Billfish enthusiasts are starting to experience regular encounters of blue marlin out wide. The blue marlin are thought to be feeding on the big schools of 6kg to 10kg yellowfin tuna that have appeared in the deeper waters together with dolphin fish and wahoo. Smaller black and striped marlin have been found in depths starting at 50m while sailfish have also been located in similar areas as well as in the upper parts of the gulf.
Big packs of aggressive wahoo seem to be lurking around Helby Bank at the moment. Coronation and coral trout have been jigged along the west side at the back of the reef. Squid have been caught in good numbers with pink and green squid jigs working well. Big queenfish have started to show up around Learmonth Jetty and the surrounding beaches. There were also reports of large schools of queenfish spotted passing along the end of the cape for those keen to walk the beaches and cast a line. VLF Bay and the waters out from the Navy pier area are been holding shark mackerel for those prepared to chase them with lures.
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