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Fishing Report
06/12/18
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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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Broome Catches

Boats

Reef fishing enthusiasts, who ventured to the 30m to 40m depths when conditions permitted, scored red emperor, saddletail seaperch and blue lined emperor. Fingermark bream and bluebone have been caught within Roebuck Bay, which deeper sections are holding mulloway between 80cm and 1.2m. Big schools of baitfish near Entrance Point and Gantheaume Point are attracting a variety of predators including longtail and mack tuna, Spanish and school mackerel and golden trevally.

Shore based

Barramundi to a metre have been caught on baits and lures within the Fitzroy River and Meda River. Smaller barra have been common in the local creeks, which are also producing mixed catches of mangrove jack, estuary cod and bluenose salmon. Threadfin salmon have been caught within Roebuck Bay, however the 70cm to 1.2m fish have been fussy at times. Tripletail have been found near the moorings and other pieces of flotsam within the bay.
Exmouth Catches

Boats

Sailfish are in very good numbers in the upper areas of the gulf with some boats catching up to a dozen of the majestic sportfish a session. Small black marlin are evident within a few miles of the back of the west coast reef while bigger striped and blue marlin are farther out. Spanish mackerel have been found in good numbers south of Tantabiddi and near The Muiron Islands. Try the bombies inside the lagoon for spangled emperor.

Shore based

Deb Foster and Lexi Taylor used crab baits and paternoster rigs to catch bluebone from the tip of the cape. Prawns and small poppers have been working well on whiting along the gulf beaches. Queenfish have been regularly showing up along the gulf beaches, especially near Learmonth Jetty. Hardy heads have been working well on the queenies. Gold spotted, giant and golden trevally have also been turning up in the gulf.
Kalbarri Catches

Boats

Yellowfin and other varieties of tuna have been encountered approximately three miles out together with Spanish mackerel. Expect cobia to start appearing offshore soon and, when water temperatures increase, sailfish and small black marlin may show. Try the bay at Jakes for yellowfin whiting following good catches during recent weeks.

Shore based

Surf fishers have been catching their bag limits of tailor along the beaches north and south of the river mouth. Spots where the 40cm to 75cm tailor were caught included Red Bluff, Wittecarra Creek, Chinamans, Oyster Reef and Frustrations. Mulloway have been a little hit and miss, but there are a few fish around, especially north of the river mouth. Herring are at Red Bluff some mornings when the wind and swell has been down. The sand flats located in the lower reaches of the Murchison River are holding plenty of yellowfin whiting. Blue swimmer and mud crab catches are increasing within the system.
Geraldton Catches

Boats

Dinghy and kayak fishers working the seagrass and sand areas within the reef line have been picking up mixed catches of sand whiting, pike, herring and squid. Spanish mackerel are just starting to appear along the back of Pensioners and it would be expected that bigger numbers are in areas off the Abrolhos Islands. Keep an eye out for circling birds if yellowfin and longtail tuna are of interest.

Shore based

Tailor catches have been appearing along the Flat Rocks to Greenough River mouth stretch. Mulloway have been landed at The Slips and Lucys while the first and second points have herring, whiting and pike. Southgates and Tarcoola are producing tailor some mornings and evenings. The northern rock wall of the marina is worth a try for bread and butter species including herring, skippy chopper tailor and squid. Drummonds Cove and the beaches north of there are fishing well for big yellowfin and school whiting. Try Horrocks for mulloway, tailor and shark.
Esperance Catches

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been picking up herring and squid within a mile of the coast. Nannygai and queen snapper have been found near the islands while bigger nannygai, breaksea cod and harlequin fish were found out wider. Expect schools of small southern bluefin tuna to start appearing in the coming weeks.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty has been fishing well for herring and squid while Bandy Creek boat harbour has King George whiting to 35cm on offer. Salmon have been caught along with herring and skippy at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Fourteen Mile and Roses. Fourteen Mile has also been producing mulloway while gummy shark are turning up at Roses. A customer of Southern Sports and Tackle caught two gummy shark, mulloway, a couple of salmon and herring during a recent session at Dunns. Duke of Orleans Bay has some salmon. Gummy shark, mulloway, salmon and big skippy have been coming from Thomas River.
Albany Catches

Boats

Deepwater enthusiasts scored good catches of hapuka, blue eye trevalla and grey-banded cod in depths leading up to 400m. Red snapper were found in schools at the edge of the shelf while the coral lumps located in 60m to 90m of water produced pink and queen snapper as well as breaksea cod and small dhufish. Samson fish to a back-aching 40kg encountered in a range of depths and areas have been caught on soft plastic and metal jigs as well as baits. King George whiting require some effort in the sound where it has been taking a visit to about six or seven spots to pick up a feed of the delicious table fish. Bigger Geordies have continued to be found in the deeper waters, which also seems to be the case with the squid.

Shore based

Surf fishers working the local beaches have mostly been catching bread and butter species including herring, juvenile salmon, tarwhine and skippy. Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings at Nanarup and Bornholm. Salmon are in very good numbers at Bremer Bay. The rock platforms near West Cape Howe and Cheynes Beach would be worth a try for samson fish, yellowtail king fish and blue groper when conditions are suitable. The King and Kalgan rivers have been producing plenty of 20cm to 30cm black bream. Bream between 35cm and 40cm have been caught on a variety of baits and lures while fish over the 40cm mark have mostly been caught on baits. Most of the mulloway landed this past week were in the 45cm to 60cm range.
Southwest Catches

Boats

Rock lobster enthusiasts have already been soaking their pots and started their dives, however as yet, most of the whites as well as reds, have been caught out from Busselton. Squid can still be caught along the seagrass meadows off Eagle Bay, Quindalup and Siesta Park. Try the 10m to 20m depths off Abbey Beach for King George whiting.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings at Moses Rock, Honeycombs, Injidup and Elmore Road. The deeper gutters near Contos and Hamelin Bay would be worth trying for mulloway and resident salmon. Herring are in fairly good numbers along both sides of the cape. Yellowfin and school whiting activity is increasing along the sand flats within Geographe Bay.
Perth Catches
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Boats

Western rock lobster enthusiasts have been intercepting the whites as they begin their annual December run, however the recently malted crustacean are not being caught in all areas. Two Rocks has reportedly been producing good catches of rock lobster as have the waters of Fremantle and Rockingham. Catches off Hillarys have been a little light on and there have been mixed reports from the areas near Rottnest Island. Samson fish are still at The Barges located in 90m to 110m of water off West End. Yellowtail kingfish have been patrolling the Stragglers and Champion Rock area. Try the 20m to 30m depths south of Parker Point for King George whiting. Geordies have also been found in depths of 10m to 20m off Leighton and Cottesloe. There are still a few squid being caught along the seagrass meadows off Fremantle and within Cockburn Sound.

Shore based

Scaly mackerel, yellowtail and herring numbers are increasing at Fremantle boat harbour and their presence is likely to attract mulloway and other predators including longtail tuna, shark and mackerel to the protected area. More herring are being caught from the Fremantle, Hillarys and Mindarie rock walls together with whiting and small skippy. Tailor numbers are increasing along the metropolitan beaches and there seems to be a few more mulloway along the stretches north and south of the developed coastline. Flathead activity has been increasing near Chidley Point, Point Walter, Point Resolution and Applecross. The lower and middle reaches of the Swan River have chopper tailor and, in the deeper areas, mulloway. Blue swimmer crabs are starting to be caught in bigger numbers.

Recfishwest Tip of the Week

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Abalone Season Set to Kick Off in Perth

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