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Fishing Report
14/12/18
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi, John Curtis for his Mandurah and surrounds report, Peter Fullarton for what's happening in Lancelin and Nicholas Drummond for the freshwater section.

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Broome Catches
A great photo posted to Fishing Wild Broome - Land Based of Teaghan Caithness who got onto some quality barramundi with Jared Mcleod. Catching five fish all over 70cm, the biggest being 96cm.


Boats

Threadfin salmon have been caught on baits and lures within Roebuck Bay together with bluenose salmon, queenfish and golden trevally. The moorings and other pieces of flotsam are worth inspecting for tripletail while mulloway have been found along the drop offs and deeper areas. There is still plenty of bait hanging around the waters just out from Gantheamue Point and Entrance Point. Expect Spanish and other varieties of mackerel as well as tuna to be keeping close watch of the schooling baitfish.

Shore based

The Fingers and Crab Creek have been producing good mixed catches of threadfin salmon, bluenose salmon, barramundi, estuary cod and mangrove jack. Bigger barra have been coming from the lower and middle reaches of the Fitzroy River. Try Town Beach for bluenose salmon, queenfish and trevally. Catches of yellowfin whiting have been common at Coconut Wells.
Exmouth Catches
Luke and Riley catching queenfish from Bundegi beach in Exmouth. Thanks to Kim Burton for sending in the images.

Boats

Hayley Dellar landed a huge queenfish during a recent session last week. Sailfish are still present in the upper areas of the gulf while black, blue and striped marlin continue to be encountered off the west coast. Schools of yellowfin tuna, dolphin fish and the odd wahoo have also been struck offshore. Try the 70m to 110m depths for red emperor, goldband snapper and rankin cod.

Shore based

Yellowfin whiting have been around in good numbers along Town Beach as well as the coastal stretch north and south of there. Squid have been turning up at the marina and Learmonth Jetty, especially during an incoming tide. Try the gulf side for queenfish, trevally and giant herring while spangled emperor and bluebone are along the beaches of the west side.
Kalbarri Catches
Aaron caught this 800mm tailor from a beach gutter in Kalbarri this week with Kalbarri Land Based Fishing Tours. What a cracker!

Boats

Strong winds and moderate swells limited the activity performed offshore during the past week. Rock lobster catches have been increasing, however the conditions were bad enough for some to let their pots go unchecked for more than a few days. Spanish mackerel, yellowfin and longtail tuna should start to show up in bigger numbers during the coming weeks.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up at Oyster Reef most mornings, while the evenings around Red Bluff and Wittecarra Creek have been good for the 40cm to 70cm fish. A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive caught some beautiful tailor and an 80cm mulloway at Red Bluff during a session last week. Surf fishers walking out along the reef at the Blue Holes end of back beach on low tide have also been scoring some nice tailor. Bigger mulloway have been caught from Frustrations and the beaches north of there. Yellowfin whiting can be found along the sand flats of the Murchison River, with the lower and middle reaches starting to produce better catches of blue swimmers and the odd mud crab.
 
Geraldton Catches
Having a fish from the jetty is a great way to spend the afternoon, thanks to Getaway Outdoors Geraldton for sharing this picture.


Boats

Very few managed to head out due to the strong winds that persisted for most part of the week. Rock lobster catches have been mixed, but should improve during the next fortnight. Dinghy and small boat fishers have been picking up squid, herring, skippy and pike within the inshore reefs.

Shore based

Tailor mostly in the 32cm to 50cm range have been turning up most mornings and evenings at the Greenough River mouth. Similar size tailor been coming from West Bank together with school-size mulloway. An 18kg mulloway was landed at the rocks at the Greenough River mouth last weekend. Herring and pike have been picked up in big numbers at Southgates and Tarcoola in the early morning. The reefs at Drummonds Cove have been better for tailor in the morning. Coronation has been producing plenty of whiting between 25cm and 33cm. Bonefish have been turning up as bycatch for fishers in the northern parts of Coronation. Bowes River has also been a good spot for tailor as well as the odd mulloway. Blue swimmer crabs have been coming from the Batavia Marina and fishing boat harbour.
Lancelin Catches
Fishers launching thier boats from the beach in Lancelin heading out early to pull cray pots.

Boats

The weather has prevented fishers doing too much outside the bay. Early mornings have been busy at the beach with fishers heading out to check their lobster pots before the winds strengthen. The white crayfish run has not been as good as last year, though most fishers are still coming home with a great feed and a few have reached their bag limit, making the early mornings worth the effort. There are no queues or crowded boat ramps with wide beaches allowing everyone access to launch. Within the bay, there have been some increasing numbers of good size squid. Snook and pike are quite thick and can be quick to damage squid baits and jigs. Snook to a meter in length have been caught during the week. Several large schools of herring have been encountered around the cray boat moorings.

Shore based

Fishers have been getting good numbers of sand whiting and herring from the jetty, they have also done well on the squid early mornings and late afternoons. Beaches have produced very good numbers of tailor, although with the strong winds and weed has made fishing difficult in many areas. The leeward areas of Fence reef, Didie point or North point of Lancelin bay have been the only good options to chase the tailor, being relatively clear of weed, and have fished well. There was a great 63cm flathead landed one evening by Damien Knight.
Esperance Catches
The crystal clear water of Esperance, picture credit WesternWanderers

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have continued to do well on sand whiting and squid in close. Reef fishing enthusiasts do not have to travel far to find nannygai, breaksea cod and queen snapper. Those who did head out wide, however, seemed to get among bigger nannygai to 3.5kg, breaksea cod, harlequin fish and samson fish ranging from 12kg to 40kg.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty has been fishing well for squid as well as garfish and herring while Bandy Creek boat harbour still has King George whiting to 35cm and increasing numbers of black bream. More black bream have been coming from the nearby lakes where some fish have been around the 45cm mark. Salmon are scattered right along Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach and Fourteen Mile together with juvenile salmon and herring. Fourteen Mile also produced mulloway last week while Roses and Dunns had gummy sharks, more juvenile salmon and skippy to a kilo. A 12kg gummy shark was among several smaller models landed at Thomas River last week. A group who ventured to Israelite Bay were rewarded with tailor to 4kg, mulloway to 23kg and some gummy sharks.
 
Albany Catches
Jake Poad with a solid Harlequin caught from the rocks, good to see you're wearing a life jacket!

Boats

Fishers working the generally protected waters of King George Sound have been very impressed with some of the sand whiting being caught. The sand whiting have been around 30cm and are being picked up by the dozen. King George whiting catches have been better in the deeper areas, that seem to be producing bigger catches of squid. Reef fishing enthusiasts recommend travelling the extra few miles east and west of town in search of quality table fish including snapper, dhufish and breaksea cod rather than visiting the ground straight out from the local boat ramps. Hapuka have been coming from the shelf together with the odd blue eye trevalla and grey-banded cod.

Shore based

Some nice blue groper were caught from the rocks near West Cape Howe last week while big breaksea cod and harlequin fish have been picked up from the stones near Bremer Bay. Surf fishers have mostly been catching small herring and skippy as well as the odd King George whiting and tarwhine from the local beaches.  Squid are occasionally being caught from the marina and Emu Point. Frenchman Bay and the old whaling station are worth trying for King George. The rivers west of Albany are fishing better for black bream than the systems towards the Bremer. 
Southwest Catches


Boats

Yellowtail kingfish have been encountered near the bombies and lumps off the west coast. Schools of small southern bluefin tuna have also been appearing off the west side, and it should not be too long before schools of the 3kg to 6kg fish turn up in Geographe Bay in bigger numbers. Samson fish have been caught on poppers and stick baits near the tip of Cape Naturaliste. Squid catches have been decreasing along the seagrass meadows off Quindalup.

Shore based

Tailor have been appearing some mornings and evenings at Moses Rock, Mitchells and Elmore Road. Herring and skippy can be caught with the assistance of a little burley from the headlands and bays on both sides of the cape. Yellowfin whiting catches are improving along the Quindalup sand flats. Try Toby Inlet for blue swimmer crabs.
 

Freshwater

Lucasgoesfishin with a big redfin on a 3'' grub, what a great looking fish.
Trout catches have been slowing down in contrast to the previous weeks, with many fishers instead getting into some good redfin. These fish are not as elusive as the trout but are great on the chew. Redfin readily take a variety of lures making them a great target species for people who want to get into lure fishing. Fishing along the banks of dams around first and last light are great times to get into redfin. Fishers should search along the banks casting constantly as they walk, try not focus on a single area. Dams like Harvey and Drakesbrook are great places to fish closer to the Perth. For those who are willing to drive a bit further, the southern river systems such as the Warren hold great numbers of these tasty fish that are often larger than fish found in dams.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Quality whiting are continuing to be caught on the flats with this warmer weather.

Mandurah

Fishers around the Dawesville Cut report good tailor, herring, skippy and whiting catches. Beaches south of Mandurah are producing a few tailor and mulloway with an occasional mulloway up around 12 kg. Fish in the 5 – 6 kg class are the norm and are being caught early morning around sunrise and well after dark. The slightly warmer weather has slowed bream activity down and those fishing the deeper holes are finding a few. Generally they are spread throughout the system and there have been reports of some good fish being caught in the lower estuary and from the areas adjacent to the Mandurah Quays and up around Murray Bend.
Fishers wading the sand flats early morning are finding plenty of action with good sized whiting, mullet and herring being taken. Along the beaches between Silver Sands and Golden Bay there are reports of some good tailor and a few mulloway. Better spots are the northern end of this strip with Golden Bay being the pick. There are plenty of herring, a few skippy and sand whiting being taken by fishers during the day. Small boat fishers just outside of the estuary are having similar catches with an occasional King George whiting thrown in for good measure.
Out around the James Service reef there are still a few samsonfish and some skippy, and blue spot flathead being caught. Further offshore there are plenty of King George whiting and skippy on the Five Fathom Bank. 

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

Those fishing the jetties report catches of herring and a few tailor. An occasional King George whiting and plenty of yellow-fin whiting have been taken from Shoalwater Bay this week and there have been a few tarwhine and skippy caught during the mornings. Fishers working the drop-off along the sandbar to Penguin Island have landed some good flathead and also report the occasional flounder. Long Point, Kwinana and Warnbro beaches are still holding good tailor early in the morning and yellow-fin whiting and herring until the sea breeze makes fishing and casting lighter tackle a bit of a problem. Beach fishers around Warnbro have got into some good tailor and small mulloway and along the southern side of Long Point.
Perth Catches
The whites run has begun for 2018! Picture credit Steve Hart.

Boats

Rock lobster catches are still mixed whereby divers and those working pots along Three Mile Reef and off Hillarys have been doing better than those hitting the waters between Fremantle and Rottnest Island. Samson fish continue to be caught on heavy metal jigs at The Barges off West End. Yellowtail kingfish have been patrolling Stragglers and Champion Rock. There are King George and big sand whiting being caught near The Windmills and in 15m to 20m of water off Cottesloe. Squid are still being picked up along the seagrass beds out from the harbour together with the odd cuttlefish.

Shore based

King George whiting and herring have been caught from South Beach groyne and Fremantle Sailing Club rock wall while the latter species have been coming from North Beach Jetty and Hillarys marina. Squid can be caught from Capo D’Orlando Drive and Mews Road. Tailor have been a little hit and miss along the local beaches whereas further to the north and south of Perth have been producing bigger numbers of fish. Yellowfin whiting are starting to turn up in better numbers along the shallow reefs north of Trigg Point. The middle and lower reaches of the Swan River have tailor and giant herring while Mosman Bay and Freshwater Bay seem to be where most of the mulloway action is being experienced.

Tip of the week

Blue-ringed octopus' are very small and don't always display thier blue rings, thanks to Jake Poad for this picture.

Beware the Blue-ringed Octopus!

With the increase of fishers dropping cray pots each year, there has also been an steady increase in blue-ringed octopus sightings as they cling to the cray pot or its rope and are dragged onto the deck of a boat. Blue-ringed octopus' are incredibly small, usually around a five cent piece to a fifty cent piece in size, they don't always display their characteristic blue rings as well so treat all small octopus' with care. We advise fishers to wear appropriate footwear and gloves when pulling pots to minimize the risk of being bitten. Look out for your mates and be aware when you're out there pulling your pots.
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