Ar­mada of Spa­niards in clear wa­ter

Pilbara News - - Sport - Jeni Gates

If you could pick and choose the fish to be on your plate, what would it be this week?

For sev­eral peo­ple it has been mackerel, while oth­ers have had red em­peror and many are start­ing to see whit­ing.

This week we had Leo Ab­dal­lah spear a whop­ping great big 27kg Span­ish mackerel off the back of the reef. Last week we had re­ports of good num­bers of mackerel and they have con­tin­ued.

Spearfish­ing en­thu­si­asts have en­joyed good weather mixed with high vis­i­bil­ity as the wa­ter clar­ity cleared up from re­cent murky wa­ters with big tides.

Some divers were also re­port­ing high num­bers of mackerel to the north of the gulf, and we al­ways rec­om­mend hav­ing an esky large or long enough to hold a de­cent sized mackerel, with plenty of ice for the salt wa­ter slurry.

David Tucker caught a crack­ing 9kg red em­peror, while ju­nior an­gler Clay­ton Bostock caught his first ruby over 10kg around the 200m depths off Tantabiddi us­ing an elec­tric reel.

The day out on the boat for Clay­ton was awe­some and as the many din­ners that fol­low are likely to be.

Other an­glers out wide tar­get­ing ruby job fish have had suc­cess on the change of tide times, with some peo­ple find­ing it chal­leng­ing when the cur­rent and tide are run­ning fast.

The mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion of so­cial me­dia has had many pho­tos of sen­sa­tional con­di­tions from an­glers head­ing out for the week­end or hol­i­days and it is so good to see such pos­i­tiv­ity through this medium.

The re­turn of re­tirees to the North West co­in­cides with the per­fect times to tar­get the whit­ing off the shore at day­break.

Prawns are still the best bait for this but we ex­pect the tides to suit will not be un­til later in the month.

How­ever, you can still tar­get the whit­ing dur­ing the day along the shores of the gulf and the lead-up to the high tide is rec­om­mended.

The Masters Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion is for an­glers over 50 and is on this week­end.

You need only one an­gler on­board over 50 to com­pete and there are sec­tions for bill­fish and other species. Fur­ther de­tails can be found at .egfc.com.au.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Exmouth

Leo Ab­dal­lah with a 27kg mackerel.

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