Bumper bone­fish prize catch

Pilbara News - - SPORT - Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Young an­gler Sam Magee Doogan, aged 11 from Queens­land, was fish­ing at Mesa off the beach with his dad last week.

They were us­ing squid for bait on two lines that they had set up, with one small rod and one big surf rod.

Sam was slowly wind­ing in the line to check the bait, then felt a big strike. Sam had his drag set too tight pre­vi­ously and busted off on a fish, so he had the drag set light.

The line started peel­ing away fast, so he tight­ened the drag slightly.

The fish took a very long hard run and Sam kept wind­ing flat out but had to let his arms rest for a bit be­cause it was hard work.

Sam fi­nally got the fish in, but had no idea what it was! His dad thought it was a salmon, but a man said it was a bone fish, which is a highly prized sport­fish.

Sam was so happy be­cause he had never caught a fish this big and this pow­er­ful. The fish was kept for a few pics and re­leased healthily back to the sys­tem. Sam has en­tered our monthly fish­ing comp and hopes he wins to get him­self a cool shirt from the shop.

Rob Wid­dup and his wife Lucy come up from Aus­tralind ev­ery year and thor­oughly en­joy the fish­ing Ex­mouth has to of­fer. This week Rob caught a mon­ster Span­ish mack­erel that weighed 33kg.

The beast was caught out be­hind the is­lands in the gulf on Satur­day with a floater on a Daiwa Catalina 6500. The reel was al­most spooled on the first run but Rob man­aged to get the fish suc­cess­fully to the boat be­fore any sharks set in. It was a two-man job, though, to get the fish in­side the boat.

As you can imag­ine, it fed plenty that night, with many more meals planned ahead.

The con­tin­ued rain­fall, mixed with sunny days, is start­ing to green up the coun­try­side and we are sure it is great news for the man­grove-lined creeks in the gulf that are such an im­por­tant part of the ecosys­tem for the whole gulf and sur­round­ing waters.

We love the rain to feed these creeks and look for­ward to some rip­per sea­sons ahead, es­pe­cially with prawns, crabs and fish that rely on the micro­organ­isms and bait that live and breed in these ar­eas.

Many an­glers and vis­i­tors com­ing in to the shop were feel­ing quite re­stricted with the fish­ing op­tions and rain in re­cent weeks. How­ever, we have re­minded peo­ple that there is al­most al­ways some­where to go fish­ing and get out of bad weather in Ex­mouth.

Some an­glers headed to the ma­rina and oth­ers to the creeks. Tris­ten Wil­son, of Ger­ald­ton, headed down to the creeks in the gulf and used a slow-re­trieve lure which re­sulted in some great javelin fish. Other an­glers got some honker man­grove jacks up to 50cm, plus the usual bream and cod.

Danielle Pratt-Jenkin, also from Gero, went to the ma­rina and was blown away af­ter catch­ing a mas­sive flat­head and big man­grove jack us­ing poddy mul­let from the shop and 15kg braid. Danielle also got into the queen­fish in this area, which is close to the Ex­mouth Game Fish­ing Club.

Pic­ture: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Sam Magee Doogan, 11, with his bone­fish landed from the shore.

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