Easter seafood lovers are spoilt for choice

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

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

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Rowena Gold­ing with the red em­peror she speared in Ex­mouth wa­ters.

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