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IGFA and Stanford University – Great Marlin Race

There is very exciting news this week for the Exmouth Game Fishing Club.
The annual Gamex tournament at Exmouth will this coming March 2012 be part of the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) Great Marlin Race. The Great Marlin Race is a partnership between IGFA and the USA’s Stanford University that pairs recreational anglers with cutting-edge science to learn more about the basic biology of marlin and how they utilise the open ocean habitat.   The goal of the program is to deploy 50 pop-up archival tags (PAT) in marlin at billfish tournaments around the world each year, and a limited number of these tags will be available to Gamex anglers, with the tournament running from March 9-17.   Gamex and Exmouth is the ONLY Australian Tournament and location that has been chosen for 2012. (We feel very privileged!!)  This effort will increase understanding of distribution, population structure and biology of marlin and engage anglers and the general public in the research process.

By increasing the understanding of where these animals go and how they use the pelagic ecosystem, it will provide valuable information to the resource managers and policy makers responsible for ensuring their long-term conservation.  One hundred and twenty days after each tag is deployed, it automatically releases itself from the fish and transmits information such as the fish’s path, depth profiles, and sea temperatures to earth-orbiting ARGOS satellites.  Tag sponsors, anglers and the general public will be able to view the migration routes of tagged marlin through Google Earth-enabled maps on the Great Marlin Race website where pop-up tag locations and animal tracks are displayed.

The subsidised cost of each tag is $4000.   The marlin, and sponsor, whose tag travels the farthest of all 50 tags will be recognised at the annual IGFA International Auction and Banquet in January 2013, while the angler who tags the winning fish in the Exmouth leg of the 2011/12 Great Marlin Race will receive a free five-year membership to EGFC and free entry to Gamex 2013.

The Exmouth Game Fishing Club believes it is fantastic opportunity to place Exmouth firmly on the international game fishing map and to support scientific research and marlin conservation.   To sponsor a tag email Exmouth Game Fishing Club at, with tags sold on a first come, first served basis. For more information visit go to .

Accommodation for GAMEX and AIBT 2012

The Exmouth Game Fishing Club is getting itself organised for the 2012 season of GAMEX and AIBT. Last year we saw record numbers of boats and fishermen come into the town for this ever popular event. With accommodation at a premium I would like to urge you to book your holiday homes now. I still have some vacancy in some of our most popular homes.

A nice marlin caught off Exmouth

GAMEX dates- 10 March – 17 March

AIBT dates – 19 March – 25 March

Coral – sleeps 4 singles in two queen beds and two single beds. Tariff – $170 a night

Turtle – sleeps 2 singles in two queen beds. Tariff – $180 a night

Oyster – Sleeps 6 singles in two queen beds and 2×2 sets of bunks. Tariff – $180 a night

Tusk – only available from March 18 – 25. Sleeps up to 9 singles in one King bed, two queen beds, one single bed and 2×2 sets of bunks. Tariff – $230 – $320 a night

Mandu – ON THE CANALS and the closest holiday house to the Marina and the Exmouth Game Fishing Club. Why is this not booked!!?? Sleeps 6 singles in 3 King beds which unzip to make 6 King Singles. Tariff – $300 a night.

(Ningaloo Reef Holidays is a sponsor of GAMEX) See you all at the competition, make sure you introduce yourselves if I haven’t met you yet.


Fishing Report – 3.06.2011

Pic isDarrel Spicer’s mate from Perth with a cracker blue swimmer…(sorry, don’t know his name!)

Darrel Spicer had some mates from Perth visit recently and they all decided to get some crabs in the gulf.  To their utmost surprise they got some cracking blue swimmers including the one pictured this week that was an
impressive 185cm! Oops, I think they meant millimetres? Still a VERY impressive crab! The boys from Perth couldn’t believe the size of the crabs in the Bay of Rest and the amount of them. The season for crabs has certainly been a great one and perhaps it is from all the rains we had early in the year.
There have been some keen GT anglers up from Albany this week in search of big fish.  The boys are armed with large poppers, barbless hooks and heavy braid.  They plan to catch and release a few, while also getting out to
target some other fish in very deep water.  They believe there would be blue eye trevalla here and are planning to go out in 500m+ depths to try for them using standard manual reels….ouch! I will let you know next week if they are successful.
A few lads from Bluewater Scarborough are here this week and have been blessed with glass conditions and good fishing. Interestingly, on one day they pulled in to Bundegi and were surveyed by some Fisheries researchers.
They had other boats and anglers reporting very little, while the Scarborough boys had filled a sheet with various species.  They boys had caught and released everything from tiny Charlie court cod to shark mackerel, queenfish, gold spot trevally, giant trevally, golden trevally, long tail tuna to 20kg, sharks, long toms and Spanish mackerel.  They had also tried some local squid for a few reef species and caught bluebone, spangled emperor, rankin cod, coral trout and a Spanish flag.  It was a mixed bag for the day and while they released plenty, they also had some fresh fish for dinner that night.
The Exmouth Classic reef fishing competition is on June 17-19, so make sure you get your entries in early to avoid disappointment.  Last year there were some great catches and this year Fisheries will be here again to do research on fish brought in for the competition.  Entry forms can be filled out at the clubhouse or the local tackle stores.

Darrel Spicer's MATE with a blue swimmer

Fishing Report 04.05.2011

Steve, Scott and Brett are three mates who have come up from Mandurah for a couple of weeks fishing.  The trio have been out catching a variety of species including yellowfin tuna, dolphin fish, northern blue tuna and a
honker long nose emperor.  A photo would have been good, but apparently Steve was unable to work the camera when asked to take the photo…? The boys have given Steve a lot of grief, but they are having loads of fun. Surprisingly others staying at the caravan park have commented on there being ‘no fish about’ this week, but the boys are certainly on the right spots! They hope to catch a billfish and some GT’s on their trip as well.

The crabs have continued to show up in the gulf and despite many tourists being here over the Easter break, there still seems to be many blue manners about.  One customer was even throwing nets from the beach and getting
plenty for a fresh feed.  Others have been scooping them in the shallows, while a few people have reported muddies as well in the mangroves. Quite a few locals are quite sick of eating crabs! They are best eaten fresh and
don’t freeze well, so it’s good to see many people taking enough for a fresh feed only.
The monthly fishing competition was a little quiet in April for pictures, but we did manage to get this cracking shot of Nerida Baker with a whopping 12kg red emperor.  Nerida was fishing with some friends in Coral Bay over
the Easter holidays.  Using mulie for bait she caught this awesome red. Other entrants this last month included Kimberley Jongeling with an amazing 10kg golden trevally, however, the winner was Kye Venrooy with his
spectacular spangled emperor from the marina.

All pics can be viewed in store and all entrants go in to the draw for $700 worth of fishing gear at the end of the year.  Kye wins a gift voucher in store, while other monies raised goes to Exmouth Volunteer Marine Rescue and the Exmouth Game Fishing Club.

Fishing Report Easter 2011

Nice big Ruby Jobbie

What a busy town Exmouth has been over the Easter break.  There was not one room in any accommodation place available, nor were there even empty camp sites! As you can imagine the boat ramps and beaches were flat out too as the weather was ‘picture-perfect.’

At town beach before sunrise there have been schools of baitfish getting harassed by predatory species such as trevally and small queenfish.  It is spectacular to watch and so is the sunrise! This coming week is good tides to be there and target the whiting, so make sure you have some prawn bait ready along with some small long shank hooks and a bit of berley for the whiting at dawn.

The fishing was a little slow over the Easter break.  The full moon, biggest tides of the year and super-moon phase may have had something to do with it all. However, there were still reports late in the long weekend of mackerel, ranking, reds, and billfish by different anglers.

One tasty delight this week has been the run of yellow fin tuna off the cape.  There have been several reports of large yellow fin in schools off the Muiron Island’s and the tip of the cape.  The weed has been rather thick of late and trolling lures has been challenging, however, there has been some fish amongst it all.

Suze Gerovich and Taygen Dray were residents of Exmouth, working here at Bluewater Tackle for the last year.  They, like so many others, stopped in Exmouth on a trip around Australia and ‘got stuck’. They have finally moved on with their travels, but will be back in around twelve months to settle in Exmouth.  Before their departure they had a few days off around the west side chasing fish in the shallows, ruby’s out wide and billfish.  The ruby fishing was sensational and pictured this week is Taygen with his first catch of ruby in deep water.

Australian International Billfish Tournament in Exmouth

Records were broken before any boats hit the water for the Australian International Billfish Tournament last week.  There were 67 boats entered: the largest on record.  This also resulted in the largest number of competitors.  The Exmouth Game Fishing Club are checking to see if they have also had more billfish tagged than any other AIBT event, with 114 tagged billfish.  The billfishing was quiet for Exmouth standards, but only a handful of boats did not catch a fish over the three days.  It was perfect weather conditions with the Exmouth gulf glassing off every day to make a great view for patrons at the Exmouth Game Fishing Club house.
It all began on the Tuesday morning with the Bertram Champagne Breakfast and sailpast flare start at the marina.  All the boats lined up in front of the clubhouse and took off at once, while wives, sponsors and interested locals watched from ashore.  Photographer Sascha Unger got some spectacular photographs from the Birds Eye View Ultralight and all the boats safely proceeded to start the days’ fishing.
The results were:
Champion Team Tag and Release Billfish: Aqua Runner-up Champion Team Tag and Release Billfish: Mahi Mahi II Champion Angler Tag and Release Billfish: Kurt Williamson Champion Team Tag and Release Billfish on Fly: Weapon Champion Junior Tag and Release Billfish: Michael Wunhym. Champion Team Tag and Release Marlin: Aqua Champion Team Tag and Release Sailfish: Catweasel The prizes were custom built rods from Matt Gates at

Bluewater Tackle World Exmouth with engraved Shimano Tiagra Reels for the main sections and engraved Tibor Reels for the fly-fishing section.  The juniors were supported by Exmouth Tackle and Camping, while Aspen Parks picked up the fly section.  Chevron representatives came to support the event, as did Simrad with a display of electronic units for anglers to see and ask questions.  Kailis provided the seafood for the presentation dinner, while the event also attracted support from Exmouth Marina Village, Apache,
Sea Surface Temperature, Maui Jim, and Richter Lures.  The whole community was invited to come down after the event to chat with the anglers on the Friday night at the clubhouse when the band Slim Jim and the Phatts played.
It was a great social night and the town is a buzz with fishing talk at the moment.

Pic is the flare start with the boats taking off for the start of the AIBT

AIBT cruise past

AIBT cruise past

Fishing Report – 17.12.2010

The rain is a welcome relief to all the gardens of Exmouth, but not a good one for the anglers and boaters this week on holidays. However, we do tend to get a burst in fish feeding activity after a low or cyclone passes, so it
will be interesting to see the results after this passes.  Also, I believe the rain is fantastic for the creeks, ecosystem and fish in general, so it was great to get a little before the Christmas visitors.

The Freediving Fiesta was a great success with ten teams competing for the various sections of the event.  The weather was supberb for December with light winds, clear waters and warm temperatures…in fact, I don’t think you could have asked for a better weekend!  The teams were all amped and ready to go with boats on the water early steaming out to secret spots. There were a few amazing achievements including a pending state record for a 9.1kg red emperor speared by Rhys Clatworthy.  Rhys took out the red emperor section with this on Team Reel Obsession.  Heaviest mackerel/wahoo went to Team Pussy Galore with a 22.2kg mack.  Heaviest Bluey went to Team Relentless. Heaviest Green Jobfish went to Team Swamp Donkey with a 7.9kg fish.  The heaviest Rock Lobster caught was an amazing 4.2kg ornate to Team Awesum, while heaviest spangled emperor went to Team Fillet and Release with a 5.6 honker!  Team Pussy Galore also took out the Heaviest other Lutjanus with a 12.9kg red bass.  Champion Spearo Pair went to Pussy Galore and they are
pictured this week.  The event was designed to highlight the positives of Spearfishing including how selective it can be, the fitness required, working in pairs for safety, using dive flags and it was also designed to show everyone where you can and can’t spear.  The teams and crew that attended were very enthusiastic about the event and making it bigger and better next year.  Thanks go to Oceanic, Bluewater Tackle World and Starmart
for their contributions, plus the volunteers for their help.

The squid have been firing at the moment and also pictured this week is some that were caught south of the marina on high tide. Visiting anglers Aiden and Callum Lerch are here for a four week fishing holiday from Wollongong. The boys started their trip with some reef fishing action in the gulf on some of the shoals.  The short session did not disappoint as the caught estuary cod, coral trout, trevally, mackerel and all sorts.  The boys
released everything carefully and were happy to try for squid for dinner instead.  The squidding efforts did not disappoint with 14 squid caught for the afternoon and some eaten for dinner that night.  The boys are keen to catch a billfish this trip and we hope to bring you a shot of that soon!

The Boys Squidding

Red FF

Fishing Report – 11.12.2010

This week is all about the girls out-fishing the boys.  We will start with Marilyn Taylor who was out fishing with partner Stuart Lindfors in the Exmouth Gulf.  The couple headed out from the marina when Stuart managed to
catch a golden trevally on a small baitcaster with 9kg line using a 55g gold twisty. Stuart was feeling rather chuffed.  Then Marilyn hooked up to her first queenfish not far from the marina.  This fish is pictured this week
and is a ripper!  After that, Marilyn landed a Spanish mackerel weighing 15kg off Bundegi: her biggest yet.  Now Stuart wants to know what tips we can give him to stop her outdoing him. We said that it’s better a woman
outdoes a man, than doesn’t let him out!

Following that report was Mitchell Head, who was travelling with his girlfriend Chrissie around Australia.  The two stopped in at Exmouth and fishing from the shore managed to land some awesome queenfish at Old
Bundegi, Learmonth and Wapet creek.  Mitchell reckons he’s got Chrissie hooked for life now, after she out fished him on several occasions. Chrissie was using the Sebile sinking stick shad and could hardly miss a
bite.  She did crush her barbs though, which made for a quick release in the water and the smile on their faces showed that they may be staying a while at this location.

The weather has certainly heated up and if you’re thinking of having a traditional Exmouth Christmas, then now is the time to get in the water and catch a few rock lobster and fresh fish.  The winds have been odd lately
with some northerlies and humidity about, but if you can’t get out and get some fish, then thankfully Kailis are open this year, so there should be plenty of seafood about for the hot summer festive season.

All the staff at Bluewater Tackle World Exmouth, who bring you this report each week, would like to wish everyone a happy and safe festive season. We thank you for your reports and support and look forward to seeing you all again.  Remember that we will be drawing our fishing competition prize on Christmas eve thanks to Shimano. If you haven’t entered, you’d better get in quick!

Fishing Report – 13.11.2010

The weather is certainly warming up now as we head toward Christmas.  Hot summer days can be a good excuse to get out and on, or in, the water. Summer can also bring some strong winds, so if you’ve got a day off and the
weather is good, then make sure you make the most of it and get out.  That’s certainly what junior angler Jonah Freestone-Rowe did last week when the afternoon glass off in gulf allowed he and some parents and friends to get
out in to the Exmouth Gulf to chase the sailfish working on the bait balls. Jonah managed to switch a sailfish off a bait ball onto a skipping garfish and landed his first sail a short time later. Well done to yet another junior angler.

The interesting news this week on billfish is that a 25kg black marlin that was tagged during Gamex by angler Ben Miles aboard Azura on March 24th was recaptured off Sri Lanka on Sept 8th.  The marlin had travelled over 2529nm (in a straight line) in just 168days.  The fish weighed 40kg when captured (sadly by a long-liner!) and most interestingly, the fish was only 100nm miles from the black marlin that made the same trek in 2008.  That year, Geoff Moyle caught a 40kg black that was then captured off India at about the same time.  So, I guess that is good to show a pattern, but sad to know they are going up there to be slaughtered by the long-liners.

Mangrove jacks have been on the chew in the marina and down in the creeks in the gulf.  A few lucky anglers have also landed some barramundi on the other side of the gulf.  We know that a few barra do get this far south and have done for years, but it would be good to get more data on their patterns. Some people in the past had speared these species because they are so clearly visible in the clear water here and there are no crocs! However, it
is now illegal to spear barramundi, so a rod a reel is an option. Barramundi don’t really taste that good to eat, but they do make a great sports fish that jump and have a glistening shine in photos.

There has been lots of small to medium sized queenies around Bundegi. A fly-fishing angler was there at dawn (yes, 5am!) this week and landed about 8 of them north of Bundegi jetty. It is this time of year that they come in
thick at the Bundegi flats. These fish are another great sports fish, but not so flash for eating. Please remember good catch and release techniques such as using barbless hooks, releasing in water or handling with wet gloves
when targeting any sportsfish, so that the next person can enjoy it as much as you!

Jonah Freestone- Rowe

Jackson Tatham is a Legend!!

Jackson is one of our home owners sons. Jo and Steve are the owners of  ’Marlin’. They LOVE to fish, and so does Jackson. Their other son Tyson is in charge of  ’keeping them real’. Happy just to eat the fish. Well done Jackson.

The information below was emailed to me by his proud Mum.

Please find attached photo of Jackson Tatham, age 8, with his pending State, Australian and World small fry record of a 3.9kg Tuna Kawa Kawa (more commonly known as a ‘Mack Tuna’ on 3kg fishing line.

It was caught in the Exmouth Gulf on Friday 8th October from a 4.2m dinghy after a relatively easy fight of approx 15mins.

A big thankyou to Kurt Decker, weighmaster for EGFC, for making himself available to weigh and complete the necessary paperwork needed to submit for records and to his wife, Jo Decker, for her fabulous picture taking.

Jnr Tatham's winning catch

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