Busy win­ter sea­son looms

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

School hol­i­days are around the cor­ner, and with most States hav­ing the same hol­i­day pe­riod, we ex­pect it will be ex­cep­tion­ally busy in Ex­mouth for the two weeks.

Fish­ing char­ters and tours get booked out early, so if you are a vis­i­tor we sug­gest you book as soon as pos­si­ble.

There are so many more op­tions these days in Ex­mouth, from fly­fish­ing guides to reef fish­ing, sports fish­ing, bill­fish­ing and fish­ing from a kayak.

Of course, if you just want to hit the shores your­self, there are plenty of op­tions.

Check­ing out the lo­cal tackle shop is the best way to en­sure you are on the right path to have a successful time.

The gulf blue swim­mer crabs have been show­ing up in good num­bers, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal re­ports.

The weather forecast for the week­end was sup­posed to be hor­rid, but it turned out fab­u­lously and crabs were the talk of sev­eral crews that headed south in the gulf.

Squid have also been around on the flats down there, but the prawns have been scarce in com­par­i­son to pre­vi­ous years.

Drop nets in a small boat are the best way to catch the blue swim­mers, but if you’re re­stricted to the land and keen to walk the shore­line with a crab scoop, you may be pleas­antly sur­prised.

You can also just use the drop nets from the shore, but make sure you have the cor­rect li­cence for net­ting be­fore head­ing out.

This li­cence is also re­quired if us­ing a throw net for prawns or bait col­lec­tion.

Tim John­son man­aged to catch 12 blue manna crabs in three nets off the side of the Lear­month Jetty in an hour.

Lear­month Jetty has been another hotspot this past week, with re­ports of big flat­head along the beaches, along with squid and whit­ing, which is ex­pected at this time of year.

Chil­dren us­ing light gear and tiny lures for whit­ing have had fun, or the use of soft plas­tics for the flat­head has been another successful tech­nique.

Bait fish­ing with prawns for these bread-and-but­ter species has also been ef­fec­tive for those who pre­fer to use bait. Tuna have been com­ing within cast­ing range of the jetty and we sug­gest a medi­um­sized out­fit with braid and a metal slice cast far and re­trieved with speed to tar­get these fish.

The school mack­erel have made a good pres­ence there for light tackle fun.

If you are not sure of how to set up for these species, drop in and ask the staff at Tack­le­world, who have been in among the ac­tion.

Win­ter is gi­ant trevally from the shore sea­son for some an­glers and a few have been head­ing out to tar­get the hardy gi­ant trevally at dawn and dusk.

We al­ways rec­om­mend us­ing bar­b­less hooks for these feisty fish that will find any weak link in your ter­mi­nal tackle.

Us­ing bar­b­less hooks is far bet­ter for hook re­trieval and can also help the fish spit the lure if you lose the con­nec­tion. Gloves are also rec­om­mended for han­dling the fish be­fore re­lease.

Two gi­ant trevally are re­leased off the tip of the cape dur­ing win­ter by Matt Gates and Che Car­son. Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

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