Tuna wel­come by­catch for bill­fish an­glers

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Cooler water tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected at this time of year but it con­tin­ues to be high in the deeper wa­ters off the coast.

This drop in tem­per­a­ture usu­ally brings Span­ish mack­erel at this time of year and de­spite the con­sis­tent warm water, we have had some good re­ports of mack­ies off Helby Bank.

One boat man­aged to land 10 in a day. The deep-div­ing lures have been work­ing best.

The yel­lowfin tuna have been con­tin­u­ing to show up in depths of about 120m up and down the coast and the fish are rang­ing from 1025kg.

A lot of these tuna are be­ing caught as by­catch by an­glers tar­get­ing bill­fish us­ing sur­face push­ers, how­ever the tasty fish are wel­comed by most peo­ple as the yel­lowfin do make great sashimi and steaks for the bar­be­cue or fry­pan. Re­mem­ber that if you are to bar­be­cue any fish, yel­lowfin in par­tic­u­lar, not to over­cook it.

Squid is def­i­nitely the talk of the fish­ing fra­ter­nity in Ex­mouth this week. The tasty cephalopods are lined up for an­glers keen to catch some of these great treats.

The beaches along the gulf can be good for these for shore-based an­glers and chas­ing whit­ing in this area makes for a fab­u­lous din­ner.

In­ter­est­ingly there is a high-pro­file an­gler from Ja­pan wish­ing to come to Ex­mouth specif­i­cally to tar­get whit­ing from the shore on bait.

Years ago this same crew were tar­get­ing the mighty gi­ant trevally and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see them get­ting ex­cited about the whit­ing on light gear from the shore.

Speak­ing of GTs, there have been other in­ter­na­tional an­glers from Spain vis­it­ing this week tar­get­ing the hardy trevally and catch­ing sev­eral over the 40kg mark.

Other an­glers from abroad have been get­ting in to the bill­fish scene and not been dis­ap­pointed. Thank­fully the weather has been the usual April of calm­ness and we ex­pect it will con­tinue through May, with a cold snap com­ing some­time be­fore win­ter kicks in for June.

En­trants for the monthly fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion have in­cluded ju­nior an­gler Owen Rickard with a 50cm queen­fish caught on a Halco Twisty off Bun­degi.

Gray­sun Delury also had suc­cess from the shore with a 4kg chi­na­mon fish off wreck road.

Re­mem­ber that any­one can en­ter and win a $50 voucher each month or $1000 worth of Shi­mano gear at the end of the year.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth.

Owen Rickard with a 50cm queen­fish caught on a Halco Twisty.

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