Staycations produce great fishing for Exmouth locals

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Shaun Tunstall with a chinaman fish.
Camera IconShaun Tunstall with a chinaman fish. Credit: Tackle World Exmouth

The only thing predictable about the weather at the moment is the fact it is unpredictable.

Luckily we live in an area where the fishing from shore has so many options to get you out of the wind, while also, the fishing from a boat includes great areas close to launching facilities.

With all the technology at our fingertips these days, it’s interesting to see weather patterns showing wind direction, which can seem crazy at times.

Last week it was absolute glass in the morning on the west side, but the wind picked up from the south-east inside the reef to 25 knots, while outside the reef was just five knots.

Groups have been visiting here on extended trips to get out deep and target the billfish for which Exmouth is renowned.

The black marlin have already started to show up in big numbers, with many reports of fish tagged.

The big blues are about, while striped marlin are less common.

Jake Owens, 7, hooked what was believed to be a blue marlin at first but turned out to be a massive sailfish estimated at 100kg.

Jake did an amazing job on the rod and reel, while brother Zac, 9, encouraged him.

The day before, Zac had caught two black marlin, a sailfish and a blue marlin, although the blue marlin didn’t stay connected for a tag shot. The excitement is building for the Heavy Tackle tournament that is on this long weekend.

Lots of locals have been having some brilliant staycations in our beautiful backyard and enjoying the camping and fishing in the beaches, with few tourists about.

Shaun Tunstall was one of the lucky locals who managed also to get a cracking fish from the shore, with the chinaman cod pictured.

It was caught off the beach using cooked prawn as bait.

These fish are a delight to eat and, it fed many happy crew.

The recent neap tides and calm waters helped spearfishers.

Perth’s Daniel Haliday got into a mixed bag in the gulf with bluebone, coral trout and Spanish mackerel.

He also bought a cray loop and snared an ornate green and red rock lobster.

The marina and beaches close to town are good short distances to get kids a fish.

If you’re new to town or not sure what’s on offer, drop in to ask at Tackle World Exmouth.

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