March is the month for fishing events in WA. The annual Gamex tournament concluded another year of fantastic game fishing. Although weather conditions weren’t ideal, the crews that braved the conditions still managed some good results.
A total of 411 billfish were raised with 113 tagged and 85 sharks tagged. Highlights from the event include Ryan Turner’s achievement of most skilled angler for 10 species over 11 different line classes. Eddy Lawler took out top tagging captain with 18 billfish tagged. An impressive 24.8kg yellowfin tuna was taken by Matt Arscott on 4kg line.
A Recfishwest science team were present at the event, assisting in game fish research collecting samples to be studied of the fish weighed in at the competition. Samples from young marlin were acquired at the event which are being sent to the University of Queensland and will be used to understand more about where marlin spawn off WA.
For more on Gamex and the results, visit: http://egfc.com.au/
The Geraldton Districts Offshore Fishing Club also hosted their annual game fishing competition during March. The Halco Abrolhos Islands Tournament was another successful event despite inclement weather with a number of billfish and other game fish caught. A stand out 51.6kg Yellowfin Tuna was a highlight of the competition caught by Mark L’Oste Brown.
Perth Game Fishing Club recently concluded their Shimano WA Open in Jurien Bay. A couple of Blue Marlin were tagged as well as a 34kg Yellowfin Tuna and 20kg Wahoo from one of the boats. A 54kg Yellowfin Tuna was also a standout. A pending world record 19.4kg Samson Fish on 6kg line was landed as well as some good mulloway on 4kg in 50m of water.
Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club hosted their annual classic during the month with some more good results for fishing right around WA. A club record 4kg snook was a highlight catch by Glen Bale and the grand prize taken out by Greg Forster for his 19.6kg Samson fish. Some great fishing was had by all with winners in 12 fish categories.
Broome Fishing Club hosted their Threadfin Shootout early in March with some fantastic results. It is evident that the Threadfin Salmon fishing in Roebuck Bay is returning to its former glory following the removal of commercial gillnet fishing in 2013. 69 anglers fishing out of 25 boats for the event managed 185 threadfin over a fantastic two days. Nick Wadge took out overall champion with a total length of 491cm. Anthony Aris landed a whopping 137cm threadfin taking out largest fish.
Kalbarri Offshore & Angling Club also hosted their Kalbarri Sport Fishing Classic at the start of March proving to be another great family event. Boat fishers, kayak fishers and land based fishers all had a shot at fishing the reefs, open water, beaches and river opportunities around the town. Some great catches and good times were had by all and the strict rules in place for competitors ensured that all fish weighed in were in top quality, fresh eating condition and no fish wasted.
Header Image: Photo courtesy of Keruko_Shutterstock