May proves magical for Exmouth fishers
This would have to be the best May for a while with some incredible catches from out deep, in shallow waters, off the shore and on the spear.
The billfishing scene is rather exciting at the moment broadbill swordfish were caught by three different vessels in a week.
The sunsets have been sensational and calm conditions have been perfect for anyone wetting a line.
Daniel Ford and his dad Richard were up from Perth and fished off Pilgramunna during the day and anchored inside the reef at night.
They caught red emperor and rankin cod in the 60m depths, then a sailfish in the waters at the back of the reef.
They also got in to some dolphin fish and mackerel.
Inside the reef at night the guys had a heap of fun catching and releasing some spangled emperor and managed to get some fresh squid for the next night’s dinner in the lights.
The guys did some snorkelling inside the reef.
The tip of the North West Cape is an interesting place to fish and has various fish that come in from the deep waters close at the northern end of the Ningaloo Reef.
This area has produced some cracking fish including a whopper bluebone caught by Luke Wilson from the Mildura Wreck shore.
Learmonth Jetty has had good reports of queenfish and some honker squid.
While the jetty itself is a great place to fish and get in to some deeper water, the beaches are also productive.
Don’t hesitate to patrol the beaches, particularly on the high tide in search of schools of fish close to shore.
The large numbers of whiting have been prevalent and easy to spot using polarised sunglasses.
We recommend using prawns for bait for the whiting and berley can also bring fish closer to your presentation.
Berley can also bring in garfish and squid.
Whiting can also be avid lure takers and little poppers such as the Strada Virals and Jackson Pygmy Box Series have been very successful.
Lures also make it more exciting and far less messy.
Whiting fishing can be awesome for kids, not to mention the dinner plate.
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