Good catches be­fore cold starts to bite

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Win­ter is here this week, but you would hardly know it, with tem­per­a­tures in the 30Cs and the beaches strewn with bikini-clad tourists.

But we all know the cold snap will hap­pen soon, and for fish­ers it can mean a short quiet pe­riod of a few days as the fish seem to be less ac­tive.

Mean­while, while the sun is shin­ing, get out there among the ac­tion.

Last week we had Tas­man Roe with her bril­liant di­a­mond trevally. Not to be out­done by his older sis­ter on the an­nual fam­ily trip to Co­ral Bay, Jay­den Roe, 5, went out on his first boys’ fish­ing trip.

They net­ted a nice bag of reds, cods and span­gled em­peror with a cou­ple of tasty tuna that were turned into sashimi for din­ner.

He had a ball and was so good on the boat he was in­vited back the next day and was lucky enough to catch a de­cently sized span­gled em­peror that weighed al­most 6kg.

The fish was wound all the way to the boat by Jay­den be­fore be­ing net­ted by his dad thanks to a new Daiwa 2 speed reel that al­lows for eas­ier retrieval.

The reel was bought a few days ear­lier from Tack­le­world Ex­mouth af­ter dis­cus­sions on the ben­e­fits of a two-speed reel. Shark and school mack­erel have been caught by many an­glers at Lear­month jetty daily.

This eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble fish­ing hotspot is great for all ages.

The fish there vary and we of­ten have peo­ple re­port­ing their big­gest catch from shore at this spot.

The squid can be good, at times, there too and if the jetty is quiet, the beaches can also pro­vide some­thing tasty for din­ner or a bit of fun for the day.

The lures of choice for mack­erel have been En­tice Wood­pecker Stick­baits and metal slices.

In­ter­est­ingly, peo­ple have been us­ing just a mono fluoro­car­bon leader, rather than light wire traces. The fluoro­car­bon leader is a harder leader, yet is in­vis­i­ble un­der­wa­ter, so per­haps this is why it has been so suc­cess­ful.

Squid have been in high num­bers on the west side, with some an­glers re­port­ing they have reached their limit be­fore lunchtime.

You can get squid so big around there the big ones start at­tack­ing the lit­tle ones as you bring them in.

We rec­om­mend drift­ing through the weed patches and cast­ing to the sides to cover good ground or slowly trolling with a very light drag set­ting.

The blue swim­mer crabs have been slow, but we ex­pect it to fire up as we head into June.

Sail­fish have been re­ported near Sun­day Is­land on bait balls, which is some­thing that doesn’t usu­ally hap­pen un­til Septem­ber. How­ever, most peo­ple don’t tar­get them at this time of year, so per­haps they are there more of­ten than we think.

This is where the tag­ging sys­tem is so im­por­tant be­cause if we can get some re­turned tags, we can get more in­for­ma­tion on where the fish are go­ing.

We have had fish shown to be in the gulf in Jan­uary, March and Oc­to­ber. It would be good to tag some of these fish with sonar tags that aren’t as bulky as satel­lite tags and lo­cal en­thu­si­asts are work­ing on a sonar tag­ging pro­gram.

Picture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Jay­den Roe, 5, caught a 6kg span­gled em­peror.

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