Sailfish Fishing – Exmouth Gulf
These full day Sailfish excursion will start and end from the Exmouth Marina, which will mean a slightly longer transfer to and from Sal Salis Camp – approximately one hour each way.
- Fishing for Sailfish best suits a technique known as ‘switch baiting’ which requires live-bait and the skipper will start the day catching a quantity of Yakka’s to store in the live-bait tank. (Yakka is the common slang for a small bait-fish which are prolific in these waters and can include Yellow Tail Kingfish - approximately 12 cm in length)
- Teasers are used for Sailfish when trolling the waters of the Exmouth Gulf. The teasers are used to attract the fish to the surface. (A teaser is made from a variety of materials and resembles a small fish or a small shoal of fish or squid swimming close to the surface)
- The Sailfish are attracted to the teasers which are then slowly retrieved back towards the boat. They are replaced with live-bait at the last minute.
- A spin cast reel is considered the 'sporting' approach to catching Sailfish in these waters. Circle hooks are the preferred hook used for the bait-fish and to catch the Sailfish.
The Exmouth Gulf and Ningaloo Reef region is one of the few places in Australian waters where anglers can catch such a variety and abundance of billfish species throughout all 12 months of the year. The bi-catch in these waters when trolling for billfish includes –
- Spanish Mackerel
- Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi)
Included in the day
Early departure from Sal Salis for transfer to Tantabidi boat ramp, about 30 minutes north of the camp.
All refreshments including beverages, tea and coffee, light snacks and lunch will be served on-board.
All fishing gear, lures, services of guide and all 'Sal Canis' running expenses.
Return to Sal Salis in time for sun-downers and dinner.