Perth pair clean up us­ing soft plas­tics

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Dan Wood from Perth was in Ex­mouth with his fam­ily and friends for a week re­cently and asked about tar­get­ing jacks and bream in the ma­rina.

Us­ing un­weighted mulies on 1/0 cir­cle hooks was the method ad­vised by the staff at Tack­le­world and it cer­tainly worked a treat.

Dan’s mate Brock, daugh­ter Ella and son Char­lie man­aged to get into a stack of bream for fun and a de­cent jack for din­ner.

When us­ing cir­cle hooks, the trick is not to strike hard but to al­low the hook to set slowly by gen­tly lift­ing the rod tip once the fish has taken the bait.

The hard­est part is teach­ing this to adults, as most of us have been strik­ing for years.

Chil­dren can usu­ally pick this tech­nique up eas­ily and the re­sult is the fish hooked in the corner of the jaw, which makes it bet­ter for hook retrieval.

Brody Laroux and Dan Macray were also up from Perth, fish­ing the Ex­mouth reef area in the gulf us­ing soft plas­tics.

Drift­ing over an area cast­ing and re­triev­ing soft plas­tics can work well for var­i­ous species and fish­ers can cover some good ground with a good cur­rent run­ning.

The pair man­aged to get into some honker golden trevally and a crack­ing blue­bone that they have en­tered into the monthly fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Gus McA­dam came to visit his son and to tar­get a bill­fish at the week­end.

He hooked an es­ti­mated 100kg black mar­lin, but it spat the hooks af­ter half an hour.

The by­catch for the day was very im­pres­sive though, as he man­aged to land a dol­phin fish weigh­ing 15kg trolling in the 200m depths.

The Mas­ters Tour­na­ment is de­signed by the Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club for an­glers aged over 50 to tar­get bill­fish and other pelagic species off Ex­mouth.

This year it was ex­tra in­ter­est­ing, with four ju­nior deck­hands tak­ing to the cock­pit to as­sist the seniors. In to­tal there were five teams with 11 an­glers and 21 crew that tagged 14 bill­fish.

The ma­jor­ity were black mar­lin with a cou­ple of sail­fish as well.

Dale Moir drove up from Perth for the event with Scott Owens and Dale took out the cham­pion sail­fish and cham­pion mar­lin sec­tions, while Dave Thomp­son took the heav­i­est tuna sec­tion and Jim Ire­land won the heav­i­est mack­erel/ wa­hoo sec­tion.

The Cham­pion Team Mixed was won by Team Azura and the an­glers re­ported that the con­di­tions were per­fect.

Pic­ture: Tackle World Ex­mouth

Rob and Gus McA­dam with a spec­tac­u­lar 15kg dol­phin fish.

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