Tackleworld Exmouth weekly fishing report

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Jake Owens and Kalvin Gates with a gulf flathead and whiting caught from the shore.
Camera IconJake Owens and Kalvin Gates with a gulf flathead and whiting caught from the shore. Credit: Tackleworld Exmouth

If you suffer from hayfever, it is best to stay inside, clean the fishing gear and make some rigs.

The weekend has had some serious dust storms in Exmouth and although certain protected areas have been fishable, the haze of red dust has been horrendous.

Preparation is important for success with fishing and maintenance of gear is a tip I can give for anyone wishing to make the most of the good days on the water.

Learmonth jetty has had good reports of queenfish lately, along with some honker squid.

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While the jetty itself is a great place to fish and get into some deeper water, the beaches either side are also very productive.

Don’t hesitate to patrol the beaches, particularly at high tide, in search of schools of fish close to shore.

The large numbers of whiting have been prevalent of late and easy to spot using polarised sunglasses.

We recommend using prawns for bait for the whiting and berley can also aid in bringing fish closer.

Berley can also bring in other species, such as garfish and squid.

Whiting can be avid lure takers and little poppers such as the Strada Virals and Jackson Pygmy Box Series have been successful of late.

Lures also make it a little more exciting and far less messy.

Sailfish have continued to fire in the gulf, with reports of multiple hook-ups and sightings of several fish feeding on the surface.

Some crews have been trolling skirted garfish, while others have tried small pushers to raise hungry sailfish.

This method has been surprising effective during times other than high tide and the drop of the high tide, which seems to be the time the fish are fixated on the bait balls that have been pushed to the surface by the pods of sailfish.

Marlin have also continued to show up in good numbers off the west side and results from vessels heading that way in search of billfish have been consistently good.

Teams are starting to plan for the 50th GAMEX in March and inquiries from Florida, the East Coast and WA are starting to come in.

The first night of the event is a chance for everyone to catch up at the the Rig and Gig night.

Anglers and visitors can listen to some of WA’s premier skippers that have world recognition in the billfishing fraternity.

Topics and skippers include:

Swordfish with Ross Newton of Reel Teaser Fishing Adventures.

Blue marlin with Eddy Lawler of Peak Sportfishing Charters.

Black marlin and sailfish with Josh Bruynzeel of On Strike Charters

Reef fishing with Bernie Vale of Mahi Mahi Fishing Charters.

Light Tackle Tactics with John Prince of Team Awesum.

Sportfish with Brendon Hawker of Innkeeper Sportfishing.

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