Fishing heats up in Exmouth

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Brett Wolf with an Exmouth Gulf tuna caught on a lure.
Camera IconBrett Wolf with an Exmouth Gulf tuna caught on a lure. Credit: Tackle World

It’s a bit late but the heat is definitely here now with temperatures in the high 40s this week.

If you are out on the water, ensure you have plenty of drinking water and sun protection.

The water in the gulf has been heating up and so has the fishing.

Andrew Mulley, David Nye, Trevor Nye and Phill Mulley from Perth, were here through the week chasing all sorts in the gulf.

Phill got stuck into the Spanish mackerel, while Andrew Mulley caught an 11.5kg long tail tuna on 7kg line, as well as a wahoo in just 6m of water off Coopers Shoal.

We have never seen a wahoo in the gulf, nor one this tiny size.

Apparently, Josh Bruynzeel from On Strike has caught them in the gulf in November, along with mahi-mahi.

There were massive bust-ups on the surface in the canals this week and schools small trevally in their hundreds got stuck into baitfish on the rock edge.

Queenfish have been abundant in there too and this is another place to get some great action.

The organiser of a group of women called Going Solo, who love road trips, camping and travel, is coming to town to arrange a visit from 300 women in October.

The group will be doing all sorts of activities for the week, including a session on learning about fishing.

That time of year is perfect for sailfish in the gulf, so it will be great to get them out to see the spectacular fishing we have here.

They will also be learning about fishing basics, catching fish from the shore using lures and how to fillet their catch.

Billfishing is heating up again with small blacks and sailfish being the main species encountered by anglers targeting the waters off the back of the reef around the west side.

Small lures with ultra sharp hooks have worked well, along with skirted garfish.

Upcoming billfish tournaments should be interesting with the number of entrants looking good.

In tournaments, some anglers prefer to use the switch method to save on wasting time with incidental catches of other species.

However, if you use this method you really need to have everyone watching the teasers carefully.

Switching can be very successful and saves time if there are lots of mahi-mahi or wahoo about.

There have been many mahi-mahi reported and while they are good eating fresh, they can be a distraction when you want to just target billfish.

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