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Fishing Report
18/01/19
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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, Peter Fullarton for what's happening in Lancelin and Nicholas Drummond for the freshwater section.

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Charlie Avins caught these King George with his Dad Justin Avins, while fishing the Wilson Inlet. Charlies biggest King George went 42cm that day! Well done mate, they're some great fish, I bet you've made your Dad proud.

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Broome Catches
Matt Flinders sent in this photo of Spider crab he caught while fishing off a North Kimberley beach near Kalumburu yesterday. Spider crabs usually inhabit extreme depths and are very rarely caught by recreational fishers.

Boats

Sport fishers have been enjoying some entertaining sessions on threadfin salmon to 1.2m and small bluenose salmon in Roebuck Bay near Crab Creek and the fingers. The salmon have been caught using a variety of hard-bodied and soft plastic lures. The deeper areas of the bay have been fishing reasonably well for mulloway while fingermark bream and bluebone have been successfully targeted near the reefs. Barra (barramundi) have been caught on baits and lures within Barred Creek and Dampier Creek. Big schools of baitfish off Entrance Point are still attracting varieties of mackerel and tuna.

Shore based

Recent rain has caused the Fitzroy River to flow again and, in turn, push the barramundi lurking within the system into the lower areas. Fresh baits generally produce better results on the barra in these conditions, however in saying that, bright lures can sometimes work well and fire up the fish. The local creeks are also yielding a few barra as well as threadfin and bluenose salmon. The jetty has queenfish and varieties of trevally turning up an hour either side of the change of tide. Cherabin are worthwhile targeting in the river.
Exmouth Catches
Marian absolutely stoked with his first Brassy Trevally experience aboard Ningaloo Sportfishing Charters.

Boats

Ningaloo Sportfishing Charters put Belgian couple, Marian and Magdalena, onto a variety of species including golden, brassy and giant trevally and queenfish, mackerel, bonito, coral trout and emperor while fishing within the gulf on Tuesday. The crew aboard Innkeeper released a beautiful blue marlin on Monday while Peak Sportfishing Adventures raised four blues and landed three. Spanish mackerel are being caught on bibbed minnows trolled along the back of the reef north and south of Tantabiddi.

Shore based

Old Bundegi has been fishing well for queenfish, giant herring and varieties of trevally during an incoming tide. The beaches north and south of the marina and Learmonth Jetty are producing good numbers of whiting. Squid can be caught at the marina and jetty in the evening and at the peak of high tide. The shallow reefs near Tantabiddi have been producing small trevally, whiting and cod.
Kalbarri Catches
Holly Marsden caught this tailor while fishing a beach gutter in Kalbarri. Thanks to Kalbarri Seafront Villas for the great photo.

Boats

Crews have been picking up baldchin groper and pink snapper on baits and jigs within a few hundred metres of the cliffs south of town. Dhufish and red emperor are mostly being found in depths beyond the 30m contour northwest of the river mouth. Spanish mackerel are in better numbers offshore and there seems to be more baitfish and tuna around.

Shore based

A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive landed a superb 84cm tailor at Chinamans on Sunday evening. Smaller tailor to 60cm have been turning up along the Wittecarra to Red Bluff stretch as well as the beaches north of Frustrations early morning and around dusk. Bonefish have also been caught among the tailor along the beaches north of the river mouth and at Wagoe. Dart have started to show up in bigger numbers along the beaches. Oyster Reef and Frustrations are worth trying for mulloway and pink snapper. Chopper tailor have been caught on baits and lures near the Murchison River sand spit late afternoon.
Geraldton Catches


Boats

Reef fishers have been finding plenty of dhufish within five miles of the coast. The dhuies have not been huge fish, however most are content with sizes averaging 60cm. The lumps in 20m to 30m southwest of Point Moore have been fishing reasonably well for baldchin groper and coral trout. Spanish mackerel have been encountered south of Point Moore and between Coronation and Horrocks. Bird activity offshore is thought to be small striped tuna bring baitfish to the surface while feeding.

Shore based

Tailor were encountered along the beaches in smaller numbers this past week compared to previous weeks. The Greenough River mouth has been hit and miss for the 35cm to 55cm tailor. Herring have been caught at the mouth as well as the first and second points most mornings. Southgates has been experiencing a tailor run every odd day while Tarcoola Beach has been producing occasional tailor and school mulloway. Herring between 20cm and 30cm have been picked up in the bay at Drummonds together with slim summer tailor averaging 40cm and whiting around the 20cm mark. Coronation and the beaches north of there have been fishing better for tailor, herring and whiting late afternoon and evening. Whiting have been caught in bigger numbers and sizes at Little Bay.
Lancelin Catches
Sean making the most of the blue skies, white sandy beaches and pristine conditions up at Lancelin, finding himself a feed of tailor.

Boats

Strong winds have limited the boating opportunities during the week. Those who managed to get out were getting good catches in the cray pots, along with some of the regular demersal species of dhufish, snapper, breaksea cod and baldchin groper. Within the bay dinghy fishers using burly have been attracting plenty of herring and also some very big garfish.

Shore based

The jetty has been fishing very well for herring each evening along with some good sized tailor. The big garfish can be caught casting from the jetty at times. Along the beaches north and south herring numbers have increased with some of them up to 30 cm long. Flathead 45-50 cm have been caught by a number of fishers while chasing the tailor that have been biting both dawn and dusk. With the strong winds the sheltered points of Fence reef, North point of Lancelin bay, Virgin reef Didie point, Narrow neck and Magic reef have been fishing best for the tailor.
Esperance Catches
Tom Tate from Tateys fishing world in Esperance with a Harpuka the same size as him! Great fish mate, sure makes the long ride out deep worth it pulling up fish like that!

Boats

Schools of southern bluefin tuna around 2kg to 4kg have been appearing within the bay. Herring have also been caught in close together with a few snook and squid. Crews who worked the waters west of town scored pink snapper, nannygai to 55cm, breaksea cod, harlequin fish, queen snapper and samson fish.

Shore based

Bull herring are being caught in very good numbers at the Taylor Street Jetty late afternoon and evening along with a few skippy and the odd squid. Bandy Creek boat harbour has King George whiting, herring and black bream on offer. Black bream to an impressive 42cm have been recently caught in the local lakes. Salmon schools have been appearing at Fourth Beach, Ten Mile, Eleven Mile and Fourteen Mile together with juvenile salmon, bull herring and flathead. Dunns has been producing gummy shark, salmon, juvenile salmon and herring. Alexander Bay fished well for gummy sharks, salmon and skippy last week. Customers of Southern Sports got into a great beach session with a heap of mulloway to a metre and eight gummy sharks during a recent session. Salmon were landed at Duke or Orleans Bay.
Albany Catches
Aron Dixon from Dixon Brothers Fishing hauled in this absolute keg of a samson fish. A fish this size would have given him a workout that's for sure!

Boats

Big numbers of small dhufish have appeared along the coral lumps in depths of about 50m to 90m of water. While some of the small dhuies have been of legal size, ranging from 50cm to 60cm, many have been below the 50cm limit. Unfortunately small dhufish do not release very well, when caught in deep waters, and fishers ought to bring any fish they suspect to be undersize or an unwanted species up slowly to increase their chance of survival when released. Pink, queen and red snapper have also been caught along the coral together with breaksea cod, samson fish and shark. Bigger red snapper have been found at the edge of the shelf and deeper while the waters out wider again have been producing blue eye trevalla, hapuka and bass grouper. King George whiting efforts have been mixed with some boats achieving their limit within a few hours and others struggling to find the small schools of fish. Areas where bag limits of King George were achieved this past week included the waters surrounding Michaelmas and Breaksea islands, Middleton Beach, Goode Beach, Cosy Corner and Two Peoples Bay. Big flathead have also been common in these areas and there are a few nice sand whiting and squid also around. Small bibbed minnow and metal lures trolled in Oyster Harbour have been working well on herring.

Shore based

Herring have been caught in good numbers at Cables and some of the beaches east of town. King George are sometimes being caught in their ones and twos at Frenchman Bay and Emu Point. The marina is mostly producing trumpeter and the odd black bream. The King and Kalgan rivers are fishing reasonably well for black bream. The Pallinup fished poorly for one bream chaser last week. Mulloway are thought to be lurking in the extreme upper reaches of the systems.
Southwest Catches
Jeremy Cui catching a feed of Redfin in the south west water ways. Redfin are such a great tasting fish that are never shy to hit a variety of lures.


Boats

Reef fishing enthusiasts have been catching fair numbers of dhufish and pink snapper off Canal Rocks and the tip of Cape Naturaliste. Schools of small southern bluefin tuna have been appearing off the cape and it would be no surprise if there are a few Spanish mackerel also around. Squid have mostly been caught in the deeper waters of 10m to 12m within Geographe Bay. Try the broken reef areas off Abbey Beach and Siesta Park for squid.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up early morning and evening at Elmore Road and Bunker Bay. The Quindalup sand flats have been fishing well for whiting, which have been responding to miniature poppers and stick baits as well as imitation worms. Yellowtail kingfish have been landed at Sugarloaf Rock and the platforms near Contos.

Freshwater

Recfishwest staff members; Steph Watts (the marron snaring gun), Matt Gillett (Guru) and Nick Drummond (the rookie) chasing marron with snares at Harvey Dam.
Marron fishing in the dams has been hit and miss with fishers reporting they caught their limit on the Thrusday night, while returning on the Saturday night and coming home empty handed. Those working rivers have been more consistent but catches haven't been as large. Fishing dams with little to no wind or fishing the bank the same side the wind is coming from, this helps fishers to see through the water better. Dams are significantly more accessible while south west rivers often requiring walking through bush and are further from the Perth. To find out more about Marroning click here.
The trout catches have been slow in dams as the water begins to warm up and stream flow slows. Those fishing rivers and streams along the south coast are still getting into a few fish, especially in the early mornings. Redfin catches have been great in the deeper pools by working plastics and vibes along the bottom where the water is cooler. Fishing the deeper banks of dams where casts can reach to the deeper water has also produced good catches of redfin.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Clay Lewis posted this picture to the Fishing Western Australia Facebook page of a healthy yellowtail kingfish he caught over the weekend. Such an awesome fish to catch and sure do give a great account for themselves, especially in shallow water!


Mandurah

In the estuary, yellowfin whiting and skippy have been biting well along with a few herring and smaller tailor. There are crabs in good numbers in the estuary at Mandurah for both those scooping and drop netters. Drop netters working along the drop offs seem to be doing better. Bream are still active in the Murray and Serpentine rivers with some larger fish being taken. The Dawesville Cut is still providing fishers with the opportunity to take home a feed almost at any time of the day as it continues to produce good fishing for species such as herring, whiting, skippy and tarwhine. The smaller species are biting freely during the day and tailor are turning up after dark.

The beaches around Mandurah are producing herring, tarwhine and whiting during the day with tailor early morning and evening. Big mulloway have been taken from the San Remo, Madora and Singleton beaches after dark. Most successful fishers are using whole baits. South of Mandurah is a similar story with larger tailor being caught around dusk and after dark from the beaches at Tim’s Thicket and White Hills. Rumours suggest that there have been some bigger tailor taken from these spots.

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

People fishing for tailor are finding a few good fish along the Kwinana, Port Kennedy and Secret Harbour beaches. There are also plenty of whiting and blue mackerel around the Rockingham jetties. There have been reports of an occasional big mulloway being taken from these beaches. Yellow-fin whiting are being taken in Shoalwater Bay and the Penguin Island causeway has been producing plenty of herring, whiting and tarwhine for those fishing the drop off into deeper water. Point Peron has been producing a few herring.
Perth Catches
Luke Flippers Doherty caught two Spanish mackerel from two separate outings in his kayak after launching it in the early mornings from a metro beach. Well done mate, a metro mackerel sure is quite the achievement, let alone from a yak!

Boats

Reef fishers have continued to do well on mixed reef species including pink snapper, dhufish and breaksea cod in 20m to 40m of water southwest of Rottnest Island. Dhufish have also been caught in 50m to 60m off Hillarys and Mindarie while the 15m to 25m depths produced dhufish catches for some who worked the ground off Rockingham. Samson fish are at The Barges in 90m to 110m of water off West End and in 30m to 40m north of the island. Spanish and shark mackerel have been encountered near Rottnest and Stragglers. A customer of Anglers Fishing World speared a shark mackerel in about 5m of water off Coogee last week. There are still King George whiting being caught off Cottesloe, City Beach and Trigg. Squid are still in and around the seagrass meadows off Fremantle.

Shore based

Masses of scaly mackerel have moved into Fremantle Harbour and their presence is likely to attract predators including mulloway. Scaly mackerel have also tuned up at Woodman Point and the Ammo Jetty, which often produce mackerel and tuna catches in summer when big schools of baitfish are near. Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings at Cottesloe Groyne, Swanbourne Drain, Floreat Groyne and Trigg Beach. The rock walls at Mindarie and Hillarys and those south including North Mole and at Fremantle Sailing Club have been fishing well for herring. Yellowfin whiting can be targeted along the shallow reefs north of Waterman Bay. Tailor are in the middle and lower reaches of the Swan River.
Compulsory Lifejackets at Salmon holes
As of January 1st 2019, lifejackets were made compulsory for fishers and visitors alike who are visiting Salmon Holes in Albany, as announced by the Fisheries Minister in mid December.
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