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Recfishwest
Fishing Report
24/08/18
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi and thanks to Peter Pullarton in Lancelin and Cody Willis for the freshwater report. 

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Photo of the week goes to Daniel Varadi who cauht some nice squid this week from Busselton Jetty. Thanks to Blake Fagan for sending this pic of his mate in.

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Broome Catches
Picture: Threadfin and bluenose salmon have been caught on baits and lures along the fingers located on the other side of Roebuck Bay.

Boats

Spanish mackerel are being encountered in very good numbers offshore. The mackerel, which have mostly been in the 8kg to 15kg category, have been responding well to trolled minnows. Sailfish have continued to be found in waters wide of Barred Creek and out from James Price Point. Blue lined emperor have been caught in approximately 20m of water while red emperor and saddletail seaperch seem to be lurking further out.

Shore based

More bluenose have been caught from the jetty together with bluebone and other reef species. Entrance Point has been providing some entertaining light tackle sessions with plenty of queenfish and trevally harassing the baitfish hanging around there. Barramundi activity has been increasing in the Fitzroy River and, to a lesser extent, the local creeks. Fly fishers can try in front of Willie Creek and Coconut Wells for permit during an incoming tide.
Exmouth Catches
Picture: A couple retrieving their boat in Exmouth.

Boats

Big schools of baitfish near Norwest Reef have been attracting an assortment of predators including Spanish and broad barred mackerel, longtail tuna, queenfish, gold spotted trevally and, at times, sailfish. Baitfish numbers are also building in the gulf, which are expected to bring cobia, trevally, big queenfish, mackerel, tuna and sailfish to these waters. Black marlin continue to be caught off Tantabiddi and bigger blue marlin are expected to be encountered in better numbers as the water temperatures start to increase. Red emperor, robinson seabream and rankin cod have been picked up in good numbers near Helby Bank.

Shore based

Giant trevally and big queenfish are often caught at Oysters during this time of the year. Big poppers and stick baits are known for enticing both species to strike. Old Bundegi has queenfish, small golden trevally and giant herring turning up during an incoming tide. There are still loads of whiting along Town Beach and the sandy stretches either side of Learmonth. Squid can be caught at night at the marina, which also has small trevally, estuary cod and the odd mangrove jack on offer.
Kalbarri Catches
Picture: Kalbarri offers a wide range of fishing options, including boat, beach and estuary and every year some quality fish are caught around the town. Find out more here.

Boats

Reef fishing enthusiasts working the ground near the cliffs have been doing well on pink snapper and baldchin groper while crews heading to the lumps northwest of the river mouth have picked up dhufish and red emperor. Robbie Leck caught two good sized coral trout off Port Gregory last Friday then went on to catch some big pink snapper at Arnie’s Lump the following day. Spanish mackerel have mostly been caught in waters a fair way north of town. Longtail and yellowfin tuna are expected to turn up in numbers during the ensuing weeks.

Shore based

A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive caught two pink snapper from the beach at Red Bluff one afternoon last week then went on to land a mulloway there the following evening. Garfish and herring have also been coming from Red Bluff while Wittecarra Creek, Siphons and Chinamans have tailor some mornings and evenings. The beaches north of the river mouth are worth trying for mulloway, pink snapper and jumbo tailor. The sand flats located in the lower reaches of the Murchison River are holding plenty of yellowfin whiting while black bream and estuary cod are mostly being found in the middle reaches of the system.
Geraldton Catches
Picture: A customer of Geraldton Sports spotted a big school of Spanish mackerel, which were estimated to weigh between 8kg and 10kg, in approximately 30m of water south of Flat Rocks recently.

Boats

Longtail and yellowfin tuna have been found schooling in 40m to 50m of water southwest of the marina. The boats working South West Bank have been doing fairly well on dhufish, baldchin groper, sweetlip and pink snapper. Big catches of sweetlip have been coming from the African Reef area.

Shore based

Dhufish are occasionally being caught along the Flat Rocks to Greenough River mouth stretch. Strips of squid and cuttlefish have been working well on the dhuies, which have ranged from 5kg to 10kg and have mostly been caught in the evening. Tailor and the odd mulloway have also been picked up along the beaches behind the S-Bend while the first and second points at Greenough have herring, pike, skippy and whiting on offer. Perhaps the best whiting fishing at the moment is being experienced behind The Lives where up to a dozen or so fish are often being caught in a single session. Tarcoola Beach and Southgates are worth trying early morning for tailor and mulloway.
Lancelin Catches
Picture: Lancelin jetty where many boats launch and travel to the island in the background.

Boats

Plenty of boats enjoyed last weekend's sensational weather. Fishers chasing demersals reported mixed results. Everyone was working harder than normal and spending a lot of time to find them with some boats coming back without a fish. Boats fishing 35m plus had some success on dhufish and mixed bags of pink snapper, breaksea cod and baldchin groper. In closer to shore it was mainly nice size breaksea cod and dhufish with only a few baldchin or pink snapper landed. There are aggregations of samson fish on some of the off-shore lumps and aggregations of big fat skippy to 50cm plus on the inshore lumps. There are still plenty of herring and smaller sized skippy within the bay, but you don’t have to venture very far out of the bay to find the big ones.

Shore based

Still some good numbers of squid hitting the jetty if you are there when they are on, usually evenings. The male brown spotted wrasse have arrived inshore with good numbers coming from the jetty, which are a great by-catch for the family on the weekend.  Some small mulloway have been caught mornings from the beach gutters and tailor are starting to be caught from the beaches again.
Esperance Catches
Picture: Did you know not only is Esperance famed for its salmon fishing, but regular catches include mulloway, pink snapper and skippy. Boat fishing around the islands also produces a range of species including samson fish, queen and red snapper, and southern bluefin tuna, while squid and skippy are usually reliable.

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been picking up good catches of snook, herring and squid within a mile or so of the coast. Nannygai have been found in waters leading up to the islands while pink and queen snapper have mostly been caught in waters farther out. Yellowtail kingfish can be targeted on stick baits and poppers close to the islands.

Shore based

The Taylor Street has mostly been producing snook and squid while King George whiting averaging 30cm, black bream and small herring are on offer at Bandy Creek boat harbour. Black bream to an impressive 45cm have been caught in the local lakes. Salmon have been picked up in their ones and twos at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach and Fourteen Mile. Roses and Rossitters have been producing big skippy, small mulloway and plenty of salmon.
Albany Catches
Picture: It is no secret that mulloway are running in the Kalgan River with dozens trying for the prized species at their favourite mulloway holes this past week.

Boats

King George whiting enthusiasts managed to score some nice catches near Gull Rock, Caseys, Michaelmas, Goode Beach, Frenchman Bay and Limestone. Sand whiting are in good numbers in these parts while squid are in the clearer waters. Reef fishing enthusiasts should have little trouble picking up a feed of table fish along the coral. Most of the rivers and inlets are rather discoloured as a result of the recent rain. Baits and soft plastic lures usually work better on black bream in the murky water. Wilson Inlet was opened yesterday providing great fishing for species such as pink snapper and mulloway.

Shore based

Big skippy have turned up close to shore in big numbers as the 1kg to 2kg fish tend to do during late winter each year. Surf fishers who worked the deep gutters and sand holes along the Bluff Creek to Cheynes Beach stretch have been doing well on the bigger skippy. Whitebait or mulies threaded on a small set of gangs and a consistent stream of burley has been effective in catching the skippy. Salmon are being found in their ones and twos at local beaches. Herring and tarwhine are common along the coast, however tailor have been hard to come by. The marina has been producing plenty of leatherjackets as of late, but squid have been scarce for a few weeks.
Southwest Catches
Picture: The blob and burley brigade have been picking up some nice catches of garfish and herring from the headlands and rocky outcrops within Geographe Bay.

Boats

Pink snapper continue to be caught near Four Mile Reef and Eight Mile Reef as well as along the broken ground closer to shore. The anchor and burley method has once again proven to be the most effective technique in catching the pinks. Crews who managed to head out off the west coast when the weather permitted scored some nice dhufish, breaksea cod and queen snapper in 30m to 40m off Gracetown and Sugarloaf Rock. Squid catches have improved along the seagrass meadows off Quindalup.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings at Mitchells, Bunker Bay and Elmore Road. The deep channels and gutters that were formed at Injidup and Mitchells by the big swells during the past few weeks would be worth trying for mulloway, pink snapper and gummy sharks. The Busselton Jetty is producing mixed catches of skippy, herring, squid and juvenile samson fish.

Freshwater

Picture: Members from Western Australian Trout Fly Fishing Assocation teaching children how to fish at last years Recfishwest TroutFest event.
Our waterways still remain slightly agitated from the rain but with some time the fish will return to their usual feeding routines as water clarity improves. The conditions of late sure are allowing families to get out to explore new places and inland waterways. The ideal location for ease of fishing and a chance of a decent fish is the Drakesbrook Weir with recent stocking of Ex Broodstock Brown Trout. 
Perth Catches
Picture: Tony Thwin and Emilio Orifici have been picking up pink snapper to 75cm, samson fish, skippy and King George whiting in local waters.

Boats

Reef fishing has been productive when the weather has allowed the boats to head out. Crews who worked the 50m to 60m depths west and northwest of Rottnest picked up good numbers of dhufish. More dhuies were also caught due west of Penguin Island and there were some thumpers landed off Lancelin during the past fortnight. Smaller dhufish and pink snapper of mixed sizes have been caught near Champion Rock. Five Fathom Bank has been good for skippy to 1.5kg, especially when burley is introduced. Squid are still being caught along the seagrass meadows off Fremantle and within Cockburn sound.

Shore based

Some nice tailor are being caught early morning and after dark at the common chopper haunts of Cottesloe Groyne, Grant Street, Swanbourne Drain, Floreat and Trigg Island. The tailor have not been huge fish, but at an average of 40cm, they are satisfactory for those who have struggled to pick the weather to head out and target them. Herring and garfish are being caught from the northern and southern rock walls, while the limestone boulders at Fremantle have King George whiting, juvenile salmon and squid. Try the deeper areas of the Swan River and the harbour for mulloway during the days leading up to the full moon.
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