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Fishing Report
12/06/20
Young gun Charlie O'Toole managed to pull in this 69cm dhufish just behind Carnac Island. A great effort!
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In this report you'll read all about what's biting across the State brought to you by keen fishers Joachim Azzopardi, John Curtis, Peter Fullarton, and our valued tackle stores right across WA.

We've recently added in three new exciting features to make your fishing report even bigger and better -  in 'Scott's Spots' renowned fishing writer and Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan takes a look at some of WA's best fishing locations; in the 'West Aussie Ultimate Angler' series we've teamed up with our partners Shimano to give you some of their experts' hot tips to take your fishing to the next level and in Tackle Shop Talk you'll get to know better some of the unsung heroes of the fishing community - your local tackle dealer. We hope you enjoy this additional content.

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Aron Dixon from Dixon Brothers Fishing managed to pull in this absolute beast of a pink snapper, measuring in at 99cm and caught on the south coast. Absolutely worthy of the top spot this week!

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Broome Catches
Tackleworld Broome uploaded this quality bluebone to Insta, mentioning the recent great weather which are forecast to continue this weekend.


Boats

Reef fishing enthusiasts have been getting among plenty of saddletail seaperch, blue lined emperor, coral trout and red emperor beyond the 30m contour. More coral trout have been coming from within Roebuck Bay in which the waters are also producing fingermark bream and bluebone. Billfish enthusiasts have continued to encounter sailfish, and the odd small black marlin, in waters wide of Barred Creek. Big numbers of mack tuna, as well as a few longtail tuna, have been appearing in a range of depths and areas. Spanish mackerel have been responding to bibbed lures trolled off Entrance Point and Gantheaume Point.

Shore based

Sportfishers have been enjoying some entertaining sessions at Cable Beach, Coconut Wells and Entrance Point where queenfish as well as golden, brassy and small giant trevally have been striking stick baits and metal lures with conviction. Threadfin salmon, bluenose salmon and mangrove jack are among the species being caught at The Fingers and Crab Creek. A decrease in barramundi activity, within the creeks and river, is being attributed to a drop in water temperatures.
Exmouth Catches
Ben Svenson managed to dodge the taxman of the sea and pull in this beautiful spangled emperor. Killer catch!

Boats

Spanish mackerel have been caught on minnow-style lures trolled along the back of the reef line and near the Muiron Islands. Red emperor and Rankin cod have been caught in 30m to 60m of water northwest of the islands as well as near Helby Bank. There are still small black marlin and sailfish being caught between the 100m and 200m contours. Longtail tuna are appearing in big schools at times in the upper areas of the gulf.

Shore based

Sport and fly fishers who have been working the waters within the lower areas of the gulf, including The Bay of Rest, have been catching a variety of species including queenfish, golden trevally, brassy trevally, flathead, giant herring and javelin fish. Yellow-fin whiting, garfish and yellow-fin bream are the main species being caught along the gulf beaches near town. Learmonth Jetty and the marina are worth trying for squid during an incoming tide and at night. Spangled emperor are a chance at the accesses near the lighthouse, especially early morning and after nightfall.
 

Scott’s Spots - there's nowhere quite like the Mackerel Islands

What a view over the beach front cabins at Thevenard Island!
It's true when they say that there's nowhere in Western Australia quite like the Mackerel Islands. Although mackerel abound around the Mackerel Islands as the name suggests, this amazing place offers an incredibly rich diversity of fishing options in this area, with various trevally and tuna, big queenfish and awesome sailfish! Learn more about this unbelievable place here!
 
Kalbarri Catches


Boats

Spanish mackerel to an impressive 25kg have been caught on rigged garfish and bibbed minnows trolled north and south of the river mouth. Baldchin groper and pink snapper have been responding to metal and soft plastic jigs worked near the cliffs. Charter and private boats, which ventured wide, scored red emperor, dhufish and coral trout.

Shore based

A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive caught and released two dozen tailor of more than 60cm at Chinamans last week. Bigger tailor to 75cm have been coming from Oyster Reef and the river mouth while Red Bluff and Wittecarra Creek have tailor averaging 50cm. Garfish and herring have started to turn up at Red Bluff with numbers of both species expected to increase as winter progresses. A 1.2m mulloway landed at the river mouth was among several smaller croakers caught within the system this past week.
Geraldton Catches


Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been picking up plenty of squid within the inshore reefs and there are plenty being caught in the shallows at the Abrolhos Islands. Baldchin groper and coral trout have also been caught in relatively shallow waters near the islands while the deeper waters have been producing dhufish and pink snapper, but sharks have been very problematic in depths of greater than 10m. The African Reef and West Bank areas are worth a try for dhuies, snapper and baldchin. Big schools of baitfish between the coast and the islands often have longtail and yellowfin tuna around them.

Shore based

Large amounts of seaweed deposited along the local beaches, as well as those to the north and south of town, has made surf fishing challenging for the past fortnight. Fishers who worked small clearings between the seaweed managed to pick up some tailor, small mulloway and whiting. More whiting have been coming from behind The Lives as well as at the new marina. Squid have been caught at both locations early morning and at night. The Flat Rocks to Greenough stretch may be worth trying for dhufish when the seaweed clears.
Lancelin Catches
Kirk Dewar with a nice dhufish caught over the weekend. He also managed to pull in a nice cuttlefish as well. Quality fishing, mate!

Boats

Last weekend finally offered some good conditions, with plenty of boats heading out. Earlier in the week, people were reporting the demersal fishing to be slow. However, it has picked up as the week has progressed. Dhufish and baldchin have been in good numbers in about 30m. Cuttlefish are also moving inshore with the best catches are starting from around the 28m depths. The better bottom in closer to and along the white bank is starting to produce some dhufish as well as holding some schools of big skippy and Samson fish. Dinghy and kayaks fishing the bay have been getting plenty of variety with tarwhine, skippy, snook, pike, herring and squid. There is a swell forecast this weekend increasing to 4m to 4.5m. Small boats should take caution assessing if it is safe to navigate through the bays’ passages.

Shore based

Banks of seaweed have limited the fishable sections of beach, both north and south of town. Tailor have been patchy, but some of the better catches have come from fishing pre-dawn under the moonlight. Some of the back beach gutters have been clear of weed and producing some school mulloway and tailor. Small whaler sharks have been caught from the beaches at night. Mornings have been fishing very well for sand whiting and herring with the better size whiting coming from north of town. Sand whiting are also being caught from the jetty, the herring have been hit and miss some nights good others they are scarce. This week has seen quite a few tarwhine, skippy, pike and tailor caught from the jetty after sunset.
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

Recfishwest staff member Sedin Hasanovic caught this tailor on his last trip up north of Lancelin
When weather isn’t looking favourable offshore for boating, landbased fishing may be the next best option. With the wind behind your back, casting is made easy to try your luck for species such as whiting, mullet, tarwhine, tailor, flathead and salmon. Read what our partners Shimano have to say about preparing for a day on the beach with your rod bent!
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Esperance Catches
Brett Desmond with a 85cm dhufish weighing in at 9.5kg. A pretty mint catch for Esperance. Awesome work!

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been doing well on herring, whiting and squid within the bay. Big schools of mulies passing inshore have been attracting small southern bluefin tuna to the protected waters. Nannygai are being found in big numbers out from town while the waters wide of Starvation Bay seem to be where the pink snapper are at the moment.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty has a variety of bread and butter species on offer including herring, small skippy, the odd King George whiting and squid. Salmon schools have also been appearing within casting of the structure at times. Bandy Creek boat harbour has bigger King George whiting as well as squid, herring and small skippy. Salmon to an impressive 8kg were caught at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Observatory, West Beach. Roses and Dunns. Surf fishers have been landing skippy to 5kg and bronze whaler sharks at Thomas River, Alexander Bay and Israelite Bay.
Albany Catches
John Dempsey went out with some mates, all landing solid fish and he managed to snag an awesome nannygai, spearing his first one after seven years! Good shot, mate!

Boats

Reef fishers recommend not bothering fishing inside the 20km mark where warmer waters within seem to not be holding many quality reef fish as of late. Those who worked the waters wide of this mark found dhufish, queen snapper and big breaksea cod. Red snapper have been located in waters deeper again and in bigger numbers out from Bremer Bay. Samson fish are hanging around the reef areas inshore and offshore while schools of yellowtail kingfish are also around. There are some nice King George whiting, fish to 50cm, being caught in the slightly deeper inshore waters. Squid numbers are increasing inshore and there are still plenty of herring around. A troll around the islands, or headlands, should result in bonito, small southern bluefin tuna and salmon.

Shore based

Salmon have continued to pass along the coast in big numbers. Fosters, Reef Beach, Bluff Creek, Nanarup, Normans, Salmon Holes, Cables, Lowlands, Bornholm and Shelley Beach were among the spots where salmon to 7kg were caught this past week. Herring are still in very good numbers right along the coast. Try the deeper waters for skippy and the protected bays for King George whiting. Soft plastic lures have been working well on black bream in the King and Kalgan rivers. The systems west seem to be producing better catches of bream than those out east. Mulloway are occasionally being caught in the upper reaches of the local systems.
Southwest Catches
Lochlan Turrell with the bread and butter skippy caught around Busselton. An awesome fish to catch for kids, pulling hard and quite abundant around this time of the year! Good work!


Boats

King George whiting are being caught in fair numbers in 10m to 20m of water within Geographe Bay. Pink snapper are being found in similar depths together with dhufish and skippy. Squid were caught in better numbers along the seagrass this past week following an increase in water clarity inshore. Reef fishers who worked the lumps off the west coast found dhufish, breaksea cod and queen snapper in close. Hapuka and grey-banded cod have been coming from the waters out wide.

Shore based

Mass amounts of seaweed is continue to frustrate people surf fishing along the west coast and Geographe Bay beaches. Those who found a clear patch of coast managed to catch salmon, tailor and herring. Skippy can be targeted at the reef holes and from the rocky headlands. Squid have been caught at the Quindalup finger jetty at night.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Lachie Ramm diving for crays in the cold and murky waters, reaping the rewards with these two beauties. Great stuff, mate!

Mandurah

When anglers have gone out to fish there have been a few salmon pulled in from the southern beaches between Tim's Thicket and White Hills. Others have missed out totally but that is fishing. The heavy seas and swells have prevented many anglers from accessing and fishing the beaches. The recent heavy weather has created some interesting beach formations with some good holes and gutters providing shelter for fish. This has meant that the beaches have been producing a number of small mulloway, a few big tailor and large herring during the day. The reef area south of White Hills has been consistently producing tailor of a morning. The Dawesville Cut is at its winter best and continues to produce some excellent fishing, especially for herring and garfish. There have also been quite a few good sized King George whiting caught. There are some reports of several big tailor being caught late last week. Whiting are also being targeted in numbers around the jetty on the northern side of The Cut. In the estuary, the bridge and rock walls continue to produce herring, tarwhine and an odd skippy or two. There are also reasonable numbers of yellow-fin whiting around, particularly near the marina and the estuary entrance. Salmon are also being caught on a regular basis throughout the channel.

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

Anglers chasing tailor have found a few good fish from the southern beaches especially when the breeze dropped down. The local jetties also produced a few fish later in the week along with some good squid. Salmon, herring and skippy are also being caught around the area.
Perth Catches
Three-year-old Zachary Thake was proud to catch his first fish. We are sure he will be a future fishing whizz - great stuff!

Boats

Pink snapper are being caught near the inshore reefs, rocks and islands located between Fremantle and Rottnest Island early morning and at night. Unweighted, or lightly weighted, whole fish baits seem to be working well on the 4kg to 10kg snapper. Dhufish and breaksea cod are mostly being caught in excess of 40m of water. King George whiting can be targeted in 12m to 20m of water east of Rottnest and off City Beach and Cottesloe. Any sandy patch in more than 20m of water may be holding sand whiting. Samson fish are being encountered in relatively shallow water at times while the western edge of Five Fathom Bank is holding big numbers of skippy.
 

Shore based

Herring are in very good numbers right along the coast with bag limits of the bread and butter species being picked up in less than an hour, often without the use of burley. Mature and juvenile salmon have been landed at Woodman Point, North Mole, Cottesloe Groyne, Grant Street Reef, Swanbourne Drain and Trigg Point. There have been some nice tailor caught during the first hour of light and after dark. Pink snapper are occasionally being caught from the beaches as well as the rock walls. Fremantle Harbour is worth trying for mulloway and sharks.
 
 

Tackle Shop Talk

Murray Johnson was seeking a coastal lifestyle before he took over the tackle store in Esperance.
With so many passionate and dedicated people working within our fishing community, we thought its time to shine a light on these unsung heroes and get you familiar with your local tackle store dealer. In this week's tackle shop talk feature we spoke to Murray Johnson from Southern Sports and Tackle in Esperance. Click here to find out more!
 
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