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Recfishwest
Fishing Report
28/08/20
Recfishwest Partnerships and Business Development Manager Tim Grose - the office's mud crab expert - was more than happy after coming across this nice muddy while fishing at Cape Keraudren, 150km north of Port Hedland, in the Pilbara. CLAWesome catch, Tim - sensational stuff!
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We've recently added in a couple of new features to make your fishing report even bigger and better with 'Scott's Spots' from renowned fishing writer and Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan taking a look at some of WA's best fishing locations and in the 'West Aussie Ultimate Angler' series we've teamed up with our partners Shimano to give you some of their experts' hot tips to take your fishing to the next level. We hope you enjoy this additional content.

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Woahh! Paul Dowding scored this red emperor while exploring the waters off Carnarvon with Top Gun Charters. Measuring 81cm, Paul's red emperor catch is a deserving 'Pic of the Week!' recipient.

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Broome Catches
How good is the weather and fishing off Broome!? The Broome Fishing Club shared this snap with us of young gun Cayden and a nice-looking red emperor! Cracking effort - keep up the good work.

Boats

Sailfish seem to have moved to waters well north of town, with most of this week’s encounters happening near The Peanut and wide of James Price Point. A variety of predators - including Spanish mackerel, giant trevally and queenfish - have been found patrolling Disaster Rock. Reef fishing has been productive between the 30m and 40m contours, with red emperor and coral trout caught. Bluebone and fingermark bream can be targeted within Roebuck Bay.

Shore based

Barramundi continue to be caught in the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River, especially at Telegraph Pool, Langis Crossing and Pelican Pool. More barra have been coming from the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River along with mangrove jack, estuary cod and javelin fish. Threadfin salmon and bluenose salmon can be targeted at the creek mouths. Queenfish and golden trevally have been appearing near the Port of Broome in big numbers during the late afternoon.
Exmouth Catches
Reef Chief Australia's Celeste McDonald-Holland landed this yellowtail tuna at Recfishwest's FADs off Exmouth last weekend. If you catch a fish at any of our FADs, be sure to send us your photos because photographic evidence helps us evaluate how well each FAD location is faring. 

Boats

Sailfish are increasing in numbers within the upper areas of the gulf, while black marlin are just beyond the western reef line and bigger blue marlin are farther out. Spanish mackerel and shark mackerel are responding to bibbed minnows trolled between Tantabiddi and Norwest Reef. Reef fishers have been doing well on goldband snapper in more than 100m of water north-west of the Muiron Islands. Rankin cod and estuary cod were found near Helby Bank, while red emperor were in 60m and deeper.

Shore based

Young fisher Blake Labrooy set social media ablaze this week after he caught a tailor off the beach while fishing near Exmouth - a relatively rare catch that far north. Spangled emperor and bluebone are being targeted quite heavily at the west coast accesses. There is also no shortage of small GTs and brassy trevally along the west coast, however, queenfish can be hard to find. Yellowfin whiting are still in good numbers along the town and gulf beaches. 
 

Scott's Spots - Waroona and Harvey, two tranquil settings

Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan loves freshwater fishing for trout, especially at the Harvey Dam.

As we approach the start of spring, Western Angler's Scott Coghlan explores some of the Peel and South West regions’ quality freshwater fishing locations in this week’s edition of Scott’s Spots. From Waroona to Harvey, there are many great locations to catch trout just off the South Western Highway. Read where Scott loves to wet a line for trout here.

 
Kalbarri Catches


Boats

There are plenty of pink snapper being caught offshore, especially near the cliffs south of the river mouth. Rankin cod are also being caught in good numbers, while dhufish and red emperor are being found out wide. Crews following the cliff line with bibbed minnows in tow are still getting among patches of Spanish mackerel. Rock lobster are being picked up in fair numbers by divers as well as those working pots.

Shore based

Big tailor are being caught on stickbaits and poppers at Oyster Reef and the Back Beach, while smaller fish have been appearing at Red Bluff and Wittecarra Creek at morning and night. Balloon fishers have been catching Spanish mackerel from the cliffs and at Wagoe Beach. Mulloway averaging 1m are being landed near the river mouth, as well as the upper reaches of the Murchison River. A 43cm black bream landed at the jetty last week was perhaps one of the bigger bream to be caught in the system during the past few weeks. There are lots of estuary cod being caught near structure and yellowfin whiting around the sand flats.
Geraldton Catches
Fishing off Geraldton last Saturday with four others, Laura Orme was pleased to catch this 60cm dhufish. The dhufish capped off a great day for Laura and the crew, who caught a mixed bag of species including a solid baldchin groper, pink snapper, foxfish and squid. Awesome work, guys!


Boats

Dinghy and kayak fishers are still managing reasonable catches of whiting, skippy, herring and squid inshore. The African Reef and South West Bank areas have been producing fair numbers of pink snapper, coral trout, baldchin groper and dhufish. There have been a few Spanish mackerel and tuna caught behind Pensioner Bank, however, bigger numbers of both species have been encountered near the Abrolhos Islands.

Shore based

Seaweed is still built up along many of the beaches, but there are areas between Flat Rocks and the Greenough River mouth where it is not too bad. Tailor, small mulloway and pike were caught at these spots. Bigger tailor have been caught from the reefs on low tide at Separation Point and Point Moore. The Lives and the new marina has chopper tailor, skippy and whiting on offer. Pink snapper are occasionally being caught from the beaches north of Drummond Cove.
Lancelin Catches
Red on red! Tailored Treks' Peter Fullarton caught this eye-catching harlequin fish while fishing off Lancelin at the weekend in a session which also featured a dhuie and a baldie. Fantastic fishing!


Boats

Plenty of boat fishers made the most of this week's fantastic boating conditions, reporting plenty of great catches out wide in a range of depths. Boats bagged out early on a range of demersal species without having to travel all the way to Direction Bank. Bluefin tuna have been widespread and feeding on baitfish schools, while Samson fish have been prevalent on structure in the 24m to 30m depths. Skippy are being caught along the nearshore reef systems, with plenty of fish measuring up to 45cm. Pink snapper, breaksea cod and dhufish have all been caught in depths less than 10m.

Shore based

Seaweed is still causing issues for anglers north of Lancelin, while soft sand has been impacting four-wheel-driving along most of the beaches. Tailor fishing was slow along most of the coast this week, though dirty water just to the north of town has been holding decent numbers of fish. Squid and blue swimmer crabs are still being caught from the jetty.
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

Like many freshwater anglers, Recfishwest Operations Lead Matt Gillett loves catching redfin perch.

Dams, brooks and rivers in the State's South West hold many redfin perch, with light tackle freshwater fishers throwing a range of small lures at the fearless fish. Read Shimano's suggestions on how to use lures to get among the redfin freshwater fun!

 
Esperance Catches


Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been doing well on squid and sand whiting within the bay. Good catches of queen snapper have been picked up near the islands together with a few harlequin fish and barracuda. There seems to be a lot of Samson fish in the 20kg to 30kg range being caught at the moment. Crews who traveled wide at the weekend scored nannygai to 50cm.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty has been producing mixed catches of herring, skippy, garfish and squid. Salmon have been caught in their ones and twos at Fourth Beach, West Beach and Ten Mile. Fourteen Mile has small mulloway, as well as skippy to 2kg and salmon.
Albany Catches
He's done it again! After featuring in last week's State-wide Fishing Report with a great blue groper caught on a stickbait, Recfishwest Safety Ambassador and Albany fisher Gideon Mettam has landed another beaut blue - this time on a crab. Be sure to follow Gido's south coast fishing adventures here.


Boats

Reef fishers are spending a lot less time on the water, but coming home with better catches of fish when they have been travelling to grounds east or west of Albany. There seemed to be a good mix of pink snapper and queen snapper in these waters together with breaksea cod, Samson fish and the odd dhufish. A few fishers were able to pick the weather and make it as far as the shelf, however, expect things to not have changed too much out there in recent weeks. The same cannot be said for the inshore fishing after the freshwater run off has discoloured both harbours and the sound. King George whiting and squid, as a result, are more than likely to be in deeper waters.

Shore based

Surf fishers have been catching herring, skippy and sand whiting at the local beaches, while King George whiting are sometimes being caught at Frenchman Bay. Salmon are really only being caught along the beaches well east of town, including Fosters and Reef Beach. The rivers have become very discoloured following recent downpours. The systems are not overly silty though, which usually means the black bream will still likely be active. Baits and soft plastic lures tend to work better on bream in these conditions.
South West Catches
From big to small, and every size in between, there are plenty of pink snapper being caught throughout the South West, including off Dunsborough. "It is great to see healthy numbers of these guys in Geographe Bay this winter - it is such a great fishery," Salty Bones' Adam Ashdown said.

Boats

King George whiting are being found in good numbers in depths of 4m to 8m off Eagle Bay, Quindalup and Abbey Beach. The seagrass beds in similar depths have been yielding lots of squid and a few cuttlefish. Pink snapper have been caught on unweighted and lightly weighed whole fish baits, when burley is introduced, at dawn and dusk near Dunsborough's Four Mile Reef. The occasional pink snapper has been caught from Binningup to Bunbury.

Shore based

Anglers chasing squid from the Busselton Jetty have had a lot of success this week, particularly at night. Tailor are being caught some mornings and evenings at Injidup, Smiths, Yallingup and Bunker Bay. Skippy can be targeted at the deeper gutters and reef holes located along the west coast and there are lots of herring on both sides of the cape. Expect yellowfin and school whiting to increase in numbers along the sand flats in the coming weeks. Binningup, Buffalo Beach and Belvidere Beach are proving fruitful for bread-and-butter species.

Freshwater

The Warren River is continuing to produce redfin perch, with the aptly named Ben Fisher catching this beauty while wetting a line with freshwater guru Declan Busher. Great effort, Ben - keep it up.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Dynamite fisher Lachie Ramm, from Tackle World Miami, was buzzing with this awesome dhufish caught from the 60m depths off Mandurah. It wasn't the only solid fish caught during the session, either, with Lachie also landing a plump baldchin groper. Not a bad day out on the water, aye? 

Mandurah

Boat fishers have had luck when targeting demersals off Mandurah the past fortnight, with reports of big dhufish caught. For land-based anglers, the Dawesville Cut is still producing herring and King George whiting, while there are also plenty of black bream in the lower reaches of the river systems. Black bream are also being found throughout the Mandurah Estuary, but there has been better fishing upstream in the Ravenswood area. Also, anglers fishing in the canals are reporting some good bream to 38cm. Fishers are encountering weed on most beaches both north and south of Mandurah, however, they are also catching the occasional big tailor alongside plenty of choppers. Although winter is almost over, some salmon have not moved back east and there are still a few small schools being found along the southern beaches.

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

There have been big sand whiting, skippy, tarwhine and some good pink snapper caught at Warnbro Sound this week, alongside squid. Most beaches in the area are producing tailor, herring, yellowfin whiting and sand whiting. Anglers fishing from Kwinana Beach have caught whiting, pilch and herring. Palm Beach Jetty in Rockingham has been producing herring, squid and the occasional herring, similar to most land-based platforms in the region. Anglers who braved this week's cold mornings and evenings have been catching mulloway from these structures.
Perth Catches
Thomas Ward has hit a rich vein of form while fishing off Perth this month, catching plenty of lovely looking - and tasting - fish! The hot streak was highlighted by this nice dhufish off Two Rocks on Monday morning. Give Tom's Instagram page a gander to see what else he's been catching.

Boats

Snapper have been prevalent off Perth at spots including Champion Rock, Stragglers and The Mewstone, as well as along the western edges of Five Fathom Bank and Three Mile Reef. Fishing with soft plastics, Perth fisher Aleks Ceklic landed his personal best pink snapper from Warnbro Sound on Saturday. Reef fishers in search of dhufish have been picking up 10kg to 20kg fish in the relatively deeper waters of 50m to 90m. King George whiting are in waters off Leighton, Cottesloe and City Beach, as well as east of Rottnest Island. Sandy patches in more than 20m of water are likely to be holding sand whiting. Squid catches along the seagrass beds within Warnbro and Cockburn sounds, and also out from Fremantle, were up this week following an improvement in water clarity.

Shore based

Pink snapper were landed from Perth's southern and northern rock platforms when the wind and swell was up this week. Tailor have been coming from the beaches in the morning and evening, alongside herring and sand whiting. King George whiting and squid can be targeted at the rock walls within Fremantle and in Cockburn Sound, while the jetties located in the lower reaches of the Swan River may also be worth trying for the cephalopods during a calm evening. There are black bream and tailor in the middle and lower reaches of the Swan. The deeper areas of Freshwater Bay and Mosman Bay are likely to have mulloway during this time of the year.
 
 
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