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Fishing Report
14/08/20
Recfishwest Safety Ambassador and one half of Dixon Brothers Fishing, Chris Dixon, caught this beast 95cm pink snapper from the rocks near Albany at the weekend. The pinkie was one of many great fish Chris caught during the epic session alongside his brother, Aron. Check out the photo of an impressive Samson fish that Aron caught on the same day in the 'Albany section' below!
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Brenton Cartledge has been having a great time while fishing with Tom Miller recently! After featuring in our State-wide Fishing Report a fortnight ago, Brenton has been given the "Pic of the Week!" honours once again for this ripper yellowfin tuna caught west of Dirk Hartog Island. Awesome!

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Dampier Catches
Keen fisher Riley Bird caught this Chinaman out in the Dampier Archipelago while aboard a Murchison Boat Hire boat. Solid effort, Riley - we love your work!
Broome Catches
Jigging in more than 40m of water off Broome, Jade Relph avoided the sharks and landed this eye-catching red emperor after a tough fight last Sunday. Nice stuff!

Boats

Sailfish continue to be encountered in waters wide of Barred Creek and out from James Price Point. Spanish mackerel and varieties of tuna are responding well to minnow-style lures. There have been red emperor, saddletail seaperch and blue lined emperor caught in 30m to 40m of water. 

Shore based

Barramundi activity has increased in the Fitzroy River, especially in its lower reaches where the salt concentration is relatively high. Dozens of barramundi measuring more than 1m, together with scores of smaller barra, were caught on lures and baits at spots including Telegraph Pool, Langis Crossing and Pelican Pool this week. Smaller barra have also been caught at Dampier and Willie creeks along with bluenose salmon, mangrove jack and estuary cod. Queenfish and varieties of trevally can be targeted near the Port of Broome and the beaches close to town.
Exmouth Catches
What a fish! Will Roche scored this terrific cale cale trevally, also called a longrakered trevally, while fly fishing off Exmouth. A relatively uncommon catch, Will was stoked to tick another fish of his list!

Boats

Scott Owens recently achieved a billfish grand slam, after landing a blue marlin, black marlin and sailfish in one session. Notably, the blue marlin that Scott landed was estimated to weigh more than 350kg. Sailfish have been becoming more active along the west coast this week. With baitfish schools building in the gulf, it is likely the sailfish may likely move to the upper areas of the protected gulf waters earlier than they did in previous seasons. Spanish mackerel are being caught along the west coast reef line, but sharks have been a problem. Similarly, sharks have been quick to snatch emperors and cods caught in 40m to 80m of water.

Shore based

Poppers and metals have been working well on queenfish and various trevally species at the west coast accesses. Spangled emperor and bluebone are sometimes being caught on baits near the lighthouse early morning and at night. Bigger queenfish and trevally can be targeted at Oysters and VLF Bay. There are lots of whiting along the town and gulf beaches, while squid can be targeted at the marina and Learmonth Jetty during an incoming tide and at night.
 

Scott’s Spots - Esperance, more than just spectacular scenery

Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan with a nice Esperance salmon.
Esperance is renowned for its incredible beaches, with the popular holiday destination's white sandy coastline offering fantastic fishing for anglers of all ages. Read what Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan has to say about Esperance in the latest Scott's Spots here!
 
Kalbarri Catches
Although this pink snapper was caught about three hours north of Kalbarri, we thought it was too good not to share! Zoe Cowell was all smiles after landing the thumping 83cm pinkie while aboard Mac Attack Fishing Charters off Denham. Stellar stuff - no doubt it was fish of the day!


Boats

Reports of Spanish mackerel catches have been dropping off this week, while fishers are also struggling to find yellowfin tuna and longtail tuna. Jiggers equipped with soft plastic and metal varieties have been doing well on pink snapper and baldchin groper near the southern cliffs. The 30m to 50m depths north-west of the river mouth have been producing fair catches of dhufish, red emperor and Rankin cod.

Shore based

Land-based fishers soaking mulies, and other fish baits, near the river mouth have been catching a variety of species including mulloway, tailor, pink snapper and mangrove jack. More mulloway have been coming from the jetty, while areas of the river are producing black bream and estuary cod. Yellowfin whiting catches have been improving along the shallows.
Geraldton Catches
Yewww! Ben Svenson landed this great tailor from the beach while fishing near Geraldton recently. Terrific catch - thanks for sharing the photo, mate! Check out Ben's latest tailor fishing video.


Boats

Opportunities to head offshore were again limited this week due to the strong winds and big swells battering the Mid West. A couple of crews who recently visited the Abrolhos Islands caught dhufish, baldchin groper and Rankin cod in good numbers. Dinghy and kayak fishers off Geraldton have been picking up squid along the inshore seagrass.

Shore based

Finding an area of beach near Geraldton free from seaweed has become as much of a challenge as catching a fish. The rock walls in front of town were clear from seaweed this week and produced catches of bread-and-butter species including chopper tailor, skippy, and the odd squid. Bigger tailor can be targeted from the reef at Separation Point and Southgate Dunes on low tide when the swell is down.
Lancelin Catches


Boats

Tough boating conditions prevented most boats from heading wide this week. However, a couple of vessels managed to find a midweek window in the weather to get out of the bay, catching dhufish and pink snapper in up to 40m of water. Squid numbers have been better over the seagrass beds inside the bay.

Shore based

Mulloway were landed both north and south of Lancelin this week, including one fish which reportedly tipped the scales at more than 20kg. Most of the gutters along the Back Beach have been sanded up from the recent northerly winds. The best fishing has been south of town at Fence Reef, however, the northern beaches are producing tailor. Young fisher Corban Whalley landed a great 51cm tailor on a popper from the beach while fishing with Tailored Treks' Peter Fullarton. Herring up to 30cm have also been taking tailor baits from the beaches. The jetty has been hit-and-miss this week, but there have been big schools of herring under the lights at night. Skippy and tarwhine have been caught from both the jetty and bay's beaches.
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

Matt Pullella loves catching big yellowtail kingfish on metal jigs off Albany. Picture: Brody Ogle 

From using a wide variety of lures to baits, there are many ways of targeting yellowtail kingfish. Although debatable, yellowtail kingfish can be one of the hardest fish to land, and are known to make a run to the rocks - or anything sharp - to bust you off as soon as you hook-up. Check out Shimano's tips on how to catch yellowtail kingfish here.

 
Esperance Catches


Boats

Samson fish have been caught on baits and lures within 2km of the shore off Esperance. Nannygai, queen snapper and harlequin fish were among the species caught by boat fishers near the islands, while squid – some with tubes of more than 40cm – have been caught closer to shore.

Shore based

Salmon are present along the local beaches, as well as those to the west and east of town. Mulloway can be targeted at Thomas River, Poison Creek and Dunn Bay. Squid, herring and skippy are among the species being caught from the Taylor Street Jetty and within Bandy Creek Boat Harbour.
Albany Catches
Sporting his Crewsaver lifejacket, Recfishwest Safety Ambassador Aron Dixon, of Dixon Brothers Fishing, was chuffed after landing this big land-based Sambo off the rocks near Albany last weekend. Awesome work, mate! Read more about safe rocking fishing here.


Boats

Not too many boats travelled out wide this week amid strong winds and big swells, with even inshore fishing from the vessel proving difficult. Some fishers who drifted through areas of the sound and harbours caught King George whiting up to 40cm, skippy, herring, sand whiting and juvenile salmon. Squid have been found in bigger numbers and sizes in the deeper waters. The King and Kalgan rivers have become rather discoloured after the recent heavy showers across the Great Southern. As a result of the rains, black bream and mulloway are likely to be lurking around the lower reaches of each system.

Shore based

Salmon have continued to pass along Fosters Beach and Reef Beach in very good numbers, while the occasional 4kg to 6kg fish are also caught at Parrys, Sand Patch, Cables, Shelleys and Lowlands. Tailor are a chance at Nanarup early morning and on dusk, while herring are still about in very good numbers at most beaches. There are some big skippy at some of the reef holes along the Bluff Creek to Cheynes Beach stretch. Samson fish, blue groper and yellowtail kingfish have been caught from the rocks at West Cape Howe when conditions have permitted fishing at the areas.
South West Catches
How's this cracking South West dhufish Bayden Waldock caught off Augusta recently!? With the boat moving moving back and forth in the swell, Bayden was unable to accurately weigh the dhu but estimates it would have tipped the scales at about 15kg. Terrific fishing, Bayden.

Boats

Boat fishers have enjoyed great sessions on King George whiting within Geographe Bay, with most sandy areas between seagrass in 5m to 15m waters producing the sought-after species. Squid catches have been better in Geographe Bay when the water has been clearer, while blue swimmer crabs are being caught in good quantities.

Shore based

Pink snapper are occasionally being caught from the Geographe Bay beaches during, and following, a period of rough weather. Herring are in very good numbers along both sides of Cape Naturaliste. Surf fishing has been difficult along the west coast beaches during the past two weeks amid testing wind and swells. However, the conditions have formed deep gutters which would be worth trying for mulloway and tailor once the swell settles.

Freshwater

Lean Back Fishing Crew member Brendan Stemp achieved one of his fishing goals this week when he caught his first brown trout on fly, near Collie! "It's no monster but I was absolutely chuffed," he said. "Watching my dry fly disappear off the top was something else." Well done, Stempy!
Mandurah and Surrounds

Mandurah

The Dawesville Cut is still producing reasonable catches of herring and skippy. Tailor have also reportedly been caught at The Cut this week, alongside small pink snapper at its ocean end. Preston Beach, White Hills and Tim’s Thicket are producing tailor. However, sections of most beaches south of Mandurah remain a day-by-day proposition for four-wheel drives with high tides restricting vehicle access. Along the northern beaches, fishers have been catching tailor, herring, sand whiting, big skippy and tarwhine just after sunrise. Black bream are still plentiful in the Murray River, especially in its lower reaches, while blue swimmer crabs are being caught in the Mandurah Estuary and Peel Inlet's deeper waters.

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

Astute land-based anglers are being rewarded with pink snapper and mulloway at spots, often kept close to their chest, after dark. Warnbro Sound has been producing big sand whiting, skippy, tarwhine and the occasional pinkie. Tailor, from 35cm to 50cm, are being caught along beaches south of Port Kennedy.
Perth Catches
Sunset snapper! Zane was instrumental in getting this great pink snapper on deck while fishing less than 2km off Mindarie one afternoon recently. Watch Saltfix's video here!

Boats

Pink snapper up to 8kg are still in good numbers near Carnac Island, Mewstone and Stragglers in the early morning and at night. King George whiting have been caught in 10m to 20m of water off Leighton and Cottesloe, while the 20m to 30m depths have been better for sand whiting. Dhufish, breaksea cod and queen snapper were among the species caught in 30m to 50m of water off Fremantle and Hillarys. Squid and cuttlefish can be targeted along the seagrass meadows off Fremantle and within Cockburn Sound.

Shore based

Fishing from the beaches has been hard work due to the high seas and big deposits of seaweed along long stretches of the coast. Tailor and school mulloway have been caught from some of the clearer areas at spots including Swanbourne Drain, Floreat Groyne, Trigg Beach and Pipidinny. Pink snapper have occasionally been caught from the northern and southern rock walls, alongside mulloway. The protected rock walls located south of Fremantle are worth trying for King George whiting and squid at the moment. Try downstream of The Causeway for black bream and the deeper areas of Freshwater Bay and Mosman Bay for mulloway.
 
 
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