Reef’s re­ward a fat GT FISH­ING WITH WES

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Wes Francks More fish­ing on The Great­est Catch, Wed­nes­days at 11am on Spirit 102.9

This week, we visit a mag­nif­i­cent Kim­ber­ley icon that goes by the name of Scott Reef with a cou­ple of Broome Fish­ing Club stalwarts, Ross and Tracey New­ton, from Reel­teaser Char­ters. Be­lieve me, these guys can fish and the reef has been fir­ing well this year.

Scott Reef is just shy of 200 nau­ti­cal miles from the In­done­sian coast and 240 nau­ti­cal miles north-west of Broome.

These wa­ters are fre­quented by In­done­sian fish­er­man who are tra­di­tion­ally al­lowed to fish in the area as well as a few char­ter com­pa­nies — other­wise these pris­tine wa­ter­ways are very much un­touched.

The reef this year has pro­duced out­stand­ing cap­tures of mas­sive golden trevally while trolling pop­per lures as well as stick baits — check out the mas­sive GT in the photo.

I have had the priv­i­lege of catch­ing a cou­ple down in the Pil­bara and they do put up a fight. The reef has also pro­duced some epic coral trout ac­tion, with fish com­ing up from un­der bom­mies or from the depths to smash pop­per and stick bait lures.

For the bill­fish and pe­lagic fa­nat­ics, the sail­fish­ing has been noth­ing short of out­stand­ing, with some fish com­ing in around the 40kg mark and plenty of them. Add to this plenty of dog tooth tuna, an­other mag­nif­i­cent fight­ing and much sought-af­ter pe­lagic species. Yel­low fin tuna have also been caught in good num­bers and some de­cent wa­hoo made an ap­pear­ance.

Scott Reef is an epic fish­ing des­ti­na­tion all fish­ers should put at the top of their bucket list, and every­one I know that has vis­ited this amaz­ing place have all had re­turn trips.

That’s it from me — tight lines to all.

Pic­ture: Ross New­ton

A Scott Reef fish­er­man with a mas­sive cap­ture.

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