Yellow fin Tuna off Ningaloo reef

It has been a big mornings fish at Sal Salis!

It was a late start to the day as we didn’t leave the mooring until about 10 am, but it didn’t take us long to get the lines in the water as we motored out through the north passage.

The Sal Salis Fishing boat is a brand new LeisureCat 8000 Sportsfisher which carries the latest range of Shimano fishing equipment and is designed to carry four anglers plus our skipper and deck-hand. There is a private toilet facility on-board and all catering and refreshments are supplied, so it was game on and off to the reef!

Our skipper, Murray Pattison – born in Zimbabwe but now a ‘true blue West Aussie’, is as experienced and passionate as they come, and a well respected game and bill fishing specialist for the Exmouth region. With crew like that you are sure to get into some pelagic action.
Conditions were perfect under a clear blue sky with no swell to speak of and hardly a breath of wind. After only a short half hour we got our first hit with line tearing off the reel! It was a long struggle but we finally saw the first bit of colour and it was a nice Yellowfin tuna doing the usual big sweeps under the boat. We eventually got it landed and now it was all on!

Tuna kyletuna_hassal

There was bird action all around the boat and big tuna were busting up the water surface everywhere. We set ourselves for the next run and had only got the second rod half out when it got hit again – this is as good as it gets!! It was another solid half hour fight before we finally had our second big Yellowfin in the boat.

The action continued like this for the next couple of hours until we’d landed six more big fish and one head that the sharks had got to first. By this stage we were just about worn out and had sharks circling all around the boat trying to get in on the action as well as a big pod of Spinner dolphins.

The final tally for the day was one Striped tuna, a Dolphin fish and six big Yellowfin tuna. The biggest of the Yellowfin came in at 45 kg and 1.37 m and we were tied up back at the mooring by a bit after 2 pm. Not bad for half a day’s fishing!

tuna head (400 x 300)