Fishing Gamex 2007 - Exmouth Western Australia
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|Dated: 27th March 2007|
Location: Australia/Western Australia /Pilbara Region/Karratha-Dampier
From our Karratha-Dampier Fishing Correspondent Luke Groen
|Fishing Gamex 2007 - Exmouth Western Australia|
This years Gamex was one of the biggest yet! 50 plus boats turned up for the event that goes for 6 days and has a variety of sections you can fish such as line class and T&R. It is getting more and more popular; itís not hard to see why! The continental shelf runs with close proximity along the coastline and thereís always big pelagic wanting to be caught. If the weather turns bad outside the gulf is almost always fishable.
Driving to the Tantabiddi boat ramp care is due; there are a huge amount of kangaroos that venture near the road in the early hours of the morning Ė so keep an eye out! Day one weather was reasonable; the smaller boats of the fleet were able to fish next to the big boys. Iím not 100% sure of the numbers of billfish tagged on the first day, Iím sure itís in the vicinity of 40-50 Blue and Black Marlin and Sailfish.
Many more big fish were seen and lostÖ..
The weather was better then day one! The swell was minimal and the wind was low. We headed through the North passage and headed down south where we planned to fish for the day. There were a few boats in the area that were tagging some small Black Marlin so things were looking good. However we could not seem to get passed the schools of Yellowfin Tuna and Dolphin fish which proved to be frustrating. Simular numbers of fish were tagged again however the average size was a little smaller.
Again the weather was fantastic; lots of the smaller boats were doing really well and tagging a few fish. There were a few reports of a smaller broadbill sward fish caught the previous night! It wasnít a huge fish apparently but still a broadbill none the less! The fishing action throughout the day was brilliant.
It was lines out early this day because it was Princyís pizza night (Highly recommended). I think there were 40odd fish tagged, Including Striped Marlin.
Another good day on the water. Although not as good as the previous days the smaller boats were still out there fishing. It was a late lines in today too due to the pizza night. The radio was constantly calling in tags throughout the day.
By the arvo the wind had came up slightly which made things a little harder to fish Ė but by no means unfishable. 30-40 fish were tagged for the day.
The worst day yet. It was blowing a steady 15 knot breeze that hindered the smaller boats slightly. The Marlin didnít seem to mind the unfavoured conditions however! The bigger boats out a little wider seemed to be on the radio constantly calling in tagged Marlin.
The last day of the tournament Ė and the worst! It was gusting to 35 knots in the morning and the swell was building. Many boats thought the Pub was a much better option Ė not that thatís a bad thing. We ventured out through north passage and copped our fair share of water over the side. Marlin were still on the chew however, we had fish up within the first 30 minutes of trolling. We had a few hits in the morning and tagged one little Black. One boat had a double hook up and tagged both little Black Marlin. Not many fish were tagged for the day, 20 odd. Although thatís not a bad figure considering the amount of boats out there - not too many!
I would also like to note that some very nice fish were weighed in.
I would personally like to thank the committee for organising an excellent competition. It is run really well and I would recommend anyone one to come up and fish it no matted what skills you have. A big thanks to the people who scraped the ramp in the mornings it made a huge difference, to Princy for the pizza and to everyone else involved. If I have some information wrong or you have more information shoot us a Email. See you all next year! ...Luke Groen