Trout strikesteals show

Tackleworld ExmouthPilbara News

Jake Fitz was stickbaiting the Muiron Islands with some Jackson Kaikens this week and managed to get some good spangoes and a 57cm trout that came to the surface for a great visual strike.

The spangled emperor were competing with others which also made for great visual attacks on the lure in the crystal-clear waters.

Bunbury fisherman Jamie Campbell and friends came up for a few days when the forecast looked good. The crew fished depths between 70-110m using squid baits to target reef species. They managed to catch red emperor, saddle tail, goldband jobfish and even scored a coral trout from the deep.

Daniel Charsley, who turns 17 this week, went out with his dad last weekend to target billfish.

The youngster blitzed it on the day, landing a black marlin, a blue marlin and a sailfish.

To have this angler and another grand slam recently by small-fry angler Zac Owens, 7, is amazing and shows how great the fishing can be here off Exmouth in awesome grounds that are so close to shore. In fact, it also shows people one of the main reasons that the Exmouth Game Fishing Club hosts the annual Australian Junior Billfish Tournament.

This year it will be held from September 29 to October 1, with local teams and anglers travelling from afar. Junior angler Jet Worsteling will be here with his mum and dad from Melbourne to compete during their annual holiday after the Perth Boat Show.

Tara Golding came to Exmouth from Port Hedland to target billfish. She went out with her sister Rowena and caught her first black marlin.

Another keen female angler has been in Exmouth for days on charter targeting billfish on fly. We also had the Ladies Day tournament on the weekend with Raquel Roche and Anna Passmore catching their first striped marlin. Their team on Azura took out the tag section and Champion Boat Overall, while Kajiki won heaviest mahi mahi and In Deep won heaviest tuna.

Team Balls Deep got a sailfish and the weather was insanely good with light winds and calm seas.

There has been loads of squid about near Learmonth this week and plenty of anglers reporting good catches. Smaller jigs seem to be the hot favourite. Crabs in the gulf have slowed in the past week.

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