many people rapt with the amazing experiences in our fabulous waters off Exmouth.
People chasing reef fish in deep waters off the lighthouse have had success in the 50-80m depths.
We recommend the use of singles hooks on a paternoster rig or, if in the shallower waters, try the smallest running sinker you can use to keep in touch with the bottom.
Double paternoster rigs can create more vibration and attract sharks.
The results in this week include red emperor, rankin cod, gold band job fish and we even had tuna being caught on a rig set up for the bottom.
We have had copious amounts of people report encounters with whale sharks, some people seeing 10 in one day.
The manta rays have also been prevalent in all areas.
In fact, we had some people swimming with them in the gulf, while others were amazed by their actions off the Muiron Islands as they fed on the surface.
The crabbing in the gulf has been fantastic as well, with some extra-large blue swimmer crabs full of meat on the move daily.
Muddies have also been on the menu for some and we always recommend only taking enough for a fresh feed and leaving the rest for future trips.
The youngsters always enjoy crabbing and you can usually mix it up with a bit of squidding and prawning as well.
Spearfishing anglers have been getting among the green jobfish lately, which are a tasty treat, but the highlight for this week is the red emperor speared by local Rowena Golding.
Rowena is pictured this week with her awesome catch. These fish are usually found in very deep water and are rather tricky to see and target. Not many spear fishers can say they have got a red. Well done, Rowena. The Exmouth Game Fishing Club AGM is on April 21.
This leading Australian club for research, education and events has been in operation for more than 40 years.
The changes with committees and ideas are what build it and they ask for any input and ideas from newer and long-time locals.
There is already a couple of new interested people willing to join the committee and help with kids’ programs, some basic fishing and small events.
If you’re interested, check out the club’s website at egfc.com.au for further information.
Muddies have also been on the menu for some and we always recommend only taking enough for a fresh feed and leaving the rest for future trips. Tackleworld team
Rowena Golding with the red emperor she speared in Exmouth waters.