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Fishing Report
07/09/18
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi, John Curtis in Mandurah and thanks to Peter Pullarton in Lancelin.

Catch of the Week!

Catch of the week goes to Michael Triantopoulos of Geraldton Sports. Michael landed this superb 10kg dhufish between Flat Rocks and the Greenough River mouth on Sunday evening.

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Broome Catches
Picture: Queenfish and trevally have been responding to a variety of lures worked from Entrance Point.

Boats

Big fingermark bream and mulloway are being caught within Roebuck Bay while red emperor, saddletail seaperch and coral trout have been coming from the 30m to 40m depths. Sailfish numbers seem to have thinned out, however there are still a few being encountered off Barred Creek and wide of James Price Point. Bibbed minnows trolled off Gantheaume Point have been working well on Spanish and school mackerel.

Shore based

Barramundi enthusiasts have been doing well on fish in the 55cm to 75cm range as well as the odd thumper of around a metre in areas of the Fitzroy River including Telegraph Pool, Langis Crossing and Snags. More barra have also been coming from the local creeks, which have also been producing mixed catches of bluenose salmon, estuary cod and mangrove jack. The rocky areas of Cable Beach have been producing a few bluenose salmon and queenfish. Big giant trevally have been following hooked fish at the jetty.
Exmouth Catches
Picture: Oysters Bay and VLF Bay to the Bundegi stretch are worth trying for big giant trevally.

Boats

Billfish enthusiasts have been encountering black marlin and sailfish in depths leading up to 100m off the west coast as well as striped and blue marlin out wider. Wahoo have been inadvertently caught in spreads intended for billfish. Bluewater Tackle World’s Jake Fitzgerald landed a sailfish on fly last week. More sailfish are expected to move into the upper areas of the gulf during the coming weeks. Reef fishing for red emperor, rankin cod and spangled emperor has been productive in 60m to 90m of water. Giant trevally are occasionally being caught near the Muiron Islands and Peak Island.

Shore based

Queenfish and giant herring to a metre have been turning up at Old Bundegi during an incoming tide. There are loads of whiting at Town Beach at the moment while the stretches south of there have flathead, yellowfin bream and garfish. Try the marina and Learmonth Jetty for squid at high tide. Spangled emperor require some work along the west coast.
Kalbarri Catches
Picture: Yellowfin whiting are about in good numbers along the sand flats located in the lower reaches of the Murchison River.

Boats

A local husband and wife duo landed four red emperor to 8.5kg before catching and releasing several rankin cod in waters northwest of town on Monday. Good catches of baldchin groper and pink snapper have been coming from the ground north of the Sand Patch. Soft plastic and metal jigs can be worked near the southern cliffs for coral trout, pink snapper and baldchin groper. Varieties of mackerel and tuna should appear in numbers as the summer months draw nearer.

Shore based

A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive caught five tailor at Wittecarra Creek on Monday morning. More tailor have been coming from Red Bluff, Siphons and Chinamans morning and evening. The beaches north of the river mouth are worth trying for mulloway and pink snapper. Black bream and estuary cod can be targeted at the jetties and pens. Try the middle reaches, near Dance Floor, for mulloway and bigger bream.
Geraldton Catches
Picture: A couple enjoying an evening of nice weather in Geraldton.

Boats

Crews who worked the ground near South West Bank scored some nice dhufish, sweetlip, pink snapper and baldchin groper. More dhuies have been coming from African Reef as well as the lumps off Coronation. Tuna are starting to turn up more frequently along the western edge of Pensioner Bank. The seagrass beds inside the reef line are holding herring, pike and squid while being frequented by visiting school mackerel.

Shore based

Tailor and school-size mulloway have also been turning up between Flat Rocks and the Greenough River mouth while the first and second points at Greenough also have herring, skippy and pike on offer. Mulloway in the 10kg to 12kg range have been caught from the northern side of the marina. Drummonds Cove has tailor and mulloway appearing some mornings and evenings while herring and whiting can be caught from the beaches to the north during the day.
Lancelin Catches
Picture: Skippy, pike, squid and herring have been caught from the jetty in the evenings and there has been plenty of sand whiting caught during the day. Photo credit Tailored Treks Lancelin.

Boats

Another fine weekend saw a lot of boats heading west, most returning with a bag limit of demersal species. Dhufish continue to come from a wide range of depths with some good size ones coming from the shallow lumps. Schools of pink snapper were found around 35m depths where there were also schools of feeding tuna. Bags were finished with a mix of breaksea cod, baldchin and fox fish. Sand whiting well over 20cm can be caught along the 20m depth contour. Aggregations of skippy to 50cm on the inshore reefs are providing great sport on light gear.

Shore based

Small tailor are actively feeding at the north point of Lancelin bay at sunset and sunrise. The northern beaches are currently weeded up after the last storm front. Last week tarwhine, good size tailor and at least 2 large mulloway were caught from the few places that were able to be fished on the northern beaches. Back beach is very clean with clear water and is easy to fish, though very narrow and eroded, so care needs to be taken driving on the beach especially at low tide. Fence reef section of the beach is good to drive on and producing some chopper tailor and herring.
Esperance Catches
Picture: An assortment of bread and butter species including herring, skippy and squid can be caught from the Taylor Street Jetty.

Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been doing well on herring and sand whiting in the bay. Squid have been a little hit and miss, however there are still quite a few barracouta around. Nannygai to 2.5kg have been caught in big numbers out wide together with fair catches of queen snapper and breaksea cod. Samson fish and yellowtail kingfish have been appearing in various depths and areas.

Shore based

Bandy Creek boat harbour has King George whiting, herring and a few black bream on offer. Big numbers of salmon have been turning up at Salmon Beach and Fourth Beach. Small mulloway have also been caught at Fourth Beach and there are skippy, tailor, bronze whaler sharks and salmon at Roses. Bigger skippy to 2kg, tailor, salmon and herring have been appearing at Alexander Bay.
Albany Catches
Picture: Cheynes Beach and Bluff Creek still have salmon lurking within the gutters and channels.

Boats

Mixed catches of reef fish including pink snapper, dhufish, queen snapper and breaksea cod have been caught along the 60m to 90m depths when the weather has permitted. Red snapper are being found in fairly big schools at the edge of the shelf while samson fish to 30kg are in various depths and areas. Groups of determined deep droppers who worked the 250m-plus depths got onto some nice hapuka as well as a few grey-banded cod and blue eye trevalla. King George whiting enthusiasts have been doing well on fish mostly between 35cm to 45cm in the sound, near the islands, off Caseys, Goode Beach and Limestone Head. Squid are about in fair numbers in these areas and a consistent stream of burley should get herring and skippy around. Juvenile pink snapper have been hard to get past in some of the inshore areas.

Shore based

Surf fishers have generally been doing better on salmon, skippy and herring along the beaches east of town. Tourist Rock and the stones towards Bremer Bay have been producing a few pink snapper, samson fish and queen snapper. The rock platforms near West Cape Howe would also be worth trying for all three species. Black bream are being caught in very good numbers in the King and Kalgan rivers, however most have been small. The trick to landing a bigger bream is to keep trying different techniques and swapping lures. Mulloway seem to have moved out of the Kalgan following a couple of weeks of good action.
Southwest Catches
Picture: King George whiting are in depths leading up to 18m within Geographe Bay.

Boats

Dhufish were caught in very good numbers off the west coast at the weekend. The dhuies that ranged from 8kg to 18kg were caught off Cowaramup Bay, Canal Rocks and wide of Sugarloaf Rock. Pink snapper are still being found along Four Mile Reef and Eight Mile Reef. There are still squid along the seagrass beds between Eagle Bay and Abbey Beach.

Shore based

The whale carcass washed up at Injidup has continued to attract big schools of herring as well as larger predators including samson fish, salmon and whaler sharks. The beaches near Honeycombs are worth trying for tailor early morning and evening when the winds are ideal and swell is down. Herring can be caught from the bays and headlands within Geographe Bay. Busselton Jetty and Quindalup Jetty are producing squid, garfish and skippy.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Picture: Herring and tailor have been the main catches in the Dawesville cut this week with reports of good yellowfin whiting being caught there as well.

Mandurah

In the lower estuary, reports indicate that the fishing has been reasonable, with catches of herring, tarwhine and yellowfin whiting. Mulloway action from the beaches either side of Mandurah will start to improve with the size of mulloway increasing over the next few months. Most of the beaches around Mandurah are producing plenty of tailor although the size of the fish is a little average. The beaches at White hills and Tim’s thicket are turning on some good tailor along with herring. People fishing this area are also catching whiting and tarwhine. The beaches north of Mandurah are producing the occasional big tailor, along with chopper tailor, whiting and tarwhine. Bream fishing has slowed down a little with not a lot of activity in the upper estuary however downstream it’s a different story with good size fish being caught. Fishers in the know are finding fish up to 700gms or better.

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

Rockingham jetty is producing herring and few chopper tailor. Palm beach is a good spot to try for most species, and is also worth a try for squid. Sand whiting and tailor are being caught at Warnbro beach and long point. Dinghy fishers in Warnbro sound are catching a few snapper and people fishing from behind five fathom bank are catching snapper and other demersal species.
Perth Catches
Picture: The deeper areas of the Swan River including The Narrows, Freshwater Bay, Mosman Bay and Blackwall Reach are worth trying for mulloway, especially during the lead up to the new and full moon periods. Pictured above is Mosman Bay Jetty.

Boats

A customer of Anglers Fishing World caught an 18kg dhufish while fishing near Rottnest Island on Sunday. More dhuies have been coming from the 20m to 30m depths east and west of Five Fathom Bank. Pink snapper are still being caught in good numbers off Parker Point, near Stragglers and Garden Island and along Three Mile Reef. There are big schools of skippy being encountered on Five Fathom and parts of the Three Mile. King George whiting are east of Rottnest in 12m to 18m of water as well as within Cockburn Sound. Squid catches improved along the seagrass beds when the weather started to settle during last week.

Shore based

Several pink snapper were caught from the southern rock walls during the recent period of rough weather and it would be no surprise if more pinks were also caught from the northern rock walls. Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings along the metropolitan beaches while mulloway are mostly being caught along the northern beaches. Herring are still worth targeting at the rock walls and jetties as well as the beaches featuring reef or weed.

Freshwater Stocking Locations

Pictured: Nick Drummond with a superb brown trout last week!

Freshwater stocking locations (click here)

For those that want to have a crack at trout fishing this spring, here are our recommendations to Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Fisheries Division) for stocking in 2018.

Stocking efforts are ongoing so get out there and enjoy WA's beautiful southwest.

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