Fishing Hots Up In The West

WESTERN Australia’s town of Exmouth is currently playing host to the GAMEX 2011 fishing tournament.

Tourism Minister Kim Hames said GAMEX was the State’s most prestigious game fishing competition, enabling participants to fish alongside, and pit their skills against, some of the best anglers in Australia.

“GAMEX has been running for more than 30 years and its popularity continues to grow, with this year’s tournament featuring 84 boats and 315 competitors,” Dr Hames said.

“The competition promotes sustainable fishing practices and provides educational opportunities to assist anglers with their knowledge of fishing for enjoyment and future sustainability.

The WA Government, through Eventscorp’s Regional Events Scheme, is a supporter of the GAMEX event which runs through until March 26.

Exmouth also hosted the Australian International Billfish Tournament last week, which attracted 66 boats and 230 anglers.

The Minister said Exmouth was the ideal location for both competitions.

“As Tourism Minister and a patron of the Perth Game Fishing Club, I am very enthusiastic about both events and the fact that they are located in an extraordinary destination such as Exmouth,” he said.

“Exmouth is a game fishing hotspot, home to more than 40 diverse game fish, including six different species of billfish.

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