Snag­ging a mon­ster mackie no mean feat

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

The talk of the fish­ing fra­ter­nity in town this week is with­out doubt the ab­so­lute cracker mackie caught by young an­gler Daniel Chars­ley that weighed a very im­pres­sive 30.2kg.

The horse Span­ish mack­erel was caught on a Kaiken 180 stick­bait and had Daniel on the edge of his seat the whole time from bite to land­ing.

Ken Collings has also en­tered a queen­fish in the monthly comp that mea­sured over one me­tre.

His huge queen­fish was caught on a soft plas­tic us­ing a new combo pur­chased that week. The fish was snared off Janz ac­cess and it is good to see the big quee­nies get­ting in close to shore. There has been a few also around the gulf side, par­tic­u­larly Bun­degi.

It can be ex­as­per­at­ing to stand on the bow of your boat and look into the clear wa­ters with dozens of them milling around the boat so close that it is hard to cast.

At times like these a small pop­per or metal slice cast off to the side and re­trieved er­rat­i­cally can work well, es­pe­cially if they com­pete for it. The vis­ual side of this fish­ing is awe­some and we are lucky to have such crys­tal-clear wa­ters in our area.

The squid off the ma­rina have been in good num­bers for some an­glers. Last week there were sev­eral dugongs spot­ted in the ar­eas south of the ma­rina as well, which was a bonus for vis­it­ing an­glers Jack and Brooke Wil­son from Mel­bourne, who also caught their first squid.

The con­di­tions were ab­so­lute glass, yet there was a strong northerly ham­per­ing other boat­ing en­thu­si­asts fur­ther to­wards the Mu­iron Is­lands. Luck­ily, we have some good op­tions for small boats close to shore such as these grounds and some a lit­tle deeper that can also be good for blue­bone, var­i­ous em­peror and golden trevally.

Are you a lady an­gler? The Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club is pre­par­ing for the Ladies Day Tour­na­ment on Au­gust 12 and tra­di­tion tells me it will be a great day.

In the past there has been some amaz­ing sta­tis­tics with tuna and mack­erel, while the lun­cheon has been an ab­so­lute treat. I’d rec­om­mend get­ting a team to­gether, or if you want to join a team, con­tact the club via sec­re­tary@egfc.com.au.

The an­nual GAMEX tour­na­ment in 2018 will be the 40th and en­tries are al­ready open for this highly-ac­claimed event.

An­glers come from all States and overseas to com­pete for the var­i­ous fish on of­fer and en­joy the ca­ma­raderie of a re­mote coastal coun­try town that has such an amaz­ing fish­ery.

Re­search is now a big part of the event and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties al­low the an­glers to tell lots of fishy tales over cold ales.

In 1969 the first an­nual fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion was in­cor­po­rated with the town’s cel­e­bra­tion of Gala Week, held in the Au­gust/Septem­ber school hol­i­days.

In Oc­to­ber 1977 a group of keen game­fish­er­men in­clud­ing John Hall­worth, Jim Gher­ardi, Bruce Stronach, Des Ryan and Kathy Ryan met at Wally Wil­liam’s res­i­dence and re-formed the Game Fish­ing Club as we know it to­day.

In that year the fledg­ling Club worked in con­junc­tion with the Tourist Bu­reau to run GAMEX.

The club con­sti­tu­tion was first printed in De­cem­ber 1977. In 1978 Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club con­ducted the Gamex Tour­na­ment and reg­is­tered the name.

So re­ally, if the first fish­ing event was in 1969, then it is the 50th event. Tech­ni­cally speak­ing it is the 40th GAMEX.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Daniel Chars­ley's mon­ster 30.2kg mackie.

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