Dampier Offshore Fishing for Red Emperor

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Dated: 26th September 2005
Location: Australia/Western Australia /Pilbara Region/Karratha-Dampier
From our Karratha-Dampier Fishing Correspondent Luke Groen
Dampier Offshore Fishing for Red EmperorDampier Offshore Fishing for Red Emperor
Hello everyone, Had another good day fishing on the 26/9/2005 (Monday). Got into a few fish.

Ended up catching altogether 7 Red Emperor, varying from 3kg to 7kg, a really nice Coral Trout that went 75cm, 4 Rankin Cod and we also caught about a 5kg Spangled Emperor.

We were fishing at a place called the ‘Killing Fields’ located about 30 miles from the Dampier public boat ramp onboard the fishing machine called ‘Black Label’. There were also numerous amounts of smaller Red Emperor and Nor-west snapper caught and released.

We decided we had enough fish in the esky to keep us going for a while and decided to change species and have some fun on pelagic fishes, so as most locals do we went to the place called the ‘Patch’ for a troll. About 10 minutes after throwing in the lures a Narrow Barred Mackerel of about 10kg was giving my Trinidad a bit of curry. It was only a short while before he was bled and was sitting in an icy cold slurry. Lures were getting hit by these toothy critters frequently but as fishing would have it not every hit produced a hook-up.

It wasn’t long before we had a double hook-up as we passed the scurrying seagulls beside us, my old man was reeling in the lure that didn’t get a touch this time. The lure was almost at the boat when a Marlin charged it! Dad stopped winding and started to jig the lure to keep him interested. Unfortunately Steve’s hook pulled by this time and before you knew it he had cut off the old rig and a new one was tossed out with a Garfish attached. Like a little torpedo the Marlin spun around and went for it, he took 2 or 3 swipes before he wolfed it down. Steve’s Stella was in free spool whilst the Marlin ate the bait, he waited a good 3 seconds before he flipped the bail arm over and held on! The angry little fish was jumping wildly but unfortunately we were only hooked up for a good 5 minutes before the hooks pulled.

My fish ended up being a Mackerel Tuna of about 6kg. Overall it was a fantastic day and I would like to thank Steve for inviting us out! ...Luke Groen