Cold snap brings whit­ing ga­lore

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Win­ter is fi­nally here, and the whit­ing have come on the bite hard with the colder weather, and while prawns are usu­ally the best bait for them, they have been fall­ing to mulies as well.

Five-year-old Lu­cas Ram­pling caught a good whit­ing at the mouth of one of the creeks in the gulf and hap­pily had his mum cook it up for lunch, along with a mud­crab caught up the creek. Other kids in the group fish­ing caught sev­eral bream and grun­ters, and hooked a flat­head.

Lear­month Jetty and the beaches ei­ther side have had re­ports of high num­bers of whit­ing, bream and flat­head, along with squid on the high tide.

The northerly shore dump has ham­pered some ef­forts in the last few days and the wa­ters close to shore have be­come quite brown and muddy.

The ad­van­tage of the jetty is be­ing able to get out into the clearer wa­ter and see the fish and squid when the sun is high dur­ing the day.

Span­ish mack­erel are around in sizes just over the limit at the mo­ment along the back of the reef at Tantabiddi. Trolling lures is the best way to cover ground in search of th­ese toothy crit­ters.

If you are plan­ning on reef fish­ing, you can also have a float­ing bait astern that can of­ten get snaf­fled by a mack­erel. Squid is great bait for this and with so many be­ing caught in­side the reef lately, it’s a good idea to grab a few on the way out.

Wa­ton’s leap­ing bonito have been school­ing in the gulf and at­tack­ing small bait fish.

Along with the re­turn of fish is the re­turn of win­ter lo­cals, and Rose and Trevor Earle have al­ready got into the fish­ing and en­tered fish into the monthly fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The cod they en­tered was caught on a combo he had won five years ago in the shop.

Hay­ley Ward came up to visit friends. She fi­nally landed her first mar­lin af­ter her third trip up here and got her first gi­ant trevally and wa­hoo.

Hay­ley also got among the large schools of squid that have been about.

The wa­hoo was en­joyed shal­lowfried, while the squid was coated in Tan­daco mix and also shal­low fried.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Hay­ley Ward with a GT.

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