Keen an­glers have a whale of a time on the glassy sea

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

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.

Pic­tures: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Ben Craw­ford and his span­gled em­peror.

A cod caught off Ex­mouth by Mark Tay­lor.

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