Tackleworld Exmouth weekly fishing report

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Jake Owens caught a giant trevally in the marina.
Camera IconJake Owens caught a giant trevally in the marina. Credit: Tackleworld Exmouth.

We love January for fishing. In fact, we love every month in Exmouth for fishing.

January is awesome because there are fewer people in town, the boat ramps are quiet and the fishing is hot.

Recent catches of yellowfin tuna have been epic and models around the 90kg mark have been landed.

Dale Hamilton is staying in Exmouth for more than a month on a fishing holiday and landed a cracking yellowfin that he is getting mounted to place on the wall of his home in Exmouth, when he finally moves here.

Dale Hamilton's yellowfin tuna.
Camera IconDale Hamilton's yellowfin tuna. Credit: Pictures: Tackleworld Exmouth, Tackleworld Exmouth.

Dale also had some insane days on the water chasing blue marlin. In his first four days Dale raised 44 billfish.

At one stage there was a striped marlin in the spread, then a blue appeared moments later.

Then a lure on the other side of the spread was smashed by a fish that turned out to be a black marlin.

The summer hot bite is a great lead-up to the heavy tackle tournament that is being held on the Australia Day long weekend.

Of course, GAMEX is creeping up and the Exmouth Game Fishing Club is hosting the Australian International Billfish Tournament the week before GAMEX.

There’s no doubt that there is lots of interest by anglers from around the country (and globe) in this fishery.

Archie McPherson with his queenfish.
Camera IconArchie McPherson with his queenfish. Credit: Tackleworld Exmouth.

Summer school holidays is a time when the youngsters get into the fishing more than any other time.

Late nights in the warmth at the marina can produce some good results, and that is exactly what young Jake Owens did as the sun was setting, when using mulies for bait.

Jake hooked up to a giant trevally while chasing mangrove jacks for the jack competition.

Another great catch in the marina was a big javelin fish.

Bream are ever present and large Spanish flag have moved into this hot little fishing area. One or two big cod have been challenging and although we know there are some good sharks in there, we haven’t seen one landed.

The other bonus on certain nights before the Moon rises is the amazing phosphorescence that appears from small batfish in the water.

Our kids call them flare fish, and it is awesome for the kids (big and small) to watch as they dart around and spin in circles and leaving trails off bright light momentarily behind them.

Archie McPherson is another enthusiastic junior angler in town who has enjoyed the summer fishing in Exmouth and caught a ripper queenfish on a popper off the shore.

We recommend using poppers for kids as a lure because it is so visual as it works across the surface of the water.

Queenfish can be very competitive and aggressive when chasing down a popper and it is tantalising to watch. We also recommend changing the trebles to a single in-line hook at the rear.

This helps with the safe retrieval of the hook and release of the fish.

Many fish can flip about when trying to retrieve hooks and the queenfish is renowned for it.

The last thing you want is a hook in the fish and the other in your arm, so we also recommend crushing the barbs so it can easily be taken out.

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