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Recfishwest
Fishing Report
31/08/18
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On the first day of Spring and on the traditional opening of the South West Freshwater Fishing Season, Recfishwest has worked with the Minister for Fisheries and the Government to give you a Licence Free Weekend for Freshwater Fishing in the South West!
 
So… Anyone who goes Freshwater Fishing in the South West this weekend DOES NOT NEED A LICENCE – It’s Free!!
 
With no footy finals on this weekend, the weather looking perfect and water levels being up with a healthy winter downpour, take the family down to the forests, rivers and dams of the picturesque South West and try your hand at fishing for some trout.
 
Fisheries have stocked hundreds of thousands of Brown and Rainbow Trout over the past few decades, including as recent as last week – Check out where the fish have been stocked here.
 
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If you’re out with your family fishing in the South West this weekend, send us your pics.

Thanks to Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi for this weeks fishing report along with John Curtis in Mandurah, Peter Pullarton in Lancelin and Cody Willis for the freshwater report. 

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Catch of the Week!

Catch of the week goes to Jesse Choy who caught this beautiful rainbow trout at Drakesbrook Weir - the same location where thousands of trout are being released as we speak!

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Broome Catches
Picture: Fishing enthusiasts have been catching fair numbers of bluebone and fingermark bream within Roebuck Bay while saddletail seaperch, red emperor and coral trout are mostly being caught out wider.

Boats

Sailfish continue to be encountered in waters wide of Barred Creek and out from James Price Point. Small black marlin are occasionally being landed out wide and there are increasing numbers of tuna showing up. Spanish mackerel can be targeted on bibbed minnows trolled between Entrance Point and Gantheaume Point. 

Shore based

Surface lures have been working well on barramundi to a metre in the Fitzroy River. Spanish and broad barred mackerel have been picked up at Gantheaume Point together with queenfish and trevally. Cape Leveque is worth a visit following reports of good catches of bluebone and mangrove jack coming from the area. Try Coconut Wells for whiting, garfish and small trevally.
Exmouth Catches
Picture: Black marlin and sailfish have been caught in depths of about 100m and there should be more of the latter species turning up in the upper areas of the gulf in the coming weeks.

Boats

Spanish mackerel have been caught on bibbed minnows trolled between the 15m and 25m depths north and south of the Tantabiddi entrance. Reef fishing has been productive in 60m to 90m of water where red emperor, rankin cod and spangled emperor have been caught in numbers. Goldband snapper are in 110m of water and deeper while ruby snapper are beyond the 200m contour.

Shore based

Spin as well as fly fishers have been catching queenfish to a metre, small golden trevally and giant herring at Old Bundegi, especially during the building tide. The beaches south of there are holding plenty of mixed size yellowfin whiting. The marina is worth a try at sunset for mangrove jack, estuary cod and small trevally. There are spangled emperor and the odd bluebone along the west coast. Dart are common south of the rangers hut.
Kalbarri Catches
Picture: Tailor and mulloway have been appearing some mornings and evenings at Red Bluff, Wittecarra Creek, Siphons and Chinamans.

Boats

A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive landed an impressive 80cm tailor from his kayak at Oyster Reef last week. Coral trout are starting to be caught in better numbers near the cliffs south of town. The trout, ranging from 55cm to 70cm, have been caught on a variety of methods including baits, soft plastics and metal jigs. Spangled emperor have also been caught in waters southwest of the river mouth together with pink snapper and baldchin groper. Dhufish and red emperor have mostly been coming from the depths leading up to 50m west and northwest of town. Spanish mackerel and tuna have been a little hard to come by, however the pelagic action should improve as the warmer months draw nearer.

Shore based

Bigger mulloway have been coming from the beaches north of the river mouth when the swell and wind has been down. There are storm garfish and herring at Red Bluff most mornings. A little burley is sometimes required to get the bread and butter species going. A couple of nice spangled emperor were caught from the cliffs last week. Yellowfin whiting are along the sand flats in front of the supermarket. Try the snags and other structure up river for black bream and the jetties and pens for chopper tailor and estuary cod.
Geraldton Catches
Picture: Tailor and small mulloway have been appearing some mornings and evenings along the Flat Rocks to Greenough River mouth stretch as well as at Tarcoola, Horrocks and Bowes River.

Boats

Reef fishing fanatics have been finding plenty of pink snapper to 80cm as well as dhufish, sweetlip, coral trout and baldchin groper at South West Bank. Spanish mackerel have been spotted near the southern end of South West Bank and continue to be caught close to the Abrolhos Islands. The shipping channel is worth a try for dhuies and snapper while the lumps off Horrocks and Coronation may still be holding schools of snapper and sweetlip. Dinghy and kayak fishers caught a nice mix of herring, skippy, pike and squid within the inshore reef line at the weekend.

Shore based

Bigger tailor can be caught at the edge of the reef at Separation Point together with skippy to about a kilo. Whiting are about in reasonable numbers at Coronation, Drummonds Cove, Pages, Point Moore and Separation Point.
Lancelin Catches
Picture: The sheltered flats inside Edwards Island is a good place to chase flathead, herring, tarwhine or tailor on lures and in summer months yellowfin whiting can be caught there.

Boats

Saturday there was a lot of surge pushing up the beach with the high tide in the morning. If your boat fishing Lancelin remember to check the tides as well as the swell for ease of beach launching, otherwise you might find you are launching a 4WD as well as a boat. Most boat fishers picked Sunday as the day to head out, it was a cracker of a day the swell eased and the winds were light all day. Plenty of the usual demersal species were caught such as snapper, breaksea cod, baldchin and some monster dhufish. There is plenty of scope for all boat sizes with dhufish being caught very close to shore. Schools of tuna 8-10 kg have feeding on baitfish on the back of the white cray bank. Dinghy and kayak fishers found some big tarwhine around the reef areas of the bay.  More people are starting to pot for lobster now the winter storms have eased, catching enough reds to make the effort worth it. Skippy are thick on any of the inshore reefs, adding burley will definitely increase your chances.

Shore based

The jetty is fishing well for the usual culprits such as whiting, herring, snook pike, skippy and tailor. There has been some good sized King George whiting landed over the weekend mainly in the evenings off the jetty. Escaping the swell inside Edwards Island has allowed fishers to catch whiting, herring, flathead and tailor. Beaches are holding a bit of weed north of town and can be difficult to fish while the swell is up. Picking the better days will allow you to catch tailor up to 50cm which are around in their ones and twos and if you’re lucky you may catch a mulloway or two.
Esperance Catches
Picture: The Taylor Street Jetty has herring and squid on offer while Bandy Creek boat harbour has been producing bigger herring, small black bream and King George whiting.

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have mostly been catching herring, squid and barracuda in close. Southern bluefin tuna of about 3kg have started to show up within the islands. Breaksea cod were found relatively close to shore last week. The boats that ventured out wide picked up queen snapper, nannygai, breaksea cod, samson fish and yellowtail kingfish.

Shore based

Black bream to an impressive 45cm have been caught in the local lakes. Salmon have been picked up in their ones and twos at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach and Fourteen Mile. Roses and Rossitters  Bay have been producing big skippy, small mulloway and plenty of salmon.
Albany Catches
Picture: Beach fishing has been rewarding along the coastal areas east of town where skippy to a kilo have been caught along with herring near the gutters and reef holes.

Boats

King George whiting enthusiasts have been achieving bag limits of the popular table fish in King George Sound and nearby waters. The Geordies have mostly been in the 30cm to 40cm range and are being found in the clearer inshore waters. Squid are also about in fairly good numbers in these parts together with sand whiting, herring and skippy. The crews who ventured to the 65m to 85m depths in search of prized reef fish did well on dhufish, pink snapper, breaksea cod, and queen snapper. Schools of samson fish were also encountered along with yellowtail kingfish and a few sharks.

Shore based

Nanarup beach has been producing big tarwhine at times while tailor are a chance there early morning and around dusk. Sand Patch has salmon turning and there are a still 3kg to 6kg models being caught from other local beaches. The King and Kalgan rivers are still very tannin and, as a result, fishing for black bream has been rather challenging. Try baits and soft plastics in these murky waters. The systems east of town are not as discoloured but water levels are quite low. There are still plenty trying for mulloway in the Kalgan, however things seemed to have gone quiet on this front following a couple weeks of good action.
Southwest Catches
Picture: Busselton Jetty is producing squid of varied sizes. Its a great place to take the kids to try their luck. Photo credit: Squid Hunters Western Australia.

Boats

Dhufish and breaksea cod were among the reef fish caught between 20m and 50m of water off the west coast when conditions were suitable during the past week. King George whiting are generally good along the areas of broken bottom, especially when the water is clear. Squid also prefer the cleaner water along the seagrass beds.

Shore based

A whale carcass washed up at Wyadup has attracted masses of baitfish and, in turn, predators including samson fish, yellowtail kingfish, small southern bluefin tuna and a few sharks. Garfish and herring can be caught from the headlands and bays, especially when burley is introduced. The Quindalup and the Busselton Jetty have been producing squid of mixed sizes.

Freshwater

Picture: Freshwater fishing licence free weekend is this weekend! Find a stocked waterway near you!.
Fishers can look forward to the next few months of great fishing as a result of the recent stocking. Big rainbows have been stocked at many Southwest dams and there is great potential for a trophy Brown, especially in the Drakes Brook Weir which has received 50 of them. Throwing lures along dam walls and shallower banks is likely to result in an encounter with a fish or two.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Picture: In the Dawesville Cut, fishers have been catching a few tailor along with herring, skippy and a few King George whiting near the jetty adjacent to the restaurant.  Check out how to catch these species here and for boaters, find out what you can catch on Mandurahs Artificial Reef here.

Mandurah

There are still a few salmon hanging around on the southern beaches. Fishers using lures to chase black bream are generally not going home empty handed with people finding them in the lower reaches of the rivers. There is herring, skippy and whiting around on the beaches to the north and south and if you’re looking for the big tailor, you can find them at Tim’s Thicket and Preston Beach in the evenings. These beaches are the spots to try for mulloway with one 10 kg fish captured earlier this week at White Hills.

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

Point Peron is fishing well for tailor and there’s good numbers of whiting coming from the local bays around the sandy patches. Palm Beach has been producing an odd King George whiting and is a good spot to try for most species and also definitely worth a try for squid. Rockingham Jetty is producing herring and a few chopper tailor.
Perth Catches
Picture: Fishers trying their luck from the South Mole in Fremantle.

Boats

It has been a fairly good week for pink snapper with many fish in the 50cm to 80cm range coming from the Stragglers to Garden Island area, Five Fathom Bank, the 30m to 40m depths southwest of Rottnest and the western edge of Three Mile Reef. Dhufish have been picked up in 30m to 40m of water near Rottnest and in 50m to 60m out from Mindarie and Two Rocks. Crews who ventured to the Derwent Wreck and out wider at the weekend scored grey-banded cod and hapuka. King George whiting to an impressive 60cm have been caught south of Rottnest in approximately 20m of water. Smaller Geordies have been found between The Windmills and Bell Buoy. Squid were picked up in good numbers along the seagrass beds off Fremantle before the rough weather hit midweek.

Shore based

It would be to no surprise if there were a few pink snapper caught from the northern and southern rock walls during the past couple of days. Herring were being caught from the rock walls before the recent storm hit. The stones at Fremantle Sailing Club are still producing a few King George whiting and juvenile salmon while South Mole has been good for squid. Tailor are starting to show up in better numbers along the metropolitan beaches as the popular surf fish tend to do at the start of spring each year. Try deeper areas of the Swan River for mulloway, especially around the full moon and new moon periods.

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