Hook no has­sle for re-caught sail­fish

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

A sail­fish that was tagged on Oc­to­ber 16 by Scott Owens was re­cap­tured by Eddy Lawler on Oc­to­ber 31.

The very in­ter­est­ing part about this re-cap­ture was the fact that Scott had left the hook in the mouth of the fish.

Eddy re­trieved the hook and within two weeks you could clearly see how it was break­ing down to fall out.

Ob­vi­ously, the hook in the mouth and in­ter­ac­tion from tag­ging had no ef­fect on the fish con­tin­u­ing to hunt and it has been re-tagged and re­leased.

The blue mar­lin, striped mar­lin and black mar­lin are show­ing up in big­ger num­bers each day.

This is bring­ing an­glers from var­i­ous ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly over­seas, to char­ter ves­sels.

There has been by-catch of yel­lowfin tuna and mahi mahi by the crews tar­get­ing bill­fish, which is not too bad ei­ther. The big yel­lowfin start to show up in larger num­bers in Jan­uary, but we are happy to see them early this year.

De­spite the heat in­creas­ing in Novem­ber, the fish­ing can be awe­some in Ex­mouth through­out this time in town when it is quiet in other tourism-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

The best part is the lack of peo­ple us­ing the boat ramps or on the beaches, so get out and en­joy the quiet.

VLF Bay has had a stack of mack tuna feed­ing on small min­nows.

Large queen­fish have been among the schools of bait and the odd shark mack­erel.

Lures of choice are def­i­nitely the stick baits and me­tal slices.

Re­trieve these fast across the sur­face, or cast far and let the lure drop a few me­tres to then re­trieve fast. If that fails you can troll var­i­ous lures to pick up larger preda­tory fish.

If shore fish­ing is your only op­tion, take a medium spin out­fit and walk the tip of the cape with the wind at your back.

The morn­ings have had some strong south-east­er­lies blow­ing, and in the af­ter­noons south­west­er­lies have been kick­ing in.

Use pop­pers, stick baits, met­als and soft plas­tics for best re­sults and re­mem­ber that if you take a photo, send it in to us at the shop and you could be in the pa­per.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

The hook found in the mouth of the re­cap­tured fish.

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