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Recfishwest
28th November 2014
Recfishwest Fishing Report
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing forecast, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi. This is a service offered for free to Recfishwest members. Please always check local weather reports before heading out. For further information on recreational fishing, please visit our website at www.recfishwest.org.au. If you are not a Recfishwest member, it's free to join, just click here and follow the prompts.

Metro Catches

Big schools of samson fish are hanging around The Barges in 90 to 110m of water west and west-southwest of Rottnest, but sharks have been quick to snatch hooked fish. Fewer sharks have been found around the 30 to 40m depths, which have also been producing plenty of strong tussles with sambos. Some nice yellowtail kingfish have been turning up along the inshore reefs including Stragglers and Champion Rock. Schools of baitfish in 30 to 50m off Fremantle are attracting predators such as oriental bonito, small southern bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna.

Dolphin fish are reportedly hanging around the Fish Aggregating Devices that were deployed earlier this month by the Perth Game Fishing Club. The high tide period in the afternoon has been the best time to target black bream in the Swan and Canning rivers.

Tailor to 50cm are showing up through the lower and middle reaches of both systems. Flathead are responding well to soft plastics along the shallower areas downstream of Point Resolution and along the Applecross flats. Blue manna crabs are starting to run in the rivers while “the whites” (western rock lobster) have begun to march offshore. 

Mandurah: Blake Peters and Nick Morrissey used small poppers and stick baits to catch dozens of yellowfin whiting to 35cm and herring along the eastern waters of the Peel Inlet. Nick also managed to land a small giant herring of around 40cm. The fishing along these parts has been better when the wind has been light. Chopper tailor, more herring and skippy have been coming from The Cut. Bigger tailor and the odd mulloway have been picked up along the beaches south of Dawesville.

Recfishwest Metro Fishing Forecast

Sunrise is looking great but gear up and change your plans as 6pm on both weekend nights are looking outstanding. The major moon phase should see fish going off and around that sunset period too will only aid your cause.

This week's storms may have stirred up some of the river water but we didn't have enough rainfall to really disrupt the river feeders of bream, tailor and flatties.

Looking toward next week should see quality fishing continue and with the afternoon's rising tides with an early evening high tide, an after work fish should be your first stop!

Dunsborough to Augusta Catches

A nice run of tailor has been experienced along the west coast and through the Geographe Bay beaches. Spots where the 35 to 60cm fish were caught include Contos, Smiths Beach Sugarloaf Rock, Quindalup and Elmore Road. The protected bays and headlands along both sides of the cape are worth a visit for an assortment of bread and butter species including herring, skippy and flathead. Yellowfin whiting have been hit and miss along the Quindalup sand flats.

The boats are finding areas thick with whiting offshore. Schools of samson fish have been found in 15 to 30m of water off Dunsborough and towards the tip of Cape Naturaliste. Divers are doing marginally better on western rock lobster than those working pots.

Recfishwest Dunsborough to Busselton Fishing Forecast

Sunrise is looking great but gear up and change your plans as 6pm on both weekend nights are looking outstanding. The major moon phase should see fish going off and around that sunset period too will only aid your cause.

Looking toward next week should see quality fishing continue and with the afternoon's rising tides with an early evening high tide, an after work fish should be your first stop!

Albany Catches

Perhaps one of the most outstanding catches this past week was a monstrous 50cm black bream caught by Daniel Parrella on a soft plastic lure at one of the local river systems. Black bream fishing in the King and Kalgan has generally been pretty good with reasonable numbers of 25 and 35cm being picked up on baits and lures together with a few tailor and the odd mulloway. The better hauls of King George whiting, with respect to sizes and numbers, have been caught by those who are moving from spot to spot, say every 15 minutes, and deploying a burley bucket once the fish have been found. Gull Rock, Caseys, Goode Beach, Limestone, Perkins and Cosy Corner were among the productive areas.

King George sizes have been smaller in both harbours and the sound. Plenty of sand whiting, some nice squid and increasing numbers of flathead were also picked up through the inshore parts. A 50-to-60 strong school of salmon passed through Cables, which is now officially closed due to construction, last week. The odd tailor continues to show at Nanarup early morning and on dusk while herring numbers continue to pick up along the coast.

The 60 to 85m depths off West Cape Howe have been reported to be more productive for reef fish than the ground straight out from town. Heaps of dhufish around 50cm were also encountered out there by several boats. There have been hapuka and blue eye trevalla caught at the shelf when the boats have been able to head out to these depths.

Recfishwest Albany Fishing Forecast

Sunrise is looking great but gear up and change your plans as 6pm on both weekend nights are looking outstanding. The major moon phase should see fish going off and around that sunset period too will only aid your cause. If you can only make midday, the fishing is fine then as well, with an hour window each side of midday a good chance.

Some recent localised weather resulting in some minor rainfall shouldn't stop any river activity especially as the catches coming out of the kalgan and king are still outstanding.

Looking toward next week should see quality fishing continue and with the afternoon's rising tides with an early evening high tide, an after work fish should be your first stop!

Geraldton Catches

Fishing has been limited this past week due to the big swells and strong winds. A few anglers who fished the reef holes at West Bank managed to score some nice mulloway. The northern end of West Bank has been producing some bigger tailor. Herring and whiting around the 20cm mark are common in front of the Sail Inn.

Dinghy fishers working the waters within half a mile of there have been picking up similar species as well as chopper tailor, the odd skippy and a few squid. Reports from the Abrolhos Islands suggest there are excellent numbers of mackerel between the Wallabis and North Island.

Recfishwest Geraldton Fishing Forecast

Sunrise is looking great but gear up and change your plans as 6pm on both weekend nights are looking outstanding. The major moon phase should see fish going off and around that sunset period too will only aid your cause.

Middle of the day should also fish well if the wind stays away, leading into the afternoons rising tide. Try the morning's for whiting.

Looking toward next week should see quality fishing continue and with the afternoon's rising tides with an early evening high tide, an after work fish should be your first stop!

Kalbarri Catches

Good numbers of tailor to 55cm continue to be caught along the beaches including Red Bluff, Wittecarra and the northern end of Blue Holes. Poppers and stick baits have accounted for bigger tailor to 75cm at Chinamans while baits have been enticing a few mulloway there at night. Some nice black bream have been caught lately in the lower and middle reaches of the Murchison.

Mangrove jack catches have been increasing in the system as the water temperature increases. The sand flats in front of the supermarket are worth trying for yellowfin whiting. Mud crabs have been picked up in reasonable numbers for the past three weeks and the river is just starting to see more blue mannas around.

Recfishwest Kalbarri Fishing Forecast

The weekend will have 3 main fishing times each day. Sunrise is looking great but gear up and change your plans as 6pm on both weekend nights are looking outstanding. The major moon phase should see fish going off and around that sunset period too will only aid your cause.

Middle of the day should also fish well if the wind stays away, leading into the afternoons rising tide. Try the morning's for whiting. And if the weather changes, quality catches of different species are happening up the river so head up and grab some crabs.

Exmouth Catches

Local fly guide Brett Wolf has anglers come from all over the globe to fish the abundant waters of Ningaloo for sought after species on fly tackle. This past week Brett had anglers Joan and Steve Reem, from the USA, to target fish on the flats. Joan and Steve managed to land a big giant trevally they both sight casted to among a host of other sport fish. Inside the marina, small trevally such as giant, pennant and diamond trevally, have been responding well to small poppers and plastics fished close to the rock walls late in the afternoon. Other species such as spangled emperor, queenfish and bream are also a common catch in the marina when using this technique.

Expect mangrove jack to also start appearing in better numbers at the marina and through the gulf waters as the water temperatures increase. Inside the gulf, the water clarity has been superb during the past week, allowing anglers to get stuck into some first class spear fishing. Last weekend a small group of divers had a ball inside the gulf and returned home with an exceptional variety of fish including mangrove jack to 8.2kg, bluebone, green jobfish, coral trout and rankin cod. The crew also brought home red and painted rock lobster. 

Recfishwest Exmouth Fishing Forecast

Pending on the wind this weekend, the late afternoon, into the first few hours of the night, will be your most productive in terms of bite times. But to get our before the wind turns may be the pick of the day which suits all fishers fine with quality fish activity looking likely at sunrise and lasting until about 7 or 8am.

Broome Catches

Good numbers of barramundi to 80cm and the odd bigger fish have been caught in the Fitzroy River, especially at Pelican Pool, Telegraph Pool and Saw Shark Pool. More barra have also been coming from Willie and Dampier creeks together with heaps of bluenose salmon and the odd mangrove jack. Threadfin salmon to a metre and bigger have been caught on lures and baits at Crab Creek and the coastline adjacent to the mouth. Big giant trevally continue to be hooked at the jetty.

A couple of anglers were successful in landing the GTs by anchoring their boats near the jetty and stopping the 15 to 30kg fish before they made their way to the structure. Queenfish and bluebone have also been coming from the waters there. Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna, mack tuna, bluelined emperor and bluebone were among the species caught by the boats that hit up Roebuck Bay.

Recfishwest Broome Fishing Forecast

Pending on the wind this weekend, the late afternoon, into the first few hours of the night, will be your most productive in terms of bite times. But to get our before the wind turns may be the pick of the day which suits all fishers fine with quality fish activity looking likely at sunrise and lasting until about 7 or 8am.

The day's rising tide to 2:30pm should also fish well for your pelagics, but again weather will need to be in your favour.

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