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Fishing Report
28/09/18
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Broome Catches
Picture: Clear days and warm water - and plenty of big fish on offer: GT's, Mackerel, Tuna and Queenies. Get you excited?

Boats

Baitfish gathering in big schools in areas offshore have been found to have a variety of predators around them including queenfish, big trevally, mackerel and tuna. Crews who ventured to the 30m to 40m depths scored red emperor, saddletail seaperch, blue lined emperor and coral trout. Fingermark bream and bluebone have been found in closer within Roebuck Bay. The deeper areas and obvious structure in the bay would be worth trying for mulloway.

Shore based

Barramundi activity seems to have increased in Dampier Creek and Crab Creek following reports of plenty of fish around the 75cm mark, and a few nearing 90cm, caught during the past week. The odd metre-plus barra has been landed at Telegraph Pool in the Fitzroy River. Pink hard-bodied lures and white soft plastics have apparently been working well on the barra. Bluebone are being landed in numbers at Gantheaume Point together with a few queenfish and trevally. Try Cable Beach and Coconut Wells for whiting, garfish and small trevally.
Exmouth Catches
Picture: This juvenile Red Emperor calling the new King Reef home. See the first underwater look at the new reef, including what large predators are lurking around the new structures! Click here to watch the video

Boats

Big schools of baitfish within the gulf are attracting an assortment of predators, including sailfish, Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna and golden trevally, to its upper reaches. Blue lined emperor and coral trout have been caught on soft plastics and metal jigs near the eastern shoals while the mangroves well east and south of gulf are starting to produce better catches of mangrove jack and estuary cod. Red emperor and rankin cod have been found in 60m to 90m of water wide of Lighthouse Bay and southwest of Tantabiddi.

Shore based

Giant trevally are worthwhile targeting with big poppers and stick baits at Oysters and between the Navy Pier and Bundegi Beach late afternoon and evening. Metre-long queenfish are appearing more regularly along the gulf beaches. Whiting are being caught in excellent numbers north and south of Learmonth. Try Jansz and Jacobz accesses for spangled emperor and bluebone early morning and at night.
Kalbarri Catches
Picture: Head up the Murchison for some fishing fun. Jeremy Foster hooked up to a Giant Herring in shallow water.

Boats

Good catches of red emperor have been coming from approximately 52m of water northwest of the river mouth together with dhufish and baldchin groper. More baldies as well as snapper have been caught in baits and jigs south along the cliffs in 7m to 20m. Coral trout have been hitting bibbed minnows trolled and intended for early, or late, season Spanish mackerel.

Shore based

A young customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive landed a superb 1.1kg black bream at the jetty on Saturday morning. More bream have been coming from the structure located in the lower and middle reaches of the river together with small mulloway and the odd estuary cod. Tailor have been appearing most mornings and evenings at Red Bluff, Wittecarra Creek, Siphons, Chinamans and Oyster Reef. At least two dhufish were landed from the southern rock platforms last week.
Geraldton Catches
Picture: Sunset fishing sessions - big Tailor and lots of them!

Boats

Crews who worked the ground out from the Greenough River mouth and near African Reef scored pink snapper to 10kg and dhufish. More dhuies of mixed sizes have been coming from South West Bank together with plenty of samson fish and the odd dhuie. A customer of Geraldton Sports picked up two dhufish, a big baldchin groper and some nice pink snapper in approximately 30m of water west of the marina. Try in 35m of water northwest of town for snapper and the edge of Pensioner Bank for longtail tuna. Dinghy and small boat fishers have been doing well inshore on herring, pike, squid and school mackerel.

Shore based

A 12kg mulloway was landed at Glendenning Road last week and there have been several more croakers caught from the beaches north of Drummonds Cove. Tailor have also been turning up at Drummonds as well as at the first and second points at Greenough and the beach stretch north and south of Coronation. Graham Maunder caught another pink snapper at Coronation – this one was landed on Monday evening and measured 75cm.
Lancelin Catches
Picture: Boats launching and retrieving from Lancelin Bay over the weekend. Photo credit Tailored Treks Lancelin.

Boats

The long weekend offered sensational fishing weather with low swell and light winds throughout the weekend. Most boaties were chasing demersal fish before the season closes, some huge dhufish were landed along with the usual pink snapper, baldchin groper and breaksea cod. The deep droppers took advantage of the calm weather to catch some massive blue eye trevalla and hapuka. Offshore there are large schools of southern bluefin tuna. Skippy schools with fish to 60cm can still be found around the inshore reefs where lobster potters have also been getting some good catches of crayfish. Within the bay, dinghy fishers have been catching herring, skippy, tailor, snook, pike and King George whiting.

Shore based

Seaweed has cleared from most of the beaches and the summer chopper tailor run has finally started in ernest. The general run of fish is around 40cm but there are some to 50 plus and there have been a steady number of green back tailor coming from the gutters and reef areas measuring 60-70cm. There has only been a few mulloway reported to have been landed over the week. The sand whiting were hard to find from the jetty, and northern and southern beaches. Herring and tailor have been caught from the jetty most evenings and King George whiting have been caught from the jetty with some really good sizes amongst them.
Esperance Catches
Picture: Plenty of skippy around, with soft plastics being a popular choice instead of the traditional bait methods!

Boats

A customer of Southern Sports and Tackle landed two 75cm dhufish during a recent session. Others who ventured beyond the islands scored nannygai, breaksea cod, queen snapper and samson fish. Squid have appeared in bigger numbers along the inshore areas following an improvement in water clarity. Herring and a few snook can also be found in these parts.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty has herring, snook, King George whiting and the odd squid on offer while small King George and herring have been coming from Bandy Creek boat harbour. Flathead in the 40cm to 50cm range and juvenile salmon were common at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach and Fourteen Mile last week. Dunns had skippy to a kilo, herring and the odd salmon. Bigger skippy to 2kg and salmon were landed at Alexander Bay.
Albany Catches
Picture: Bream and Mulloway are always an option in Albany when the weather turns bad and you have to fish the King or the Kalgan rivers. Read more abouth fishing South Coast Estuaries here.

Boats

The easterly winds that blew on Saturday may have marked the turn of the season and, hopefully, a long run of pleasant conditions. Not taking any chances, and perhaps apprehensive the light winds were to be short lived, deep dropping enthusiasts headed straight for the shelf at the weekend. Plenty of hapuka were picked up between the 160m and 200m contours while red snapper were thick as thieves in a little shallower. Out wider, catches of blue eye trevalla and grey-banded cod took some effort. Similarly, the common catches of dhufish, breaksea cod, queen and pink snapper required some hunting around. Skippy were located in big schools to the point that the 500g to 1.5kg fish were a nuisance. King George whiting fishers reported mixed efforts. Some did well on Geordies mostly between 25cm and 35cm and the odd fish to 45cm while others struggled to get among the fish. Squid have remained rather scarce through the local waters with the inshore areas east and west of town only fishing marginally better.

Shore based

Surf fishers seem to be picking up better catches of skippy, herring, tarwhine and sand whiting along the beaches east of town. Salmon seem to be done for the season, however again, the beaches east produced a few fish as did Mutton Bird. Rock fishers landed queen snapper and dhufish at the stones near West Cape Howe. The platforms near Cheynes Beach and Bremer Bay would also be worth trying when conditions permit. The King and Kalgan rivers are still loaded with small black bream. Bigger bream were caught in the systems east of town and mulloway have disappeared.

Southwest Catches
Picture: Busselton Jetty is one of the most iconic and popular land based fishing locations in WA - and somewhere you can catch quality fish as well!

Boats

Dhufish are being caught in fairly good numbers in 30m to 60m of water northwest of Cape Naturaliste. Samson fish have been responding to jigs and baits worked at the artificial reef. There are still pink snapper around for those willing to put in the hours waiting for the 4kg to 9kg fish to appear in a burley trail. Squid catches have been steady along the seagrass beds located between Eagle Bay and Siesta Park. Blue swimmer crab catches are increasing off Quindalup and Busselton.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings at Moses Rock, Mitchells, Bunker Bay and Elmore Road. Herring are still in good supply along both sides of the cape and there are a few juvenile salmon being caught among the popular bread and butter species. Big skippy and yellowtail kingfish are chance from the rock platforms when conditions are suitable. There are plenty of squid being caught from the Quindalup Jetty and Busselton Jetty.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Picture: Locals in the know suggest that you fish the incoming tide for herring and tailor can be caught at dawn and dusk.

Mandurah

Bream anglers fishing the Murray and Serpentine rivers continue to catch, and release, good numbers of black bream. One angler caught and released a very good fish that was over 50 cm last weekend. Small hard bodied lures and soft plastic lures are accounting for most of the fish.

Beach anglers fishing the beaches between Tim’s Thicket and Preston have been catching herring and some tailor and there have been reports of a few small mulloway up to 50 cm. The bigger fish are yet to turn up regularly, but it is only a matter of time. Weed has been a problem but seems to have cleared a little later in the week.

The Cut is still producing good fishing and the kids have had a ball during the holidays. Herring are still the main catch but bags have also included a few tailor, sand whiting, King George whiting and an occasional skippy. Locals in the know suggest that you fish the incoming tide for herring, with the tailor being caught at dawn and dusk. Tarwhine are also being caught in good numbers but they are a little on the small side. The Bridge has been turning on some small tailor and a few good skippy. Around the river mouth you can catch a mixed bag of tarwhine, herring and whiting.
 
 

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

The southern beaches have been turning on some tailor after dark and early in the morning. One spot that has been fishing well over the week has been Shoalwater Bay where there have been plenty of herring, whiting and skippy for holiday anglers. Tailor anglers have found the beaches around Secret Harbour worth a try, but this is the only spot that seems to be producing these fish regularly in this region.
Perth Catches
Picture: Spring Tailor on Metro beaches are starting to fire up and sunrise and sunset is the prime time to throw a lure into the wash.

Boats

Pink snapper have continued to be caught in big numbers within Cockburn Sound to the extent that some areas of the protected waters, in particular the D-9 Wreck, are resembling an anchorage at times. The 4kg to 10kg snapper have also been located in surrounding waters including west of Garden and Carnac islands, near Stragglers and along Five Fathom Bank. A customer of Anglers Fishing World has been doing well on dhufish to 14kg in approximately 30m of water southwest of Fremantle. Mixed catches of King George whiting, sand whiting and skippy have been picked up off Leighton Beach and Cottesloe Beach. There are still plenty of squid around the seagrass meadows off Fremantle. There are whispers of a few mulloway being caught in the deeper areas of the Swan River.

Shore based

Tailor mostly between 35cm and 55cm, and the odd bigger fish around the 70cm mark, have been caught along the metropolitan beaches in reasonable numbers. Among the spots to produce tailor were Cottesloe Groyne, Grant Street Reef, Swanbourne Beach, Floreat Drain and Trigg Point. Herring are still being caught from the northern and southern rock walls in good numbers, however squid catches have dropped off land-based during the past fortnight. Expect flathead to start appearing along the shallower parts of the Swan and Canning rivers as water temperatures increase. Giant herring ordinarily start to show during early October – it is just a matter of spending the time locating the enigmatic species.

What the demersal closure means for your fishing

Pictured: Peter Main caught his personal dhu fish recently out of Mindarie. He weighed it in at 15.25kgs. Congratulations Peter!

With the demersal closure beginning on the 15th October for the West Coast Bioregion, we've addressed some of the misconceptions about this closure and what it means for your fishing. Read it here.

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