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Fishing Report
04/09/20
If you're On Strike, you're on the fish! Khanh Nguyen caught this amazing amberjack while fishing with On Strike Charters in 230m off Exmouth on Monday morning. Great work, Khanh - well done!
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After electing to leave the big vessel at home and head out in the 4.8m tinny for some top water action, Ryan Munday caught this queenfish on just his third cast! "Dampier is such a good spot," Ryan told us. "You don’t have to go far to catch some quality fish." What an awesome queenie.

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Shhhh, secret spot!
How's this for a magical 1m barramundi! Tommy Miller is understandably remaining tight-lipped about where he caught this monster during an epic session sight casting for barramundi along flats somewhere in the Pilbara. Quality barra and fantastic photo, Tommy - thank you for sharing it with us!
Broome Catches
A golden fish with a golden sunset! Salty Sessions' Mitch Woosnam couldn't wipe the smile off his face after landing a personal best 77cm fingermark in Roebuck Bay last Saturday afternoon. Yewww!

Boats

Reef fishing has been productive between the 20m and 40m contours where blue lined emperor, saddletail seaperch and red emperor have been caught. Fingermark bream, bluebone and mulloway were among the species caught closer to shore. Spanish mackerel have been responding to bibbed minnows trolled off Entrance Point and Gantheaume Point. Sailfish are mostly being encountered in waters north of The Peanut.

Shore based

Barramundi in the 60m to 80m range have been caught on lures and baits in the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River, alongside the odd barra measuring more than 1m. Smaller barra can be targeted at the local creeks where mangrove jack, estuary cod and bluenose salmon are also being caught. There are whiting along Cable Beach and Coconut Wells. Queenfish and small trevally species have been appearing at the Broome Jetty, especially an hour either side of the change in tide.
Exmouth Catches
Ben Svenson endured a frustrating day on the boat off Exmouth last weekend. However, it didn't curb his enthusiasm and he remained hellbent on reeling in a beauty. Opting for an afternoon beach session after the slow day on the vessel, Ben caught this great cobia. Proof that persistence pays off!

Boats

Sailfish are becoming more prevalent in the upper areas of the Exmouth Gulf, while small black marlin and bigger blue marlin continue to be encountered off the west coast. Spanish mackerel are being caught on bibbed minnows trolled between the 15m and 30m depths, west of the reef line. There are longtail tuna and yellowfin tuna appearing in waters out wide. About 60m seems to be the depth to start looking for red emperor, while pearl perch and goldband jobfish are in 90m and deeper.

Shore based

Queenfish passing through the deeper channels along the west coast have been caught on poppers and stickbaits. Bigger giant trevally can be targeted with similar lures at Oysters and VLF Bay. There are plenty of whiting along the town and lower gulf beaches. Squid continue to be caught at the marina and Learmonth Jetty, especially during an incoming tide and at night. 
 
 
Kalbarri Catches


Boats

Boat fishers who travelled to ground in the 30m to 50m depths north-west of Kalbarri scored good mixes of reef fish including red emperor, pink snapper, spangled emperor and baldchin groper. More pink snapper and baldies were caught on baits and jigs along the cliff line south of the river. Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna and Samson fish were among the fish caught by trolling bibbed minnows.

Shore based

Surf fishers have been catching tailor and dart at Wittecarra Creek during the morning and evening. More tailor have been coming from the river mouth together with mulloway to 10kg. Mulloway have also been found up river. Pink snapper, big tailor and baldchin groper were landed from the cliffs including at Pot Alley and Eagle Gorge. A 43cm black bream was among some of the bigger bream caught in the Murchison River this week.
Geraldton Catches
Lloyd Lyons, of Twitchy Crew, pulled this fantastic dhuie from 40m of water while fishing with soft plastics west of Geraldton. Weighing 11.8kg, Lloyd was more than happy with the impressive catch. 


Boats

They are either very late or a little early in season, but cobia have been appearing in local waters. Some of the cobia are big fish too – thumpers in the 20kg to 30kg range – and were caught this week in waters from Dongara to Coronation Beach. Dhufish have been caught in fair numbers near African Reef and West Bank. A 12kg dhuie was landed in these waters last week, however, the prized fish have mostly been a lot smaller than this size and sometimes struggling to be more than legal length. Pensioners Bank seems to have a lot of baldchin groper at the moment, while skippy to a respectable 45cm are in a range of areas and depths.

Shore based

A 78cm dhufish was caught at one of the reefs south of Greenough last Wednesday afternoon - a fantastic land-based catch. Tailor have been appearing some mornings and evenings along the Flat Rocks to Greenough River mouth stretch. School mulloway are occasionally being landed at Headbutts and West Bank. Bread-and-butter species including herring, garfish and pike were caught at the back of The Lives and at Port Denison.
Lancelin Catches
A dhuie from the beach - it doesn't get much better than that! Darren Rinaldi sent a mullet strip out about 450m offshore with his drone while fishing at Seabird, south of Lancelin, earlier this week and caught a 68cm dhufish. "To say I'm stoked is an understatement," Darren said. Well done, mate! 


Boats

Dhufish continue to come from a wide range of depths, with some good sized ones coming from the shallow lumps. A few monster dhufish to 20kg have also been caught at Direction Bank. There are plenty of skippy established along the inshore reefs which are getting stalked by some big Samson fish. Recreational crayfish potters have been enjoying some great catches in close to shore between the rough weather. Dinghy fishers have caught squid, skippy and herring inside the bay.

Shore based

Squid and blue swimmer crabs have been regular catches at the Lancelin Jetty, alongside some solid skippy and tailor caught by anglers from the platform in the evening. Beaches have been difficult to fish this week amid high swells and widespread seaweed. Last weekend, Saturday provided the best window in the weather and tailor to 60cm were caught a several spots north of town. Darren Rinaldi definitely boasts the best land-based catch from Lancelin and surrounding areas this week, after he reeled in a 68cm dhufish with the aid of a drone at Seabird.
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

Soft plastics are effective when targeting dhufish, as proven by Michael Triantopoulos off Geraldton.

It’s no secret that soft plastic lures have to be rigged correctly to work as they were intended. For some fishers, rigging a soft plastic comes very easily, but for others it can be a tough exercise. Read Shimano's hints and tips on how to rig soft plastics here.

 
Esperance Catches


Boats

Several boats got into some big nannygai, from 60cm to 70cm, in waters beyond the islands this week. There also seems to be plenty of Samson fish up to 15kg, harlequin fish between 2kg and 3kg and dhufish to 7kg. The inshore waters are still producing plenty of plump sand whiting, as well as big flathead.

Shore based

Lots of garfish and herring are being caught near the Port of Esperance, while small King George whiting are getting caught at Bandy Creek Boat Harbour and along the foreshore. Salmon schools appeared at Alexander Bay this week, while fish were caught in their twos and threes at Fourth Beach, Salmon Beach, Nine Mile and Roses. Gummy and bronze whaler sharks were landed at Thomas River, Poison Creek and Roses.
Albany Catches
A Great Southern camp out! Recfishwest Safety Ambassador Chris Dixon, of Dixon Brothers Fishing, landed these pinkies while fishing from the stones near Albany. "The day got better and better with each fish bigger than the last," Chris said. Check out the video here - it has to be seen to be believed!


Boats

Crews who fished the waters out from Parrys, Peaceful Bay, Denmark and Walpole got among plenty of dhufish. Pink snapper and queen snapper were also in these waters, as well as the areas out from town, together with breaksea cod and skippy. Big nannygai have been caught off Bremer Bay and Cheynes Beach. King George whiting were found in better numbers near the inshore islands as opposed to other parts of the sound. Finding the squid seems to be a matter of locating the clear water. 

Shore based

Rock fishers who fished the platforms near Denmark, West Cape Howe and Cheynes Beach - when conditions permitted - landed bonito, Samson fish, yellowtail kingfish and pink snapper. Salmon are still in big numbers at Reef Beach and Foster Beach, together with herring, skippy and whiting. Most of the rivers along the southern coast are not overly silty, which has meant the black bream are still active and striking varieties of baits and soft plastic lures. Mulloway are proving to be rather enigmatic and have not been seen in the King and Kalgan rivers for some weeks.
South West Catches
Kevin Banwell enjoyed a fantastic day's fishing off Bunbury last Sunday, wetting a line in the 20m to 25m depths. In an action-packed session, Kevin snared this dhufish and a ripper pink snapper, too.

Boats

King George whiting catches have been improving within Geographe Bay. Squid also seem to be getting caught in bigger numbers along the seagrass meadows. Schools of small southern bluefin tuna were present off Cape Naturalise this week. Lots of baldchin groper were caught within a few miles of the cape while dhufish and breaksea cod were found in waters off Yallingup and Canal Rocks. Pink snapper were again more willing to bite early morning and at dusk along Four Mile Reef. Crews venturing wide off Bunbury have been catching dhufish to 10kg and pink snapper.

Shore based

Surf fishers sending out a burley trail at the bays and headlands have been picking up mixed catches of herring, skippy and sand whiting. Tailor and mulloway are a chance at Honeycombs, Injidup and Yallingup. Pink snapper can be targeted along the Geographe Bay beaches when conditions are rough. Busselton Jetty is still producing good numbers of squid. Beaches near Bunbury are producing herring and the occasional mulloway.

Freshwater

Sam Russell made the most of last Saturday's nice weather to fish the Harvey Dam and caught this nice rainbow trout. In addition to a few rainbows, Sam said there were plenty of redfin perch about! 

Spring, the South West's traditional freshwater fishing season has finally arrived, and anglers are already enjoying successful sessions chasing rainbow and brown trout. Freshwater impoundments off the stretch of South Western Highway from Waroona to Harvey are producing trout. Sam Russell, pictured, caught rainbow trout and redfin perch at Harvey Dam last weekend. Further south towards Pemberton, fishers are reporting nice catches from the Warren River including plump-sized redfin perch. If you're freshwater fishing this weekend, please tag @recfishwest or #recfishwest on social media or email zach@recfishwest.org.au, for a chance of being featured in next week's report.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Beautiful black bream! Josiah Peck caught this 38cm beast in the Serpentine River. Great fish, mate!

Mandurah

The Dawesville Cut has been producing tailor at the ocean-end with herring, skippy and whiting also caught near the jetty. Salmon are still hanging around along the southern beaches. Anglers using lures to chase black bream are generally not going home empty handed, either - there are plenty of fish in the lower reaches of the rivers. Fishers have been catching very big tailor along Tim’s Thicket and Preston Beach in the evening. The beaches near Mandurah are also worth trying for mulloway, with one 10kg fish caught earlier this week at White Hills.

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

Point Peron has been fishing well for tailor, while there are plenty of whiting being caught within the local bays' sandy patches. Palm Beach has been producing the occasional King George whiting, with the same areas also holding squid. Rockingham Jetty is producing herring and a few chopper tailor.
Perth Catches
Laith Rickman enjoyed a stellar session off Mindarie recently, catching a fantastic bag of fish including a solid baldchin groper and this dhufish. Thanks for sharing the photos, Laith - terrific stuff!

Boats

Reef fishing has been good off Rockingham and north of Rottnest Island, with crews catching dhufish, baldchin groper, breaksea cod and queen snapper. King George whiting have been found in areas near the shipping channel, while any of the sand holes in 20m to 30m are worth trying for sand whiting. Samson fish seem to be near the inshore reefs and wrecks at the moment. Small southern bluefin tuna are schooling near Rottnest and west of Five Fathom Bank. The seagrass meadows stretching from Cottesloe to the Cockburn Sound shipping channel are producing better numbers of squid when the water has been clearer. Dhufish are still being caught in the 20m to 30m depths off Mindarie.

Shore based

King George whiting are being caught from the Fremantle rock walls together with herring, small skippy and squid. More herring and small skippy have been coming from the northern rock walls and jetties, as well at the beaches that feature rock or reef. Surf fishers have been catching tailor, juvenile salmon and the odd mulloway at Swanbourne Drain, Floreat Groyne and Trigg Point. Pink snapper are a chance from the rock walls and the northern beaches following the recent rough conditions. The lower reaches of the Swan River still have tailor and black bream. Expect flathead and yellowfin whiting to appear in the shallower areas once water temperatures increase.
 
 
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