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Recfishwest
21st November 2014
Recfishwest Fishing Report
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing forecast, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi. This is a service offered for free to Recfishwest members. Please always check local weather reports before heading out. For further information on recreational fishing, please visit our website at www.recfishwest.org.au. If you are not a Recfishwest member, it's free to join, just click here and follow the prompts.

Metro Catches

It may come as a surprise but big schools of salmon turned up in Fremantle Harbour on Saturday with dozens of boat and shore-based fishers thrilled to get among the action. The salmon hung around for a few hours and were spread right through the harbour as well as along the northern side of North Mole and the waters south of South Mole. Tailor have been better along the beaches south of Long Point, where some nice mulloway have also been caught recently.

More mulloway have been coming from The Narrows and the Blackwall Reach and Mosman Bay areas. The deeper waters of the Canning seem to be holding some nice black bream at the moment. Flathead are starting to turn up in better numbers along the lower reaches of the Swan. Boats travelling to The Barges in 90 to 110m of water west and west-southwest of Rottnest are using to jigs to snare some solid samson fish ranging from 15 to 30kg.

King George and sand whiting are in good proportions along the broken ground near The Windmills. Most of the western rock lobster picked up this week were gathered by divers. The pots are expected to start catching during the next two to three weeks, according to some observers.  

Recfishwest Metro Fishing Forecast

Early risers will definitely benefit on the weekend, with peak bite times between 4:30am and about 6am. This coincides with the moon rise and with the new moon set for just after 8pm Saturday night, this should also hold you in good stead. There will also be good fishing the hour before and after sunset and leading into the early evening, so time to catch some tailor. The weather looks fishable too!

The fishing through to about Tuesday looks promising and if the winds stay away, there's always plenty of chances to hit the water. If you get a chance this weekend, head down to Mandurah and check out how the Pro's do it in the Hobie Getaway Outdoors Bream Grand Final! For more, click here.

Bunbury to Augusta Catches

South of Preston Beach, there have been some nice tailor activity, mainly choppers to 40cm. Anglers need to be careful their fish are of legal size. Soapie mulloway have been scarce. Crayfish have been excellent out deep and just fair closer to the shore. There have been plenty of whites in around 30m, mixed with good numbers of jumbos. Skippy have been good for offshore anglers, but King George whiting have been scarce. The estuary has been producing some good herring and mullet.

Fishing for yellowfin whiting with surface lures has really taken off in the shallows in recent weeks. The bream fishing in the Collie River has at times turned up good fish, but some anglers have also struggled to find much action.

A good number of boats took to the waters this past week and did well on King George whiting in Geographe Bay. While most who targeted the King George did so through the three to 10m depths, a couple of boats fared well on bigger fish about 20 miles offshore. Squid are still about the seagrass meadows between Eagle Bay and Siesta Park, but require some effort.

Tailor were predominantly quieter this past week along both stretches of the cape. Herring do take some burleying up at times while the sunnier days are seeing more yellowfin and school whiting along the Quindalup sand flats. Good hauls of western rock lobster are being had by both the divers and those working pots.

Recfishwest Bunbury to Augusta Fishing Forecast

Bunbury: Early risers will definitely benefit on the weekend, with peak bite times between 4:30am and about 6am. This coincides with the moon rise and with the new moon set for just after 8pm Saturday night, the night fishing should also hold you in good stead. There will also be good fishing the hour or before sunset and leading into the early evening, so time to catch some tailor. The weather looks fishable too!

Dunsborough to Augusta: Just like Bunbury and Perth, early morning fishers will reap the benefits of wetting the lines just before or on sun-up. If you're working Saturday/ Sunday morning and can't get out til the afternoon, not to worry. The rising tide mounting to high tide at 9pm, along with sunset and major moon period in the early evening should be as good if not better for fishing.

The fishing through to about Tuesday looks promising and if the winds stay away, there's always plenty of chances to hit the water. If you get a chance this weekend, head up to Mandurah and check out how the Pro's do it in the Hobie Getaway Outdoors Bream Grand Final! For more, click here.

Albany Catches

Two young anglers, visiting from Perth, enjoyed an entertaining session at the Kalgan River on Friday evening when they caught a nice size mulloway each. The biggest of the croakers went 90cm and the other was a touch smaller at 80cm. The captures follow a couple of good months of mulloway fishing in the system. Both rivers have been producing reasonable tailor catches as well as the occasional juvenile salmon. Black bream enthusiasts report both of the local systems to be fishing equally well on baits and lures. More black bream have been spotted in dense schools at the marina, however stopping hooked fish from heading into the nearby structure has been challenging.

Herring are slowly improving along the beaches. Some nice skippy have been coming from places such as Bluff Creek and Cheynes. Early mornings and dusk are seeing a few tailor come on the bite at Nanarup. A few boats reported catching their bag limit of King George whiting from the inshore parts. It sounds like the areas to be producing the better King George catches are Emu Point, Limestone Head and Michaelmas and Breaksea islands.

Saturday’s pleasant conditions prompted many to head out deep and judging by some accounts there was a nice selection of red, pink and queen snapper on offer together with a few breaksea cod, samson fish and dhufish. A few picked up harlequin in the 20 to 40m areas while hapuka were on offer at the shelf.  

Recfishwest Albany Fishing Forecast

The fish activity will fall right on the bottom of the low right on sunrise, but the fishing still should be good. But I think the pick of the times will be any time after 3pm on the weekend. A bigger than normal high tide, a touch of swell = good water movement and should equate to good fishing.

The new moon occurs on Saturday night (early) which usually brings the fish on a few days each side of it. The week ahead is looking promising, with quality fishing forecasted until at least Wednesday. 

Geraldton Catches

The beaches have been challenging, but in saying that, there have been a few fair sessions south of town between Flat Rocks and the Greenough River mouth where tailor to 45cm, school size mulloway and herring were caught. Bigger tailor have been coming from the reefs at Southgates and Pages some mornings. Sand whiting are around in good numbers, however the weed and swell have made it difficult to target the bread and butter species at times.

The northern side of the new marina is worth trying for school and spotted mackerel to 90cm. Metal lures and stick baits have been working well on the small mackies. An assortment of species including herring, whiting, bigger tailor, mulloway and sharks have been caught from the beaches north of Drummonds. A few boats that went out during the week scored Spanish mackerel and yellowfin tuna from around African Reef.

Recfishwest Geraldton Fishing Forecast

Early risers will definitely benefit on the weekend, with peak bite times between 4:30am and about 6am. This coincides with the moon rise and with the new moon set for just after 8pm Saturday night, and should also hold you in good stead. There will also be good fishing the hour or before sunset and leading into the early evening, so time to catch some tailor. The weather looks fishable too!

Fish up to the high tide just before lunch for good productivity and try your luck up until about 9pm on the evening rising tide. A flat spot in the middle of the day with no water movement may be worth a look, but with 2 better options at each end of the day I'd stick to then (1st world problems).

Kalbarri Catches

Good tailor catches have continued along the coast, especially at Back Beach, Blue Holes, Wittecarra and Chinamans. Perhaps the biggest tailor caught was a 5kg effort that took a popper a Chinamans one session last week. Mulloway have been in addition to the tailor at Frustrations while Red Bluff is the spot to try for herring. Two customers of Kalbarri Sports and Dive caught goldspot trevally to 60cm and tailor to 75cm on light gear and small poppers at Chinamans recently.

The sand flats of the Murchison are holding plenty of nice size yellowfin whiting. Black bream are being found in fair numbers through the lower and middle reaches of the system. Mud crab catches have been improving near the mouth. Boats trolling this past week picked up Spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna, small yellowtail kingfish, spotted mackerel and pink snapper (released). 

Recfishwest Kalbarri Fishing Forecast

Early risers will definitely benefit on the weekend, with peak bite times between 4:30am and about 6am. This coincides with the moon rise and with the new moon set for just after 8pm Saturday night, and should also hold you in good stead. There will also be good fishing the hour or two before sunset and leading into the early evening, so time to catch some tailor. 

Fishing should be hot until at least Thursday next week, just in time for next week's fishing forecast, so stayed tuned.

Exmouth Catches

There has been limited opportunities to get out behind the reef, but those who have managed to head out have been finding the marlin action a bit slow compared to what it was a month ago. A few striped and a very big black for these waters, around the 300kg mark, were reported through the week while the blues were a bit shy. The blue marlin should heat up soon – it is only a matter of keeping an eye on that blue water heading down the coast to signal the expected bite time.

Dolphin fish were reported to be smashing marlin skirts in groups and quite often ending up in four or five-way hook ups. 

Sailfish have been rounding up schools of baitfish in the middle of the gulf. There are loads of sports fish for lure and fly enthusiasts moving onto the shallow flats of the gulf as the water heats up. Queenfish, giant trevally, golden trevally, giant herring and permit are just a few of the sought after species that have been encountered in the gulf recently. 

Recfishwest Exmouth Fishing Forecast

Some great fishing this weekend and with the normal culprits, sunrise and sunset the hot tip, the fish shouldn't elude you. The tidal movements this weekend will provide greater water movement and should help with the pelagics especially on the turn of the tides -try 11am and about 4:30pm.

The new moon is upon us, with Saturday night 8:30pm an interesting time to have a fish. Try your luck but if you hit the hours each side of sunset, you should come home with the goods!

Broome Catches

Ben Lye and Wade Clarke had an action-packed session at The Peanut on Saturday raising more than 50 sailfish and three black marlin. Despite the huge numbers of billfish raised, the pair found the sailfish to be a little apprehensive in the morning before the sport fish switched to feeding mode in the afternoon. For the record, the duo managed to land seven sailfish that session.

Big schools of golden trevally have been hanging around Grey Shoals while tripletail continue to found near the moorings in Roebuck Bay. A customer of Tackle World Broome landed a superb 1.14m threadfin salmon at Dampier Creek last week. More threadies have been coming from Crab and Dampier creeks together with bluenose salmon, mangrove jack and barramundi. Big queenfish and some solid giant trevally continue to show up at the jetty.

Recfishwest Broome Fishing Forecast

Some good fishing should greet you this weekend, weather pending of course. The good tidal movements should be fruitful for the pelagics so try the turn of the tide for best results. The sunrise and sunset periods will always fish well and this weekend is no exception. The best bite times will be the hours each side of the setting and rising sun. The new moon occurs this Saturday night and should be a locked in event for most fishers.

Looking toward next week, the fishing is looking really good, bite wise, until at least Tuesday and may drop a little after that. If the weather holds it's own, the fishing should remain quite good.

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