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Fishing Report
19/10/18
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi and thanks to John Curtis for his Mandurah and Surrounds report and Matt Cox for what's happening in Kununurra.

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Picture: Young Mason with his first ever catch - a really good size Redfin Perch. Having some of the whitest flesh of any fish, we're told he loved the taste of his first ever catch! Congratulations Mason and hopefully the first of many!

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Broome Catches

Boats

The local charter boat operators have been getting among saddletail seaperch, blue lined emperor, red emperor and coral trout most outings. Big schools of baitfish hanging around Disaster Rock have been attracting Spanish mackerel, trevally, tuna and cobia to the structure. Threadfin salmon can still be found within Roebuck Bay.

Shore based

Masses of baitfish that entered the Fitzroy River during the bigger tide period have made the barramundi somewhat fussy and, as a result, barra enthusiasts had to work harder when targeting their prized fish. The barra being caught in the creeks have, on average, been smaller than the river fish, however the creeks have been offering more variety with plenty of trevally and a few mangrove jack and estuary cod on offer. The Fingers are worth a try for threadfin salmon to a metre, and bigger, as well as bluenose salmon and queenfish. Try Gantheaume Point during the neap tides for bluebone and fingermark bream.
Exmouth Catches
Picture: The 2017 Limited Edition Recfishwest Halco Lure doing the damage lately on the Exmouth pelagics! Want a Limited edition lure? Become a member today - visit us here.

Boats

Sailfish have been caught in very good numbers in the upper areas of the gulf while black marlin to an impressive 150kg have been landed off the west side. Spanish mackerel have been responding to bibbed minnows trolled between 15m and 30m of water along the back of the reef line. Red emperor, rankin cod and coral trout have been found in the 60m depths behind Helby Bank and wide of the Muiron Islands.

Shore based

Bonefish and permit seem to be spotted and caught more frequently in the shallows along both sides of the cape. There are spangled emperor and bluebone being picked up on baits near the lighthouse at times. Queenfish and giant herring are a chance at Old Bundegi while big giant trevally are sometimes caught on big poppers at this time of year at Oysters and VLF Bay late afternoon and night. There are still plenty of whiting at Town Beach and squid at the marina and Learmonth Jetty, especially during an incoming tide.
Kalbarri Catches
Picture: Red Bluff is a great spot for land based fishing. But please Fish and Survive and wear a lifejacket as the swell and waves can catch you unawares. Keep an eye out also for some of our Angel Rings at Red Bluff.

Boats

An estimated 15kg dhufish was caught in approximately 12m of water last Thursday. Baldchin groper, pink snapper and sweetlip have also been coming from similar depths at times. One boat apparently caught their limit of red emperor then continued to release a few other reds during a session northwest of the river mouth last week. Yellowfin and mack tuna are starting to be encountered in some areas. Expect cobia to begin turning up once the water temperatures further increase.

Shore based

Pink snapper continued to be caught from the beaches and cliffs south of the river mouth before the demersal ban commenced on Monday. A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive landed two pink snapper of about 8kg from the beach at Red Bluff about noon last Thursday. Several more snapper were caught from the cliffs as well as along the beach at Wagoe. A 21kg mulloway was also landed at Wagoe last week together with breaksea cod and bonefish. There was also a bonefish recently caught at Wittecarra, which has been producing some nice tailor early morning and dusk. Black bream to 40cm have been coming from Gregory Rock while the sand flats in front of the supermarket have been fishing well for yellowfin whiting.
Geraldton Catches

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been doing well on herring, pike, squid and the odd school mackerel inside the inshore reefs. Spanish mackerel have been spotted behind Pensioner Bank and there are still quite a few being caught near the Abrolhos Islands. Expect longtail and yellowfin tuna to start appearing in numbers during the coming weeks.

Shore based

The tailor being caught from the beaches north of town have typically been heavier for their length than the fish caught south of the Greenough River mouth. Tailor to 45cm and pike, of similar length, have been common at Drummonds Cove, which has also been producing plenty of eagle rays and school sharks. The Oakajee river mouth has also been good for the fatter tailor as well as the odd school mulloway. More tailor have been coming from the beaches just north of the Batavia Marina, which rock walls have been a good spot for whiting. School whiting between 20cm and 33cm are being caught by the dozen at Separation Point, behind The Lives and Pages Beach. Mulloway to 15kg have been landed at Tarcoola, however the weed movement there has been making beach fishing challenging. The first and second points at Greenough have tailor, pike and herring. The beaches behind the S-Bend have been yielding mulloway to 1.3m, lots of pike and quite a few eagle rays. Skinny light coloured tailor between 40cm and 50cm have been picked up at Flat Rocks.
Lancelin Catches
Picture: Plenty of nice Southern Bluefin Tuna around Lancelin at the moment and Peter Fullarton got stuck into a few this week. Photo courtesy Fishing Lancelin Facebook Page.

Boats

With the close of demersal fishing on Sunday and a poor weekend weather forecast, Friday was busy with boats heading out for a last fish. Dhufish, pink snapper, breaksea cod and baldchin were all landed though most fishers were finding they needed to put in some time and effort to get a them. Southern bluefin tuna have been caught around the 30m mark. Dinghy fishers have been finding king george whiting and herring within the bay and some decent size sand whiting just outside the reef.

Shore based

The beach fishing has been very good with a strong run of chopper tailor around 50cm and a good number of green back tailor also being caught up to a whopping 80cm with the odd school mulloway to 90cm. Fishers at north point of the bay have been doing well on herring, whiting and smaller chopper tailor. There have been some solid tarwhine landed to 40cm fishing near reef areas. Moore River broke through to the ocean on the weekend at Guilderton.  It is always worth a look for a mulloway while the river is flowing.
Esperance Catches
Picture: Young Tom Tate from Tatey's Tackle World with this cracking Hapuku, taken on soft plastic! Wicked fish Tom, well done!

Boats

A solid 42kg samson fish was caught from a jet ski approximately half a mile from shore last week. Smaller samson fish have been found near the islands while the ground farther out has been good for queen snapper between 6kg and 8kg, breaksea cod and nannygai. Dinghy and small boat fishers had little trouble bagging a feed of herring, whiting and squid in close.

Shore based

King George whiting to a satisfactory 35cm are on offer at the Bandy Creek boat harbour along with herring and small black bream. More herring, small skippy and squid can be targeted at the Taylor Street Jetty. Salmon Beach has been yielding mature and juvenile salmon. Better catches of salmon have been coming from Fourth Beach, which is also producing skippy to half a kilo. A group of visiting surf fishers recently caught skippy to 3kg at Wylie Beach as well as picking up plenty of salmon at Poison Creek. A customer of Southern Sports and Tackle landed five gummy sharks at Fourteen Mile last Tuesday evening.
Albany Catches
Picture: The King and Kalgan Rivers are fishing particularly well at the moment - bream, mulloway, herring, and some juvenile salmon.

Boats

Hapuku are still being found in big concentrations out wide – in depths starting at approximately 160m of water. The white fleshed deep water fish have been located in dense schools for the past month or so, which occurrence is thought to be associated with the local population’s annual spawning ritual. Reef fishing enthusiasts have been getting among better numbers of pink, red and queen snapper as well as small dhufish, samson fish and breaksea cod along the 65m to 80m depths east and west of town. Some fishers working the inshore waters have been picking up their bag limit of King George whiting in less than an hour while others are taking up to six hours to achieve the same. Some of the Geordies have been up around the 45cm mark with most between 30cm and 35cm. Squid catches have been improving through the inshore parts while herring, skippy and sand whiting stocks appear healthy.

Shore based

A customer of Albany Rods and Tackle landed three samson fish of about 20kg, and lost several suspected bigger sambos, at Emu Point last week. Surf fishers hitting up the local beaches have mostly been picking up small herring and small skippy. Bremer Bay is said to be the starting point for salmon at the moment. The odd squid has been picked up at the marina together with herring, small skippy and black bream. More bream have been coming from the King and Kalgan rivers. The Kalgan is also worth a crack for mulloway following a few whispers of fish caught in the system during the past fortnight. The Pallinup and Bremer are reportedly fishing quite well for bream.
Southwest Catches

Boats

Deepwater enthusiasts have been doing well on hapuku and grey-banded cod well wide of Cape Naturaliste. There were pink snapper being caught within Geographe Bay and dhufish off the west coast last week. King George whiting are a little hit and miss off Quindalup, however there seems to be more squid about the seagrass beds. Rock lobster have been picked up on noose and in pots. Skippy to a kilo are in very big numbers in 20m to 30m of water both sides of Cape Naturaliste.

Shore based

Tailor have been appearing some mornings and evenings at Moses Rock, Injidup and Elmore Road. Juvenile salmon and herring are also within Geographe Bay while sand whiting and tarwhine are mostly being caught along the surf beaches located on the west side. Squid can be targeted at Busselton Jetty and Quindalup Jetty and there are blue swimmer crabs being picked up near Toby Inlet.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Picture: The rock walls along the Dawesville Cut are a great spot to get out of the weather and catch some great bread and butter species!

Mandurah

Beach anglers fishing the beaches to the south of Mandurah have found a few good tailor and some herring. There have also been a few small gummy sharks caught after dark. Mulloway are still being caught spasmodically and are in the 6 - 8 kg range. The estuary end of the Dawesville Cut is producing some good fishing for skippy and King George whiting from both boats and the shore. This area is also producing a few tailor along with some small mulloway. The beaches to the north of Mandurah are producing tailor at dusk. There are some good tailor being caught by trollers in the estuary. During the last week, fishers in a variety of small craft have found plenty of black bream of legal size and better in areas where there is some structure or shelter. The ability to quietly approach and not make a lot of noise whilst fishing will ensure success. Both baits and soft plastic lures have worked well and some fishers also report that deep diving hard bodied lures are working in deeper locations.

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

Point Peron has been producing tarwhine and herring, while the beaches around Port Kennedy and Secret Harbour have been producing some tailor for both morning and evening fishers. The beaches throughout this area are starting to consistently produce small mulloway. Many anglers report taking fish between 3 and 6 kg. There are a few tailor around and a few herring.
Perth Catches
Picture: An unusual catch for Perth and especially for this time of year. Rob caught this nice Wahoo locally last week and wanted to share it with the Recfishwest members. Ripper fish Rob!

Boats

Small southern bluefin tuna, 3kg to 6kg fish, are starting to be found more often along the western edge of Five Fathom Bank and Three Mile Reef. Samson fish have been found between the 40m and 50m depths northwest of Rottnest Island and out from Hillarys and Mindarie as well as at The Barges located in 90m to 110m of water off West End. King George whiting have required some effort along the broken ground north of Champion Rock and within Cockburn Sound. Sand whiting are still being picked up in very good numbers along the sand patches either side of the main shipping channel. There are still plenty of squid being caught along the seagrass beds off Fremantle while rock lobster catches have been increasing.

Shore based

Tailor in the 35cm to 55cm range have been turning up some mornings and evenings at the metropolitan beaches. Spots where tailor were reported this past week included South Beach Groyne, Dutch Inn Groyne, Grant Street, Swanbourne Drain and Trigg Point. Herring catches have been achieved from the southern and northern rock walls. The rocks at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour have also been producing squid at night. Chopper tailor have been found near Canning Bridge as well as the lower reaches of the Swan River – downstream from Point Resolution. Mulloway have been landed at The Narrows as well as the deeper waters of Mosman Bay and Freshwater Bay.
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