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Fishing Report
08/02/19
Reiner Domingo landed this solid pink snapper from a metro beach through the week! Well done mate, you'd have to be stoked with that, sure is a great land based capture. 
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi, John Curtis for his Mandurah and surrounds report and Peter Fullarton for what's happening in Lancelin.

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This 104cm barra sure got Coity excited! What better way to start the years barramundi fishing than with a quality 1m+ chrome barra. Great work mate, the smile says it all!

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Broome Catches
Celeste McDonald-Holland from Fishing the Kimberley making the most of the recent gap in the weather to land this cracking triple tail.

Boats

Crews who were able pick a break in the weather and headed to ground in 20m to 30m of water found saddletail seaperch, red emperor and blue lined emperor. Fingermark bream and bluebone have been found in closer while mulloway are mostly coming from the deeper areas of Roebuck Bay. Threadfin salmon and bluenose salmon are also being encountered within the bay together with queenfish, trevally and the odd cobia.

Shore based

Barramundi have been caught in fair numbers in the Fitzroy River as well as Dampier Creek and Crab Creek. While mullet have been working well on the 50cm to 80cm barra, many of the fish have been caught on hard-bodied and soft plastic lures. Bluenose salmon have been showing up in schools along Town Beach. The bluenose have been rather conspicuous at times when they feed on shoals of baitfish near the surface. The jetty has queenfish to a metre and golden trevally turning up at times.
Exmouth Catches
Josh Bruynzeel from OnStrikeCharters, with a healthy looking rankin cod on a soft plastic. These fish sure are stunning.

Boats

Sports fishers working surface lures, including poppers and stick baits, near the back of the west coast reef have been catching giant trevally, spanish and shark mackerel, spangled emperor and green jobfish. More mackerel have been caught on bibbed minnows and rigged whole fish along the back of the west coast reef. There are still blue marlin being encountered out wide and small stripe and black marlin in closer. The upper areas of the gulf are holding sailfish while the middle and lower parts have increasing numbers of cobia turning up.

Shore based

Mangrove jack have been caught on baits and lures in the lower areas of the gulf as well as the marina. Queenfish to a metre and golden trevally to 10kg have been turning up at Learmonth Jetty. There are plenty of whiting along the beaches north of there. Permit sightings have been increasing along the shallows as the warmer months progress. Try the accesses south of the rangers hut for spangled emperor.
Kalbarri Catches
Donelle Andrews caught this cracking spanish mackerel (16 kg) from Wagoe during an early morning fishing session last week. Well done Donelle, that's a quality mack from the shore!

Boats

Better numbers of spanish mackerel have started to show up and have been spotted jumping in waters to the north and south of the river; however the toothy pelagic have been reluctant to strike at trolled lures at times. Some fishers managed to entice the 8kg to 15kg mackerel on whole baits when the fish were spotted jumping or while drifting for reef species. Yellowfin tuna have been found in better numbers northwest of the river mouth. Spangled emperor, breaksea cod, baldchin groper and rankin cod were among the species picked up within a few miles of the coast while red emperor were found out further. A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive was surprised to hook a dhufish on a deep-diving lure in approximately 35m of water last week. Unfortunately, the dhuie was sharked before it was landed and only left the somewhat disappointed fisher with its head.

Shore based

Rock fishers who have been hitting up the platforms south of town have been landing baldchin groper and pink snapper. Mostly chopper tailor to 40cm have been turning up at Wittecarra and Red Bluff morning and night. Better-quality tailor have occasionally been caught at Oyster Reef. Mulloway around the 90cm mark have been common at Frustrations. Yellowfin whiting, black bream and blue swimmer crabs were among the species caught in the Murchison River this past week.
Geraldton Catches
Mathew Wilson making the most of his freshly caught tailor, sharing his recipes with the Geraldton Fishing Facebook page.


Boats

Fishers are coming across spanish mackerel in more significant numbers along the back of Pensioners Bank. Yellowfin tuna have been encountered to 15kg between the mainland and Abrolhos Islands. Reef fishers have been picking up reasonable catches of dhufish, baldchin groper, and sweetlip near African Reef. Pink snapper are mostly being caught 10 to 15 miles northwest of the shipping channel.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings along the Flat Rocks to Greenough River mouth stretch. The tailor have not been massive, with fish averaging at 30cm to 40cm, but for what they lack in size they have made up in numbers, with some action-packed sessions for fishers. Larger tailor have been picked up at the reef at Southgates and Separation Point, while Drummonds Cove and there beaches north of there have been producing mixed catches of tailor, yellowfin whiting, dart, mulloway, and school sharks.
Lancelin Catches
Alex Franklin, with one of the four snapper his group caught from the beach! This one went 77cm. What an awesome coast line we have where you can catch quality pinkies like this from the beach!

Boats

Pink snapper numbers have been increasing, with fish being caught from a range of depths outside Lancelin Bay. Dhufish have been hard to find however there are reasonable numbers of baldchin groper for fishers drifting along areas of reef from depths of 24m or more. Tuna schools are turning up in depths of 25 – 28m’s but they can be difficult to land with fishers sampling various lures and baits with little luck, and the floating seaweed isn’t ideal for trolling. Dinghy fishers have been catching plenty of herring within the bay and there are still a few king george whiting to be caught. The weed beds are holding schools of snook and pike.

Shore based

Tailor have been in good numbers although some can be a little small, however the herring keeps you entertained and can give you a decent feed to take home. Pink snapper have been landed from the beaches north of the Lancelin area and the jetty is fishing well for herring and tailor on most days around sunset, with mulies being a favourite food source for tailor.
Esperance Catches
Jade O'Donovan using a big jig for big fish! This solid harlequin was caught in the leeward side of the island. What a great picture from HereWeAreAustralia.

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been pleased with the number of herring, sand whiting, and squid in the bay. Schools of small southern bluefin tuna have been appearing within the bay and out further. Nannygai to 60cm were picked up in outstanding numbers beyond the islands together with catches of queen snapper, breaksea cod, harlequin fish and samson fish.

Shore based

Herring have been caught from the Taylor Street Jetty in bigger sizes and numbers at night. The favorite bread and butter species can also be attracted towards the structure during the day when burley is used. Bandy Creek boat harbour has been producing King George whiting and whaler sharks. More King George have been coming from the shore at Wylie Bay. Salmon schools have continued to turn up at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Eleven Mile, Roses, and Warrinup. Thomas River produced mulloway, gummy shark and skippy to 1.5kg last week. Similar sized skippy have also been caught at Roses.
Albany Catches

Boats

Reef fishers have had to work hard for their catches along the coral and beyond the shelf. Those who did manage to pick up a feed made up mostly of queen, pink and red snapper, dhufish and breaksea cod, had to move around a lot. The waters to the east and west of town fished better than areas straight south. Red snapper were found in reasonable schools at the edge of the shelf off Cheynes Beach and West Cape Howe. Hapuka, which have been caught in terrific numbers during the past couple of months, were very hard to come by this past week. King George whiting have been a little harder to target because leatherjackets have moved into the inshore areas and are getting their powerful teeth to the baits before the Geordies get a chance. It may take a couple of months before squid return in numbers. Herring are still being caught on trolled bibbed minnow and metal lures in King George Sound and both harbours.

Shore based

Herring have dominated catches along the local beaches. Salmon are yet to turn up in numbers associated with their annual run and maybe a few weeks away from arriving at local beaches. The marina is worth a visit with black bream and the odd squid on offer while Emu Point has a few King George, trumpeter and bream. The King and Kalgan rivers have been fishing better for black bream than the systems east of town. Hard-bodied and vibe-style lures have been working well on the bream. Most of the mulloway caught in the systems this past week have been small.
Southwest Catches


Boats

Reef fishers have been doing well on dhufish and other quality table fish, including breaksea cod and pink snapper, off Cowaramup Bay and Canal Rocks. Spanish mackerel are likely to be around the tip of Cape Naturaliste considering the recent increase in water temperature. Schools of small southern bluefin tuna that are usually common in late summer have been hard to find. There are still a few squid being caught along the seagrass meadows off Quindalup. Blue swimmer crabs are still a little on the small side, with larger crabs challenging to find.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings at Elmore Road, and there is the odd resident salmon being caught along the west coast. Herring and juvenile salmon have been responding well to burley while small poppers and small stick baits have been working well on yellowfin and other varieties of whiting along the Quindalup sand flats. Try the rock platforms at Hamelin Bay for yellowtail kingfish, samson fish, blue groper and pink snapper when conditions permit.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Steve Killeen landed this Mulloway from Singleton beach while fishing with his mate Denzil Thompson. Great work guys, that would have been a memorable morning down on the beach.


Mandurah

The beaches around Golden Bay have been producing some good tailor, herring and whiting. There has been some larger mulloway caught from the beaches north of Mandurah with several reported from San Remo, Singleton, Golden Bay and Madora. Fishers working the estuary are still catching good-sized crabs, but be aware of the size and bag limits. Those fishing from the traffic bridge are catching some very good skippy. Dinghy fishers in the estuary have been locating tailor by looking out for birds working over the bait schools. Bream fishers have reported that most of the action is further upstream with some good fish to be caught. Kayakers quietly moving in and out of spots are accounting for some of the better fish. South of Mandurah a few larger tailor are being caught around dusk and after dark. Tim’s Thicket, White Hills and beaches to the south are all producing good fishing with tailor, small sharks and mulloway. The Dawesville Cut is always a place worth dropping a line as there are herring, tarwhine, skippy and whiting being caught, along with some good tailor. Drop netters are catching crabs in good quantities as well as those wading and scooping. Most drop netters report better sized crabs in the deeper water along the edges of the channels. While those scooping have done well just after sunset.

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

Warnbro, Kwinana, Long Point, Port Kennedy and Secret Harbour beaches have all been holding great tailor during the last week. There has been some excellent fishing for yellow-fin whiting, with good reports of herring and plenty of crabs out in the deep water. The jetties are turning on herring early in the morning, along with squid and blue and scaly mackerel. The beaches between Port Kennedy and Warnbro have been producing tailor of an evening, with herring and whiting during the day.
Perth Catches
Atticus Martin (4 yo) caught this unique looking boxfish (that have poisonous flesh) while out fishing with his Dad and Pop. Atticus also caught some skippy presented a challenge but luckily Pop was there to help! Thanks for sending these pictures in Mr Martin, we love to see young fishers getting out there and giving it a go while fishing safely.

Boats

A surprising number of big dhufish have been caught off the metropolitan coast during the past fortnight. The dhuies that have weighed up to 22kg have been picked up on baits and jigs in 20m to 60m of water off Rockingham, Fremantle, Hillarys, and Two Rocks. Some nice breaksea cod and baldchin groper have also been caught together along with dhuies while pink snapper seems to be in good concentrations southwest of Rottnest Island. Yellowtail kingfish are in small packs near the inshore reefs between Fremantle and Rotto. The Barges and high relief lumps continue to hold large numbers of big sambos through these summer months, especially in the deeper waters out the back of Rottnest. When fishing these areas its common to encounter large sharks that will often eat the samson fish on their way up to the surface, we recommend moving to a different spot and avoid feeding these hungry sharks. King George whiting have been coming from 10m to 20m of water off Leighton Beach, and Cottesloe biting best on fresh squid tentacles caught the same day. Small southern bluefin tuna found just west of Five Fathom Bank, and there are plenty of striped tuna between West End and the Fish Aggregating Devices so those are headed out to the fads this weekend it may be worth trolling some skirts at high speed.

Shore based

Fishers in Cockburn Sound continue to catch spanish mackerel where the waters warmer and some are being caught from the remote beaches just to the north and south of the metro area. The metro beaches have produced some pink snapper for fishers casting out large snelled baits. Tailor catches dropped off a little during the past week; however, there is still plenty of herring around the northern and southern rock walls and jetties. Schools of tailor are evident in the Swan River, with shallow areas producing flathead and yellowfin whiting. The Fremantle harbour and moles are worth trying for mackerel, tuna and mulloway considering the masses of scaly mackerel and other baitfish in the area.
Upcoming Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade Dates



Royal Life Saving Society WA, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, has implemented the Old4New initiative as part of a lifejacket awareness campaign. On average there are 5 boating-related drowning deaths recorded each year in Western Australia, with the majority of people involved in these incidents not wearing a lifejacket at the time. Wearing a lifejacket never ruined a day on the water. As part of the initiative a new inflatable lifejacket, along with educational material, is being provided under a trade-in scheme where people can surrender their old, damaged or obsolete lifejacket for a self-inflating, slim-fitting style lifejacket at a discounted price a various locations across the state.

The next Old4New location is on Saturday 16 February, 9am to 10am at Maylands Boat Ramp.

You can exchange these vouchers at the Recfishwest office in Hillarys for a $15 off one of our Crewsaver lifejackets.

Statistics from the Royal Life Saving Society WA website.

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