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Fishing Report
01/02/19
Spearaus shared this picture of thier customer Darren Douche who speared a metro Spanish mackerel today (1/02). Many fishers have been targeting these fish in the past week as the metro waters have warmed up and plenty more should be caught in the coming weeks!
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi, John Curtis for his Mandurah and surrounds report and Peter Fullarton for what's happening in Lancelin.

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Caitlin (10) caught this Dhufish on Direction Bank. "We were out 13nm WSW from Ocean Reef Harbour on that 42 degree Sunday using freshly caught wrasse bait - the bought Californian squid didn’t interest them! I baited up the hooks and she did the rest by herself (so proud)" - Caitlin's Dad Jeremy Singer.

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Broome Catches
Mitch Woosnam caught a couple of great barramundi while fishing the creeks up near Broome, with the larger fish going just over 70cm.

Boats

When boats have been able to head out around the 20m to 30m depths, crews have been picking up reasonable catches of saddletail seaperch, red emperor and blue lined emperor. Fingermark bream and bluebone have been found within Roebuck Bay, while the deeper areas of the bay are worth trying for mulloway. Steve Chambers, of Broome Tackle World, and his sons enjoyed a couple of days near Beagle Bay recently, catching barramundi to 75cm, mangrove jack to 45cm, queenfish with varieties of trevally, bream, estuary cod and whiting.

Shore based

Barramundi enthusiasts have been catching a few fish, mostly in the 60cm to 80cm range, near The Cuttings as well as the local creeks including Crab Creek and Dampier Creek. Threadfin and bluenose salmon have also been picked up near the mouths of the creeks together with mangrove jack, estuary cod and trevally. More trevally have been coming from the jetty, which has also been producing mixed catches of bluebone, cod and queenfish. Cherabin are worth a try in the middle and lower reaches of the Fitzroy River.
Exmouth Catches
Harvey Mitchell with a fantastic mangrove jack caught from the shore! What a solid fish, well done mate! - Thanks to Bluewater Tackle World Exmouth for the picture.

Boats

Billfish enthusiasts have continued to encounter blue marlin out wide as well as smaller striped and black marlin in closer. There are still quite a few sailfish being caught along the back of the west coast reef as well as the upper areas of the gulf. Spanish and shark mackerel have been caught on bibbed minnows trolled in 15m to 25m of water north and south of Tantabiddi. Reef fish seem to have moved into deeper waters following reports of red emperor and rankin cod caught in 60m to 90m this past week. Fly fishers have been catching permit, golden trevally and bonefish within the lagoon.

Shore based

Mangrove jack catches are increasing in the lower areas of the gulf as the water temperatures in these parts start to rise. These quality table fish have also been found in and around the marina. Yellowfin whiting are along the gulf beaches between Learmonth Jetty and the marina. Queenfish and trevally can be targeted at Old Bundegi and VLF Bay. Dart and small trevallies have dominated catches along the west coast.
Kalbarri Catches
Kalbarri Land Based Fishing Tours' capturing the sunset while fishing a productive gutter.

Boats

Crews trolling bibbed minnows and whole baits north and south of the river mouth are starting to get among bigger numbers of Spanish mackerel. Longtail and yellowfin tuna have also been encountered offshore together with smaller striped and mack tuna. Reef fishers working the ground 14 miles southwest of town have been picking up dhufish and red emperor. Baldchin groper, coral trout and pink snapper can be targeted on soft plastic and metal jigs within a few hundred metres of the cliffs.

Shore based

A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive landed an outstanding 97cm tailor at Chinamans last week. Smaller tailor, 35cm to 55cm fish, have been turning up at Wittecarra and Red Bluff most mornings and evenings. Surf fishers working poppers at the back of the reef near the river mouth have been picking up bigger tailor between 60cm and 75cm. Mulloway and bonefish have been caught in addition to tailor along the beaches north of the Frustrations and at Wagoe. Spanish mackerel have started to be caught along the back of the reef at Wagoe during the past couple of weeks. A 5kg coral trout was landed at Pot Alley last week. Tailor have been caught near the sand spit of the Murchison River. Blue swimmer crabs seem to be in bigger sizes and numbers up river.
Geraldton Catches


Boats

Reef fishing enthusiasts have been doing well on estuary cod to 90cm, baldchin groper to 7kg, dhufish to 10kg and coral trout in 30m to 35m of water northwest of town. Slightly shallower depths southwest of town seemed to be holding plenty of dhuies, baldies and cod at the weekend. Spanish mackerel have mostly been encountered along the back of Pensioners and near African Reef. Schools of yellowfin and longtail tuna are starting to be regularly encountered offshore.

Shore based

Surf fishers have been catching plenty of tailor near the reefs at Southgates and Drummonds early morning and evening. Slightly bigger tailor to 45cm have been turning up at the first and second points at Greenough as well as the beaches south of there extending as far as Flat Rocks. Big herring, pike, dart and whiting have also been coming from Drummonds Cove. Whole baits have been working well on cod at the wharf.
Lancelin Catches
Peter Fullarton and his mate Kirk Dewar getting onto a couple of tasty demersals. Doesn't get much better than catching great fish with your mate!

Boats

Lancelin angling and aquatic club held a ½ day fishing competition on Monday with a good variety of fish weighed in for the short time out fishing.  Dhufish, foxfish, harlequin fish, flat head, king george whiting, samson fish, pink snapper, baldchin groper and some nice size snook were just some of the species featuring in the competition bags. There have been more tropical species starting to show up over the last few weeks, emperor species such as spangled, red throat, and blue lined all caught within the area. Cray fish catches have unfortunately been very slow.

Shore based

Tailor and herring have been the most commonly caught species off the beaches. There have been a few mulloway landed over the week after sunset along with fairly regular catches of guitar fish (shovel nose) up to 30kg. The bay has been good for some sand whiting, herring and tailor, especially off the jetty, though the sizes are a little smaller than other areas such as the beaches north of town.
Esperance Catches
Chris Dixon from Dixon Brothers Fishing with a prehistoric looking Harlequin, these sure are an impressive looking fish!

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have continued to catch herring, snook, sand whiting and King George whiting within the bay. The waters near the islands have been fishing well for queen snapper and breaksea cod. Nannygai to 50cm, harlequin fish and breaksea cod were picked up out wide. Yellowtail kingfish and samson fish have been found in a range of depths and areas.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty has been producing good mixed catches of herring, garfish and squid while Bandy Creek boat harbour mostly has small herring, skippy and the odd King George whiting on offer. Salmon appeared in fairly big schools at Fourth Beach, Blue Haven, Salmon Beach and Fourteen Mile this past week. The schools have frustratingly been sitting just beyond casting distance at times. Dunns and Thomas are worth a try for gummy shark while the odd mulloway has been landed at Rossiter Bay.
Albany Catches
Beau French with a quality Tailor, caught west of Albany on a warm summers afternoon. Great work mate, that's a solid fish.

Boats

Big schools of bight redfish (aka, red snapper or nannygai) have been located at the edge of the shelf in approximately 90m of water. Hapuka and other deep-dwelling species, including blue eye trevalla and grey-banded cod, have been caught out farther. Reef fishers recommend moving spots frequently to find areas holding fish around the coral. Dhufish sizes have remained small out from Albany, but larger off Cheynes Beach and West Cape Howe. Pink snapper were a little harder to come by this week while queen snapper, samson fish and breaksea cod seemed to be in their usual numbers. King George whiting fishing has generally been good whereby the deeper inshore areas have been producing bigger catches of the 30cm to 45cm fish. Sand whiting are still in very good numbers while flathead have been a bonus for some. Squid catches have tapered off, but this is expected as the water warms up this time of the year.

Shore based

Fishers reported catching a half dozen herring each on small bibbed minnows and metals. The odd juvenile salmon has been mixed in with the herring. The local beaches have salmon turning up in their ones and twos. School sizes are increasing along Bremer Bay and the beaches east of there. Herring can be targeted just about anywhere while the protected bays may be holding a few King George. Mulloway have been a little hit and miss in the King and Kalgan rivers. There are lots of small black bream being caught in the two local systems and the odd bigger fish coming out of the rivers west of town.
Southwest Catches
Katelyn Edis with a cracking squid from the seagrass beds of Busselton. Picture credit Brock Keymer


Boats

Crews who worked the 30m to 50m depths at the weekend scored fair catches of dhufish, pink snapper and breaksea cod. This seemed the common bag for most boats fishing out from Hamelin Bay, Cowaramup Bay or Yallingup. Pink snapper can still be found at Four Mile Reef and Eight Mile Reef, especially during early morning and when burley is used. King George whiting have been located in small schools off Eagle Bay, Quindalup and Siesta Park. Squid catches have dropped off during the past three or four weeks making fishers work harder for a bag within the bay.

Shore based

Surf fishers have been enjoying the occasional run of tailor along the west coast at spots including Moses Rock, Honeycombs, Injidup and Windmills. Salmon and juvenile salmon have also been caught with the tailor along with herring, skippy and tarwhine. Whiting catches have been increasing along the Quindalup sand flats. Rock fishers have landed queen snapper and samson fish when conditions have been suitable.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Mick George and his son Connor caught this delicious flounder while fishing the Dawesville cut. Many fishers are coming home with a tastey feed by fishing along this stretch of water.


Mandurah

Fishers trying the beaches around Golden Bay have been producing some good tailor, herring, and whiting. There has been some larger mulloway landed from the beaches north of Mandurah with several reported from San Remo, Singleton, Golden Bay, and Madora. The estuary is still producing good-sized crabs, but beware there are plenty of undersize crabs, pay close attention to the size and bag limits when out crabbing. Those wading and dabbing have been doing well in the afternoons while fishers working drop nets reported good-sized crabs are coming from deeper water and along the edges of the channels.
Those fishing around the Traffic Bridge are catching some very good skippy. Dinghy fishers in the estuary have been locating tailor by looking out for birds working over the bait schools, as tailor, and often larger predators, are working them from beneath. Those chasing bream have reported that most of the action is further upstream with some good fish caught right up in the upper reaches. Kayak fishers quietly sneaking in and out of spots are accounting for some good fish.The beaches to the south are still producing some good tailor. South of Mandurah a few larger tailor are being caught around dusk and after dark. Tim’s Thicket, White Hills and beaches to the south are all producing good fishing with tailor, and mulloway. The Dawesville Cut is always a place worth dropping a line as there are herring, tarwhine, skippy and whiting caught, along with some good tailor.

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

Warnbro, Kwinana, Long Point, Port Kennedy, and Secret Harbour beaches have all been producing good tailor during the last week. There has been some excellent fishing for yellowfin whiting, with good reports of herring and plenty of crabs out in the deep water. The jetties are turning on herring early in the morning, along with squid as well as blue and scaly mackerel. The beaches between Port Kennedy and Warnbro have been producing tailor of an evening, with herring and whiting during the day.
Perth Catches
Des Kelly, the commodore of Cockburn Power Boats Association, with a ripper of a queen snapper caught in 100m. This queeny went 85cm and sure is one of the better looking fish in the ocean!

Boats

Spanish mackerel continue to be caught within Cockburn Sound and the outer edge of the five fathom bank and inside the 3 mile reef where the warmer water is found. Parker Point and West End have also been producing mackerel where the bait is hanging. Dolphin fish have been found near the Fish Aggregating Devices, however the electric coloured fish have been hard to tempt at times with spear fishers having better luck. Big schools of small southern bluefin tuna have been appearing in depths starting at 30m off Rockingham and Fremantle. Some big dhufish have been picked up off Two Rocks, Hillarys and Fremantle during the past fortnight. The sand holes between Garden Island and Five Fathom Bank are producing plenty of fat sand whiting.

Shore based

Pink snapper were caught from some of the northern and southern rock walls during recent spell of rough weather. Tailor catches have continued to improve along the metropolitan beaches with some surf fishers catching up to half a dozen fish during a morning or evening. The beaches south of Cottesloe, including Leighton Beach, Cables and Dutch Inn Groyne, have been producing 35cm to 55cm tailor for lure and bait fishers. City Beach and Floreat Beach groynes also have tailor appearing while bigger fish have been coming from the coastal stretches north of Mindarie. There are still a few herring being caught at the rock walls and jetties along with scaly and slimy mackerel. The shallows north of Trigg Point are worth trying for yellowfin whiting. Tailor are evident in the lower and middle reaches of the Swan River. Both metro systems are starting to produce bigger catches of blue swimmer crabs.
Tip of the Week
Check out Surf Life Saving Western Australia's abalone information page by clicking on the picture or following this link: https://www.mybeach.com.au/safety-rescue-services/coastal-recreation/abalone/
Good news for abalone fishers! Following advice from Surf Lifesaving WA, Fisheries has confirmed abalone fishing this Saturday (2 Feb) will proceed as planned. Fisheries has also confirmed that if recreational catches fall within target levels following this weekend’s fishing an additional day will be added to the season to make up for the January fishing day that was cancelled. 
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