Squid ac­tion shows no signs of abat­ing

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

The chilly morn­ings have had an­glers in jack­ets, hats and fish­ing gloves this past week.

Yes, it does ac­tu­ally get cold here, but not for long.

The cold morn­ings and evenings are cer­tainly no­tice­able for the lo­cals, but tourists from the south­ern re­gions are happy get­ting about in T-shirts and shorts to cast a line.

While peo­ple do try to soak up the sun, we rec­om­mend wear­ing sun-pro­tec­tion cloth­ing, even in win­ter, as it doesn’t take long to get burnt, es­pe­cially when you’re hav­ing such a great time fish­ing.

Aaron Lewis was up for a few days be­fore the hol­i­day rush and got out to tar­get some broad­bill sword­fish, mar­lin and ruby job­fish.

The broad­bill day­time tech­nique in­volves only a few deep drops in a day and he had no luck in the hours on the grounds dur­ing the turn of tide.

How­ever he did have some fun teas­ing up a 300lb black mar­lin on some Jack­son stick baits trolled on the way to the grounds.

The stick baits also grabbed the at­ten­tion of a feisty sail­fish and the crew got to have tasty yel­lowfin tuna that night for din­ner af­ter one fell to a stick bait.

The ruby drop the next day was not very suc­cess­ful ei­ther but Aaron did man­age to get a fab­u­lous-tast­ing eight-bar cod and a south­ern mul­loway. Squid are def­i­nitely around in big­ger num­bers at present. Re­ports from the lower gulf ar­eas and west side south of Tantabiddi have been com­ing in on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and it is the time of year when they can get quite large in schools and size.

If the inside of the reef is a bit choppy with wind, we rec­om­mend set­ting up a drift and cast­ing to the sides as you drift with the wind.

Make sure you have got a sep­a­rate bucket/esky for them, as they can make a mess of your lunch esky, as the wife of a re­cent cus­tomer found out.

It pays to have an ice slurry to keep the squid in once you have cleaned them and I thor­oughly rec­om­mend steep­ing the flesh in ki­wifruit or paw­paw be­fore cook­ing.

My favourite part of the squid to eat is the can­dles be­cause they seem to be the most ten­der part, but it is all yummy.

Some char­ter boats and in­di­vid­u­als have noted that it has been quiet in the last week, how­ever cap­tain Josh Bruynzeel from On Strike man­aged to get more than 50 fish in one day.

The species va­ri­ety in­cluded long tail tuna, mack tuna, shark mack­erel, Span­ish mack­erel, var­i­ous trevally, queen­fish, span­gled em­peror and loads more.

The weather was su­perb as well, which is al­ways a bonus.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

An­glers on board On Strike had luck on their side re­cently.

An On Strike with a gi­ant trevally.

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