Break yields boun­ties of sea

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

The Easter and school hol­i­days com­bined with the Anzac ex­tra long week­end has been a great bonus for the busi­nesses of Ex­mouth, and the weather did not dis­ap­point those chas­ing a fresh feed of seafood for the long break.

Although the ac­com­mo­da­tion places were full, there still seemed to be plenty of room about on the wa­ter in all ar­eas.

Families chas­ing that se­cluded beach or fish­ing spot in the boat man­aged to get out and en­joy wet­ting a line. The char­ter op­er­a­tors have been flat out too, with great re­ports of pelagic species out wide and hungry sport fish on the flats.

Young lo­cal ju­nior an­gler Mitchell Hal­lett caught his first bill­fish this week with a sail­f­sih on board Reel Ob­ses­sion. Mitch was fish­ing with his dad and some friends in calm con­di­tions.

In­ter­est­ingly, we have still had wa­ter tem­per­a­tures in the very high 20s this week. It has not stopped the bill­fish though, with Hay­ley Del­lar rais­ing seven bill­fish in one day, get­ting five strikes and tag­ging two fish. The hungry fish are in good num­bers again and we hope to see them stick around for the up­com­ing Masters Tour­na­ment for an­glers over 55.

Squid have con­tin­ued to show up in the gulf and in high num­bers, too, for those chas­ing a fresh feed of cala­mari. The squid don’t seem to be too fussy and are tak­ing to all colours pre­sented ac­cord­ing to re­ports in store. The crab­bing has slowed a lit­tle, but we ex­pect the blue swim­mers will show up in higher num­bers as the moon phase changes this week.

Reef species have been abun­dant, but so have the sharks. Red em­peror and rankin cod have been the most pop­u­lar re­ported back to store, while the job­fish have been preva­lent in depths over 100m.

In shal­low there has been quite a few corona­tion trout and schools of trevally have also shown up giv­ing an­glers a stronger tus­sle than ex­pected. The yel­lowfin tuna have con­tin­ued to show up and although the sizes have not been huge, there is enough of them to have suc­cess and en­joy some fresh sashimi.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Lo­cal ju­nior an­gler Mitchell Hal­lett with his first bill­fish aboard Reel Ob­ses­sion.

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