Keen anglers have a whale of a time on the glassy sea
Did you get out at the weekend fishing?
You should have because it was spectacular. Calm with plenty of wildlife and perfect conditions made for the heavenly weekend for those in Exmouth.
Whether it was fishing in the lower gulf, the west side or out wide off the Muiron Islands, all reports were fantastic. This was a much better report than last weekend. .
Juniors Jorja and Tahlia Mossman got in to the gold band jobfish, rankin cod, saddle tail and gold spot trevally during a family trip off Peak Island on Sunday.
The conditions were glass and they were greeted by some extremely friendly whales that came so close to the boat they could almost touch them.
The whales were amazing to see. The crew aboard were using baits for reef fish and trolled for a while for mackerel. To their surprise a marlin took to a trolled hard-bodied lure intended for a mackerel. It spat the hook but jumped enough for everyone to see, which was enough to encourage them to get out again this weekend.
In fact, on the same day juniors Harvey and Charlie Mitchell were also out off Tantabiddi chasing mackerel using a Halco Max when it was snaffled by a marlin. The crew onboard the Mitchell boat also managed to get into some tuna, and mahi mahi.
Meanwhile, other juniors Kalvin and Dean Gates were out chasing tuna and also seeing whales breach out of the water.
There were so many whales seen through the day of fishing that they lost count.
The boys did manage to land a striped tuna each and also got to see some incredible close-up vision of manta rays on the current lines off Town Beach on the way back to the marina.
There were about six boats in the area drifting along seeing all the manta rays feeding on the current line. Massive schools of mulies and yellowtail were also in this area and larger species like mackerel, tuna and cobia were sporadically feeding on the schools.
Birds were taking advantage of the hive of activity and picking up any leftovers on the surface.
It is great to see so much activity and such a healthy gulf system that we have here in Exmouth, and to see people enjoying it as well.
Mark Taylor comes up to Exmouth every year for his annual trip. He was in about 200m off Tantabiddi and pulled up a black spotted groper.
Groper and cod are sensational eating and this particular fish was thoroughly enjoyed by Mark’s family.
Mark was using bait and estimated the fish to be about 8kg.
Ben Crawford has entered a spangled emperor in this month’s fishing competition. The lighting on it is brilliant. Ben caught the fish using a surface lure in the prime time for spangoes, which is dawn or dusk.
Ben Crawford and his spangled emperor.
A cod caught off Exmouth by Mark Taylor.