Visiting angler hooks massive GT in Exmouth

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Jacques Thofern with his ripper 30kg GT caught from the shore.
Camera IconJacques Thofern with his ripper 30kg GT caught from the shore. Credit: Tackle World Exmouth

It is definitely winter now! The cooler temperatures have really set in as we head towards August with some wintry winds blowing in from the south.

It is a great time to target the giant trevally from the shore, particularly during the new moon phase.

Be well-prepared though if this is your choice of target species, because the GTs are rather harsh on gear.

It is also good to be well prepared for the darkness, conditions and cold with a good head torch, rock boots, gloves, and a thorough check of the swell and tides.

All these elements are factors in whether you will have success with cruising fish along the foreshore at dusk.

Of course, we recommend starting your casting around half an hour before sunset and then about an hour past it.

Dawn can also be a great time to target these species and you can expect to encounter just about anything from cod to sharks, herring, long toms and spangled emperor.

Jacques Thofern is a 24-year-old angler from Germany.

He has been in Exmouth telling us how he loves to walk along the beaches and search for big fish in shallow waters.

On his first day he grabbed the heavy spinning gear and went down to the beach near Bundegi.

After four hours of heavy casting, he saw a big shadow just a few meters from him.

His lure was behind the fish and he watched the fish turn and totally nail the lure.

It started with an unstoppable run taking over 150m.

The reel was a Penn Slammer 7500 and Thofern nearly completely locked the drag with what he estimated was about 27kg.

Thofern thought it must be a massive fish and kept his rod high and used short pumps to gain line. After just seven minutes, he landed the fish.

He was amazed at the sheer size of it, which he measured to be 128cm long and over 30kg.

After a quick photo the hardy fish went straight back into the ocean for someone else to enjoy another day.

Elsewhere, coral trout and rankin cod have been taking a liking to soft plastics jigged on the shoals of late with reports of several coming in to the store this week.

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