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Fishing Report
26/10/18
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi and thanks to John Curtis for his Mandurah and Surrounds report and Matt Cox for what's happening in Kununurra.

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Picture: Charlotte from England catches her first decent fish in Broome, a nice Threadfin Salmon to open her account after putting on a lot of time in she finally managed this Threadfin Salmon,

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Broome Catches
Picture: This nice little Trevally was caught in Barred Creek by Recfishwest CEO Andrew on a sinking stickbait on the rising tide!

Boats

Local charter boat operators have been putting their clients onto plenty of nice saddletail seaperch, blue lined emperor, fingermark bream and red emperor in depths ranging from 30m to 40m of water. Longtail and mack tuna have been regularly encountered near the pearl farms approximately two miles out. Spanish and school mackerel have been in close near Entrance Point and Gantheamue Point. Some good mulloway have been pulled from the deeper parts of Roebuck Bay.

Shore based

Barramundi have been responding well to hard-bodied and soft plastic lures in the Fitzroy River and the local creeks. Bluenose salmon, flathead and queenfish have also been caught on lures and baits in Crab Creek and Barred Creek. Threadfin salmon can be targeted within Roebuck Bay. Queenfish to a metre have been turning up at the jetty, however tempting the aerobatic sportfish to strike baits and lures has been difficult at times.
Exmouth Catches

Boats

Blue marlin are starting to be encountered out wide whereby local charter operators and recreational billfish enthusiasts have been raising and landing fish with greater regularity. Smaller black marlin have been found within the 150m contour together with good numbers of dolphin fish, small tuna and the odd wahoo. Spanish mackerel are still responding well to bibbed minnows trolled along the back of the reef line north and south of Tantabiddi. Sailfish numbers appear to be increasing within the upper areas of the gulf.

Shore based

Yellowfin whiting are being caught on baits and small poppers in good numbers along the gulf beaches. Queenfish to a meter have been turning up close to shore in the gulf, however the aerobatic sportfish have been difficult to tempt at times. Squid are still worth targeting at the marina and Learmonth Jetty. Try VLF Bay for big giant trevally and giant herring. Permit are starting to turn up along the shallows within the gulf and west coast beaches.
Kalbarri Catches
Picture: Jeremy King enjoying some r&r up the back of the Murchison.

Boats

The 30m to 50m depths northwest of the river mouth have continued to produce catches of red emperor, pink snapper and dhufish. Red throat emperor have been found in good numbers in some areas in closer while smaller dhuies and the odd coral trout have been picked up out from The Sand Patch. Good hauls of rock lobster are being picked up in depths leading up to 30m.

Shore based

Mulloway to 15kg and tailor to an impressive 80cm have been caught at Chinamans. Siphons has also been producing big tailor some mornings and evenings while fish between 35cm and 45cm have been common at Wittecarra, Red Bluff and the beaches north of Frustrations. A 20kg mulloway was among plenty of smaller fish landed at Wagoe during the past fortnight. Golden trevally to 7kg, tailor and bonefish have also been caught along the beach there. Yellowfin whiting are being caught in good numbers along the sand flat in front of the supermarket while black bream are mostly hitting prawn and small strip baits up river. Blue swimmer crab catches are improving in the lower reaches of the Murchison.
Geraldton Catches
Picture: Some good Tailor to be had at the moment, especially for beach fishers.

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been doing well on herring, skippy and squid within the inshore reefs. School mackerel have also been turning up through the inshore areas while Spanish mackerel have been spotted along the western edge of Pensioner Bank. The bigger boats that ventured to the Abrolhos Islands picked up yellowfin tuna, between 10kg and 15kg, and shark mackerel on trolled bibbed minnows.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up most mornings and evenings along the beaches north and south of Flat Rocks together with a few mulloway to a metre. Bigger tailor have been appearing at Glendenning Road and Tarcoola in the mornings. Drummonds Cove has been producing good numbers of whiting to 33cm as well as tailor, school-size mulloway and sharks. Coronation is worth a try for bigger mulloway and samson fish. Squid have been caught at the back of The Lives and the rock wall at the marina.
Lancelin Catches
Picture: Tarwhine are on the chew in Lano at the moment.

Boats

Dinghy fishers within the bay have been getting some good catches. Squid, herring, skippy, snook, pike and king george whiting have all been caught in good numbers. Closer to the reef areas of the bay, some solid tarwhine to 40cm can be found and big green back tailor can be caught along the reef breaks fringing the bay. Late afternoon to dark they can be caught a safer distance away from the waves. There are some very good size sand whiting being caught around the 20m depths. Lobster potters have reported the catches slowing inshore this week.

Shore based

The beaches have also been fishing very well for good sized tailor and mulloway to 90cm. Big tarwhine have been caught from the jetty and from the beaches north and south of town near the reefs. Some better size tailor have been turning up at the jetty some evenings with fish to 50+cm along with plenty of herring under the lights. There was an estimated 15kg samson fish caught on a popper from the jetty Saturday morning.
Esperance Catches

Boats

Big schools of 15kg to 35kg samson fish have been located within six miles of the coast. Queen snapper to an impressive 10kg and nannygai have been picked up behind the islands. Harlequin fish and breaksea cod have been responding well to jigs. Several dhufish and pink snapper were caught in waters east of town.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty has plenty of herring as well as a few squid and small skippy on offer. King George whiting to a satisfactory 32cm, small herring, skippy and increasing numbers of black bream have been coming from Bandy Creek boat harbour. Big schools of salmon have been appearing between Fourth Beach and Nine Mile Beach. Stewart McCormack landed a 5kg salmon while targeting herring at one of the beaches close to town last week. Roses has been good for salmon and tailor. A group of customers of Southern Sports and Tackle landed half a dozen gummy sharks, skippy to 2kg and salmon during a recent session at Alexander Bay. More gummies have been turning up at Thomas River along with skippy and salmon. The bream lakes have been producing black bream to 45cm.
Albany Catches
Picture: Great little Sambo being released to grow into a 20kg freigh train!

Boats

King George whiting enthusiasts have been achieving mixed results through the inshore areas. Some have been managing to pick up their bag limits of Geordies in less than an hour while others have taken up to six hours to bring home less than a dozen fish. Gull Rock, Caseys, Michaelmas Island and Cosy Corner were among the areas close to town that have been producing good catches of King George. The inshore areas of Denmark have also reportedly been fishing well for the popular table fish. Squid numbers seem to be improving through the inshore parts and there are also herring, sand whiting and a few small skippy around. Very few managed to head out wide because of the rough conditions, however expect pink, red and queen sapper as well as dhufish, breaksea cod and samson fish be around the coral in reasonable numbers when the weather permits.

Shore based

The local beaches have mostly been producing small herring and small skippy. Juvenile salmon have been turning up in small schools at Shelley Beach and Nanarup. There are still samson fish being landed, and plenty being hooked and lost, at the channel at Emu Point. The marina is worth a try for squid early morning or at night. Mulloway are starting to be caught more frequently in the Kalgan River. The systems west of town are fishing better for black bream than the two local rivers.
Southwest Catches
Picture: There are some crabs around in Geographe for the tinny fishers at the moment.

Boats

An increase in squid catches along the seagrass beds within Geographe Bay during the past couple of weeks is being attributed to relatively cool October water temperatures. Squid enthusiasts have been picking up good numbers of the popular cephalopods in depths leading up to 10m of water between Eagle Bay and Abbey Beach. King George whiting have been found in depths as shallow as 2m and as deep as 24m within the bay. Better catches of blue swimmer crabs have been achieved in waters closer to Busselton.

Shore based

Herring have been caught in very good numbers along both sides of the cape while skippy, sand whiting and tarwhine are mostly being caught along the west coast beaches that regularly produce surge and swell. The deeper gutters formed between Hamelin Bay and Contos Beach following the recent period of big swells would be worth trying for mulloway, jumbo tailor and gummy sharks. Squid have been caught in reasonable numbers at Busselton Jetty and the Quindalup Jetty.
Mandurah and Surrounds

Mandurah

Black bream are biting well in both the Murray and the Serpentine Rivers and a number of good sized fish have been caught in the canals closer to Halls Head. The Cut is still the place for herring and tarwhine. A couple of average sized tailor have been caught but not in any numbers. Skippy are also making an appearance. In the estuary there are herring, skippy and tailor and a few small mulloway. White Hills, Tim’s Thicket and Preston Beach have all produced a couple of mulloway in the last few weeks, although they are a little small at around 4 - 6 kg. In the next few weeks larger fish will start to frequent the beaches, particularly those to the north of Mandurah. Tailor up to 45 cm have also been caught from these beaches and the beaches either side of Mandurah are producing whiting, herring and tailor.

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

Offshore around Coventry Reef there have been regular reports of herring, yellowtail kingfish, samsonfish and tailor being caught. The beaches around Warnbro Sound have been producing tailor of an afternoon when the sea breeze kicks in, along with herring, skippy and sand whiting. An occasional mulloway has been caught late at night. Point Peron has been producing, tarwhine and herring, while the beaches around Port Kennedy and Secret Harbour have been producing some tailor. King George whiting have been caught from the beaches around Safety Bay and larger specimens have been caught offshore.
Perth Catches
Picture: Plenty of good squid around at the moment - just get the weather right, find some good sea grass coverage and you'll find some squid!

Boats

King George whiting have been caught in reasonable numbers along the 12m to 25m depths south of Rottnest Island, near Carnac Island and along Parmelia Bank. Bigger squid have been picked up on heavier jigs drifted in approximately 5m of water between the shipping channel and Carnac Island while smaller cephalopods have been coming from the seagrass beds in front of Fremantle Sailing Club. Small southern bluefin tuna are being found in depths starting at 30m of water off Fremantle and Hillarys. The Barges, located in 90m to 110m of water off West End, are still producing plenty of big samson fish as well as the odd amberjack and skippy. Cray catches have been increasing along Five Fathom Bank, the northern side of Rottnest and along Three Mile Reef.

Shore based

Tailor catches have been increasing along the metropolitan beaches with early morning lure fishers and evening bait soakers alike picking up fish between 35cm and 55cm. The Ammo Jetty started to produce tailor in the 30cm to 35cm range about a fortnight ago while Grant Street Reef, Swanbourne Drain, Floreat Groyne and Trigg Point have continued to produce fish. Skippy in the 20cm to 25cm range have been caught inside the rock wall at Fremantle Sailing Club. Herring have been caught in small numbers by the blob and burley brigade at North Beach Jetty and Hillarys Marina rock wall. Mulloway in the 10kg to 15kg category have sometimes been caught at The Narrows. Tailor to an impressive 50cm have been caught in the Swan and Canning rivers.

Recfishwest Tip of the Week

Picture: Time to have your say!
A discussion paper release by DPIRD yesterday calls into question the resilience of South West crab breeding stocks under current management arrangements and highlights an urgent need to better protect breeding stock.
 
Recreational fishing surveys since 2011 have clearly shown the blue swimmer crab is far and away the most caught species by fishers around Western Australia.
 
The Department is particularly concerned with increasing protection for mated, pre-spawn female crabs which become highly vulnerable to capture in late autumn, winter and spring.
 
Recfishwest has held similar concerns for over a decade.
 
The Department have presented the following options for consideration:
1. Male-only fishery
2. Increase in the Minimum Legal Size (MLS)
3. Reducing fishing effort for all sectors when female crabs are vulnerable to capture
4. Patchwork closures for where female crabs aggregate
5. Broad-scale area closures when females are more vulnerable to capture
 
Attention is being focussed across the entire resource to ensure all areas of breeding stock vulnerability are addressed and includes all estuaries and ocean fishing for crabs from Perth to Geographe Bay.
 
In weighing up the options, the Department has identified broad scale seasonal closures (May to Nov) as the most balanced option to achieve the desired objective.
 
We are pleased to have the opportunity to put forward the community’s views.
 
 
Given that these fisheries account for around 90% of the state’s recreational crab catch, we urge you to have your say.
 
See the Department's discussion paper here.
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