Here’s what we sent to our members earlier in the week!
Exmouth’s newest fishing playground ‘King Reef’ has been in the water for four months now and locals are already reporting some great catches from the reef. With recent footage collected by Curtin University and Exmouth Reef Vision volunteers we are also seeing some amazing footage from the sea floor.
In an Australian first, six giant steel structures combined with purpose-built concrete modules were deployed in the Exmouth Gulf only 10 minutes from the Exmouth Marina – providing safe and accessible experiences for families in small boats. With a reef the equivalent of 11 Olympic size swimming pools, WA’s latest reef is one of the fastest developing reefs in Australia and will only get better!
As a Recfishwest Member we want to share with you first, the second look of fish that are calling the reef home. 40 species have now been recorded on King Reef! Recently observed Golden Trevally, Amberjack, Pearl Perch and Saddle Tail Seaperch have joined abundant juvenile Red Emperor, big Estuary Cod, Rankin Cod, Spangled Emperor, Tuskfish and Flathead just to name a few.
Did you miss the 1st look at King Reef back in September? You can check that out, including the coordinates for the reef here.
Artificial reefs in Western Australia have been a product of community drive and passion with local fishers pushing for reef installations, transforming areas devoid of bottom structure and habitat to underwater ‘forests’.
Artificial reefs have also benefited the broader local community by supporting local businesses and the economy through increased fishing tourism. The artificial reefs provide not only an opportunity for ecological growth under the water, but also social and economic growth for the community.
So next time you’re in Exmouth, make sure you pay King Reef a visit!
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Exmouth’s newest fishing playground is the fastest developing artificial reef in WA with 28 species calling it home within 28 days!
Juvenile Red Emperor, Rankin Cod, Spango’s, Tuna, Estuary Cod and Sailfish are just some of the species on offer at the reef which was deployed in early August 2018.
All these fish are available for families in small boats to access, especially when the winds are up on the Western side of the Cape and people can escape to the Gulf to enjoy some great fishing only 10 minutes from the boat ramp.
Fishing King Reef
The reef configuration was designed in a way to maximise both fish production and the area available for people to fish. There’s no point building a fishing reef, if only a few boats can fish it. Drifting baits, trolling deep diving lures or jigging next to the structures with metal jigs or soft plastics are all good methods used to catch yourself a quality fish.
More importantly, drop into the local Exmouth tackle stores to make sure your gear is up to scratch, especially if your fishing around the steel structures – as once a decent fish hits your lure or bait, you’ll need to lock your drag up, steer the fish away from the structures and muscle that fish back to your boat.
WA’s latest purpose built artificial reef, ‘King Reef’, has been installed in the Exmouth Gulf, awaiting the fishing community to pay it a visit!
The project is a collaboration between Recfishwest, BHP, NERA (National Energy Resources Australia), Subcon International and Curtin University. Through Recfishwest the project also has support from the passionate Exmouth community and the Western Australian State Government, through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund.
Take a look at the video for the whole story inside what makes this project so exciting and paves the way for future engineered ecosystems!