Exmouth Fishing Report #32 - August 31st 06

Fishing Report #32 - August 31st 2006 - Courtesy of Scott Forbes - EGFC

Gail Meredith and her boyfriend Marijan are up on holidays from Perth and have been having a great time fishing from shore around Exmouth. Gail got the surprise of her life when she hooked onto a huge barracuda from the beach at Bundegi. The big barracuda which Gail and Marijan estimated to be close to 20kg was released after a couple of quick photos. Whilst Gail certainly caught the biggest fish of their holiday Marijan definitely caught the best eating fish in the form of a couple of whopper spangled emperor which he caught off the shore in Lighthouse bay.

Baitfish have been copping a hammering around the Muiron Islands with just about every form of pelagic getting into the action. Big Longtail tuna, Spanish mackerel, shark mackerel and cobia have all been caught by anglers throwing poppers into the fleeing baitfish on the surface.

Queenfish are starting to make an appearance for anglers fishing off the beaches on the west coast. Mildura wreck Rd and Trisel access have been the better spots to fish. There have been plenty of gold spot trevally around the 4kg mark along the west coast. Kevin’s son Lyall Cotterell outfished his father last week catching plenty of spanglies, trevally and queenfish. All fish were caught from the shore and the majority released, with only a few making the pan each night for a fresh feed.

The marina is certainly turning in to a marine haven with all sorts of species cruising in to the expanded waters. At times you can clearly see tusk fish, bream, squid and baitfish from the rockwalls and pathways. Inquisitive dolphins often come through around dusk and the odd groper and shark have also been spotted.

A couple of Exmouth crew headed up to Dampier last week to chase the loads of billfish that have been tagged. Despite not many being located, there was an interesting capture of a black marlin estimated at 2kg. The feisty little critter was gently tagged and released, while others nearby were caught that were estimated at around 4kg.

One marlin tagged recently in Dampier had a tag in it already and the fish had been previously caught off Exmouth. We are awaiting further information from the Billfish Foundation regarding this fish and will keep you informed.

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