2016 Billfisheries of the Year – #6 Exmouth

The Billfish Report is counting down its Top 10 Billfisheries of the Year and our #6 Billfishery is Exmouth, Western Australia. Criteria for our Top 10 include fish numbers, variety of billfish species, average size of fish, length of season and number of boats fishing. With over 12,000 Billfish Reports submitted to us in 2016 from around the World, to even be considered for our Top 10 makes a fishery one of the best!

Photo Eddy Lawler

Exmouth, Western Australia – This is perhaps the most diverse fishery in the World when it comes to Billfish. It is the only place on the planet where is it possible to get double digit Blue Marlin, Black Marlin and Sailfish. There are plenty of Striped Marlin here too, but we have not seen a report of 10+ seen in a day, well at least not yet. It is one of the most interesting fisheries to cover as it seems you never know what will pop up. While there may be a high season for Blue Marlin, you can never count out running across any species on any given day.

We still can’t call this a big fish fishery, but each year the numbers appear to grow. We went from three (3) fish over 500 lbs. in 2013, six (6) in 2014, eight (8) in 2015 and then now in 2016 we had fifteen (15). What is again unique about this fishery is they don’t seem specialize in just one species with four (4) Black Marlin over 500 lbs. and eleven (11) Blue Marlin. The largest Black Marlin came off Set the Hook with an 800 lbs. fish while all the Blue Marlin were in the 500 lbs. range. Capt. Eddy Lawler and Murray Teasdale of Peak Sportfishing reported the most 500+ with five (5) Blue Marlin and one (1) Black Marlin released.

We had really solid numbers out of Exmouth for 2016, with nine (9) reports of 5+ Marlin released in a day. Buckhunter released five (5) Blue Marlin, Peak Sportfishing released (5) Blue Marlin three (3) times and then they likewise released 5+ Black Marlin five (5) separate times. Sailfishing can be really good here as well for those willing to put in the time, with On Strike reporting the best day going 8-10.

In 2015, Exmouth was the best place in the World for a Grand Slam. For 2016, it still remains a respectable 3rd in the World. We did have one Super Grand Slam on Peak Sportfishing releasing a Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Sailfish. Another outstanding Grand Slam came off Peak Sportfshing releasing 5 Black Marlin a Striped Marlin and a Sailfish.

There may be peak season here for certain Billfish, it is a year round fishery with every month accounting for a report.This is another fishery where we may not know its real potential as this is the second smallest fleet we cover, but they certainly punch “above their weight class”.

Congratulations to Exmouth, Western Australia our #6 Billfishery of the Year.



Exmouth, Aus – Brendon Hawker on Innkeeper released a Grand Slam going 2-3 on Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Striped Marlin.

Exmouth, Aus – Buckhunter went 5-5 on Blue Marlin (fishing solo).

Exmouth, Aus – Capt. Eddy Lawler of Peak Sportfishing went 7-9 on Black Marlin and 1-1 on Sailfish.

Exmouth, Aus – Brendon Hawker on Innkeeper went 3-4 on Blue Marlin (500).

Exmouth, Aus – Capt. Eddy Lawler released a Super Slam with 2 Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin,Sailfish.

Exmouth, Aus – On Strike released a Grand Slam with 3 Blue Marlin a Striped Marlin and a Sailfish.

Exmouth, Aus – On Strike went 8-10 on Sailfish.

Exmouth, Aus – Peak Sportfishing went 7-8 on Blue Marlin.

Exmouth, Aus – Ross Chapman on Poppa George released a Grand Slam with a Black Marlin, Striped Marlin and 3 Sailfish

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