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Fishing Report
14/09/18
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi, John Curtis in Mandurah and thanks to Peter Pullarton in Lancelin.

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Catch of the week goes to Ellen Smith who caught this sailfish offshore from James Price Point at “The Nut” in Broome just after the top of the tide. Thanks for this pic Ellen and congratulations!

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Broome Catches
Picture:  It's worth trying the deeper waters within Roebuck Bay for mulloway.

Boats

Billfish enthusiasts have been encountering sailfish and the odd black marlin near The Peanut and waters to the north. Big schools of baitfish aggregating at Disaster Rock have been attracting an assortment of predators including giant and golden trevally, queenfish, Spanish and broad barred mackerel and cobia. The 30m to 40m depths seem to fish well for red emperor, saddletail seaperch and blue lined emperor. 

Shore based

Barramundi activity has been on a steady incline in the Fitzroy River and the local creeks with some fishers catching up to half a dozen barra a session on baits and lures. Bluenose and the odd threadfin salmon have also been coming from the creeks together with queenfish, trevally and estuary cod. Bigger queenfish have been landed at the jetty and Gantheaume Point. Some nice mud crabs have recently been caught in the river and creeks.
Exmouth Catches
Picture: Exmouth is not just one of WA’s great fishing spots, it is earning a well-deserved reputation as one of the best fishing destinations in the world.

Boats

Sailfish have continued to turn up in the upper areas of the gulf in bigger numbers and there have been plenty caught along the west side during the past fortnight. Other predators including Spanish mackerel, big queenfish, golden and brassy trevally and cobia have also been feasting on the masses of baitfish that the sails have followed into the gulf. Reef fishing has been productive in 60m to 90m of water out from the lighthouse and Muiron Islands with plenty of red emperor, rankin cod and spangled emperor coming from both areas. Try the 15m to 30m depths for Spanish mackerel and the waters further out for wahoo.

Shore based

It is approaching that time of season when large giant trevally are caught in their biggest numbers at the tip of the cape. Big poppers and stick baits worked from the reef at Oysters and between the Navy Pier and Bundegi boat ramp have resulted in some superb GTs during the month of October. Queenfish have been turning up along the gulf beaches, which are also fishing well for yellowfin whiting, flathead and yellowfin bream. Mostly small trevally and dart have been caught at the west coast accesses, however bigger golden trevally, 4kg to 7kg models, often frequent the west coast during this time of the year.
Kalbarri Catches
Picture: Kalbarri Land Based Fishing Tours’ guide Rob Tang has been putting his clients onto mulloway, pink snapper and big tailor along the beaches north of the river mouth.

Boats

Crews who have been venturing to the 30m to 50m depths northwest of the river mouth have been doing well on red emperor, dhufish and pink snapper. More snapper have been caught on soft plastic and metal jigs out from the southern cliffs together with baldchin groper and the odd coral trout. Spanish mackerel were mostly caught in waters quite a way north of town during recent weeks. Tuna activity has noticeably increased.

Shore based

Tailor have also been appearing morning and night at Red Bluff, Wittecarra Creek, Oyster Reef and Chinamans. Dhufish and pink snapper were among the species landed at the cliffs last week. Pink snapper between 4kg and 6kg have been caught from the sand at Red Bluff. The lower reaches of the Murchison River are fishing well for yellowfin whiting.
Geraldton Catches
Picture: Located around 60km off the coast of Geraldton, the Abrolhos Islands are fishing heaven. Offering a stellar mix of northern and southern species, the islands are definitely a bucket list destination for any experienced fisher.

Boats

A customer of Geraldton Sports caught dhufish to 12.5kg and several pink snapper in relatively shallow waters south of the Greenough River mouth last week. More snapper have been coming from South West Bank together with baldchin groper, sweetlip and a few dhuies. The lumps northwest of the shipping channel produced mixed catches of pink snapper, dhufish, estuary cod and sweetlip. Dinghy and small boat fishers have been picking up school mackerel to 70cm, skippy and herring along the seagrass beds.

Shore based

Tailor numbers have increased along the coast with fish between 35cm and 55cm turning up most mornings and evenings between Flat Rocks and the Greenough River mouth and north of Drummonds Cove. The beaches closer to town, including Separation Point and Pages, also had tailor but catches were less frequent. The reef holes north of Flat Rocks are worth trying for dhufish following catches of the prized species during the past few weeks. Whiting are patchy and that has been the case for fishers working the waters north, south and close to town. Herring can be picked up with the help of a little burley at the marina, Point Moore and Coronation.
Lancelin Catches
Picture: A view of Lancelin Island from the sand dunes. Photo credit Tailored Treks Lancelin.

Boats

Friday was the pick of the days for those not having to work to get out for a mix of demersal species. Only a few boats braved the conditions over the weekend, with some good size pink snapper and breaksea cod landed. There are now plenty of tuna schools about with a concentration of fish passing through the 23m depths. 

Shore based

The southern beaches are still the best bet for weed free fishing, as the northern beaches are still heavy with weed. With a relatively high swell surge and weed along the northern beaches it has been very difficult for the beach fishers to keep a bait in the water. The jetty was proving the most action this week with at least 7 samson fish landed along with pike, skippy, tailor, squid and enough sand whiting and herring for many fishers to reach an easy bag limit.
Esperance Catches
Picture: The beaches in the bay between Cape Arid (southern-most point of Cape Arid National Park) and Cape Pasley are famed for their salmon fishing. Beaches that often deliver include Poison Creek, Thomas River and Roses and are only accessible by 4WD. Photo credit: Esperance Land Based Fishing Club.

Boats

Inshore enthusiasts have been catching squid at a rate of about half a dozen an hour along the seagrass areas. Sand whiting are in good numbers in close and there are a few herring and skippy around. Crews who ventured to the islands, and beyond, scored plenty of nannygai mostly around the 45cm mark as well as breaksea cod and queen snapper.

Shore based

King George whiting between 25cm and 30cm are being caught in numbers at Bandy Creek boat harbour. Unfortunately most of the Geordies have been just below the legal 28cm legal size limit. The Taylor Street Jetty has herring, skippy and squid on offer. Salmon Beach and Fourth Beach have been producing salmon, herring and skippy to half a kilo. More salmon have been turning up at Roses together with tailor and whaler sharks. Thomas River has gummy sharks, salmon and skippy to a kilo. Bigger skippy, fish to 4kg, have been coming from Fourteen Mile.
Albany Catches
Picture: Surf fishers have mostly been catching salmon along the beaches east of Nanarup.

Boats

Deep dropping enthusiasts, who ventured to the edge of the shelf and beyond when the weather allowed, got among plenty of hapuka and red snapper. Hapuka were being brought up three at a time on some boats at some stages. The coral lumps located between the 60m and 90m depths produced reasonable catches of dhufish, pink snapper, samson fish, breaksea cod and red snapper. King George whiting fishing has been fairly good around the local inshore areas including the sound. Squid catches have been improving in these parts and there are plenty of sand whiting, herring and skippy about.

Shore based

The skippy have also been bigger east of town while herring and sand whiting are in very good numbers at the local beaches as well as those extending towards Cheynes Beach and west to Denmark. Pink snapper were being pulled in at McGearys Rock for a few days following the opening of Wilson Inlet. The rocks near West Cape Howe and Bremer Bay would be worth trying for pink snapper, samson fish, queen snapper and yellowtail kingfish when conditions improve. Squid are sometimes being caught at Frenchman Bay, however the marina has been producing very few cephalopods. There are plenty of small black bream in the both of the local rivers. Mulloway seem to have moved out of the Kalgan, however King George whiting have been found in its upper reaches.
Southwest Catches
Picture: Tailor numbers seem to be increasing along the west coast and some parts of Geographe Bay with fish between 35cm and 45cm being caught some mornings and afternoons at Injidup, Smiths Beach, Windmills, Bunker Bay and Elmore Road.

Boats

Reef fishing has been productive off the west coast where dhufish, pink snapper, breaksea cod and skippy have been picked up in good numbers in 30m to 50m of water. Samson fish have been encountered in parts and there have been yellowtail kingfish turning up near the bombies and drop offs. There are still pink snapper being caught within Geographe Bay with Four Mile Reef and Eight Mile Reef among the better areas. King George whiting have been found in small groups in depths leading up to 20m of water off Eagle Bay and Quindalup. Squid are being caught in bigger numbers when the water has been clearer at the seagrass beds. Crabs are being picked up in drop nets between Tobys Inlet and Busselton.

Shore based

Herring, skippy and tarwhine are common along both sides of the cape while the deeper gutters at the exposed beaches may be worth trying for bigger predators including mulloway. Squid can be picked up at Busselton Jetty and the Quindalup Jetty.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Picture: The Dawesville Cut is producing herring, King George whiting and a few yellow fin whiting.

Mandurah

People fishing the beaches both north and south of Mandurah report occasional catches of big tailor along with plenty of chopper tailor. They are also catching whiting, tarwhine, herring and garfish. Fishers chasing black bream are finding a few fish in the lower reaches of the rivers. Most of the northern beaches are producing tailor, although the size of the fish is not great. An occasional mulloway is also being landed here as well.

SECRET HARBOUR / PORT KENNEDY / WARNBRO / ROCKINGHAM / SAFETY BAY

The Rockingham Jetty is producing herring and a few chopper tailor. The beaches around Port Kennedy have been producing whiting and an occasional tailor of an evening. Point Peron area is fishing well for tailor and there has been whiting coming from the local bays around the sand patches. Palm Beach has been producing some good fishing when weather has permitted, with a variety of smaller species being landed. This area is also worth a try for a few squid.
Perth Catches
Picture: Tailor are starting to be caught in bigger numbers along the beaches with fish to 50cm caught early morning and after sundown at South Beach Groyne, Cottesloe Groyne, Grant Street, Swanbourne Drain, Floreat Drain and Trigg Beach during the past week.

Boats

Pink snapper continue to be caught south of Rottnest Island as well as between Penguin Island and Stragglers and along the western edge of Three Mile Reef. Dhufish catches have been steady off Rockingham, Fremantle and Hillarys. There are still quite a few fishers doing well on King George whiting in areas that include The Windmills, the 12m to 20m depths southeast of Parker Point and the waters near the causeway in Cockburn Sound. Deep droppers have been bringing up quite a few grey-banded cod in 150m to 250m of water wide of Rottnest. The 400m to 500m depths off Lancelin have been good for blue eye trevalla and hapuka.

Shore based

Herring have mostly been caught from the rock walls, however expect to a few to gather near a patch of reef if burley is introduced. There are still King George whiting being caught from the rock walls south of Fremantle. Squid have also been coming from the southern and northern stones. Chopper tailor are evident in the lower reaches of the Swan River and expect mulloway to be in deeper waters.
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