Tight lines beat the winter blues in Exmouth

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A boy and grandfather fishing offshore in Exmouth this winter.
Camera IconA boy and grandfather fishing offshore in Exmouth this winter. Credit: Tackle World Exmouth

Is it school holidays already?

It’s crazy how time flies, so my suggestion is to stop procrastinating and get out there and fish.

The billfishing scene has picked up, and despite us thinking years ago that billfish didn’t bite in winter, they definitely do.

Some crews have had up to 10 bites a day on billfish and the broadbill swordfish are getting targeted in the day by those keen anglers who have patience and persistence.

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Squid have been everywhere and a couple of locals got 30 in one small session.

Chinaman fish have also been on the menu for some anglers this week, with reports coming in from anglers fishing inside and outside the reef. These tasty fish are partial to just about any lure or bait.

Make sure you have the correct size limit for them before taking the fish for eating.

If you are unsure of limits or identification of species, Recfishwest and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development have good apps and information electronically that you can access.

Some people are not computer-savvy and have come in to the store recently to ask for printed information. We are happy to assist wherever we can to ensure you are on the right track.

The crabs and prawns should be firing up in the gulf after the recent rains and we expect it will be busy for the school holiday period.

Again, make sure you have the correct licence for netting and fishing from a boat.

If you are targeting these tasty critters, it also pays to have a rod or two handy for other species that frequent the lower gulf.

Lures such as the 28g Strada Spoon for queenfish or the Cultiva Savoy Shad for trevally or various poppers for cod work well.

The Exmouth Game Fishing Club has a swap meet at the weekend for fishing gear and the derby between the Dockers and Eagles is on, so get down to support your club and enjoy the views, drinks and food while talking fishing.

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