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Fishing Report
05/06/20
Reef Chief Australia uploaded this awesome photo of a blue lined emperor caught over the long weekend. Awesome photo and great-looking fish!
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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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This week's pic of the week comes from Marco Fraschetti from the Squid Hunters Western Australia Facebook page who recently enjoyed catching tiger squid in Exmouth on black magic squid snatchers. He also managed to take these striking photos while pulling them in. Absolutely worthy of the top spot, ripper photos!

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Broome Catches
Luke Scanlon with a beautiful coral trout caught on a Hunt Tackle Concepts Flasher 3/4 oz. Awesome photo, mate!


Boats

Sailfish continue to be encountered in waters wide of Barred Creek and out from James Price Point. Spanish mackerel and longtail tuna have been caught on bibbed minnows trolled out from Entrance Point and Gantheaume Point. Some nice catches of fingermark bream, bluebone and mulloway have been coming from within Roebuck Bay. Reef fishers who ventured beyond the 30m contour scored red emperor, saddletail seaperch and blue lined emperor.

Shore based

Sport fishers, armed with poppers and stick baits attached to light outfits, have been enjoying some entertaining sessions at the port and along Roebuck Bay where queenfish, varieties of trevally and bluenose salmon have been turning up in their pursuit of baitfish. Barramundi can be targeted in the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River and the local creeks, where the water remains fairly clear following the recent heavy rain and run off. Good catches of whiting have been picked up along Cable Beach.
Exmouth Catches
On Strike Charters from Exmouth showing the quality of fishing to be had in the region.This time it's a solid red emperor. Happy days!

Boats

Spanish mackerel continue to be caught on bibbed minnows, and rigged garfish and mullet, trolled along the back of the reef line in 15m to 30m of water. Sailfish and small black marlin are in waters farther out while the blue water out wide has dolphinfish and wahoo. Reef fishers have been picking up red emperor and Rankin cod in 50m to 70m of water. Deep droppers have been finding ruby snapper in excess of 200m. Giant trevally, red bass and green jobfish can be targeted on poppers and stick baits close to the back of the reef.

Shore based

Queenfish and small giant and golden trevally are the main species being caught at the west coast accesses. The accesses south of the lighthouse, which feature reef, are worth trying for spangled emperor early morning and at night. The beaches along Mildura Wreck Road can produce bluebone at this time of the year. Yellowfin whiting can be targeted along the gulf beaches. The marina and Learmonth Jetty have been fishing well for squid, especially during an incoming tide.
 

Scott’s Spots - Denham, gateway to Shark Bay

Scott Coghlan with an awesome Shark Bay mulloway caught from a kayak!
Heading north for winter? Every angler must give Denham, the gateway to Shark Bay, a crack at some point in their fishing career. Western Angler magazine editor Scott shows us some of the great catches to be had and places to fish around Denham, Steep Point and Dirk Hartog Island. Get the must-know low-down here.
 
Kalbarri Catches



Boats

Spanish mackerel continue to be caught late in the season together with varieties of tuna, including longtail, yellowfin and mack. A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive picked up two mackerel of 23kg and 14kg while trolling out from Jakes last week. Reef fishers have been doing well on pink snapper and baldchin groper relatively close to shore. The few who ventured wide found dhufish, red emperor and Rankin cod. Big mulloway have been caught at the sand spit within the Murchison River early morning and after dark.

Shore based

Fishers picked up baldchin groper, pink snapper and breaksea cod at spots that included Goats Gulch before the last lot of rough weather passed. A local surf fisher caught eight tailor, releasing all but two at Chinamans during a session last week. Bigger tailor have been caught on poppers, stick baits and metals at Oyster Reef. A 43cm black bream, caught near the pens, was a highlight catch this past week - but many smaller bream were also picked up in the Murchison. A 45cm trevally was recently caught at the river mouth. Mulloway and estuary cod can be targeted in the upper reaches of the system.
Geraldton Catches
Sam Harris with a ripper pink snapper caught off Jurien Bay. Awesome work, mate!


Boats

Dinghy and kayak fishers have been picking up bigger numbers of squid when the waters inshore have been clearer. Skippy, herring and pike however, do not seem to mind the murkier water. Reef fishers have been catching dhufish, pink snapper and baldchin groper in 10m to 30m of water off West Bank and near African Reef. 

Shore based

Big swells and seaweed deposits have created rather challenging beach conditions. As a result, very few fished the beaches south of Greenough, which is a shame because there were dhufish being caught along this area of coast before the first of the recent storms hit. Skippy to a kilo have been caught along the rock walls near town while baits have been enticing estuary cod within the marina.
Lancelin Catches
Peter Fullarton went out in the awesome weather to land a couple of fish and managed to pull in this mint dhufish. Great work!

Boats

The long weekend swell kept most boats away, though weather has dramatically improved since and is looking great for the coming weekend. Boats chasing demersals were reporting mixed results, some having no difficulty finding fish and others having to put in time and effort to gather them. Big pink snapper were featuring in a lot of bags this week, often caught offshore with some caught inside the bays’ reefs. Dhufish are coming closer to shore with good numbers of fish being caught around 28-35m. Gummy sharks are a common by-catch. Key Biscayne wreck has been holding mixed schools of yellow tail kingfish and Samson fish. Kayak and dinghy fishers have been getting plenty of fish from inside the bay and herring and skippy are quick to turn up in a burley trail. Tarwhine are also around the weed beds and reef areas up to 35cm.

Shore based

With the swell up, the jetty was popular over the long weekend with sand whiting being the main catch during the day time periods. At night time, herring have been a bit erratic but catches are becoming better as the swell drops. Some good size tarwhine and skippy have also been caught, and bait fishers casting pilchards from the northern end are seeing great hauls of tailor up to 40-45cm. Blue swimmer crabs have been caught while drop netting the shallows. The beaches have been difficult to fish lately due to the amount of water movement and seaweed, but as the swell eased during the week there has been some big mulloway and pink snapper caught. Tailor numbers are down but the fish are a good size. It is very easy to gather a feed of sand whiting, with plenty of reasonable size fish along the beaches.
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

Recfishwest staff member Tim Grose caught this golden trevally on his last trip up North while wading the beautiful Ningaloo flats.
Northern fishing is back on the agenda and Exmouth is top of the list for many this time of year as metro and southern fishers escape the winter cool, seeking warmer waters. The lagoon waters of Ningaloo Reef are certainly up there as a must-visit destination with golden trevally, spangled emperor, yellowtail emperor, yellowfin whiting and small GT’s and Queenfish all on the cards for wading fishers. The scenery alone is worth witnessing! See what our partners Shimano have to say about the Ningaloo Flats here and plan your fishing trip this winter. The team from Bluewater Tackle World Exmouth will be sure to hook you up with the right gear.

*Make sure you become familiar with the no-fishing sanctuary zones before fishing the area - you will find this info on the Recfishwest fishing app available on the App store and Google Play.
 
Esperance Catches
Black Jack Charters based in Esperance took some clients out recently and managed to land good fish including the Samson fish and nannygai above. Great work, guys!

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been picking up plenty of herring, sand whiting, squid and, at times, small southern bluefin tuna within the bay. Blue groper, breaksea cod and sweep have been caught in numbers near the islands. The boats that travelled wide got among big numbers of nannygai in the 40cm to 50cm range.

Shore based

The Taylor Street jetty has been fishing well for herring, King George whiting and squid while Bandy Creek boat harbour has similar species as well as flounder on offer. Salmon are scattered, and being caught in their ones and twos, at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Eleven Mile, Roses and Munglinup. Alexander Bay has skippy to 3kg as well as salmon. Small mulloway are occasionally being landed at Thomas River. Herring are in very good numbers at the bays and coastal stretches to the east and west of town.
Albany Catches
Dan from Albany with a nice black bream caught using a small mussel. Nice work!


Boats

Warmer inshore water temperatures that are extending to the middle grounds have pushed the schooling nannygai out wide. Reef fishers rarely found nannygai in less than 80m during the past month with many not bothering to drop in depths less than 100m. Hapuka have been found in fairly good numbers in patches out wide while blue eye trevalla and grey-banded cod are in waters further out again. The flurry of dhufish has continued along the coral in 60m to 80m where pink and queen snapper, breaksea cod and skippy are also being picked up. King George whiting and squid seem to be getting caught in the slightly deeper inshore waters. Herring and juvenile salmon are also evident inshore. Most of the black bream caught in the King and Kalgan rivers this past week seemed to be of bigger size. Mulloway have been coming from the middle and upper reaches of the Kalgan.

Shore based

Salmon continue to pass along the beaches, however the bigger schools have remained out wide. Surf fishers were able to catch salmon at Bluff Creek, Cheynes main beach and back beach, Nanarup, Salmon Holes beach, Bornholm, Shelleys and Lowlands. Herring are in excellent numbers right along the coast and there are some big skippy being caught in the deeper reef holes and sandy gutters. Avid rock fishers at West Cape Howe have been using metal lures to catch big numbers of bonito.
Southwest Catches


Boats

When conditions permitted to head out from the west coast, crews did not have to travel far to find quality reef fish, with catches of dhufish, pink snapper and breaksea coming from less than 20m of water at times. This seems to have been the case whether the boats have been launching from Hamelin Bay, Gnarabup or Cowaramup Bay. Pink snapper and dhuies have been found in less than 10m of water within Geographe Bay. The water clarity may need to increase in close before squid start getting caught in big numbers again along the seagrass off Quindalup.

Shore based

Pink snapper were caught along the Geographe Bay beaches, especially those between Siesta Park and the Busselton Jetty, during and following the recent storm. Salmon continue to be caught along the west coast and within Geographe Bay. Spots where the 3kg to 7kg fish were caught this past week included Hamelin Bay, Injidup, Smiths Beach and Bunker Bay. Herring remain in very good numbers along both sides of the coast.
Mandurah and Surrounds


Mandurah

Good sized salmon are still being caught from the beaches around Mandurah along with decent tailor. Anglers fishing from the ocean end of the Dawesville Cut have been catching a few King George whiting, lots of herring and a few skippy. Salmon are still being caught from the Cut and the adjacent waters of the estuary. Larger salmon have been caught from the ocean end. There are a few big herring scattered around most popular spots around Mandurah and there are plenty of tarwhine and whiting being caught near the mouth of the estuary. Anglers this week have been hooking up on some good-sized tailor, herring, skippy and some smallish tarwhine. There are still a few good crabs in the deep water and it is worth spending some time dabbing prawns on a run out tide. The Cut is probably the best producing location for those dabbing from boats. The Murray and Serpentine rivers have been producing some excellent catches of bream.

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

Tailor are an option for anglers fishing this area at the moment with some big fish being caught close to the reefs. Poppers and bait-cast mulies will do the trick. Jetty anglers are catching good bags of fish in the mornings. Penguin Island sandbar has been producing some excellent fishing with catches of flathead and whiting. Long Point, Point Perron and the Rockingham jetties have been producing consistent catches of yellowfin whiting, big herring, chopper tailor, skippy and tarwhine. Occasionally there have been some large salmon being caught from the beaches and jetties early morning and evening.
Perth Catches
Young gun Ben Gannon, with a 55cm pink snapper he pulled up himself. Quality work, mate!

Boats

Crews who managed to head out during the past few days of pleasant weather found pink snapper near the inshore reefs and islands including Champion Rock, Stragglers, Mewstone, Carnac and Garden islands. Salmon have sometimes been caught with the snapper and there are a few whaler sharks also around. Dhufish and breaksea cod have been picked up in less than 30m of water northwest of Rottnest Island. There were some nice King George whiting caught just to the east of Rottnest before the last storm passed. Sand whiting can be found in just about any sand hole in more than 20m of water. The inshore waters will need to clear somewhat before squid return to the seagrass beds.

Shore based

Rock fishers who put in the time at the southern and northern rock walls caught pink snapper, the odd mulloway, salmon and big tailor. More salmon were caught along the beaches between Cottesloe Groyne and Swanbourne Drain together with the odd pink snapper. More snapper and mulloway are sometimes being caught at Trigg Point along with big tailor. There are still plenty of herring being caught right along the coast. Gummy shark ordinarily turn up in numbers along the metropolitan beaches during the start of winter. Mulloway are a chance within Fremantle Harbour and the deeper areas of the Swan River downstream of the narrows.
 

Tackle Shop Talk

Bernice Gillam from Augusta X-treme Outdoor Sports and Camping loves putting new customers onto fish such as this herring caught by Sonja Dobbe.
Our fishing community is made up of many dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable people – take tackle stores, for example. The local knowledge and expertise to be had from your local tackle store staff is often worth more than the gear you buy, giving you the know-how and the best chance to land a fish or two. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been focusing on these unsung heroes and encouraging fishers to buy local. This week we spoke to Bernice Gillam, from Augusta X-treme Outdoor Sports and Camping, who spends a considerable amount of time making fishing better and safer in WA. Next time you’re in the area, be sure to pop in and say hello. Click here to read more.
 
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