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Fishing Report
29/05/20
Perth Fishing Safaris have been putting their clients on the goods these past few weeks. This 88cm pinky caught was caught during one of their morning Metro Drone Fishing sessions! Quality work, guys!
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Broome Catches


Boats

Spanish mackerel and varieties of tuna, including longtail, mack and yellowfin, have been caught on bibbed minnows and rigged garfish trolled out from Entrance Point and Gantheaume Point. Bluewater Tackle World’s Gino Chambers reported that two-metre diving Halco Laser Pros, in the red head pattern, had been working well on the mackerel and tuna. Sailfish continue to be encountered wide of Willie Creek right through to James Price Point. Reef fishers have been picking up a variety of species including blue lined emperor, saddletail seaperch and red emperor in depths starting at 30m. Bluebone and fingermark bream have been caught within Roebuck Bay.

Shore based

Sport fishers have been using light tackle to catch queenfish and golden trevally along Cable Beach. Bluenose salmon are also sometimes being caught at Cables while threadfin salmon have been appearing around the tide change at the entrance and lower reaches of Crab Creek. Barramundi can be targeted on live baits and lures within the Fitzroy River as well as the local creeks. Gantheaume Point and the rocks at Entrance Point are worth a worth a try for bluebone.
Exmouth Catches
Mason Cullen with his first ever mangrove jack on a lure! Great photography skills by Ben Svenson and quality fishing by Mason. Well done, guys!

Boats

Spanish mackerel have been responding well to bibbed minnows and rigged garfish trolled between the 15m and 30m depths west of the reef line. Black marlin and sailfish have been encountered further out, in excess of 100m, while dolphinfish and yellowfin tuna are showing up in various depths and areas. Reef fishers have been picking up red emperor, Rankin cod and spangled emperor in about 60m of water. Goldband jobfish are in 100m and deeper while 200m seems to be the starting depth for ruby snapper. Squid continue be caught in very good numbers in the gulf.

Shore based

Squid have been caught in good numbers during an incoming tide as well as in the evening at the marina and Learmonth Jetty. Queenfish and golden trevally can be caught at Old Bundegi and VLF Bay. Try the accesses along Mildura Wreck Road for bluebone and spangled emperor. Yellowfin whiting are reliable along the town and gulf beaches.
 

Scott’s Spots - the Amazing Abrolhos

Al McGlashan with a Spanish mackerel - a common catch at the Abrolhos. Photo: Scott Coghlan.
This week in Scott's spots we get the low down on the Abrolhos Islands. Located off Geraldton, the Abrolhos is a superb fishing destination offering an amazing range of prime angling targets. Find out what Scott has to say about it here and check out some awesome catches. 
 
Kalbarri Catches
Based in Kalbarri, Robbie Leck managed to score himself a nice gold-spotted trevally. Good job, mate!

Boats

Reef fishers did not have to head out too far to catch quality table fish last week. Dhufish to 70cm, and pink snapper which were bigger again, were caught within a couple of miles of Jakes. Breaksea cod and skippy were picked up within a few hundred metres of the cliffs and there have been baldchin groper and coral trout caught on jigs, at times, in less than 10m of water. Spanish mackerel have been spotted free jumping from the river mouth and Red Bluff, however very few were caught this last week.

Shore based

Mulloway have been caught in very good numbers in the lower and upper reaches of the Murchison River. The odd mulloway has also been caught at Wittecarra Creek and Red Bluff as well as at Frustrations and the beaches north of there. Tailor to an impressive 75cm have been responding well to poppers and stick baits worked at Oyster Reef and Chinamans. Whiting are being caught in very good numbers at Red Bluff some days.
Geraldton Catches


Boats

Pink snapper were caught in big numbers and sizes along the edge of Pensioners Bank. Dhufish, as well as pinks, have been found in depths leading up to 30m west of Flat Rocks, Lucys and West Bank. Shark mackerel to 1.2m and Spanish mackerel around 10kg have been hitting jigs intended for the dhuies and pinks. Many of the mackerel have bitten through the line and subsequently lost, however, a few have been landed. Squid have continued to be caught in very good numbers along the seagrass beds out from Point Moore and Explosives.

Shore based

Surf fishers have been catching big greenback tailor along the Flat Rocks to West Bank stretch as well as the beaches north of Coronation. Several dhufish in the 8kg to 12kg range have been caught near Flat Rocks during the past fortnight. Seaweed is still built up along the vast stretch of coast from Greenough to Morning Reef, however flathead to 60cm, whiting, pike and chopper tailor have been caught at some of the reef and sand clearings. The northern facing rock walls and the bay at Drummonds are worth trying for squid. Samson fish have been spotted feeding on schooling mullet within the marina, which waters are also producing blue swimmer crabs.
Lancelin Catches
Corey Phipps (top) and Steven Da Silva (bottom) with two horse mulloway caught with one measuring at 116cm (top) and the other at 118cm (bottom). Fantastic fish, guys!

Boats

There was not a lot to report on the boating front, as bad weather kept most people away. There was a few of the local boats that went out Friday and Saturday afternoon before the big seas and swell. Forecast looks like leaving the bay will be too dangerous this weekend as well, with 4-5m swells likely to close out all the passages! Fishing in the bay has been providing a good mix of species and plenty of squid. Herring and skippy have been quick to find a burley trail and there are some good size King George whiting as well.

Shore based

Lancelin jetty has been fishing well for herring and squid from sunset. Some good size sand whiting have been caught there casting towards the shallows as well. The whiting have been very good along all the beaches, with some fish in the 25-30cm ranges being caught. Bull herring have been caught along the surf beaches with fish in excess of 30cm. The tailor have been difficult to find with a short bite coming just on sunset. Mulloway have been the star attraction on the beach front with fish well over a metre being caught for some weeks now. The gutters have started forming up well and have also been producing some school sized mulloway. The best gutters being along the bombing range are very difficult to access now by 4WD. Saturday before the storm hit saw many 4WDs in need of rescue, the beaches are much worse now after the following storm. 
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

Get jigging for squid this winter and return home with a feed of calamari for the whole family.
As we head into winter, there's no better time to go fishing for squid. Whether you're a seasoned squid angler or still learning the ropes, there's plenty to know about catching a decent feed of calamari. Check out Shimano's 'how to catch southern calamari article' to re-jig the memory on all things squid fishing and get prepared for winter squidding with the family.
 
Esperance Catches


Boats

Southern bluefin tuna and salmon are being caught on bibbed minnows trolled between the coast and the islands. The bluefin and salmon are often being caught at the same time. Samson fish, ranging from 8kg to 40kg, have been caught on metal and soft plastic jigs near the islands. Reef fishers, who have been working the ground in close, have been doing reasonably well on queen snapper, blue groper and sweep. Those who were prepared to put in the miles and head wide found nannygai to 65cm, breaksea cod and bigger queen snapper.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty has been producing plenty of herring during the day, squid early morning and late afternoon and garfish at night. Salmon have been turning up right along the coast with big schools spotted at Observatory Point and Dunns Rock. A customer of Southern Sports and Tackle had never caught a salmon before catching 17 during a single session at Dunns last week. More salmon were caught at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Nine Mile and Fourteen Mile. Big skippy, flathead and bronze whaler sharks have been landed at a range of spots including Roses Beach, Dempster Head and Duke of Orleans Bay. Surf fishers, who ventured to Thomas River and Israelite Bay, scored mulloway ranging from 50cm to 1m.
Albany Catches
Jake Poad and Nicholas Drummond from WA Undersea Club booked the morning off from work to hit the nice weather window and chase some tasty nannygai. Great work, lads!

Boats

Deepwater enthusiasts scored very good catches of hapuka and blue eye trevalla in waters wide of the shelf. Some who worked the coral in 60m to 90m did manage to pick up their boat limit of dhufish as well as a mix of other reef fish including pink, queen and red snapper, breaksea cod and skippy. Boat limits of King George whiting are being achieved inshore. Sand whiting have been a little harder to find, however there seems to be more squid around this week. Small bibbed minnows trolled around the islands and headlands should produce catches of salmon, bonito and small southern bluefin tuna.

Shore based

Salmon have continued to appear along the local beaches as well as those to the east and west of town. A salmon school the size of a football field was spotted at Fosters last week. Smaller schools have been regularly passing through Salmon Holes and there are plenty being caught in their ones and twos at Bluff Creek, Cheynes Beach, Nanarup, Lowlands and Shelleys. Herring remain in very good numbers right along the coast. Skippy and tarwhine have been coming from the reef holes and deeper gutters. Hard-bodied and soft plastic lures have been working well on black bream to 40cm in the King and Kalgan rivers. Mulloway have been caught on lures in Kalgan, but a fair way up river.
Southwest Catches
Simon Holland with a ripper 12.1kg pink snapper caught while spinning for salmon!
(Apologies, Simon, for the incorrect caption last week)

Boats

Crews may not need to travel too far out in search of pink snapper following the recent storm following reports of fish to 10kg caught in less than 4m of water within Geographe Bay just after the previous cold front passed. Dhufish have also been found in relatively shallow water within the bay. Conditions may need to settle somewhat before squid appear around the seagrass in big numbers again. Blue swimmer crabs are ordinarily caught within the bay in good numbers after the wind blows hard from the north.

Shore based

Pink snapper were caught from the Geographe Bay beaches, especially those located towards Busselton, during the recent period of stormy weather. When conditions settle, the west coast beaches may also be worth trying for pink snapper following reports of fish in the 4kg to 8kg range caught from the beaches and rock platforms in calm weather during the past couple of weeks. Salmon continue to be caught from the west coast and Geographe Bay beaches and there are still plenty of herring as well as some big skippy around.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Charlotte's first herring since the COVID-19 restrictions were eased. Heading out near Whitehills for the first family trip since the lockdown, Charlotte managed to land this great little hezza, while her sister Alexzandra landed a sand whiting! Good job!

Mandurah

Indications are that the prawn numbers are still good in and around the estuaries in Mandurah. The good news is that there are plenty of good-sized herring around. In among, the herring are a few tailor and salmon, particularly on the southern beaches. The Cut is still quite productive and if it starts to get a bit blustery you can always find somewhere to fish out of the breeze and still catch fish. There have been a few salmon caught at the ocean-end along with some tailor. King George whiting are also being caught here as well. Be aware of minimum legal sizes. The estuary is also producing some good sized bream upstream and one of the better baits to use is fresh river prawns. Hot tip is to go scoop a few, eat the big ones and keep the little ones for bait. There are still a few good sized tailor being caught from the northern beaches but the main catches seem to be whiting and herring with the odd tarwhine. Skippy are starting to make their presence felt in this area as well.

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

Mulloway are making a return to the Sound with some good fish hooked from the local jetties during the week. There have been a few herring along this stretch of coastline, along with some salmon reported from Kwinana jetty and Tern Island. Reasonable sized whiting have also been taken in numbers. Anglers report good catches of nice tailor to 50 cm and occasional mulloway around 10 kg on the beaches between Long Point and Secret Harbour. Anglers chasing squid report the weed beds in Cockburn Sound are the most productive spots to try.
Perth Catches
Nadin from Recfishwest and her friend, Selma, managed to score two salmon measuring in at 71cm (left) and another at 74cm (right) caught NOR. Awesome stuff!

Boats

Before the rough weather hit, pink snapper were being caught in waters ranging from the 10m to 15m depths near the inshore reefs and islands to the outer wrecks situated in excess of 200m. Dhufish and big skippy were also being picked up at the inshore reefs while grey-banded cod were found in about 90m as well as beyond the 200m contour. King George whiting can be targeted along the broken ground in 15m to 25m of water northeast of Rottnest Island. The water at the seagrass beds off Fremantle may need to clear somewhat before squid return to the strong numbers the cephalopods were in before the storm.

Shore based

Storm warnings did not stop diehard pink snapper fishers from donning the wet weather gear and launching heavily weighted whole baits from the northern and southern rock walls. Pink snapper in the 4kg to 10kg range were landed in good numbers from spots that included Woodman Point, both moles, Hillarys Marina, Ocean Reef Marina and Mindarie Marina. Mulloway were also caught at South Mole and North Mole together with a few salmon and the odd big tailor. The deep gutters formed along the metropolitan beaches would be worth trying for snapper, mulloway, tailor and gummy shark when conditions are suitable. Scaly mackerel and yellowtail have been enticing mulloway within Fremantle Harbour. The recent deluge is likely to push black bream to the lower reaches of the Swan and Canning rivers.
 

Tackle Shop Talk

Albany Rods and Tackle store owner Jim Allan enjoys meeting fishers and passing on his invaluable local knowledge and advice. Photo: Scott Coghlan.
When travelling to Albany, you have to call into Albany Rods and Tackle. Jim Allan, the store owner, has been sharing his local knowledge and advice with fishers for more than 40 years now and is always keen to chat to someone new. Find out what keeps his customers coming back each time. Read more
 
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