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Fishing Report
11/01/19
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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.

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These blokes got into some huge tailor from the beach while fishing with Perth Fishing Safaris. They're some quality tailor, must have been an awesome night, well done.

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Broome Catches
Dewa Dinata posted these photos on Facebook of a couple of stunning mangrove jack to Fishing Wild Broome - Landbased. He caught these jacks while fishing from the rocks around entrance point. Great work mate, sure would have made a great dinner.

Boats

Big schools of baitfish off Entrance Point are attracting an assortment of marauding predators including longtail and mack tuna, Spanish and spotted mackerel, queenfish and trevally. Mulloway have been picked up in the deeper parts of Roebuck Bay while fingermark bream have been caught in good numbers near Black Ledge. When the boats have been able to head out to the 30m to 40m depths, crews have caught fair catches of saddletail seaperch, bluelined emperor and bluebone.

Shore based

Barramundi action has increased in the Fitzroy River, especially near The Cuttings where fish to a metre have been caught on lures and live baits. Dampier and Crab creeks have also been fishing well for barra as well as providing mixed catches of threadfin, bluenose salmon, estuary cod and small golden trevally. Barramundi have also been caught from the jetty along with queenfish and trevally. Blue swimmers and mud crabs are being picked up in Willie Creek.
Exmouth Catches
On Strike Charters getting amoung the demersals in the past week with plenty of delicious fish caught!

Boats

Billfish enthusiasts continue to encounter blue marlin out wide and smaller striped and black marlin within a few miles of the coast. Schools of dollies (dolphin fish) and solitary wahoo have also been intercepted offshore. Big schools of baitfish have been attracting varieties of tuna including yellowfin and longtail. There are still a few doing well on Spanish mackerel along the back of the west coast reef. Robin Tacchi got among some nice golden trevally, bonefish and giant trevally while fishing with Ningaloo Fly Fishing.

Shore based

Big schools of baitfish at the top of the cape have been attracting plenty of queenfish, giant trevally and giant herring to Oysters, VLF Bay and Bundegi. The west coast accesses are mostly producing small trevally and dart. The reef areas south of the lighthouse are worth trying for spangled emperor and bluebone. Whiting can be picked up along the gulf beaches in numbers.
Kalbarri Catches
Craig Wise caught this cracking green back (tailor) on a strip of mullet with Kalbarri Land based fishing tours.

Boats

Spanish and spotted mackerel have continued to be encountered in bigger numbers as the warmer months progress. Schools of longtail and mack tuna have been found offshore together with a few yellowfin tuna. The 10m to 20m depths south of the river mouth have been good for baldchin groper, pink snapper and coral trout. Try the 30m to 50m depths northwest of town for dhufish, red emperor and sweetlip.

Shore based

Tailor in the 40cm to 60cm range have been appearing most mornings and evenings along the Wittecarra to Red Bluff stretch while Oyster Reef and Frustrations have been better for bigger fish. The river mouth fished very well for mulloway during the past week. Golden and gold spotted trevally were caught along the beaches while baldchin groper and pink snapper have continued to be landed at the cliffs south of town. Estuary cod were about in greater numbers within the Murchison River. The sand flats in front of the supermarket are producing plenty of yellowfin whiting.
Geraldton Catches


Boats

Spanish mackerel numbers seem have increased offshore following good catches along the western edge of Pensioner Bank, near African Reef and towards the Abrolhos Islands. Longtail and mack tuna have been encountered offshore together with the odd yellowfin tuna. Dhufish and baldchin groper have mostly been found in 20m to 40m of water while pink snapper and sweetlip are in about 40m.

Shore based

Mornings have been better for tailor at Lucys, Flat Rocks and behind the S-Bend lately. The odd mulloway has also been coming from these spots while The Slip has been producing herring around the 20cm mark in the morning. Weed has been problematic at West Bank, but there are tailor being caught there as well as the odd mulloway. The first and second points at Greenough have tailor, mulloway and school mackerel. Southgates has been reliable for tailor in the morning. The rock walls near town are producing chopper tailor, whiting and herring. The tailor north of Drummonds have mostly been in the 35cm to 55cm category. Whiting and herring have also been coming from the Drummonds area. Tailor have been present most evenings at the Oakajee River mouth, which has also been producing the odd baldchin groper. Whiting were caught in good numbers at Little Bay a fortnight ago. Queenfish of about 50cm were interestingly caught at Tarcoola Beach.
Lancelin Catches
Shannon Edwards shared this photo of a dhufish he caught in 8 metres of water to the Fishing Lancelin Facebook page. They sure do put up a great fight in shallow water.

Boats

First reports of Spanish mackerel have been made for the season even so water is still cool <22C at least 2 have been hooked during the week. Tuna schools have been sparse to find. The fishing was very quiet over the weekend. The Lancelin Angling & Aquatic Club held a competition Saturday, experienced local fishers found fish on their electronics but were finding it difficult to get them to take baits, only a handful of small dhu fish, one queen snapper and a few baldchin were landed and not one of the nominated species breaksea cod was weighed in. Through the week some good dhufish, queen snapper and baldchin have been landed, also some big pink snapper have been caught early mornings before sunrise. Large schools of skippy to 50cm have been encountered on lumps in the 25-30 meters. Within the bay dinghy fishers are catching King George whiting, herring and squid.

Shore based

The jetty has been fishing well for herring most evenings, tailor up to 2kg have been landed bait casting mulies from the north end of the jetty. Chopper tailor to 45cm have been running at sunrise and sunset along the beaches, with some better size fish coming from reef breaks.
Esperance Catches
David ‘Fez’ Fairhead got into some salmon from the beaches around Bremer Bay during the holiday break. Only ten minutes in and they were into some healthy south coast salmon. Picture credit: James (Jimbo) Florisson.

Boats

Solitary southern bluefin tuna between 30kg and 40kg have been encountered offshore together with schools of 5kg to 10kg fish. Reef fishers who worked the waters wide of the islands were rewarded with nannygai to 55cm, plenty of 8kg to 10kg yellowtail kingfish, samson fish between 10kg an 20kg, harlequin fish and breaksea cod. Smaller nannygai, queenfish and breasksea cod have been picked up near the islands while mostly bull herring are being caught within the bay.

Shore based

Bull herring have been turning up at the Taylor Street Jetty about an hour after sunset each evening while smaller herring and skippy are present near the structure during daylight hours. Bandy Creek boat harbour has King George whiting and black bream. Bigger black bream, fish to 45cm, have been caught in the local lakes. There are still small groups of salmon turning up at Eleven Mile Beach while bigger schools have been appearing at Kennedys. Dunns has been producing the odd salmon as well as herring. Thomas River is worth a visit following reports of mulloway, gummy shark, bull herring and juvenile salmon recently caught along the remote beach stretch.
Albany Catches
Cameron Lancaster landed this huge land based dhufish from the stones of the southwest. He shared his catch to the Fishing Busselton and South West Facebook page.

Boats

Deep water enthusiasts who visited the shelf, and the waters beyond, scored big red snapper at the edge of the drop off as well as hapuka, blue eye trevalla and seven banded cod out wider. The coral in depths leading up to 90m have been producing the common mix of red, pink and queen snapper as well as dhufish, breaksea cod, samson fish and yellowtail kingfish. King George whiting efforts have been mixed within the inshore areas, however there seem to be more flathead around as well as the usual bread and butter varieties.

Shore based

Herring seem to have turned up along the South Coast in numbers normally associated with their annual summer run. Excellent catches of the important bread and butter species were reported at Bluff Creek, Cheyne Beach, Two Peoples Bay, Sand Patch and Cables during the past week. Small schools of salmon have been appearing at Bornholm while bigger schools continue to frequent Bremer Bay. King George whiting are a chance at Frenchman Bay. Squid can also be targeted at Frenchman Bay as well as Emu Point. The rock platforms near West Cape Howe and Cheyne Beach are worth a try on a calm day for blue groper, pink snapper, queen snapper, samson fish and yellowtail kingfish. The rivers to the west of town are fishing better for black bream than the two local systems and those east. Mulloway have been very hard to come by during the past two to three weeks.
Southwest Catches
Carl Hawkins landed this 13kg Spanish mackerel off Bunbury last week. The first of the Spanish mackerel to show up this summer and i'm sure there will be plenty more in the coming weeks!


Boats

Reef fishing enthusiasts have been doing well on dhufish, breaksea cod and pink snapper in 30m to 40m of water off Canal Rocks and Windmills. Pink snapper have also been caught in good reasonable numbers along the Four Mile and Eight Mile reef systems. Crews who have been anchoring, burleying and send out unweighted whole fish baits seem to be doing better on the snapper than those who have been drifting weighted offerings. Small southern bluefin tuna have been appearing off Cape Naturaliste and along the west side. There are still squid being caught within Geographe Bay.

Shore based

Tailor have been caught some mornings and evenings at Contos, Honeycombs, Injidup and Bunker Bay together with herring and juvenile salmon. Yellowfin and school whiting are responding well to small poppers and miniature stick baits worked along the Quindalup sand flats. The rock platforms along the west coast would be worth trying for pink snapper, blue groper and yellowtail kingfish when conditions are suitable.

Freshwater

Jake Poad landed this monster marron in the south west on the opening day of the season. 
This years marron season has kicked off and many fishers have gone down the the south west waterways to target a feed of these tasty critters. To find out more about how you can get into marroning click here.
 
Mandurah and Surrounds


Mandurah

Along the southern beaches most catches have been made after the sea breeze comes in of an afternoon. Mulloway have also been caught from these beaches and are generally being taken after dark with some up around the 10 kg mark. Included in most fishers bags have been some good tailor, flathead, herring and sweep.
Fishers within the estuary report that tailor are wide spread and are mixed with a few skippy. The Dawesville Cut is still producing some good fishing for herring, whiting and King George whiting along with an occasional skippy and tarwhine. Most fishers are taking mixed bags of herring, whiting and tailor. Small mulloway are being taken from the beaches at Golden Bay and Secret Harbour. Mulloway up to 15 kg have been caught from the beaches at Singleton and Madora. Bream are still active in the rivers with an occasional larger fish keeping people interested. Blue swimmer crabs are still spread throughout the estuary and dabbers and netters are doing well. Sizes and numbers are improving and crabbers are advised to keep a check on the size of their catch.

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

Long Point, Kwinana and Warnbro beaches have all continued to produce a few good tailor during the last week. There have been some yellow-fin whiting as well, along with herring and a few skippy. The jetties are turning on herring early in the morning, along with squid and blue mackerel. Penguin Island sandbar is still a good spot to fish for flathead along the drop off into deeper water. The beaches around this region continue to produce good fishing for whiting and tailor. Better times to fish are either very early morning or later afternoon through to dark.
Perth Catches
Amy Meeuwissen and her nephew Luke Morgan landed some great fish like this King George whiting just out from Hillarys in the protected waters of the reefs, thanks to Josh Meeuwissen for the picture.

Boats

Plenty of yellowtail kingfish are being found in 25m to 30m of water southwest of Rottnest Island and near Stragglers. Shark mackerel have been spotted jumping near Champion Rock and it would be no surprise if their Spanish cousins start showing up in numbers off the metropolitan coast in the coming weeks following the increase in water temperatures. Samson fish have been caught on baits and jigs in approximately 40m of water off Hillarys and Fremantle. There are lots of striped tuna between West End and the Rottnest Trench while small southern bluefin tuna are being encountered in closer. Dhufish have been coming from 15m to 20m of water as well as the 50m to 60m depths. Squid are still about in fair numbers along the seagrass meadows off Fremantle and within Cockburn Sound. Try in approximately 30m of water for rock lobster.

Shore based

Tailor catches have been increasing along the metropolitan beaches with fish, mostly in the 35cm to 45cm range, turning up morning and evening at spots that have included South Beach groyne, North Mole, Cottesloe groyne, Swanbourne Drain, Floreat groyne and Trigg Point. Smaller tailor have been coming from the lower and middle reaches of the Swan River, which waters are also occupying giant herring and flathead. Mulloway have been coming from the deeper areas of Mosman Bay and Blackwall Reach. Blue swimmer crab catches have been improving in both metropolitan systems. Abalone season is closed tomorrow (12/02) due to unsafe conditions, this action has been taken based on a recommendation from Surf Life Saving WA.

Recfishwest Fishing Clinics

Young fishers introduced to fishing down at Bremer Bay's Recfishwest fishing clinic.
The Recfishwest Southwest fishing clinic tour that took place over the last week across the south coast at locations such as Bremer Bay, Albany, Denmark and Walpole were a great success. Many of these clinics were fully booked with some great catches for the young fishers. These clinics aimed at introducing children to fishing in a safe and exciting manner as well as educating them on being SunSmart, how to handle fish as well as basic fishing skills.
To find out more about the Recfishwest SunSmart fishing clinics or when and where the next clinics will be held, check out the Recfishwest website.
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