Hi there everyone, We had a fishing charter on Friday 14th March, we where out for another wicked day fishing on the North West Cape. At around 10.00am, in 35 meters depth, it was a complete glass off when out of no we’re a sailfish was dancing on top of the water about 20 feet from the boat! I soon realised that Dan one of the blokes on charter had hooked it when he was winding his line up to check his bait! We got it to the side of the boat grabbed its bill and pulled it over the side, we took some pictures of the amazing fish and got it back in to the water fast as we could. This a rare occasion as sailfish are commonly caught by trawling with lures, no doubt this was an experience Dan will never forget! In the afternoon we got onto some nice spangled emperor and other species of fish. To see more photos of fish caught on our day trips go to our Facebook page ….
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I have posted some photos of recent big catches but if you have a photo of your prized fish on board the Blue Horizon please send it through to our email address or use the ‘send a picture’ subject line on the contact form.
Hope to see you all with a line in the water soon,
It’s common to catch a few Cobia on our trips as they are more prevalent in the Exmouth Gulf in the cooler months. They have habits that are quite fickle but we have our ways of finding them. As a gamefish, Cobia are a tough adversary and worthy of the angler’s respect but can be a little hard to predict.
Cobia are pelagic and are normally solitary except for annual spawning aggregations; however they will hang around at reefs, wrecks, harbours, buoys and other structural oases. They may also enter estuaries and mangroves in search of prey.
Cobia feed primarily on crabs, squid, and other fish. They like to follow larger animals such as sharks, turtles and manta rays in hope of scavenging a meal. Cobia are intensely curious fish and show no fear of boats.
Cobia grow big in our waters, with a record fish of 61.5 kilos taken at Shark Bay by Peter Goulding in 1985. That’s certainly a big cobia. Most often anglers catch cobia in the 5-15kg range. If you catch a 20 kg Cobia, you would be doing well with 30kg plus being at boasting status.
Had a great day out today with a family from Newman. We didn’t bag out but we got some good quality fish – 12 Spangled Emperor, a 14 pound Red Emperor caught by one of the young girls and 3 nice Cobia.
We also hooked a 60 to 70 pound Potato Cod. The Potato Cod are a protected species, so it was released.
There are some more great photos of the Potato Cod on our Facebook page.
If you would like to know more about the Potato Cod, you can find some extra info at this site http://marineparks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/fun-facts/35-potato-cod.html
Watch the Potato Cod interacting with some divers in the video below.