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Fishing Report
09/11/18
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi and thanks to John Curtis for his Mandurah and surrounds report, Peter Fullarton for what's happening in Lancelin and Nicholas Drummond for the south west freshwater report.

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Broome Catches
Aaron Webby caught this Queenie in Dampier creek Broome this week.


Boats

Billfish enthusiasts continue to encounter sailfish and the odd small black marlin out wide, especially near The Peanut and out from James Price Point. Spanish mackerel and varieties of tuna have been found fairly close to shore and have been responding well to trolled minnow-style lures. Red emperor and saddletail seaperch were among the reef species caught beyond the 30m contour. Bluebone and fingermark bream have been caught within Roebuck Bay.

Shore based

Good numbers of barramundi were caught during the Broome Vs Derby Interclub Barra Classic. Derby competitors caught most of the bigger barra in excess of one metre, however Broome took out the three-day event with bigger numbers of smaller fish. Threadfin and bluenose salmon have been caught on baits and lures at the creek entrances. The jetty has been producing bluebone, flathead and small giant trevally.
 
Exmouth Catches
Robert Palcak with a HUGE blue bastard (somber sweetlip) caught fly fishing in Exmouth aboard Ningaloo Sportfishing Charters.

Boats

Billfish enthusiasts have been encountering black marlin between the 100m and 200m lines, striped marlin out a little further and blue marlin near the oil platforms. Sailfish are still within the upper areas of the gulf and there are plenty of dolphinfish, yellowfin tuna and wahoo wide of the Muiron Islands. Big schools of baitfish at VLF Bay are attracting mack tuna, shark mackerel and queenfish.

Shore based

Queenfish and varieties of trevally have been caught on a range of lures at the top of the cape and along the west coast accesses. There are still plenty of yellowfin whiting being caught along the gulf beaches. Permit and blue bastards have been caught and released by fly fishing enthusiasts working the gulf. Try the marina and Learmonth jetty for squid during an incoming tide.
Kalbarri Catches
Paul Parks with a great Mulloway off the beach at Kalbarri.

Boats

Big schools of baitfish located near the cliffs south of the river mouth have started to attract a few Spanish mackerel and yellowfin tuna to the area. Both species have also been found in waters north of the river mouth. Cobia and sailfish are a chance once the water temperatures further increase.

Shore based

A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive landed a superb 17kg mulloway at Chinamans recently. Tailor to an impressive 90cm have been caught on poppers and baits at the river mouth while smaller fish have been appearing most mornings and some evenings at Red Bluff, Wittecarra Creek, The Siphon and Frustrations. Surf fishers targeting tailor and mulloway at Wittecarra and Wagoe have inadvertently caught bonefish. Yellowfin whiting can be found along the shallower areas located in the lower reaches of the Murchison River while black bream to a respectable 15kg have been coming from the jetties and pens.
Geraldton Catches
Hows this for a view! Horrocks Beach - hidden away between Geraldton and Kalbarri! Photo credit Prototype Fishing.


Boats

Very few managed to head offshore due to the strong winds that persisted for most part of the week. Dinghy and small boat fishers managed to pick up herring, skippy, pike and squid within the inshore reefs. Spanish mackerel and tuna are starting to turn up along the back of Pensioner Bank and the African Reef area, however pelagics are being encountered in far greater numbers in waters surrounding the Abrolhos Islands.

Shore based

Tailor have been caught in bigger numbers in the morning along the beaches north and south of town. Areas where tailor were caught this past week included Flat Rocks, the Greenough River mouth, Southgates and Coronation. Mulloway are occasionally being landed along the northern and southern stretches as well as the beaches closer to town. The protected waters of Drummonds Cove as well as the Greenough River mouth have been producing plenty of pike and herring. Try the marina and the back of The Lives in the evening for herring, skippy, yellowtail and squid.
Lancelin Catches


Boats

Within the bay there are still good numbers of King George whiting, herring and pike. Around the sand edges and holes along the sea grass beds. Schools of yellowtail kingfish are now along the reef breaks of the bay and they’ve been happy to take metals, poppers and stick bait lures. Most are around 55-60cm but a few larger ones have been encountered. A little further out from the bay, there have been schools of frigate mackerel or bonito feeding on schools of small white bait, these have been difficult, refusing to take any lures. Further offshore, southern bluefin tuna have also been feeding on the schools of whitebait and have taken lures if you can get one to them before they spook.

Shore based

The jetty has been fishing well for sand whiting, a few herring and tailor were also caught but were slow most nights. Fishing the beaches was difficult most of the week between wind, swell and drifting seaweed. Some really big herring are taking baits intended for tailor off the surf beaches. Tailor seem to be only coming on the bite just on first light and last light of each day.
Esperance Catches
Jake Poad with a solid squid from a tinny off the south coast, photo courtesy of Nick Drummond.

Boats

Squid are starting to be caught in greater numbers within the bay, along with snook and a few samson fish. Nannygai, breaksea cod and harlequin fish have been picked up on jigs and baits at the back of the islands. Jigging enthusiasts have been catching up to a dozen samson fish to 40kg some sessions.

Shore based

A good mix of bread and butter species including herring, garfish and squid can be picked up at the Taylor Street Jetty. King George whiting at Bandy Creek boat harbour seem to be of better size following reports of two fishers landing two dozen King George between them and only three being below legal size. Black bream to 42cm were caught in the local lakes this past week. Salmon continue to be caught at Fourth Beach, Nine Mile and Fourteen Mile, which latter spot has also been producing mulloway. Several samson fish were landed at Fanny Cove last week together with herring and a few salmon. At least half a dozen gummy sharks were caught at Alexander Bay this past week. Thomas River has gummies, mulloway, salmon and skippy on offer. Try Dunns for salmon, skippy and herring and Duke of Orleans Bay for gummy sharks.
Albany Catches


Boats

Deepwater enthusiasts had little trouble finding schools of hapuka beyond the edge of the shelf, but had to work hard for red snapper. Good catches of pink snapper, breaksea cod and dhufish were picked up along the coral. King George whiting seem to be about in reasonable numbers inshore with many finding fish between 35cm and 45cm within the sound, near Caseys, Michaelmas Island, Goode Beach and Limestone. Squid numbers seem to be increasing and there are plenty of sand whiting also about.

Shore based

Mostly herring, juvenile salmon, tarwhine, sand whiting and the odd King George whiting have been caught around the local beaches. Nanarup has tailor and salmon turning up some mornings and afternoons. Squid can be caught at the marina early morning and at night. The rock platforms have been producing blue groper of various sizes. Small black bream have dominated catches in the King and Kalgan rivers. The Kalgan has also been producing juvenile salmon, mulloway and King George.
Southwest Catches
A superb photo of the Busselton jetty at night taken by Cameron Bucar.

Boats

Squid have been caught in reasonable numbers along the shallower seagrass beds located within Geographe Bay. Blue swimmer crabs have been picked up in bigger quantities in waters towards Busselton. Bibbed minnow and metal lures trolled around the weed beds have been producing snook and herring. Try the 10m to 20m depths off Eagle Bay for King George whiting.

Shore based

A consistent stream of burley ought to produce herring, skippy and tarwhine at the rocky headlands and bays. Tailor are a chance early morning and evening at Moses Rock, Injidup, Smiths Beach and Elmore Road. Try the gutters at Redgate for mulloway and gummy sharks. School and yellowfin whiting should appear along the sand flats once water temperatures further increase.

Freshwater

The dams continue to fish well, the Waroona, Harvey and Big Brook dams continue to produce quality fish and with tributaries still flowing strong, trout are holding up amongst the vegetation at the base of these streams. The south west rivers are producing a lot of this years smaller fish, with the upper stretches of the black wood and warren fishing well, right up in the shallow fast moving sections, producing most of the trout. If you're after a tasty feed the deeper slower moving pools are holding redfin. Trout and redfin are most active during first and last light each day, this is especially important to remember when fishing in dams.
Mandurah and Surrounds
''I had good hour chasing whiting in Mandurah recently with the sun streaming through the clouds and fish going crazy feeding on small baitfish and prawns on the surface. Photo credit Laith Rickman.

Mandurah

The area adjacent to the Old Traffic Bridge has been producing some reasonable catches of whiting and herring and there have also been reports of a few tailor, herring and whiting showing up at the Mandurah Bypass Bridge. The Cut is still the most reliable place to get a feed of fish and it is turning on some excellent fishing at the moment. There are herring and tailor in the Cut and also skippy and whiting. Along the northern beaches there are small mulloway, skippy, herring, and some tailor. There is plenty of bait fish around and tailor, whiting and herring numbers are increasing. Beaches south of Mandurah are starting to produce a few nice tailor along with some small mulloway although weed has been a problem this past week. Fishers in the know have been landing some very large black bream from spots in the Murray and Serpentine Rivers.

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

Herring are being caught from the local beaches of a morning and a few sized tailor are also being caught. At the jetties there are herring and squid and the odd small mulloway is being landed late at night. Tailor have been quite active along the surf beaches in the area and some good fish have been caught, particularly after dark. There are a few whiting on the sand flats between the mainland and Penguin Island as well as an occasional flathead. The Five Fathom Bank is producing some big King George whiting, tailor and the occasional good skippy.
Perth Catches
Lewis Bibra catching some nice whiting. Great to see you're fishing safe and wearing your lifejacket Lewis!

Boats

Squid are still being caught in very good numbers along the seagrass beds off Fremantle and towards Carnac Island. The Barges located in 90m to 110m of water west and southwest of Rottnest Island are holding plenty of samson fish, amberjack and the odd giant skippy. Smaller skippy in schools are along Five Fathom Bank while the western and eastern edges of the bank have King George whiting. The shipping channel is worth a try for school whiting. Small southern bluefin tuna are being found in depths starting at 30m of water and it shouldn’t be too long for northern pelagics species, including Spanish and shark mackerel, to start making their way into metropolitan waters.

Shore based

Bonito have been appearing at the southern and northern rock walls and have been quick to run down bibbed minnows, stick baits and strip baits retrieved slowly. Tailor have also been turning up at the rock walls as well as the metropolitan beaches. Herring are still being caught in fairly good numbers right along the coast. The Ammo Jetty has gummy and bronze whaler sharks in the afternoon and evening. Squid catches have decreased at the Fremantle Sailing Club. Try Mosman Bay and Freshwater Bay for mulloway and tailor. 
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