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Fishing Report
22/05/20
Malcolm Farmer took his brother Rob out for his first fish in five years and he pulled up this 19kg dhuie. Absolute beauty and good job on getting back out there!
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Broome Catches
Robbo Donovan always producing the goods! This week sending in this barra. Great stuff, mate!


Boats

Sailfish have continued to be encountered in good numbers offshore, especially in waters wide of Barred Creek and near The Peanut. Spanish mackerel have been caught on bibbed minnows and rigged garfish trolled off Entrance Point and Gantheaume Point. Mack tuna have appeared in offshore waters in big numbers, however there are yet to be many longtail tuna around. Reef fishers picked up red emperor, bluebone, saddletail seaperch and coral trout along ground beyond the 20m contour.

Shore based

Queenfish have been turning up at many of the beaches in big numbers most afternoons. Poppers and soft plastic lures have been working well on the acrobatic sportfish. Whiting are along most of the beaches and there are a few dart and small trevally also around. Barramundi in the 60cm to 80cm range, together with the odd fish around a metre, have been caught on baits and lures in the Fitzroy River and the local creeks.
Exmouth Catches
Joey Atzeni with his first Rankin cod caught off Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay. Good shot, mate!

Boats

Dolphinfish have gathered in big numbers at the FADs and it would be of little surprise if billfish are also in the area. Reef fishers have been doing well on red emperor, Rankin cod and spangled emperor in depths starting at 50m. Some nice catches of ruby snapper and grey-banded cod have been coming from beyond the 200m contour. Squid are being picked up in very good numbers within the gulf.

Shore based

Bluebone can be targeted at the access points located along Mildura Wreck Road while spangled emperor have been caught south of the lighthouse at night. Queenfish and small trevally are common along the west coast. There are plenty of yellowfin whiting and garfish on the gulf side. Squid can be targeted from the marina and Learmonth Jetty during an incoming tide as well as at night.
 

Scott’s Spots

Scott Coghlan with a picture perfect flatty caught off the Swan River flats.
Swan river, the jewel in the City's Crown!
Grab your bream gear, load up on some snells and chase some three metreys.

Whether it's chasing mulloway beneath the narrows bridge, casting out soft plastics for bream or catching flatties around the flats, the Swan river provides it all.

Click here to find out more about what you can catch inside the city's own Swan River!
 
Kalbarri Catches
Ben Svenson putting in the hours in the night for some Murchinson soapies. Good fishing, mate!

Boats

Spanish mackerel and varieties of tuna, including yellowfin, longtail and mack, have been more active on the surface in the afternoons. Reef fishers have been doing well on pink snapper and baldchin groper near the cliffs while red emperor, dhufish and red throat emperor were mostly caught northwest of town. Dinghy and small boat fishers have been catching mulloway, on anchor, in the extreme lower reaches of the river.

Shore based

Rock fishing enthusiasts have been catching a variety of species from the platforms located south of town including spangled emperor, varieties of trevally, and surprisingly, red throat emperor. Red throat are ordinarily caught in deeper waters offshore and rarely captured shore-based. Tailor have been a little quiet along the beaches and mulloway catches have been few and far between. Some nice yellowfin whiting were caught at Red Bluff and Wittecarra Creek during the week. Mulloway have been coming from the middle and upper reaches of the Murchison River.
Geraldton Catches


Boats

Dinghy and kayak fishers who worked the inshore waters out from Pages, Separation Point and the marina, have been picking up plenty of squid as well as herring, skippy and pike. More squid have been coming from the Abrolhos Islands, which surrounding waters are fishing well for baldchin groper and coral trout. Spanish mackerel and tuna have been caught on lures near Wreck Point, however sharks have been problematic. Local charter boat operators have been putting their clients onto fair numbers of coral trout, estuary cod, pink snapper and red throat emperor near South West Bank.

Shore based

Perhaps the most impressive catch this past week was an estimated 9kg dhufish that was landed at Flat Rocks on Friday morning. Tailor and mulloway have been hard to come by along many of the beaches, which is largely to do with the build up of seaweed. The back of the breakwater has been producing whiting and small herring. Try the marina for blue swimmer crabs and squid.
Lancelin Catches
Graeme Doodson from Fishing Lancelin Area uploaded a set of great photos consisting of mulloway captures. Quality work, mate!

Boats

The water has been green and turbid inshore, the best demersal fishing has been by the boats heading out to 35m depths or more. Dhufish numbers have been good in 60-85m depths, although strong currents have made fishing difficult. Smaller boats have been having more success chasing skippy along the inshore reefs. Inside the bay, squid catches have been good and there is a good mix of species being caught with skippy, herring, tarwhine and King George whiting featuring in a lot of bags. Large Samson fish are usually around the herring and skippy schools. Whales are passing north, with some breaching and slapping fins just outside the bay’s reefs adding to a day’s fishing on the water.

Shore based

The jetty is seeing a lot more fishers now that the roads are open. Plenty of people have been gathering a bag limit of herring quite easily each evening and some good hauls of squid have been made. The beaches have still been fishing very well for herring and good size sand whiting. Tailor catches have dropped off quite a lot and most are now around the 30cm, although a few good size fish around the 50cm range can be found. Some mulloway to 20kg were caught along the northern beaches.
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

Oli Stevenson with a superb 44cm black bream caught in Esperance on a soft plastic.
Time to go soft!
Keep your rod bent this winter and get stuck into some quality fish, by opting for soft plastics.
Whether it's salmon down south, snapper or chasing black bream and flathead in our estuaries and river systems, WA is turning it on this time of year.

CLICK HERE to find out what fishing options are on offer as the water temperatures cool and the beanies come out in our new fishing report section brought to you by our partner Shimano.
 
Esperance Catches


Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been picking up a variety of bread and butter species, including herring, skippy and sand whiting, within the bay. Southern bluefin tuna to 10kg, as well as the odd bigger fish, have been caught on bibbed minnows and small skirted lures trolled within a few miles of the coast. Reef fishing enthusiasts have been finding dhufish in waters south-west of town. Nannygai in the 50cm to 60cm range have been found in dense schools wide of the islands, however bite times have been brief. Samson fish to an arm-stretching 40kg have been encountered in a range of depths and areas.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty has herring, small skippy, squid and garfish on offer while Bandy Creek boat harbour has been producing small King George whiting and herring. Salmon are being caught in their ones and twos at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach and Eleven Mile. Cobbler are evident near the seagrass in front of town. Big skippy are still being caught at Roses together with bronze whaler sharks. Duke of Orleans Bay and Alexander Bay have been producing salmon, skippy to 2kg and bronzies. Mostly flathead have been caught at Israelite Bay.
Albany Catches
Brody Ogle with a nice tuna caught on bream gear. Absolute cracking photo, fish, sunset and all!

Boats

Deepwater enthusiasts have been catching hapuka and blue eye trevalla beyond the edge of the shelf. Near the edge, red snapper are being found in good numbers at times. Dhufish are being located in some areas while Queen snapper and breaksea cod seem to be in their usual numbers along the coral in 60m to 90m. King George whiting results have been mixed inshore with some managing to pick up their bag limits within a couple of hours and others struggling to find the fish. Squid numbers continue to increase along the seagrass and there are plenty of herring in both harbours. Minnows trolled near the headlands are likely to produce salmon and bonito.

Shore based

Rock fishers at West Cape Howe have been catching good numbers of small southern bluefin tuna. Salmon continue to appear along the beaches with Bluff Creek, both the main beach and back beach at Cheynes, Nanarup, Sand Patch, Shelleys, Bornholm and Lowlands among the spots where the 3kg to 7kg fish were caught on bait and lure this past week. Herring remain in very good numbers along the coast and there seem to be more skippy about. The rivers east of town fished well on black bream this past week. The two local systems still remain loaded with small bream rarely bigger than 25cm.
Southwest Catches
Petula Holland with this ripper of a pink snapper. Pulling down the scales to 12.1kg. Taken while spinning for salmon. Awesome catch, mate!

Boats

Reef fishers have been doing well on dhufish and breaksea cod in 30m to 50m of water off Cowaramup Bay and Canal Rocks. Yellowtail kingfish have been encountered off the tip of Cape Naturaliste, which waters are also being frequented by schools of small southern bluefin tuna. Salmon have been caught between Bunker Bay and Meelup Bay. Squid catches are improving along the seagrass out from Quindalup.

Shore based

Salmon continue to appear along the west coast beaches as well as within Geographe Bay. Herring are in very good numbers right along the coast and there are schools of juvenile salmon to about a kilo also around. Expect pink snapper to be caught from the beaches between Toby's Inlet and Busselton Jetty during this weekend’s storm. Snapper may also be lurking close to shore at some of the west coast beaches after the rough weather passes.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Keen angler Josiah Peck from the Mandurah fisho Instagram page with this crisp picture of the black bream he caught last week. Great catch and nice pic, mate!

Mandurah

There are some good tailor and mulloway coming in from the beaches north of the town. Locations such as San Remo, Singleton and Madora are producing good all-round fishing at both dawn and dusk. The southern beaches are producing herring and whiting during the day with tailor early morning and evening. Some larger tailor are being caught around dusk and after dark. There are also salmon in the area and several fish around 4.5 - 6 kg have been caught. The Dawesville Cut is still producing plenty of herring. An occasional larger tailor is still being captured from the seaward end of the cut. There have also been reports of some salmon being caught from this area as well. There are plenty of good sized yellowfin whiting around, along with some very big skippy. Tarwhine are being caught by anglers fishing in the middle sections of the Cut. Anglers fishing around the Halls Head area have been taking home good catches of herring and sand whiting. In the estuary, anglers are still catching good tailor. Scoopers and drop-netters are still pulling in crabs. With some heavy rain predicted for the start of this week, prawns should start to move downstream. Bream fishing is still quietly consistent and bream specialists are getting some good fish a little further upstream. Several fish up to around 1.5 kg have been caught in the last week.

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

Anglers fishing the Port Kennedy and Secret Harbour beaches are still catching some very good tailor and a lot of medium sized fish. They are also hooking into a few skippy and tarwhine, along with an occasional small mulloway. There have been a few flathead and larger sand whiting coming in from the areas around the Penguin Island sandbar. During the frontal system that moved through Perth recently it is rumoured that one lucky angler took a good sized snapper from one of the jetties in the area. As winter progresses there should be more of these fish caught from these platforms. All it requires is a big bait and an ability to cast it about 80 metres to the drop off in front of them. The channel along Becher Point should also produce snapper from the beach if you can cast a good distance. There have been several good salmon caught from the beaches in the area along with some good herring.
Perth Catches
Chris Mearns with PB 83cm pink snapper, caught out from ocean reef. Great catch!

Boats

Deepwater enthusiasts have been doing well on hapuka, blue eye trevalla and grey-banded cod when conditions have been suitable. Good numbers of dhufish are being caught between the 30m and 60m depths while pink snapper are active early morning and after dark in 10m to 15m of water west of Garden and Carnac islands. King George whiting can be targeted east of Rottnest Island. Arrow squid are being picked up, in addition to the common southern calamari, along the seagrass beds off Fremantle and near Garden Island.

Shore based

Salmon may not have turned up along the metropolitan beaches in the same big numbers seen in some past years, however there have been some surf fishers regularly catching fish at spots that have included Woodman Point, Port Beach, Grant Street Reef and Swanbourne Drain. Jon Donisi managed to pick up a beautifully conditioned salmon, of about 4kg, on fly at Swanbourne last Thursday. Pink snapper have continued to be caught at the southern and northern rock walls including South and North Mole, Hillarys Marina and Mindarie Marina. A consistent stream of burley should bring herring, and the odd skippy, around to many of the beaches and rock walls. The lower reaches of the Swan River are worth trying for mulloway.

 
If you’re planning on fishing North Mole this weekend, be aware the Fremantle Port Authority is closing the Mole on Sunday ahead of the big blow coming in. Check their website homepage for updates on the Mole's access status before going rock fishing.  With big swells forecast on Sunday and Monday, due to the impact of Cyclone Mangga, fishers should be acutely aware of safe fishing considerations.
 
 

Tackle Shop Talk

Tyrone Yahiya from Tackle HQ joins us in this week's tackle shop talk.
Regional travel restrictions have relaxed meaning more fishing opportunities are opening up for recfishers keen to wet a line. This means its a great time to get the kids out for a break reconnecting with the great outdoors and enjoying all the wellbeing benefits recfishing provides.The past few weeks, we've been putting a spotlight on our tackle industry who have been doing it tough recently, to give them a bit of a shout out and encourage fishers to go and speak to a local before going fishing. This week we spoke to Tyrone Yahiya from Tackle HQ. Read more here.
 
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