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Fishing Report
08/05/20
Kelper Weber from Coastal Fishing Mayhem with this beautiful pink snapper caught off metro waters
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest's Sedin Hasanovic, Joachim Azzopardi, Scott Coghlan, John Curtis and Peter Fullarton .

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Broome Catches
Broome Fishing Club uploaded this great photo of a nice northern mulloway. Mint catch!


Boats

Sailfish are starting to turn up in bigger numbers offshore following reports of concentrations found wide of Barred Creek and near The Peanut during the past week. Spanish mackerel are being encountered out from Entrance Point and Gantheaume Point and there seems to more longtail and mack tuna schools around. Tackle World’s Steve Chambers caught fingermark bream, bluebone and mulloway during a recent trip to Port Smith. Reef fishers have been getting among some nice red emperor, coral trout and saddletail seaperch 10 to 20 miles out at times.

Shore based

A Spanish mackerel was hooked, but lost during the landing stage, at the rocks at Entrance Point last week. Queenfish and trevally have been coming from the jetty together with the odd bluebone and mulloway. Bluenose salmon are in being caught on a variety of lures along Cable Beach while threadfin salmon are sometimes being found within Crab Creek. Barramundi action has been increasing within the Fitzroy River and local creeks.
Exmouth Catches
Capt Josh Bruynzeel from Exmouth's On Strike Charters with this personal best g-hezza. Absolute stonker!

Boats

Reef fishers have been doing fairly well on red emperor, Rankin cod and spangled emperor in 40m to 60m of water. Goldband jobfish can be found in depths greater than 90m while ruby snapper are beyond the 200m contour. Spanish mackerel catches have been steady along the back of the west coast reef line, but unfortunately so have the casualties to sharks. Small black marlin and sailfish have been encountered within few miles of the reef line off the west coast. Sport fishers have been enjoying some entertaining sessions on golden trevally, Spanish and school mackerel and queenfish within the gulf.

Shore based

Spangled emperor and bluebone can be targeted near Tantabiddi as well as the Mildura Wreck Road accesses. Queenfish, small golden and giant trevally have been turning up during an incoming tide at Old Bundegi. There are lots of whiting along the gulf beaches. Mangrove jack, estuary cod and trevally are a chance at the marina.
 

Scott’s Spots

Scotty with a beautiful Exmouth coral trout caught out of his 'yak.  
We’ve teamed up with WA fishing writer and personality Scott Coghlan to tap into his personal experience and expert overview of some of WA’s most iconic fishing locations and some of those less well known ones off the beaten track. Once travel restrictions are eased, we want to see fishers get out there and experience the fantastic fishing that WA offers for the benefit of their well-being as well as restoring the annual $2.4 billion worth of economic activity recfishing provides. Here, Scotty kicks off the series with a look at exciting Exmouth. Click here to read more.
 
Kalbarri Catches
Ben Svenson with a picture-perfect mulloway caught in the middle of the night. Fishing through the night and patience has paid off, great stuff, mate!

Boats

Spanish mackerel are being caught on bibbed minnows and rigged garfish north and south of the river mouth. Mackerel to 20kg were encountered off Jakes and out from Wagoe at the weekend. Yellowfin and longtail tuna are being found in a range of depths and areas. A nice mix of reef fish, including baldchin groper, pink snapper and spangled emperor, have been caught on metal and soft plastic jigs within a few hundred metres of the cliffs. A huge 16kg red emperor was among several smaller reds caught in 30m to 50m of water northwest of the river mouth this past week.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up at Back Beach and Chinamans most mornings and evenings, however Oyster Reef has been a little hit and miss for the popular surf species. Robbie Leck has been catching pink snapper to 6kg and spangled emperor to 3kg from the rock platforms. Mulloway are occasionally being caught within the lower reaches of the Murchison River. Kalbarri Sports and Dive’s Dean Robbins recently landed a nice mulloway, together with a few estuary cod, in the upper reaches of the river. Plump yellowfin whiting can be targeted along the shallower areas while blue swimmer crabs can be sought in the deeper parts.
Geraldton Catches


Boats

Spanish mackerel are occasionally being caught near African Reef, along the back of Pensioner Bank and out from Coronation. Better numbers of the toothy species have been coming from the waters near the Abrolhos Islands. Baldchin groper continue to be caught in very good numbers near the islands and in waters closer to town. Dhufish of mixed sizes and, small to medium size, pink snapper have also been picked not too far out from town. Dinghy and small boat fishers have been doing well on squid, herring, skippy and pike along the seagrass within the inshore reefs.

Shore based

A mix of skinnier summer tailor and plumper winter specimens are being caught early morning and after dark along the Flat Rocks to Greenough River mouth stretch. Mulloway are occasionally being caught along the southern beaches as well as from the coast north of Drummonds. Yellowfin and school whiting, between 20cm and 30cm, can be targeted at the town beaches and Drummonds Cove. The deep sandy holes, adjacent to reef, near Lucys and Horrocks would be worth trying for dhufish and pink snapper when conditions are suitable.
Lancelin Catches
Peter Fullarton with a nice tailor off the beach. Great photo, mate!

Boats

There has not been a lot of boating activity due to the weather and difficulties with beach launching the larger vessels. Smaller dinghy’s able to launch in the conditions have been doing well chasing squid over the seagrass beds inside the bay. Good numbers of herring and skippy have been also been burlied up around the same areas.

Shore based

Tailor have continued to be caught right throughout day-time, some good size amongst them to more than 50cm. Strangely very few are being caught at sunset. A few mulloway and pink snapper have been caught from the beaches north of Lancelin and some good hauls of pink snapper from north of Wedge island. Both herring and good size sand whiting are being caught right along the coast in good numbers. The jetty has been fishing well for herring most nights, the rough weather also brought in some large greenback tailor during the week to 65cm. Some of the beaches have been heavily eroded from the recent storm, leaving them steep and narrow be wary to keep as high as you can driving them to stay on the sand with a firm base.
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

Jayson Spencer with an awesome lure-caught Bunker Bay salmon.
In this series we've teamed up with our partners at Shimano to share with you some of their experts' top tips. This week the Shimano crew take a look at spinning for salmon. Here' s a snippet to get your juices going, "Hunting down thumping salmon with lures in the surf is darn addictive fun that doesn't require a whole lot of gear or time on your side, but can provide consistent fun on these hard pulling, high flying fish." Click here to read more.
 
Esperance Catches
WA Undersea Club member, Nick Drummond with this awesome Kingfish caught while out with some mates spearing. Check out their footage they got on the same day here! Good shot!

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been doing well on herring, sand whiting and squid within the bay. Southern bluefin tuna to 10kg have been caught inshore and out wide. Yellowtail kingfish have been found in schools near the islands. Reef fishing enthusiasts have reported there to be plenty of small dhufish offshore at the moment with some managing double headers of the regal species. Otherwise, nannygai, queen snapper and breaksea cod seem to be getting caught in their usual numbers.

Shore based

A good mix of bread and butter species including herring, garfish, skippy, King George whiting and squid can be found at the Taylor Street Jetty while Bandy Creek boat harbour has smaller King George, the odd black bream and flathead on offer. Salmon are being picked up in their ones and twos at Roses, Alexander Bay, Thomas River and Poison Creek. Herring are in very good numbers right along the coast. Skippy to an impressive 3kg have been coming from Dunns, Alexander, Fourteen Mile and Roses. A group who ventured to Israelite Bay caught flathead between 70cm and 1m. 
Albany Catches
Louis May from Albany with this great catch. Awesome photo!

Boats

Deepwater enthusiasts scored hapuka, blue eye trevalla and grey-banded cod out wide. The coral has been producing the usual assortment of pink, queen and red snapper as well as breaksea cod, dhufish and skippy. King George whiting require some effort within the inshore areas while squid numbers continue to increase. A troll around the headlands may produce salmon, bonito and small southern bluefin tuna.

Shore based

Salmon have been appearing in strong numbers right along the coast during the week with Cheynes Beach, Nanarup, Little Beach, Normans, Salmon Holes, Cables, Lowlands, Shelleys and Bornholm among the spots where the 3kg to 7kg fish were caught. A school of salmon was spotted feasting on herring, close to shore, at Middleton Beach one day last week. Herring ranging from 20cm to 35cm can be targeted at the local beaches as well as those to the east and west of town. Rock fishers have been landing blue groper, yellowtail kingfish and sharks, when conditions have been suitable. Mostly small black bream are being caught in the King and Kalgan rivers. Mulloway have been very difficult to locate.
South-west Catches
Ado from Salty Bones with this great pink snapper caught off the boat. Killer catch, mate!

Boats

Reef fishers have been doing well on dhufish, queen snapper and breaksea cod in 20m to 40m of water off Hamelin Bay, Cowaramup Bay and Canal Rocks. Schools of Samson fish have been encountered offshore and there are yellowtail kingfish and small southern bluefin tuna near the tip of Cape Naturaliste. Pink snapper are worth a try along the Four Mile and Eight Mile. Squid catches were improving off Quindalup before the rough weather hit.

Shore based

Salmon have continued to appear at the west coast beaches as well as within Geographe Bay with schools reported at Hamelin Bay, Injidup, Smiths Beach, Bunker Bay and Eagle Bay this past week. Tailor are sometimes being caught early morning and on dusk and there are still plenty of herring around. It would be of no surprise if pink snapper were caught along the beaches between Dunsborough and Busselton during the stormy weather.
Mandurah and Surrounds



Mandurah

There have been tarwhine, tailor, herring, whiting, garfish and skippy caught from the beaches south of Mandurah and also from the beaches around the Cut at Dawesville. There are also good sized salmon being caught here as well. The Cut has been producing some nice salmon from the Ocean end, and anglers using unweighted mulies have been having a lot of success. The bridge has been providing anglers with a feed of herring and yellowtail. A few small tailor have also been caught. Crabs are still making their presence felt in the estuary and the better places to set your nets are in the deeper channels of the estuary. Black bream have gone mad in the Murray and the Serpentine Rivers. The recent rain seems to have triggered a lot of activity. Prawns are also starting to move so pull on the winter woollies and thermal underwear and go and do a spot of dabbing. It’s a great family night out, is entertaining and there is nothing better than a fresh bread and warm prawn sandwich.

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

The Rockingham jetties are still producing plenty of herring, salmon and squid and anglers fishing out from Safety Bay are reported to be catching some good King George whiting and snook. Trollers are still catching an odd tailor or two on the north side of the causeway. Several beach anglers report taking good bags of tailor and lots of herring from the beaches between Shoalwater and Long Point late last week. Mulloway are still occasionally being caught from the jetties around the area. The weed beds out from the local boat ramps have also been producing good numbers of herring and whiting. Berley is still the key to bringing the fish in. The Sisters have been producing some good tailor, salmon and King George whiting.
 
Perth Catches
Austin Prosser-Brightling with a chunky pink snapper off the metro rocks. An awesome catch and photo, great job!

Boats

Dolphinfish were being caught at the Recfishwest and Perth Game Fishing Club fish aggregating devices (FADs) before the rough weather arrived. Small southern bluefin tuna were also caught near the devices as well as behind Five Fathom Bank. Spanish mackerel have been caught on bibbed minnows and rigged fish baits south of Rottnest Island. Salmon were found in small schools between the shipping channel and Woodman Point before the storms hit. Dhufish to an impressive 18kg have been caught in waters north of Rottnest together with baldchin groper, pink snapper and queen snapper. Deepwater enthusiasts have been doing well on blue eye trevalla and grey-banded cod when conditions have permitted. Squid catches were improving along the seagrass meadows off Fremantle, however the murky water may set things back a bit. Blue swimmer crabs have been picked up in good numbers north of Woodman Point.

Shore based

Pink snapper were expected to be caught from the northern and southern rock walls, including Mindarie Marina, Hillarys Marina, North and South Mole, during and following the recent storms. Salmon have been caught at both moles while jumbo tailor have been hooked when the seas and swell have been up at Ocean Reef and Mindarie marina rock walls. Tailor have been little hit and miss along the metropolitan beaches. There are plenty of herring and some good whiting around, especially when burley is being introduced. Tailor can be found in the lower reaches of the Swan River. Mulloway are a chance in the harbour following the recent rainfall and expect black bream to be moving downstream after the deluge.
 

Tackle Shop Talk

Brian Marshall - the real deal with some reel deals! 
The local tackle shop is often a cornerstone of an angling community. We reckon some of these unsung heroes deserve a bit of the limelight –  don’t forget to support your local tackle store and buy local. To kick off the series we talk to the owner of a metro recfishing institution – Nedlands Compleat and Camping World fishing legend Brian Marshall. Read more here
 
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