Sub­dued ac­tiv­ity set to end with moon phase

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

We’ve had the cold snap and a small run of bad weather days with strong winds, so it is now in the mid­dle of the quiet fish­ing pe­riod.

The past week has been eerily silent for most an­glers and the strange lack of ac­tiv­ity has had many an­glers scratch­ing their heads. But a day out fish­ing is bet­ter than a day at work.

Luck­ily, with the up­com­ing moon phase the fish­ing should im­prove and whether you are chas­ing crabs up the creek, a small feed of fresh fish off the beach or head­ing out wide for that tasty red em­peror, it is rec­om­mended to get in early this week as the week­end is look­ing like it might be good for rod and reel main­te­nance.

Josh Al­binson was trolling for mar­lin off Tantabiddi this week and man­aged to hook a black mar­lin es­ti­mated at 80-100kg.

It mea­sured 2.2m and was caught on a Tyrnos 30 us­ing braid.

Braid doesn’t have as much for­give­ness as monofil­a­ment line and in our ex­pe­ri­ence bill­fish can of­ten drop hooks when us­ing braid when they jump.

Josh’s fish jumped lots, though and the crew man­aged to get the fish close for pho­tos and de­tails.

If you are un­sure of weight es­ti­mates of bill­fish, drop in to the Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club or Tack­le­world to see some of the casts to give you an idea of weight.

There are also bill­fish mea­sures that help tremen­dously with tag­ging data and they can be used by ty­ing it off to a snap clip on an­other rod and ly­ing it on the wa­ter next to the fish.

This week­end is the Ex­mouth Reef Clas­sic, where there are no strict rules (apart from no use of elec­tric reels) with lots of fun fish­ing chas­ing var­i­ous species.

If the weather is not con­ducive to fish­ing, it may be post­poned.

The event this year is de­signed for teams or fam­i­lies to get out and tar­get any­thing from man­grove jack to span­gled em­peror, job­fish, mack­erel, tuna, rankin cod, Char­lie Court, whit­ing, trout and even the heav­i­est squid. There will be prizes for all species and cat­e­gories for teams, ju­niors and small fry (kids un­der 11).

Gav Ebert from Bus­sel­ton caught a sail­fish off Tantabiddi re­cently when he was bur­ley­ing for mack­erel off the back of the reef.

The speed­ster took the bait off the sur­face and we have had this hap­pen reg­u­larly to an­glers.

If you are an­chored, we rec­om­mend land­ing the fish from a mov­ing boat and lift­ing the an­chor. We ad­vise this to en­sure you don’t get spooled, and for safety as it is im­por­tant to have the boat in gear when you have a bill­fish boat­side.

I say boat­side with the em­pha­sis on “side” as hav­ing a bill­fish astern is dan­ger­ous and can re­sult in it jump­ing in your boat. Al­ways use gloves when re­triev­ing hooks or swim­ming the fish and re­mem­ber to have the boat in gear as fish don’t sit still.

Lucy Wid­dup is one of the win­ter lo­cals that en­joys the fish­ing in Ex­mouth with her hus­band Robert from Aus­tralind. Last week she had an ex­cep­tional catch of a queen­fish off the shore in the gulf.

The queeny mea­sured 102cm and Lucy is en­tered in our monthly fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Lucy Wid­dup with her queeny caught in the Ex­mouth Gulf.

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