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Fishing Report
21/12/18
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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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Picture of the week goes to Harry Tropiano taking this picture of his brother Micheal who speared this solid Dhufish through the week. Divers and fishers alike will be targeting these fish this weekend with great visibility and low swell forecast.

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Broome Catches
Jeda Ellens from Makaira Game Fishing with a cracking triple tail, what a fish!


Boats

Charter and private boats have been picking up reasonable catches of blue lined emperor, saddletail seaperch and red emperor in 30m to 40m of water when conditions have been suitable. Fingermark bream and bluebone can be caught within Roebuck Bay together with mulloway. Threadfin and bluenose salmon have also been found within the bay while both species are also evident in the local creek systems. Try Disaster Rock for golden trevally, mackerel and cobia.

Shore based

Barramundi enthusiasts have been doing well on fish up to a metre using baits and lures in the Fitzroy River. Smaller barra have been coming from the local creeks, including Dampier and Willie, together with mangrove jack and bluenose salmon. Barramundi are also occasionally being caught at Cable Beach and near the jetty. Try Gantheaume Point for bluebone, estuary cod, mackerel and trevally.
Exmouth Catches
Leigh getting into some mack tuna on a Halco Twisty, such a great fighting fish. Thanks to Nicki Hunt Fishing for the picture.

Boats

Blue marlin are being encountered beyond the 400m contour together with dolphin fish, longtail tuna and wahoo. Striped and black marlin are generally being found in closer while sailfish are still in the upper areas of the gulf. Try 60m for red emperor and 110m for goldband snapper. Spangled emperor can be picked up near the bombies inside the reef line. Coral trout and blue lined emperor can be caught on soft plastics in the eastern waters of the gulf.

Shore based

Channel Nine anchor Michael Thomson recently caught trevally to 4kg on poppers and stick baits while his sons, James and Dave, had shots at blue bastards in between catches of golden and small giant trevally. Permit are becoming more active along the sand flats on the gulf side, which are also being frequented by big queenfish. Mangrove jack are a chance at the marina and the mangroves located in the bottom areas of the gulf. Spangled emperor are being caught early morning and late afternoon at Jacobz and Jansz. It's worth thrying Old Bundegi during an incoming tide for giant herring and queenfish, that respond well to lures worked extremely quickly.
Kalbarri Catches
Calvin de Vos caught this great mulloway with Kalbarri Land Based Fishing Tours. What a great looking fish.

Boats

Spanish mackerel seem to be appearing in bigger numbers offshore following reports of fish caught on rigged whole baits and bibbed minnows trolled in waters north and south of the river mouth this past week. Expect yellowfin, longtail and mack tuna encounters to become more frequent as the summer months progress. Try the 30m to 40m depths northwest of town for red emperor, dhufish, coral trout and pink snapper. Rock lobster catches have improved during the past fortnight with those working pots achieving boat limits some days.

Shore based

Tailor have been caught most mornings and evenings at Red Bluff, Wittecarra Creek, Chinamans and Oyster Reef. A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive picked up his bag limit of tailor at Red Bluff on Tuesday morning. Mulloway have mostly been caught from the beaches north of Frustrations. Smaller mulloway are in the lower and middle reaches of the Murchison River. The sand flat in front of the supermarket is still holding plenty of yellowfin whiting. Black bream in the 30cm to 35cm range have been common near the jetties and pens.
 
Geraldton Catches
Brian Norton landed this quality pink snapper on the weekend, great fish mate.


Boats

An 18kg Spanish mackerel was speared off Dongara last week and there were several others spotted near Port Denison as well as the waters closer to town. With water temperatures around 21C to 22C recorded earlier this week, mackerel and tuna numbers should be on the increase. Mixed catches of dhufish, pink snapper, estuary cod and baldchin groper have been picked up in waters south of the marina around African reef.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning most mornings at Southgates together with herring, pike, sand whiting and small mulloway. Mulloway to 13kg were caught at Tarcoola, which is also producing herring, pike and, in the mornings, tailor. The stretch between Point Moore and the boat harbour has been good for 30cm to 35cm tailor late afternoon and evening as well as pike and herring. The southern reefs at Drummonds have bigger tailor being caught early morning when the tide has been low. Fillet baits have been outperforming mulies on tailor between 35cm and 60cm and mulloway to a metre at Coronation.
Lancelin Catches
The Devellerez family who enjoyed a calm mornings fishing at tailor reef along Lancelin back beach. Picture credit Peter Fullarton.

Boats

Lobster potters are reporting mixed results. Whites are still being caught though pots must be well positioned for a good haul. There have been some good catches of jumbo crayfish from depths 24-30m. Yellow tail king fish have been encountered in schools feeding on baitfish and have been in residence along the reef breaks though many are just around the legal 60cm, these fish have been responding well to baits and lures. Schools of southern bluefin tuna are reasonably common to encounter though are difficult to approach and disperse easily. Good size whiting have been in numbers just inside the 20m depth contour. The demersal season has kicked off with plenty of dhufish, snapper, baldchin and break sea cod to be found along direction bank.

Shore based

The jetty has been fishing at its best from late afternoon and into the evening for whiting, herring, squid and now better size and numbers of tailor. The tailor are also in good numbers along the beaches both north and south of town, fish are ranging in sizes from 30cm to 50cm with the odd larger specimen. Bread and butter species have been difficult to find along the southern beaches, fishing north point of Lancelin bay and the northern beaches have been a better bet for sand whiting and herring.
Esperance Catches
Kingies are starting to show up in greater numbers, Jake Poad got onto this one working a soft plastic from the stones.

Boats

Queen snapper, breaksea cod and nannygai have been caught near the islands while bigger nannygai to 60cm, dhufish, queen snapper and samson fish, ranging from 10kg to 30kg, have been caught out wide. Dinghy and small boat fishers have been picking up mixed catches of squid, herring, snook and sand whiting within a mile or so of the coast.

Shore based

A 20kg mulloway was landed at Israelite Bay last week together with half a dozen gummy sharks and big flathead. Kennedys has been fishing well for skippy and salmon. Bigger skippy to 1.5kg have been coming from Dunns along with mulloway, gummy shark and the odd salmon. Roses has been good for skippy to a kilo, tailor and salmon. Salmon have been appearing at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Ten Mile and Eleven Mile along with juvenile salmon, herring and skippy. Taylor Street Jetty has squid, herring and small skippy on offer while Bandy Creek boat harbour has King George whiting and black bream. Bigger black bream, fish to 45cm, have been recently caught in the local lakes a great option during these warmer months of the year.
 
Albany Catches
Aron Dixon from Dixon Brothers Fishing with a cracking blue grouper caught from the southern stones. Such an awesome view from the rocks!

Boats

Reef fishing enthusiasts who worked the waters approximately nine miles east and west of town generally did better than those who hit the lumps straight out. Dhufish seem to be about in better numbers again while queen, red and pink snapper and breaksea cod catches appear to be steady. Samson fish were encountered in parts and responded to baits as well as soft plastic and metal jigs. Bigger red snapper were found at the edge of the shelf, while the waters farther out again produced hapuka and the odd blue eye trevalla. King George whiting are about the inshore areas, however the popular table fish, which are averaging 31cm, require some work in finding the small groups. Sand whiting are about in very good numbers still and there are some big flounder turning up. Herring numbers have improved within King George Sound and Oyster Harbour. Squid efforts have been mixed with some managing to pick up three dozen fish in less than three hours and others finishing up with very little in their bags.

Shore based

Big schools of salmon are still hanging around Reef Beach. A group of customers of Albany Rods and Tackle found schooling salmon at Reef last week, but said the fish were very fussy and consequently ended up with just eight fish for a lot of effort. Nanarup has also been producing the odd salmon while the beaches closer to town mostly have herring, skippy, tarwhine an sand whiting on offer. Samson fish have once again been landed at Emu Point. The recent sambos were caught on baits, including fresh squid, as well as lures. Mulloway were caught late afternoon on soft plastics during an incoming tide in the Kalgan River this past week. Both of the local systems, as well as those west of town, are providing entertaining black bream sessions.
Southwest Catches
Ant Simper found some awesome ground and put Kurt Krispyn onto a horse of a dhufish this week. Well done lads, team work makes the dream work!


Boats

Reef fishing enthusiasts have been getting among dhufish and breaksea cod in 20m to 30m of water off Cowaramup Bay and Canal Rocks when conditions have permitted. Pink snapper were found along the Four Mile and Eight Mile reef systems while King George whiting are in 10m to 18m of water within Geographe Bay. Schools of small southern bluefin tuna have started to appear off the west coast and the bay. Small bibbed minnows and skirted lures work well on the 4kg to 6kg bluefin. Rock lobster catches are improving off Hamelin Bay, Cowaramup and Canals.

Shore based

Herring remain in very good numbers along both sides of the cape and there are still a few skippy and tarwhine around. Yellowfin and school whiting have become more active along the Quindalup sand flats. Mitchells and Honeycombs are worth a try for tailor early morning and evening when the swell is low. Surf fishers are reporting there to be a few resident salmon still around.
 

Freshwater

'A trout in the net is a good trout!' - Artifishal Clothing
Trout are still being caught by the persistent fishers with plenty of streams still flowing well. Early mornings, when the air is cool seems to be the best time of the day for trout with good insect activity. Fishers wading up the river, working lures through the pools and eddies of the shallow rivers and streams producing the best results. Many fishers are also scouting out potential marron fishing locations as a secondary objective during their freshwater fishing in preparation for the coming marron season. Working plastics and vibes along the bottom of deeper pools through the day and the edges of dams during sunset are your best chance of catching a good feed of redfin. Remember to continue moving to new pools and along the banks of the dam to search for redfin. They never usually shy away from a lure so if your not getting hits or hook ups move to the next pool in the stream or further along the dam.
Mandurah and Surrounds
The Mandurah estuary by Tony Tropiano.

Mandurah

The Cut is still consistently producing good catches of tailor, herring, whiting and tarwhine. Consider putting in some time after dark along the Cut as there are reports of mulloway coming in on the rising tide. Fishers near the traffic bridge have been catching skippy to 30 cm. The Murray and Serpentine rivers are still producing good bream for anglers in the know. With the recent hot weather, check out the deeper holes and areas that are in the shade under overhanging branches during the heat of the day for some good fish. Along the southern beaches, Tim’s Thicket and Preston have both been producing good tailor with some fish up to 50 cm. There have also been some good King George whiting, a few gummy sharks and surprisingly a sized salmon. Reports indicate some mulloway were taken last week from the beaches north of Mandurah. Golden Bay, San Remo, Singleton and Madora are all worth a closer check. The Golden Bay area has been producing some good catches of tailor, herring and whiting and this would suggest that the mulloway aren’t too far away.
 

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

Many of the local jetties are producing good catches of herring and tailor, Shoalwater is still producing some good catches of both yellow-fin whiting and an occasional King George whiting. There have also been some good catches of tarwhine and skippy on the incoming tide. Long Point, Kwinana and Warnbro beaches have all been producing good tailor during the last week. There has been some excellent fishing for yellow-fin whiting, with good reports of herring, tailor and plenty of crabs out in the deep water. The jetties are turning on herring early in the morning, along with squid and a few blue mackerel.
 
Perth Catches
Kris Yamashita posted this photo to Fishing Busselton & South West WA with her first Dhufish, well done, great catch!

Boats

Pink snapper were caught in very good numbers in 20m to 30m of water south of Rottnest Island, west of Rockingham and behind Three Mile Reef following the reopening of the demersal season. Dhufish were found in depths less than 30m. Samson fish are still being caught at The Barges wide of West End together with the odd amberjack and skippy. King George whiting continue to be found along the broken ground east of Rottnest and off Cottesloe and City Beach. The seagrass meadows off Fremantle are still holding plenty of squid. Rock lobster catches have improved off Fremantle while results off Hillarys and Rockingham have been mixed.

Shore based

Tailor catches have been improving along the metropolitan beaches, jetties and rock walls. Fishers at the Ammo Jetty have been enjoying a tailor run just after dusk most evenings while South Beach groyne, Cottesloe groyne, Grant Street, Swanbourne and Floreat Drain have fish turning up some mornings and evenings. Herring can still be targeted from the northern and southern rock walls and groynes and there are skippy and King George whiting being caught from Mews Road and Capo D’Orlando Drive. There are rumours of mulloway being landed behind the E-Shed, within Mosman Bay and Freshwater Bay and near The Narrows. Yellowfin whiting are worthwhile targeting along the sand flats located at East Fremantle and North Fremantle. Tailor ranging from choppers to 55cm models are evident within Melville Waters. Blue swimmer crab catches are also improving in the Swan.
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