No doubt about it: fishing enthusiasts are not deterred by
extremes. From strong winds,
especially at night, the weather has changed its mind and given us high
temperatures, instead. Despite the
mercury reaching 44o C there are still enthusiastic reports of good
catches in the Exmouth area.
One happy angler is Sascha O’Meara who, after living in
town 2 years and not really bothering much about fishing, is now talking about
her baptism by fire. The cause of
all her dilemma was her first hook-up to an almighty large fish.
Not really all that too comfortable in a small tinnie out on the briny,
and not too confident about the strength needed to rise to the whole challenge,
she got tired winding in the line and tried to pass the gear over to her
companion at sea, the skipper. However,
she was firmly told that since she had hooked the fish it was her duty to do it
the honour of pitching her skill against the odds, that is: to wind the
so-and-so thing in, or else! After
a bit of a struggle the fish turned out to be a big Golden Trevally.
Sascha was all smiles once the fish was landed, photographed and
After having been thrown in the deep end that way, Sascha
went on to confidently catch and release many quality fish throughout the day,
and the list included mackerel, queenfish with all their display and antics, a
variety of reef fish, and ended the day with a magnificent Giant Herring.
Another happy story comes from Murray, who has been
trolling off shore from Warroora Station. Using
Halco Lures, Murray has hooked and released some sizzling GT’ up to 30kg, as
well as long-tail tuna and one small marlin.
Other anglers report goods action at Learmonth Jetty with
Queenies, Golden Trevally, mackerel and squid.
Also the old favourite location: the marina, is still offering Queenies,
Bream and the odd Mangrove Jack starting to show up again for the first time
since last Summer.
There are still plenty of whiting along the shores close to
town, and one fly fishing enthusiast from Perth worked all the beaches up from
Coral Bay and had a ball sight-casting to Golden Trevally.
Another fly-fishing enthusiast, also from Perth, was wading the flats
around Old Bundegi and had a great time with Queenfish and small Trevally.
With plenty of fish activity out there, there’s no excuse not to get out on the water and have a go!