Whales and sails active in the Exmouth Gulf

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Colin Dawe with a barcheek trout.
Camera IconColin Dawe with a barcheek trout. Credit: Tackle World Exmouth

The weekend brought mixed weather to Exmouth with the gulf a whitewash of chop with strong winds on Saturday, then very calm with glass conditions on Sunday.

The whales are everywhere and the gulf in particular has had some big numbers of mothers and calves.

Make sure you take good care when boating as they are often lazing on the surface or just below.

We usually say that where there are whales, there are sails.

Sailfish have started to move south from the Dampier waters.

Small black marlin have also shown up in larger numbers to the north.

Johan Willemse and his mates were travelling in a catamaran, fishing from Sydney to Perth, and stopped in at Onslow for fuel.

They came out and past Long Island and caught three black marlin in succession in 120m.

They stayed in Exmouth for a few days and headed back out to the ledge off the Muiron Islands and got on to some sailfish.

They also headed west of the lighthouse and hooked a big blue marlin but didn’t stay connected.

They have decided to stay longer in Exmouth with the great fishing on offer.

Pink is one of the most popular coloured lures for small blacks and sailfish. Small lures such as the Bluewater Pop, Moldfraft Super Chugger or Richter Soft Grassy work well with a single-hook rig.

Of course, if you are keen to use baits, you really can’t find anything better than a garfish rigged with a pink skirt, or even better a Moldcraft hooker head.

If you are not sure how to rig up these perfect baits drop in to the shop and ask the staff.

Some big whiting are around at the moment. Not a lot of numbers, but the ones that have been caught are thumpers. It is well worth the effort if you get onto a good patch.

Prawns are the best bait for these tasty critters but the small poppers are also fantastic fun and work exceptionally well, not to mention less prawn-bait stink.

Whiting are great for kids too, with no nasty spikes. So if you want to introduce a youngster to fishing, this is our recommendation because the beaches along the gulf are safe and easy for kids.

We just also encourage you to cover the kids up with good long-sleeve fishing clothes and have some good midge cream or spray in case the bities are out and about.

Yellowfin tuna have been showing up in good numbers around Helby Bank.

If you like sashimi, this is prime. Just make sure you have a good saltwater ice slurry along with good knowledge of how to bleed the fish and iki jime it for optimal consumption quality. If you’re not sure, again drop in and ask.

Maarit Mossman caught a 7.09kg yellowfin over the weekend and not only is this fish good for sashimi but it tastes great cooked.

Scarlet sea perch have been on the dinner plates of reef fishing anglers this week and how tasty are they?

You can catch these fish in about 100-150m depths off Tantabiddi.

Coral trout is another great-tasting fish that Colin Dawe caught recently using an Entice jig.

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