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Fishing Report
24/07/20
It's not just the early bird that gets the worm! Last Saturday, mad-keen fisher Brendan Stemp - who is part of the Lean Back Fishing Crew - opted to enjoy a sleep in. The decision paid dividends for Stempy after he landed a couple of nice pinkies, including this 85cm beauty, off Bunbury once he hit the water in the mid-morning. Well done, Stempy!
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Pic of the Week!

Each year, Tailored Treks’ Peter Fullarton likes to set new goals to challenge his fishing. On Tuesday morning, he achieved one of those goals – catching a mulloway on a hardbody lure from the beach. With just his second cast, Peter caught this mully near Lancelin on a Rapala X-Rap Long Cast! Great catch, Peter – you’re a deserving recipient of this week’s “Pic of the Week”!

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Broome Catches
What a cracking red! Alex Chambers was buzzing after he landed this nice red emperor off Broome on a Samaki Vibelicious. We love your work!

Boats

Sailfish continue to be encountered in very good numbers offshore, especially in waters wide of Barred Creek and out from James Price Point. Spanish mackerel can be targeted on bibbed minnows and rigged whole baits, including garfish and mullet, trolled off Entrance Point and Gantheaume Point. Longtail, mack and yellowfin tuna have been turning up in close, as well as in deeper waters. Recfishers who worked the 30m to 40m depths west of town scored coral trout, Rankin cod, red emperor and bluelined emperor. Fingermark bream, threadfin salmon and bluebone can be found within Roebuck Bay.

Shore based

The local creeks have been producing a variety of species including mangrove jack, bluenose salmon and javelin fish. Whiting can be targeted along Town Beach and Cable Beach. Big GTs and golden trevally have been turning up near the jetty at times. A 97cm barramundi was among several smaller fish recently caught within the Fitzroy River.
Exmouth Catches
Escaping Perth’s cold weather to enjoy Exmouth’s warm conditions, Danielle and her partner Anthony launched their 4m tinny from Tantabiddi Boat Ramp to go and catch squid. While moving between spots, Dani trawled a lure and was thrilled when line started quickly peeling off her reel! After a 15-minute fight, Dani landed this 83cm shark mackerel! The nice sharkie was released after a photo, with Dani hoping to catch it again next time she travels to Exmouth!

Boats

Bluewater enthusiasts have been encountering black marlin in depths starting at 80m, while striped marlin are out wider. Dolphinfish and wahoo have continued to be found in big numbers at Recfishwest’s FADs (fish aggregating devices) in the past seven days. Reef fishers have been catching red emperor in about 60m and deeper, while 100m seems to be the starting depth for goldband jobfish and 200m for rosy jobfish. Giant trevally and red bass are among the species that can be targeted on poppers and stick baits at the back of the reef line.

Shore based

Small giant and brassy trevally have dominated catches along the west coast beaches. Spangled emperor can be targeted at the accesses, which feature reef, north and south of the lighthouse. Bluebone are sometimes being caught along Mildura Wreck Road. Giant trevally and queenfish are a chance at Oysters and VLF Bay. Whiting have been prominent along the town and gulf beaches.
 

Scott’s Spots - Broome, a terrific destination for all to enjoy

Scott Coghlan loves chasing threadfin salmon from Roebuck Bay while holidaying in Broome.
This week Western Angler's Scott Coghlan takes us to a popular Kimberley holiday town - Broome. From threadfin salmon in Roebuck Bay to billfish out wide, Broome boasts quality fishing for all holidaymakers to enjoy! Read what Scott has to say here.
 
Kalbarri Catches
Fishing in 30m of water off Kalbarri, Robbie Leck had a great session with his mate Daniel Lindemann. The duo caught Rankin cod, a 6kg baldchin and a ripper spangled emperor in addition to this eye-catching coral trout. Terrific stuff, gentlemen! 


Boats

Crews returning from reef fishing sessions north-west of town have been catching red emperor, pink snapper and dhufish. Spanish mackerel have also been caught on bibbed minnows trolled out from Red Beach and Sand Patch. Pink snapper, baldchin groper and the odd coral trout have been caught on jigs and baits out from the cliffs, south of town. Rock lobster catches have remained steady during the past few weeks for those working pots.

Shore based

Mulloway continue to be caught in the Murchison River in good numbers. Mulloway to 10kg were landed at the sand spit last week, while slightly smaller fish were caught from the jetty at night. Most of those mulloway were caught on baits, however, soft plastics have been working well for fish averaging 6kg about 2km up river. The sand flats located in the lower reaches of the river have been producing good catches of yellowfin whiting. Estuary cod and black bream can be targeted near the rocks and other structure in the middle and upper reaches of the system. Tailor have been turning up at the river mouth at dawn and dusk. Garfish can be picked up at Red Buff between the hours of first light and mid-morning.
Geraldton Catches


Boats

Dinghy and small kayak fishers who worked the inshore waters caught skippy, herring, whiting and squid this past week. Dhufish and baldchin groper can be targeted at African Reef and South West Bank, while pink snapper and sweetlip seem to be in bigger numbers north-west of town. The odd Spanish mackerel has been caught in waters north of Bluff Point, however, better catches have been coming from the Abrolhos Islands.

Shore based

Surf fishing has been challenging with big seaweed deposits along the coast. There have been some tailor and small mulloway caught along the stretch from Flat Rocks to Greenough River mouth. Bigger tailor have been caught at Southgate Dunes and Separation Point, alongside small pink snapper and skippy. Varieties of whiting - including school and yellowfin - can be caught in the sand clearings at the town's beaches, as well as those to the north and south of Geraldton. Try Coronation Beach and Horrocks Beach for tailor and mulloway.
Lancelin Catches
Although the fish was caught about 100km north of Lancelin, we couldn't not share this photo of Alex Pettet's solid dhufish off Jurien Bay. Fishing in about 30m of water, Alex was targeting demersals on jigs when he hooked-up with the very nice dhuie. Great work! 


Boats

The 20m to 22m contour has been productive and fishing very well for sand whiting up to 30cm, along with the odd flathead. Squid are being found in the mid-water in floating seaweed. Squid have also been found in the bay, with the best catches coming in the late afternoon. Snook are being caught over the seagrass beds throughout the bay, with trolling the most effective way to catch them.

Shore based

Fishing from the jetty is improving, with good numbers of herring caught at night this past week alongside the occasional squid. The bay's beaches have been good for sand whiting, pilch and herring, while casting soft plastics at the south end of the bay has produced flathead. Walking the shallows has been productive for cobbler up to 50cm. Along the surf beaches the weed has consolidated in certain areas, leaving beautiful clear stretches. However, take caution while driving on the beaches - certain areas are soft and narrow. Tailor are not being found in big numbers, with fishers lucky to catch two or three fish - measuring from 35cm to 60cm -  during most sessions. Mulloway are being caught along the beaches, highlighted by a fish reportedly weighing more than 25kg.
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

Robert Castilli with a great mulloway caught from the beach!

Chasing mulloway in the surf is a journey, writes Jamie Crawford. It can result in hours of unrewarded work, but when it comes together and a big paddle-tailed mulloway hits the sand, it’s an incredible feeling. Click here to read the full story.

 
Esperance Catches


Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been catching plenty of big squid as well as good numbers of sand whiting and snook. Mixed catches of queen snapper to 9kg, breaksea cod, nannygai and sweep have been coming from the waters near the islands. Crews who ventured wide were rewarded with nannygai to 55cm, pink snapper and Samson fish.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty has lots of herring, small skippy and squid. Small, but legal, King George whiting, small herring and squid are on offer at Bandy Creek boat harbour. Salmon were present at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Roses, Fourteen Mile, Dunns, Thomas and Alexander for most of the week. Wylie Bay has flathead, skippy, salmon and whaler sharks. Alexander Bay has produced skippy to 2kg and herring.
Albany Catches


Boats

Very few crews got offshore amid the unfavourable conditions. However, the odd crew that managed to get to the coral found queen snapper, breaksea cod and skippy in reasonable quantities. The inshore waters have also been off limits at times due to strong winds. Squid are still being caught in good numbers, when the waters are clear, while King George whiting should be found in deeper waters.

Shore based

Salmon are present along most of beaches, but the 3kg to 7kg fish continue to only feed for up to an hour after daybreak. Shelley Beach, Sand Patch, Lowlands, Salmon Holes, Two People Bay, Little Beach, Cheynes Beach and Bluff Creek were among the spots where salmon were caught this past week. Emu Point has herring, sand whiting and squid on offer, while the cephalopods have also been caught at Frenchman Bay and Goode Beach. Black bream to 30cm have dominated catches in the King and Kalgan rivers.
South West Catches
Keith Moon went chasing pink snapper off Binningup last Sunday, but was unable to catch the sought-after species! Although he didn’t land a pinkie, Keith was happy to get this 15kg Samson fish on a 1/0 circle hook with a tiny bit of mullet! We bet the Sambo put up a great fight!

Boats

Pink snapper have been caught within Four Mile Reef together with dhufish and skippy. There have been some nice King George whiting caught alongside the reef fish, which means it may be worth dropping hook sizes at times. Squid tend to be around in bigger numbers along the seagrass areas when the water in close has been clearer.

Shore based

Storm fishers who braved the rough conditions and soaked whole fish baits along the Geographe Bay beaches were rewarded with pink snapper. There are still a few salmon being caught from Bunker Bay and the nearby beaches, while herring remain in very good numbers along both sides of Cape Naturaliste. The deep gutters formed along the west coast beaches by the rough conditions would be worth trying for mulloway, jumbo tailor and pink snapper.

Freshwater

Jayben Lister enjoying the South West's tranquility, while freshwater fishing for redfin perch.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Lochlan Turrell with a nice pink snapper caught off Mandurah last weekend. Great effort, mate!

Mandurah

Tailor have been sporadic at the beaches, namely San Remo and Golden Bay, with a few caught earlier in the week. Anglers chasing black bream are consistently catching good fish from the Serpentine and Murray rivers, particularly in the lower reaches and the estuary as freshwater flushes them down stream. The Cut is still producing herring, King George whiting, tarwhine and yellowfin whiting. It has remained relatively free of weed and out of the wind, making it a protected spot for fishers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy. The southern beaches - from Preston to White Hills and Tim's Thicket -  have a lot of weed. However, they are still producing herring, alongside the occasional salmon and tailor.

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

The beaches near Long Point have been productive for tailor, with fishers reporting catches from 50cm to 60cm. There have also plenty of herring, pilch and yellowfin whiting. Anglers fishing in Warnbro Sound during the week have reported plenty of small pink snapper, King George whiting and squid. Point Peron has been producing tailor, while the occasional salmon is still being caught. Whiting are being caught at the Penguin Island sand bar and Secret Harbour, while the Safety Bay Yacht Club and Rockingham Beach jetty are producing herring and squid.
Perth Catches
Woah!! Eddie Sheppard caught this spectacular shark mackerel near Rottnest Island recently, measuring 110cm! What a catch!

Boats

Some crews were able to head out at the weekend and the start of the week when conditions were calm. For those who did manage to travel wide, dhufish and breaksea cod were caught in 30m to 50m of water off Rockingham and Fremantle and in slightly shallower waters out from Hillarys, Ocean Reef and Mindarie. Pink snapper are still being caught near the inshore reefs and islands, with yellowtail kingfish and Samson fish. There are King George whiting along the broken bottom between Rottnest Island and City Beach. Squid catches were good along the seagrass beds off Fremantle early in the week.

Shore based

Pink snapper were again caught at the northern and southern rock walls during last week’s storm. However, judging by most accounts, those who landed fish put in a lot of time and effort. Gummy sharks were also picked up from the stones alongside a few salmon and the odd tailor. More tailor and salmon have been coming from the metropolitan beaches. Both species were caught at Swanbourne Beach on Saturday morning and there have been catches of both at Cottesloe Groyne, Grant Street, Floreat Drain and Trigg Point during the week. Herring are still about in excellent numbers with bag limits being achieved with, and without, the use of burley. The Fremantle rock walls are still producing King George whiting and squid. The lower and middle reaches of the Swan River have tailor and black bream on offer. Try between the Old Swan Brewery to the Causeway for mulloway on baits and soft plastics.
 
 
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