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Recfishwest
Fishing Report
16/11/18
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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 and Peter Fullarton for what's happening in Lancelin.

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Broome Catches
Michael Triantopoulos  with a solid queeny taken from the beach. 


Boats

Local charter operators have been putting their clients onto fair numbers of saddletail seaperch, red emperor, blue lined emperor and coral trout beyond the 30m contour. Schools of Spanish mackerel have been encountered in these depths as well as in shallower waters out from Entrance Point and Gantheaume Point. Big schools of baitfish residing within Roebuck Bay are attracting threadfin and bluenose salmon to the area. Try Disaster Rock for big golden and giant trevally, queenfish and cobia.

Shore based

Barramundi have been found in bigger numbers and sizes in the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River. Baits and bibbed minnow lures have been working well on the 70cm to one-metre barra. Similar methods have been working well on smaller barra in the local creeks, which have also been producing mangrove jack, estuary cod and bluenose salmon. The jetty is worth a try for queenfish at the change of tide while Coconut Wells is worth a visit for a feed of whiting and garfish.
Exmouth Catches
The sails are still flying in Exmouth, with Dave and Graham aboard On Strike Charters landing 6 in a days fishing.

Boats

Billfish enthusiasts have been encountering black marlin in depths starting at 50m, striped in approximately 200m and bigger blue marlin in 500m and beyond. Sailfish have also been turning up among their billfish cousins off the west coast, however bigger numbers are in the upper areas of the gulf. Packs of dolphinfish have been common out wide and there is the odd wahoo disturbing spreads intended for marlin. Bottom fishing has been productive in 60m to 90m of water for red emperor, goldband snapper and rankin cod.

Shore based

Giant trevally are a chance at Oysters and VLF Bay on oversize poppers and stick baits. Queenfish have been appearing during an incoming tide at nearby Bundegi Beach and Old Bundegi together with giant herring and small golden trevally. There are whiting along the gulf beaches and squid at the marina and Learmonth Jetty. Expect mangrove jack catches to increase at the marina as the warmer months progress.
Kalbarri Catches
Greg Miller with a great sized bonefish, caught in front of Wittecarra creek and estimated to be around 90cm, what a fish!


Boats

Spanish mackerel have been spotted in waters north and south of the river mouth, however as yet, none of the popular pelagic species have reportedly been hooked and landed. Pelagics number will increase as water temperatures rise in the coming weeks. Some good catches of yellowfin whiting have been picked up within Jakes Bay.

Shore based

Tailor have been appearing in good numbers at Wittecarra Creek and Chinamans while bigger tailor, but in fewer numbers, have been landed at the beaches north of the river mouth together with some good size mulloway. Herring have been caught at Red Bluff in the morning, however garfish numbers have dwindled. Ted McLintock has reported plenty of bonefish to a metre being caught at Wagoe together with mulloway and tailor. Tailor have been caught in the Murchison River near the sand spit. Yellowfin whiting can be found along the sand flats and there appears to be bigger numbers of blue swimmers and mud crabs in the system this year.
Geraldton Catches

Nathan Hutchinson with a great samson fish from his second cast with Perth Fishing Safaris, that fish sure would have pulled some string!


Boats

Spanish mackerel are starting to be encountered along the western edge of Pensioner Bank together with shark mackerel and tuna. Bigger numbers of mackerel and tuna have been coming from the waters surrounding the Abrolhos Islands. Dinghy and small boat fishers have been picking up squid, sand whiting and herring within the inshore reefs.

Shore based

Customers of Geraldton Sports landed tailor of 89cm and 87cm along the Flat Rocks to Greenough River mouth stretch last Friday and Saturday. More tailor have been coming from behind the S-Bend Caravan Park together as well as mulloway. The first and second points at Greenough have tailor, herring and a few pike. Surf fishers working the reef at Southgates, at low tide, have been picking up a few tailor. Try the back of The Lives and the rock wall at the new marina for herring, whiting, skippy and chopper tailor.
Lancelin Catches
Great tailor caught on the 2018 Recfishwest limited edition lure at Lancelin by Peter Fullarton from Tailored Treks.

Boats

There are lots of white bait schools within Lancelin bay out to well beyond the white cray bank. Tuna, frigate mackerel, bonito and sharks are gorging on them making it difficult to tempt them on a lure. The King George whiting in the bay can still be caught along sea grass beds, in sand holes and along the rubble areas. There are a few large squid being caught over the sea grass late in the afternoon along with some tailor and skippy. Lobster potters have been reporting mostly 2-3 sized crays from their two pots.

Shore based

Herring have been biting well on the windy nights off the jetty and there have been captures of skippy, tailor and King George whiting. Strong sea breezes have made afternoon fishing difficult off most beaches, though north point of Lancelin bay has been fishing well for tailor and a few small mulloway. Mornings have fished better off the beaches for some good captures of tailor that have been biting well into the morning. Herring in excess of 30cm have been featuring in bags of those chasing tailor on pilchards..
Esperance Catches
Tim Mitchell from HereWeAreAustralia with a beautiful queen snapper on jig.

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been doing well on sand whiting in 15m to 20m of water and squid in shallower areas. Nannygai have been caught in good numbers in depths starting at 50m. Yellowtail kingfish have been responding well to surface lures including stick baits and poppers retrieved near bombies.

Shore based

Samson fish have been landed at the rocks at the western end of Roses Beach. Roses has also been producing salmon. The Taylor Street Jetty has been producing good catches of squid while Bandy Creek boat harbour has King George whiting on offer. Mulloway in the 3kg to 5kg range have been common at Fourteen Mile. Salmon schools have been turning up at Observatory Beach together with herring and skippy. Bull herring and juvenile salmon have been caught at Salmon Beach. Black bream activity has increased in the lakes following an increase in water temperatures.
Albany Catches
Brock Keymer landing this quality pink snapper after a 35 minute fight on 10lb line off Albany.

Boats

Reef fishing enthusiasts generally had to work hard for their catches of desired table fish. Most of the dhufish picked up along the coral in depths leading up to 90m were either just over or a tad under the legal 50cm size limit. Red snapper were hard to come by while queen and pink snapper were found in better numbers in waters east and west of town. Breaksea cod were about the only species that were found in reasonable sizes and numbers and there were schools of samson fish to 30kg, and bigger, in some areas. Hapuka seem to be in bigger sizes and numbers in the deeper waters while only few reported finding blue eye trevalla and grey-banded cod out wide. Some fishers have been managing their boat limits of King George whiting in the sound and nearby inshore waters. Try Goode Beach and Limestone Head for squid while a consistent stream of burley introduced to many of the popular inshore areas should bring herring, skippy and juvenile salmon around.

Shore based

Surf fishers have mostly been picking up bread and butter species from the local beaches. The stretches east of town are still producing a few salmon while tailor have been coming some mornings and evenings near Denmark. Squid have been caught at the marina together with juvenile salmon and herring. Small black bream have dominated catches in the King and Kalgan rivers. Mulloway have been caught in the Kalgan during the past fortnight, however efforts have been very hit and miss.
Southwest Catches


Boats

Squid have been caught in very good numbers along the seagrass beds off Quindalup. King George whiting catches have improved between the 10m and 20m depths within Geographe Bay. Yellowtail kingfish are worth targeting with stick baits and poppers off the tip of Cape Naturaliste. Samson fish have been found in schools near the bombies off Canal Rocks and Cowaramup Bay.

Shore based

Tailor have been caught in better numbers along the west coast beaches, including Moses Rock and Injidup, when the swell has been moderate. Mulloway and gummy sharks are a chance along the deeper gutters while rock fishers can expect yellowtail kingfish to turn up close to the stones later this month. Herring, skippy and tarwhine can be caught from most of the bays and headlands located along both sides of cape, especially when burley is introduced. Blue manna crabs have been caught by scoop net in bigger quantities along the shallows between Siesta Park and Busselton.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Top water whiting fishing is starting to heat up! With the warm weather heating up the flats, yellow fin whiting are livening up and aggressively taking surface lures.

Mandurah

Beaches south of Mandurah are starting to produce a few nice tailor along with some small mulloway. There was a lot of weed around earlier in the week however this seems to have cleared now. The beaches to the north of Mandurah have been a little quieter with some tailor, herring and a few smaller mulloway being caught. The Cut is still the most reliable place to get a feed, with some big herring and some tailor being caught. There have also been some large squid caught in The Cut during the week. In the estuary, the area between the bridges have been producing some reasonable catches of whiting and herring and there have also been reports of a few tailor, herring and whiting being caught at the By-pass Bridge. Anglers chasing black bream in the Murray report that some good fish have been caught. People in the know have been regularly taking very large fish in excess of 38 cm. Offshore reports indicate that the local divers are getting a few rock lobster, but for those pulling pots the season has started slowly. There has been a variety of fish being caught out on the 5 Fathom and 19 Fathom Banks. King George whiting, big skippy and plenty of the ‘bread and butter species’ have all been caught recently.

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

Kwinana Beach, Rockingham and Safety Bay jetties have been producing an occasional small mulloway for people fishing through the night from these platforms. There are still a few flathead being taken from the sand flats along the Shoalwater shoreline. These jetties are also producing a few herring and squid late at night. There are still reports of herring being caught from the local beaches in the morning. Tailor are also being caught from these beaches of an afternoon when the breeze comes in and puts a chop on the water. There are a few small whiting on the sand flats between the mainland and Penguin Island as well as occasional flathead. Tailor have been caught from the beaches south of Long Point, where some nice mulloway have also been caught recently. The beaches from Golden Bay around to Secret Harbour are producing some good fishing for mulloway and tailor. A tip for catching mulloway is to use the freshest bait possible, so a slab of fresh whiting, tailor or herring gives a better chance of a catch.
Perth Catches
Alice landed this brilliant looking mulloway while on a guided fishing trip with Perth Fishing Safaris, great work.

Boats

Sports fishing enthusiasts aboard private and charter boats have been getting among plenty of samson fish ranging from manageable 10kg fish to back-aching 40kg brutes at The Barges located in 90m to 110m of water west and southwest of Rottnest Island. Small southern bluefin tuna have been appearing in these depths as well as in waters as shallow as 30m off Rockingham, Fremantle and Hillarys. Squid remain in very good numbers along the seagrass beds off Fremantle Sailing Club and within Cockburn Sound. There are King George whiting averaging 35cm being caught near The Windmills and the reef off City Beach while sand whiting are in dense schools in some of the sand holes near the shipping channel and inside Five Fathom Bank. Divers have been doing better on rock lobster than those working pots.

Shore based

Tailor numbers seem to be increasing along the metropolitan beaches with fish mostly in the 40cm to 50cm range being caught early morning and after sundown at spots including South Beach, Cottesloe Groyne, Grant Street, Swanbourne Drain and Trigg Point. Bigger tailor, fish to 70cm, have been caught at Point Perron and Quinns Rocks. Herring have been responding to burley at the northern and southern rock walls, however fewer squid have been caught from the manmade structures during the past fortnight. Yellowfin whiting are a chance on small poppers and miniature stick baits along the shallower areas of the Swan and Canning rivers. Tailor to 50cm have been caught on baits and lures near The Narrows and Point Resolution. Mulloway catches are expected to increase in the deeper parts of the Swan during the lead up to the next full moon.

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