Well. It’s guaranteed: if I say the weather is good, it turns bad, so this week I will say it is bad in hope that next week it will improve! None the less, it has been calm of an evening and not too cold for winter. Anglers have had the chance to ensure their gear is well and truly ready for when they get out on the water.
Are you a keen Spearfishing angler? Or, would you like to be? Apnea Australia are holding freediving courses on August 20th,21st,22nd here in Exmouth. Learning how to freedive is a great experience and opens up a whole new world to people, whether it is for spearing or simply enjoying the scenery. It’s not often we can get opportunities like this in Exmouth, so if you are interested, pop in to the store for more details.
Meanwhile, pictured this week is a sweet tasting bluebone, or black-spotted tuskfish that was speared off Exmouth last week by Matt Gates. The fish was one of many in the area and was enjoyed for dinner by all. Other species seen while diving included some coral trout and chimanan fish. The waters have been clear and great for vision. Spearfishing is selective and often misunderstood. The EGFC will be holding a Spearfishing comp in December and aim to show how enjoyable, controlled and selective it can be for anglers willing to make the best from their day in the water and what they catch.
If you are boating about this week, please be careful of the speed humps…by that I mean the humpback whales. They have come in in droves and skippers should take extra care for themselves, crew, boat and whales!
Fishing is a good escape, especially from things such as politics: and haven’t we had a lot of that lately! There has been countless emails sent out regarding what the likely outcomes are for recreational anglers, depending on who gets in. This is important and could mean massive closures without consultation. If you do not know, then it is worthwhile finding out. If you’re not sure, call in and see the print outs at the tackle shops in Exmouth.
Anyone is welcome to attend the clubhouse this coming weekend for the Ultra-Light Fishing Competition. Come down to the EGFC clubhouse at the marina and see what has been caught or tagged and enjoy a meal or social catch-up while you’re there. Briefing is Friday the 20th, fishing is Sat and Sun and presentation is Sunday night. It’s a bit like a mini-Gamex, with great opportunities for kids to be involved.
Blue Bone spear fished