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Recfishwest
14th November 2014
Recfishwest Fishing Report
Dear <<First Name>>,

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

Salmon and tailor continue to be found around Carnac Island, The Mewstone and Stragglers. Boats drifting along the broken ground near The Windmills, east of Rottnest Islands, have been coming home with some nice hauls of King George whiting. Any of the sand holes in 8 to 20m of water are worth trying for sand whiting. Peeled coral prawns on a paternoster rig usually work well on the sandies.

Divers are picking up good numbers of western rock lobster and those working pots are also starting to snare a few. Expect the whites to start running following the recent full moon and the December big moon. Shore-based fishers hitting up the coast near Preston Beach have been doing well on tailor and small mulloway. The upper reaches of the Swan and Canning rivers are producing better numbers of flathead, but there are few starting to appear through the lower reaches of the Swan. Heaps of tailor continue to occupy the middle and lower reaches of both river. Blue manna crabs are starting to move to the shallower areas.

Recfishwest Metro Fishing Forecast

Sunrise and sunset this weekend is looking fantastic. The weather should be on our side as well with winds staying low for most of the weekend. You'll have a window of about 2 hours from 6am-8am and again from 6pm-8pm. Middle of the day on a minor moon period may fish well but stick with the above advice.

The week ahead with the incoming tide in the afternoons will be the best time to fish, with the highs around the 7pm mark your best bet for tailor time!

Dunsborough to Augusta Catches

Some nice tailor have been caught at Mitchells Rocks and a few of the Geographe beaches including Bunker Bay. Most of the tailor have been hooked on baits, but any of the deep gutters or reefs holding a patch of white water would be worth throwing a popper or metal lure into. Expect yellowfin whiting to appear in better numbers along the sand flats at Quindalup once the water warms up.

Blue manna crabs are starting to show in better numbers. A handful of burley will get herring around most areas of Geographe Bay. Try for King George whiting in 5 to 15m of water between Eagle Bay and Abbey Beach. Daniel from the Squid Hunters Facebook page sent in his 43cm squid pic off the Busselton Jetty.

Recfishwest Busselton to Augusta Fishing Forecast

Sunrise and sunset this weekend is looking fantastic and as good as we've seen for a few weeks. The weather should be great with winds staying low for most of the weekend. You'll have a window of about 2 hours from 6am-8am and again from 6pm-8pm. Middle of the day on a minor moon period may fish well but stick with the above advice.


Hit the Busso jetty up just after sun down and try and get yourself some squid or some nice King George whiting. The week ahead may be slow but afternoons on a rising tide will be your best bet, but whiting may be in good numbers on the low in the early mornings.

Albany Catches

Reef fishing in 60 to 85m of water has been rewarding, especially around the coral areas within these depths where a range of species including pink snapper, red snapper, breaksea cod, queen snapper and dhufish have been caught. Samson fish have also been encountered in some parts and there continue to be yellowtail kingfish hanging around the headlands. Several crews ventured out to the shelf during the week, but reports on what was found in the 200 to 600m depths have been thin.

In closer, King George whiting fishing has been good in the sound, both harbours and near the islands. Plenty of the King George have been in the 35 to 45cm range while sand whiting, flathead and squid were also caught in these parts. Shore-based fishing has been patchy along the beaches, but there are signs of herring improving. Herring, skippy and sand whiting are the main species being caught along much of the coast. The odd juvenile salmon and tailor are coming from a few of the more remote places such as Cheynes, Bluff Creek and Bornholm.

Cables Beach will be closed for the next few months while work begins in the area. The marina is worth a try for herring, King George, black bream and squid. The King and Kalgan rivers are fishing reasonable well for black bream and the odd mulloway. The Palinup has been providing some entertaining bream sessions for those using baits. 

Recfishwest Albany Fishing Forecast

Sunrise and sunset this weekend is looking fantastic. The weather should be on our side as well with winds staying low for most of the weekend. You'll have a window of about 2 hours from 6am-8am and again from 6pm-8pm. Middle of the day on a minor moon period may fish well but stick with the above advice.

The middle of next week may be a little slow, but by Thursday bite activity should increase and the fishing will be back in full swing next weekend!

Geraldton Catches

Consistent catches of tailor and herring have been reported right along the beaches including the stretches between Head Butts and the Greenough River mouth, the town beaches and those north of Drummonds. The better catches of herring and the bigger tailor seemed to have come from the area north of the Buller River.

A young customer of Geraldton Sports landed a 90cm mackerel at Drummonds last week. It is yet to be confirmed whether the mackerel was a small Spaniard or a big school mackie. Expect more mackerel to be turning up through the waters out from the marina. Pages Beach is worth a visit for whiting following some nice catches there this past week. 

Recfishwest Geraldton Fishing Forecast 

Sunrise and sunset this weekend is looking fantastic and as good as we've seen for a few weeks. The weather should be on our side as well with winds staying low for most of the weekend. You'll have a window of about 2 hours from 6am-8am and again from 6pm-8pm. Middle of the day on a minor moon period may fish well but stick with the above advice. The moon phases are not as prominent hence the lack of bite activity so the start and finish of the days suits best!

Kalbarri Catches

A 6kg tailor was landed from an undisclosed shore-based location north of the river mouth last week and there were reports of more fish around the 80cm mark caught together with a few mulloway along this stretch during the week. Tailor in the 60 to 75cm range have been responding well to poppers and stick baits at Chinamans and Oyster Reef while smaller 40 to 55cm fish were common at Wittecarra, Back Beach and Blue Holes early morning and dusk.

Red Bluff is producing some good catches of herring. The boats have been coming across tuna schools off Red Bluff and a few Spanish mackerel along the northern and southern waters. Some nice hauls of mud crabs were taken in the Murchison and there seem to be slightly more blue mannas around. Tailor have been caught just past the jetty while yellowfin whiting are worthwhile targeting along the sand flats. 

Recfishwest Kalbarri Fishing Forecast

The dip in fish activity over the next week shouldn't bother fishers, especially if you're targeting tailor. Sunrise and sunset over the weekend looks great. 

The weather should be on our side as well with winds staying low for most of the weekend. You'll have a window of about 2 hours from 6am-8am and again from 6pm-8pm. Middle of the day on a minor moon period may fish well but stick with the above advice. The moon phases are not as prominent hence the lack of bite activity so the start and finish of the days suits best!

Exmouth Catches

The Exmouth gulf is firing, as is expected at this time of year, with big schools of baitfish continuously being herded by predatory species such as Spanish and shark mackerel, sharks, cobia, tuna, trevally, queenfish, sailfish and the odd marlin. Blue marlin and plenty of dolphin fish continue to be encountered out wide. The prawns in the gulf were a secret a few weeks ago, but the crustaceans are certainly no secret now with many venturing down these parts to grab a feed.

The lower reaches of the gulf and far side creeks are worth trying for golden trevally, mangrove jack, giant herring and queenfish. The tip of the cape and the marina have been the pick for shore-based anglers lately with reports of trevally, barracuda, queenfish, dart and a few spangled emperor responding well to lures such as poppers, stick baits and soft plastics. 

Recfishwest Exmouth Fishing Forecast

Stock standard sunrise and sunset will fish best this weekend, and mostly because of the major moon phases. The minor moon period falling at midday on both Saturday and Sunday should offer some luck to fishers, especially as the tide will be on the rise after lunch. 

The week ahead looks good with the fish activity and bite times definitely increasing come Wednesday/ Thursday in time for the weekend.

Broome Catches

Sailfish and small black marlin continue to be caught off James Price Point. An assortment of reef species including bluebone, coral trout and bluelined emperor have been picked up in Roebuck Bay while red snapper have been in addition to these along the 30 to 40m depths.

Dampier Creek is fishing well for barramundi, bluenose salmon, mulloway and the odd threadfin salmon. More barra have been coming from the Fitzroy, especially through the saltwater parts.

Some nice tripletail have been caught on spin and fly near the moorings in the bay. Big giant trevally and queenfish to a metre continue to turn up at the jetty.

Recfishwest Broome Fishing Forecast

With some irregular moon phases this weekend and early next week, fishing still should be ok. As Exmouth, stock standard sunrise and sunset will fish best this weekend, and mostly because of the major moon phases. The minor moon period falling at midday on both Saturday and Sunday should offer some luck to fishers, especially as the tide will be on the rise after lunch. 

The week ahead looks good but the fish activity and bite times will definitely increase come Wednesday/ Thursday.

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