Gamex fishing comp off to a great start

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The Recfishwest Free Family Fun Day with heaps of excited kids enjoying the fishing.
Camera IconThe Recfishwest Free Family Fun Day with heaps of excited kids enjoying the fishing. Credit: Picture: Tackleworld Exmouth, Tackleworld Exmouth.

GAMEX 2018 has begun.

Friday’s Rig and Gig night was a huge success, with every seat in the clubhouse taken and people standing to catch up with friends, learn about rigging techniques and then party on with great music.

There were a couple of live Facebook feeds created and it was wonderful to see the turnout on the first night.

More than 220 anglers, fishing from 56 boats, have entered.

Exmouth Shire president Matt Niikkula, who has fished Gamex several times, opened the town’s 50th annual event.

Recfishwest chief executive Andrew Rowland explained the results of scientific research from last year’s GAMEX, including the fact the 15kg black marlin captured last year was calculated to be 156 days old.

Saturday’s boat auction was very entertaining and raised a lot of funds for the EGFC.

Day one of GAMEX on Sunday started with five billfish being tagged in the first 15 minutes.

It then proceeded to 10 in the first hour, 10 more in the second hour and another 10 in the third hour.

By the end of the day there had been 171 billfish raised, 123 hooked and 68 tagged, with a smattering of sailfish, as well as a few blue marlin and a stack of black marlin.

Some fish were estimated at close to 200kg, while others were as small as 5kg.

There was a lot of excitement on the radio and there is no doubt the fishing fraternity globally is going to be whispering about the statistics, especially considering only three of the teams are chasing billfish specifically.

We are hoping the fishing will improve as the week continues with a great moon phase and tides, as well as a tropical low way north.

Sunday’s Recfishwest Free Family Fun Day was a great success, with more than 20 kids learning about fishing , having a fish in front of the clubhouse and playing on the fish simulator.

The kids enjoyed a sausage sizzle, cake and icy poles, followed by some water fun games.

It was a sensational day for weather and all the kids took home a prize and some goodies from the day.

The results of GAMEX are posted each day on the GAMEX Facebook page and we hope to see all the local sponsors of this event at the appreciation function tomorrow from 5pm-6pm.

The fish-filleting demonstrations are daily during weigh-in times and visitors are encouraged to come and learn how to make the most of their catch and minimise waste.

There are also often plenty of samples after the filleting demonstration for anyone to take home.

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