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Fishing Report
25/01/19
Recfishwest staff member Nick Drummond speared this baldchin at 63cm out from Two Rocks over the weekend, making the most of the great weather and even better water visibility.
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi, John Curtis for his Mandurah and surrounds report and Peter Fullarton for what's happening in Lancelin.

Capture of the Week!

Capture of the week goes to James Smith with this epic land based spanish mackerel capture from the beach near Guilderton. Nothing better sums up what fishing is all about then this picture! A bunch of the fishers in the area got together to spectate the fight and congratulate James, that day will be going down as one to remember for him.

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Broome Catches
Celeste McDonald from Fishing the Kimberley caught this amazing looking barramundi cod.

Boats

Predatory species including queenfish, threadfin salmon and barramundi have been providing some entertaining sessions within Roebuck Bay. Schools of baitfish off Entrance Point have been attracting varieties of mackerel and tuna to the area. Bluebone and mulloway can be found in the deeper areas of the bay. Try the creek entrances for mangrove jack and estuary cod.

Shore based

Threadfin and bluenose salmon have been caught in good numbers near The Fingers and Crab Creek along with the odd barra. Interestingly, the salmon and barra have been more willing to strike lures, including bibbed minnows and soft plastics, rather than baits. More barra have been coming from the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River and the base of the jetty. Cable Beach has been producing a variety of species including queenfish, trevally, bream and whiting when the wind has been light.
Exmouth Catches
Daniel McRorie Caught this cracking coral trout while jigging with Dylan Skinns out form Shark Bay. Such a solid looking fish, definitely one of the better trout pulled from the area.

Boats

Young sport fisher Jake Owens landed a huge sailfish on Sunday that took more than two hours to land. Solid yellowfin tuna have started to appear in big numbers offshore, as the barrels tend to do in January each year. Blue marlin continue to be encountered out wide while smaller black and striped marlin strikes remain consistent closer to shore. Red emperor, rankin cod and saddletail seaperch are being found in 60m to 90m of water.

Shore based

Baby turtles hatching along the coastline have been attracting patrolling predators including spangled emperor, varieties of trevally and shark. Surface lures thrown from the shoreline near any of the west coast accesses work well this time of year. Mangrove jack have been caught in very good numbers along the west side, within the gulf and at the marina. Queenfish and giant herring have been about in bigger numbers at VLF Bay and Old Bundegi during an incoming tide. There are still plenty of whiting along Town Beach.
Kalbarri Catches
A cracking baldchin caught by Kevin Moss at Port Gregory.

Boats

Spanish mackerel have been caught on bibbed minnows and rigged baits trolled north and south of the river mouth. Longtail and yellowfin tuna have been encountered in bigger numbers offshore. There are still a few picking up baldchin groper and coral trout on soft plastic and metal jigs near the cliffs. Red emperor, pink snapper and dhufish have mostly been caught in depths leading up to 50m northwest of town.

Shore based

A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive landed a beautiful pink snapper from the cliffs south of the river mouth on Saturday morning. Baldchin groper, samson fish and gold spotted trevally were among the other species caught at the cliffs during the week. Tailor between 45cm and 60cm appeared most mornings and evenings at Wittecarra and Red Bluff while bigger fish to 80cm were landed at Oyster Reef and Frustrations. Chopper tailor between 30cm and 40cm are evident in the lower and middle reaches of the Murchison River. The sand flats in front of the supermarket are still holding plenty of yellowfin whiting. Estuary cod and black bream have been recently caught near the jetties and pens.
Geraldton Catches
Peter from pjfishingwa with a great pink snapper caught during a quick afternoon session with his Dad.

Boats

Reef fishing enthusiasts have been finding plenty of baldchin groper to 60cm and dhufish near African Reef. The ground west of the marina has been yielding estuary cod between 50cm and 70cm, baldchin and dhufish to 70cm. Big schools of baitfish comprising scaly and slimy mackerel, mulies and yellowtail are present offshore. Fishing near the bait shoals should produce Spanish and shark mackerel as well as tuna including yellowfin and longtail.

Shore based

Seaweed strewn along the beaches, north and south of town, has been making surf fishing rather challenging. Tailor between 30cm and 40cm and big herring to a solid 33cm were caught at Drummonds on Monday evening. Tailor of similar size have been turning up at Coronation, as well as south of town at spots including the Greenough River mouth and Lucys. Try the Greenough River and the marina for blue swimmer crabs. Squid have been picked up at the marina near the lights at night.
Lancelin Catches
Jason Gill with a huge greenback (when tailor reach larger sizes they get a green colouring across their back hence the name) caught on a whole mullet as bait.

Boats

It was a very busy weekend with glassy seas and low swell. Many boats headed out to direction bank chasing demersals dhufish, baldchin and breaksea cod with pink snapper making up the bulk of the catch with some red snapper from those fishing deeper depths. Yellowtail kingfish have also been taking baits intended for demersals. Fishing closer inshore there has been plenty of dhufish, snapper and baldchin, though large dhufish have been hard to find. As always, a good feed of whiting can be caught around the 20m depths, though be prepared to move if north west blowfish move in as they have been quite troublesome. Some divers reported seeing Spanish mackerel along the white bank. Schools of striped tuna have been increasing in numbers.

Shore based

There were some very notable land based captures over the weekend from the area surrounding Lancelin. James Smith landed a 12kg spanish mackerel on a tailor rig at Guilderton (catch of the week) and Jason Gill landed a tailor that nudged over 90cm on a whole mullet bait. Tailor have been bitting well in the evenings though large tides at sunset have been washing weed into the water making fishing difficult, mornings have fished much easier for tailor and herring.
Esperance Catches
Rosalie Gent caught this 57cm nannygai (bight redfish) while fishing down in Esperance last week. These fish are one of the best tasting on the south coast!

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been doing well on herring, squid and sand whiting along the ground within a mile or so off the coast. Nannygai, breaksea cod and queen snapper have been found close to the islands. Areas out farther have been producing bigger nannygai to 3.5kg, samson fish and breaksea. Schools of small southern bluefin tuna have been appearing in range of depths and areas.

Shore based

Seasoned surf fishers have declared the salmon season open following the arrival of big schools along the coast during the past week. Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Ten Mile, Fourteen Mile, Roses and Stockyards were among the spots where salmon schools were evident. Kennedys, Alexander Bay and Thomas River also had schools of the 3kg to 7kg fish. Gummy shark to 20kg have been landed at Alexander while smaller gummy were caught at Thomas River together with skippy to 2kg and mulloway. The Taylor Street Jetty has been fishing well for a variety of bread and butter species including, herring, squid and big garfish. Bandy Creek Boat Harbour has been providing catches of herring, black bream and King George whiting.
Albany Catches
Brendan Chua with a huge queen snapper caught while jigging in 70m posted by Compleat Angler Nedlands.

Boats

Reef fishing has generally been more productive along the coral in 60m to 80m rather the ground between the 40m and 50m depths. Crews who managed to head offshore this past week enjoyed good sessions on big red snapper in 80m and deeper while fair numbers of breaksea cod, harlequin fish, pink snapper and samson fish were also around. The dhufish caught out from town seemed to still be on the smaller side, however there were reports of bigger dhuies caught off Cheyne Beach and Denmark. Some crews have been achieving their boat limits of king george whiting in less than two hours while others have been finding it difficult to locate the small groups of fish. The deeper inshore areas seem to be fishing slightly better for King George than some of the other protected parts. Squid catches have continued to dwindle, however there are plenty of sand whiting and big flathead around. Small bibbed minnow and metal lures trolled within King George Sound has been effective in catching herring.

Shore based

More herring have been picked up along the local beaches as well as those extending towards Denmark and Bremer Bay. Salmon have started to appear in their ones and twos in some areas including Bornholm, Salmon Holes and Nanarup. Big schools of salmon continue to turn up at Reef Beach together with tailor. Some nice blue groper were caught from the rock platforms near West Cape Howe last week. Mulloway have appeared again in the King and Kalgan rivers. Apparently the 45cm to 55cm fish were croaking some evenings this past week. An impressive 49cm black bream was recently caught on a lure in one of the systems.
Southwest Catches
John Walker caught this stunning John Dory, a rarely caught demersal species he hooked while jigging plastics in 50m. These fish are a sensational tasting demersal species with a large elongated mouth ambush feeding and characteristic black dot on their side.


Boats

Reef fishers who have been working the 20m to 40m depths off Cowaramup Bay and Canal Rocks have been doing well on dhufish, breaksea cod and queen snapper. Samson fish and yellowtail kingfish have been found in small schools off Cape Naturaliste. There are still pink snapper being caught on anchor along the Four Mile and Eight Mile. King George whiting and squid can be targeted inshore.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings at Injidup, Smiths Beach, Windmills and Elmore Road. Salmon have been caught in their ones and twos at Hamelin Bay, Injidup and Bunker Bay along with juvenile salmon and herring. The rock platforms are worth a try for yellowtail kingfish and samson fish. Busselton Jetty is producing squid of mixed sizes as well as varieties of bread and butter fish including herring and whiting.
Mandurah and Surrounds


Mandurah

The Dawesville Cut is still a top spot for fishing at almost any time of the day as it continues to produce good fish such as herring, whiting, skippy and tarwhine. The smaller species are biting throughout the day and tailor are turning up after dark. In the estuary, yellowfin whiting and skippy have been biting well along with a few herring and smaller tailor. There are crabs in numbers in the estuary at Mandurah for both scoopers and drop netters. There are plenty of undersize crabs around so be aware and double check they're size before taking a feed home. The beaches around Mandurah are producing herring, tarwhine and whiting during the day with tailor early morning and evening. Big mulloway have been caught from the San Remo, Madora and Singleton beaches after dark. Most successful fishers are using a fillet as bait. South of Mandurah is a similar story with larger tailor being caught around dusk and after dark from the beaches at Tim’s Thicket and White Hills. Last weekend saw the State Rock and Beach Angling Championships fished between The Cut at Mandurah and The Cut at Bunbury. Catches varied widely with some fishers not catching a lot of fish and others bagging out with tailor and herring. Rumours suggest that there have been some bigger tailor caught from these spots. Bream are still active in the Murray and Serpentine rivers with some larger fish being landed above Murray Bend.

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

Those chasing tailor are finding a few good fish along the Kwinana, Port Kennedy and Secret Harbour beaches. There are also plenty of whiting and blue mackerel around the Rockingham jetties. There have been reports of some very big mulloway being taken from these beaches. Yellowfin whiting are being taken in Shoalwater Bay and Penguin Island sandbar has been producing plenty of herring, whiting and tarwhine for anglers fishing the drop off into deeper water. Point Peron has been producing a few herring.
Perth Catches
Tom Schuiling from Compleat Angler Nedlands with a cracking spanish mackerel caught in the early morning on a pre work misson, Landing a few metro mackies before work sure isn't a bad way to start the day!

Boats

Kayak and small boat fishers have been encountering spanish mackerel off Woodman Point, near Fremantle Harbour and between Trigg Point and Hillarys Marina. More mackerel have been caught near Stragglers and Rottnest Island. Samson fish remain in very good numbers at The Barges off West End and there are small numbers of fish being caught in the 30m to 40m depths northwest of the island. Pink snapper and King George whiting have been caught in 20m to 30m off Parker Point. Dhufish were mostly found in 50m and deeper. There are still plenty doing well on squid off Fremantle and within the sound.

Shore based

Spanish mackerel have reportedly been landed on balloon rigs from the beaches to the north and south of the metropolitan stretch. Tailor were turning up along the beaches in fairly good numbers before the rough weather struck. Expect the wind and swell to somewhat fire up the tailor along the coast. Mulloway have mostly been coming from the beaches north of Mindarie and south of Point Peron. There are still herring at Hillarys Marina and the beaches south of there, that feature a mix of sand and reef. The rock walls at Fremantle continue to produce the odd King George whiting and squid. There are plenty of tailor ranging from 20cm to 55cm in the lower and middle reaches of the Swan River. The harbour is still holding masses of scaly mackerel and yellowtail.
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