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Recfishwest
Fishing Report
03/07/20
One of Perth Fishing Safari's clients with a beautiful longtail tuna during one of PFS' North West Fishing Safaris last week. Alongside this tuna, they managed to hook up on a couple of great Spanish mackerels. Awesome work guys!
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Evolution Fishing Charters put Mal from Exmouth 4x4 onto this tremendous coral trout in 35m of water north of Muiron Islands, with the eye-catching fish measuring in at 83cm. A great photo of a great coral trout and a stunning sunset, this is definitely this week's Pic of the Week!!!

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Broome Catches
Reef Chief Australia uploaded this epic photo of Jono with his first sailfish. A great effort - look at those colours!

Boats

Billfish enthusiasts continue to encounter sailfish in waters off Barred Creek and towards James Price Point. Spanish mackerel have been caught on rigged whole baits, including mullet and garfish, as well as minnow-style lures about 20km off-shore. Longtail and mack tuna have also sometimes been present near schools of baitfish. Good catches of red emperor, saddletail seaperch and blue lined emperor have been picked up along the 30m to 40m depths. There seems to be a lot of coral trout being caught in close, as well as out wide. In an effort to conserve the local coral trout populations, recfishers are being asked to promptly release any undersize trout and move on if sharks are present in areas where trout have been caught. 

Shore based

Spin fishers have been catching queenfish and varieties of trevally - including golden trevally and small GTs - on poppers, stick baits and metal lures at the local beaches. Threadfin and bluenose salmon have turned up along the coast, especially areas near the mouths of the local creeks. The rocky areas are worth trying for bluebone and other reef species, while mangrove jack, estuary cod and barramundi can be targeted within the creeks.
Exmouth Catches
Wahhhhhhoooooooooo!!!! Line was peeling off Dean Morris' reel when he hooked up to this beautiful wahoo last Saturday. Trawling along Ningaloo Reef off Exmouth with his son, Dean was able to avoid hungry sharks and land this beast. The wahoo capped off an epic day, with Dean making the most of the amazing weather to also get stuck into coronation trout and a great Spanish mackerel.

Boats

Billfish enthusiasts have been raising, and landing, striped and small black marlin between the 80m and 350m depths. Schools of small yellowfin tuna and wahoo in the 10kg to 20kg range are also about offshore. A 30kg Spanish mackerel was among dozens of small mackerel caught along the back of the reef line. Spanish mackerel are occasionally being caught at Exmouth Reef. Longtail tuna are being encountered in the upper parts of the gulf. Sportfishers swimming stick baits and working poppers along the back of the west coast reef and near the islands have been catching big giant trevally.

Shore based

Most of the shore-based action has been along the west-side beaches where spangled emperor have been caught on baits early morning and night. There are plenty of small trevally and dart at many of the accesses, while the spots near the tip of the cape have queenfish and the odd giant herring. Squid can be targeted at the marina and Learmonth Jetty. The gulf beaches have been plenty of whiting as well as garfish, flathead and bream.
 

Scott’s Spots - Mandurah, the underrated fishing gem

Mandurah's Dawsville Cut is a terrific spot to troll for herring!
Less than one hour's drive south of Perth, Mandurah is a great coastal city boasting a raft of species to target in its diverse marine systems. Whether its fishing for mulloway and tailor from its long vast stretches of beaches, kayaking the canals for bream, or wading the shallows for blue swimmer crabs, Mandurah is a terrific family-friendly fishing destination waiting for you to visit. Check out what Western Angler's Scott Coghlan has to say about Mandurah's quality fishing.
 
Kalbarri Catches
While it's a bit further north than Kalbarri, Tom Miller's photo of this nice Spanish mackerel caught at Shark Bay was too good not to share! Check Tom's Insta for more great fishing snaps.

Boats

Spanish mackerel catches have been mixed, with some boats managing to pick up a mackerel, or two, on their way to and from reef fishing expeditions. However, other fishers have struggled to land a Spaniard. Pink snapper boat limits have been achieved by some fishers around the lumps within a few miles of the coast. Soft plastics and metal jigs worked near the cliffs have been successful for baldchin groper and coral trout. Crews who worked the waters out wide have scored dhufish, red emperor and Rankin cod.

Shore based

A customer at Kalbarri Sports and Dive landed three mulloway and a Samson fish, within an hour, at the river mouth last Monday. Tailor have also been coming from the river mouth as well as at Wittecarra Creek and Red Bluff. Garfish numbers are appearing in bigger numbers along the coast and there are plenty of herring around. Tailor are evident in the lower reaches of the Murchison River. Estuary cod can also be found in the lower parts of the system while the middle and upper reaches seem to be where most of the black bream are around.
Geraldton Catches
Ben Svenson from Geraldton managed to land this hard-fighting tailor from the beach two weeks back.The smile says it all, Ben - solid effort!

Boats

Fishers targeting demersals along the reefs have had success catching dhufish between 8kg and 10kg, while pink snapper have been caught along the back of Pensioners Bank. Snapper have also been caught near the shipping channel. Fishers heading to African Reef and West Bank have been rewarded with dhuies, snapper and baldchin when conditions permitted. Dinghy and small boat fishers have also continued to catch squid, herring and skippy at the inshore reefs.

Shore based

The beaches have been difficult to fish among the big swells, strong winds and piles of seaweed. Bread and butter species such as herring, skippy and sand whiting can be targeted at the marina and the back of the Lives, while squid are being caught at both spots at night.
Lancelin Catches


Boats

Large seas have prevented boats from heading out for most of the past week. Now that the seas have eased, a few boats have been able to get out of the bay and are finding some pink snapper in close after the blow. Dinghy fishers were also getting onto some nice squid while drifting the bay's weed beds.

Shore based

Weather has restricted land-based fishing and seaweed has been a big problem on the northern bay’s beaches. However, the south end of the bay is good and there are plenty fish - mainly sand whiting, herring and tarwhine - that will hit baits. Unfortunately, fishers have only been able to get a few casts in before the blowfish move in, so the trick has been to keep moving along the beach to avoid the blowfish. The jetty has had a similar problem with blowfish, but fishing at night has delivered the best herring and skippy catches when blowfish are asleep. During the periods of lower swell, there have also been some decent squid and big blue swimmer crabs catches from the jetty.
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

Recfishwest's Tim Grose loves flicking lures along Perth's beaches in pursuit of tailor.
Chasing tailor, snapper, mulloway or herring from our local beaches? Do you know how to read a surf beach to make sure you're fishing in the ideal spot to improve your catch rate? Check out what our partners Shimano have to say about reading the beach. Click here.
 
Esperance Catches


Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers are still finding small southern bluefin tuna in waters leading up to the islands as well as snook, herring and sand whiting. Samson fish up to 30kg have been found near the islands alongside yellowtail kingfish. Crews who ventured wide came home with mixed catches of nannygai, queen snapper and gummy sharks.

Shore based

Surf fishers have been finding salmon in big numbers at the local beaches, as well as the bays and coastal stretches to the east and west of town. Young fishers have been enjoying entertaining sessions at the local beaches after school, catching salmon from 4kg to 8kg at Salmon Beach and Fourth Beach. In addition to salmon, Roses has also been producing skippy up to 4kg, big tailor and bronze whaler sharks. Alexander Bay has plenty of salmon, tailor and whaler sharks on offer. Some nice mulloway have been landed at Thomas River, which has also been producing gummy sharks and skippy. King George whiting to about 30cm have been caught at Bandy Creek Boat Harbour, while the Taylor Street Jetty has produced squid with tube lengths up to 45cm, herring and garfish.
Albany Catches
What a spectacular snapper!? Matt Pullella, from Trailblazers Albany, managed to capture this beaut pink snapper in the Great Southern. Great stuff!

Boats

King George whiting up to 40cm have been picked up in fairly good numbers inshore, with many anglers reaching their daily bag limits in the past week. Squid catches have been improving along the seagrass beds and there are plenty of herring, sand whiting and small skippy in the sound and both harbours. Not many recfishers have managed to head out wide amid the unfavourable conditions. However, those who either picked a break in the weather, or braved the rough conditions, reported there to be very little in terms of reef fish with 12km from shore. Breaksea cod, queen snapper, dhufish, pink snapper and Samson fish have been caught between 12km to 20km from shore. Bibbed minnows trolled near the headlands have occasionally been producing small southern bluefin tuna, salmon and bonito.

Shore based

Surf fishers have described salmon to be along many areas of the coast in smaller schools. The beach at Salmon Holes has consistently been producing catches of the 4kg to 7kg fish together with plenty of herring. Bornholm was apparently teeming with salmon some days last week. Bigger skippy have been caught at the deeper gutters and channels at Bluff Creek and Cheynes Beach. Rock fishers have been landing yellowtail kingfish, Samson fish and pink snapper at the stones near West Cape Howe, Cables and the Blow Holes. Bigger bream have been caught in the King and Kalgan rivers – persistence is required, however, to continue fishing through the catches of smaller fish.
South West Catches


Boats

Crews did not have to travel too far out to find pink snapper, dhufish and skippy within Geographe Bay over the past week. Catches of the three aforementioned species were found within 2km of the coast at times. It has required some time and effort to find small schools of King George whiting, while squid are being caught in big numbers along the seagrass when the water has been clear.

Shore based

Storm fishers who set up along the Geographe Bay beaches when the rough weather passed through were rewarded with big pink snapper. Tailor have also been picked up along the beaches on the Dunsborough side of the cape, alongside skippy and plenty of herring. There are still a few salmon being caught across the South West at spots including Eagle Bay, Bunker Bay, Smiths Beach and Injidup. Freshwater enthusiasts enjoyed some entertaining sessions on rainbow trout and redfin perch in the Warren and Donnelly rivers.
Mandurah and Surrounds


Mandurah

Beaches to the south of Mandurah - such as Tim's Thicket, White Hills and Preston Beach -  have all been fishing quite well when accessible. There have been some good herring catches reported, along with a few tailor and whiting. There have been some isolated reports of salmon, weighing about 4kg, being caught from these southern beaches and around the reef sections adjacent to the ocean end of the Cut. The Cut is one location where you can hide from the breeze and still have a reasonable chance of taking home a feed of quality fish. It has regularly been producing herring, skippy, King George whiting, sand whiting and some tailor. The area around the jetty is the preferred spot for anglers chasing King George whiting. At the ocean end, tailor are being caught in the evening. The beaches to the north of Mandurah have been producing some good skippy, big King George whiting, plenty of sand whiting and herring. The Murray River is still producing some bream and the occasional good sized tailor. However, the tailor seem to prefer being a bit further downstream and are being caught from locations closer to the traffic bridge.

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

When seas and swells have permitted, Coventry Reef has been fishing well. It has produced small Samson fish, tailor and skippy. Big King George whiting have been caught out on the Five Fathom Bank, along with plenty of snapper. The snapper sizes have ranged from well undersized fish through to fish measuring more than 70cm. Point Peron is worth trying for herring, tarwhine and tailor. Penguin Island has produced sand whiting, flathead and flounder on the flats adjacent to the sand bar.
Perth Catches
Kim Audas was stoked when he landed two pink snapper - including the one pictured - in 10 minutes at Three Mile Reef off Trigg in about 20m of water last Saturday. Using floating bait and plenty of burley, Kim managed to snag these beauties at about midday. Awesome work, mate!

Boats

Pink snapper have been caught on anchor near the inshore reefs and islands off Fremantle and Hillarys. Dhufish and breaksea cod were picked up in 30m to 50m of water when crews have been able to head out. There are some nice King George whiting still being caught between Rottnest Island and City Beach. Sand whiting, on the other hand, can be found near the shipping channel in close. Big skippy, measuring from 50cm to 70cm, have been caught at Stragglers and Champion Rock. Squid are likely to return to the seagrass off Fremantle when water clarity improves. Last week also delivered an unusual metro capture when a crimson sea perch, usually found in the State's north, was caught near Rottnest Island.

Shore based

King George whiting are regularly being caught from the rock walls at Fremantle alongside herring, skippy and squid. Also, a few of the juvenile yellowtail kingfish that Recfishwest recently helped release from Fremantle have been caught and released by fishers at South Mole and North Mole in the past week. Storm fishers landed pink snapper, mulloway, gummy sharks and salmon at the northern and southern rock walls when conditions were rough earlier in the week. Tailor can be targeted early morning and evening at Grant Street, Swanbourne, Floreat Drain and Trigg. Mulloway are continuing to be caught on baits at Fremantle Harbour, while soft plastics have been working on the prized fish near Narrows Bridge.
 
 
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