Anglers advised to narrow focus in Exmouth fishing

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Lucas Rampling, 6, with a mangrove jack caught in the marina.
Camera IconLucas Rampling, 6, with a mangrove jack caught in the marina. Credit: Tackle World Exmouth

The longtail tuna in the gulf have been showing up for visitors and locals heading out for that calm-weather window of a mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

Having said that, it hasn’t exactly been too rough either.

In fact, the water clarity has continued to be superb in the gulf, and with the small tidal difference this week, it should be a ripper for anyone able to get out during the working week.

It is interesting to note that anglers are continuing to show up in February, which is great for the town which is relatively quiet with such hot weather.

These groups are keen to get out and sample some of the great fishing for which Exmouth is renowned.

We always try to advise people to set a target species or two for the day though, rather than take everything out and go everywhere.

If you focus on something specific, you should have more success.

Visitors have also been getting into the billfish of late, particularly the small blacks and sailfish in the waters close to the back of the reef.

Small skirted lures from the Bluewater or Moldcraft range have been working well with light gauge hooks and medium outfits of 10kg-15kg.

Some crews have had baits to switch back to fussy fish, while others have simply trolled skirted gars on spin gear with Dubro clips.

Whichever method you choose, make sure your crew is constantly watching the spread, because it can be exciting to see one or sometimes a few fish crash the lures. The underwater dredge teasers have also been a winner of late, with crews noting they are raising more fish with these systems that add to the array of attraction.

Lucas Rampling, aged 6, enjoys wetting a line to target fish like his dad does.

On a recent weekend, Lucas had a ball chasing mangrove jacks in the marina. It was a rather hot weekend for anyone in town, but it certainly did not deter the kids from enjoying time to get out of the house and chase some fish.

The major event of GAMEX is a month away and it is building up to be yet another great event on the Exmouth calendar. About 200-plus visitors are expected to converge on the town for a week of fishing, fun, stories and competition.

About 60 locals usually take part, while about another 50 also volunteer during the event.

This year, the program is similar to previous events, featuring educational functions, social evenings and scientific studies based on game fishing. GAMEX directly brings more than $1 million to the region, and in-directly it generates much more through return visits and new interest from people who hear about the catches and results from the event.

To be part of this popular event, contact event co-ordinator Ben Knaggs via events@egfc.com. au

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