Whether you want to chase fish off the shore or out off
shore this week, it is all good. Simon
and friend Con from Perth were fishing near Nedís camp this week from the
shore. The two men were chasing
nothing in particular but a relaxing holiday.
Species they encountered included golden trevally, queenfish, spangled
emperor, giant trevally and, the greatly sought after by fly fishers,-bonefish.
Avid flyfishing anglers spend thousands of dollars chasing these fish all
over the country, but these guys simply stumbled across them.
The guys also had trouble with large fish screaming line off their reels
at dawn and dusk. Although they
never got to see what the species was, we think it was one of the many bronze
whaler sharks that patrol the coastline at that time.
Graham Page was out with fellow fisher Keith Woodwood in
deep waters chasing reef fish. They
caught red emperor, job fish, sweet lip and honeycomb cod: all tasty table fish.
At one stage Keith looked over the side of the boat to see a marlin in
the clear waters thrashing its head. It
was attached to Grahamís line! Before they knew it, the relatively young
pelagic hunter screamed off and spat the hook.
This was Grahams first time hooked up to a billfish.
Needless to say, the next day he invested in a new rod and reel to
seriously look at chasing these magnificent fish on the next trip.
The Exmouth Game fishing Club held a records fishing day on
Sunday. Although many species could
have been brought in for records, only one fish took weight on the scales.
It was a 31kg sailfish caught on 8kg; a pending state record for junior
angler Bridget Wright. Well done
Bridget. There were eight boats out that day in the gulf chasing the
abundant sailfish. The sailfish
were feeding on the surface around the bait schools. Birds would start bombing in to where the sails were feeding
to pick up any morsels left floating. The
sailfish were so active that they were striking baitfish right out of the water
with their sails up. It was amazing
for all to see. The anglers on the
Bluewater hire boat tagged the most fish using circle hooks and switching baits
back to hungry fish raised in the hook-less teasers.
This week end, Nov 6th and 7th is the Betta Electrical Billfish Bonanza. It is a two day competition for tag and release of billfish only. We thoroughly recommend using circle hooks and Billfish Foundation tags. Anyone not sure on how to use these applications that are fish friendly and give better results, please call in to Bluewater Tackle and we will be happy to help. Entry forms for this event can be picked up at Exmouth Tackle and Camping, Bettsyís Seafood and Tackle, Bluewater Tackle and Betta Electrical.