Records fall in a busy week

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

The July school hol­i­days were crazy busy for many towns in the North West and with such great sunny weather, it’s no won­der.

Ex­mouth had more cars at the ramps than we have ever seen, yet you could still find a se­cluded beach or patch of wa­ter some­where on the cape for fish­ing.

That’s ex­actly what a cou­ple of fam­i­lies did in the mid­dle of the hol­i­days at Ned’s camp.

They had a shade set up with kayaks, fish­ing gear and snorkelling equip­ment to soak up the beach for the day with a new tour com­pany.

To their sur­prise, there was hardly a soul on the beach.

Brooke Fin­kle from Mel­bourne was stoked to get out among the ac­tion with the kayaks.

Pete Jensen was amazed at what he saw walk­ing the beaches as he pre­ferred to stick to the land-based fish­ing op­tions.

Fish en­coun­tered in this area in­clude span­gled em­peror, queen­fish, trevally, bone­fish, var­i­ous cod and, if you're su­per keen with the right con­di­tions, you can head out to­wards south pas­sage.

The wind picked up a lit­tle in the af­ter­noon but then weak­ened, mak­ing per­fect con­di­tions for pad­dling.

Last week, I wrote about young an­gler Zac Owens catch­ing a yel­lowfin tuna. This week the sev­enyear-old hit the record books in a big way.

The com­pe­tent young an­gler headed out with his dad Scott, brother Jake and Scott's mate, Bob Wit­combe, to tar­get mar­lin.

They man­aged to achieve some­thing we don’t be­lieve has been done be­fore. Zac man­aged to get two black mar­lin, one sail­fish and one striped mar­lin in the one day. That’s a bill­fish grand slam. Most ded­i­cated adult bill­fish an­glers have not yet achieved that.

To top it off, the striped mar­lin is a pend­ing State and Aus­tralian record.

The striped mar­lin was weighed in at 55kg on a 15kg line and has been smoked, crumbed, frozen and to­tally used.

Th­ese fish can be quite tasty and the fam­ily had a seafood feast with squid caught the day be­fore as well.

A big con­grat­u­la­tions to Zac and the team. Awe­some ef­fort and great to see it all achieved within the GFAA rules.

Col Field­house and fam­ily were up for the hol­i­days and got in to some good times fish­ing with the youngest boy, Lin­coln, catch­ing a rip­per dol­phin fish.

Hud­son also man­aged to get his first mar­lin and both ju­nior an­glers are con­tem­plat­ing re­turn­ing for the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Bill­fish Tour­na­ment in Septem­ber.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Zac Owens, 7, with his pend­ing record mar­lin, fa­ther Scott, brother Jake and Scott's mate, Bob Wit­combe.

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