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Fishing Report
31/07/20
Blimey! Look at this 90cm barra that Jayden Blinco landed while fishing in the Kimberley's iconic Mitchell River. "I got pretty excited when I felt it hit hard and it started taking line," Jayden said. After a quick photo, Jayden said the barra swam off strongly once it was returned to the water. Awesome!
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Wahoooo! Brenton Cartledge was buzzing after landing this 25.1kg wahoo from the vessel off Steep Point while fishing with Tom Miller last weekend. Great stuff, mate - the smile on your face says it all!

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Broome Catches
Kristy Beckingham was happy after getting this nice coral trout on deck while fishing off Broome with her husband, Heath, recently! Nice catch! 

Boats

Competitors set to take part in Broome Fishing Club’s 2020 Billfish Classic this weekend will be pleased with reports of increasing sailfish numbers in waters off Barred Creek and James Price Point. Black marlin have been a little hard to come by this season, however, this may change when more crews are out trying for billfish during the tournament. Spanish mackerel have been caught on bibbed minnows and rigged garfish trolled wide of Entrance Point. Recfishers have been finding plenty of coral trout as well as red emperor and saddletail seaperch along the ground 15km to 25km offshore.

Shore based

Spin fishers have been using a variety of metal and hard-bodied lures to catch queenfish, small GTs and golden trevally at Entrance Point. Mangrove jack are sometimes being caught there at low tide, while the local creeks have also been producing the odd jack. Threadfin and bluenose salmon are being caught at The Fingers. Some nice bags of whiting are being picked up at Cable Beach and Coconut Wells.
Exmouth Catches
This longtail tuna gave Brannon Williams' Daiwa Saltist 3000 a good workout off Exmouth. After a 40-minute battle, Brannon got the upper-hand and was relieved to land the tuna. Well done, Brannon!

Boats

Giant trevally between 10kg to 20kg have been responding to big poppers and stick baits worked near the back of the reef line. Red bass, green jobfish, Spanish mackerel and shark mackerel have also been caught on oversized lures. More mackerel have been caught on bibbed minnows trolled further out in the 15m to 50m depths. There are still small black marlin and bigger striped marlin being caught out wide. Wahoo and dolphinfish can be found near Recfishwest’s fish aggregating devices (FADs). Reef fishers should start in 60m of water for red emperor and Rankin cod, while goldband jobfish can be found in 110m and deeper.

Shore based

Spin and fly fishers wandering the flats in the lower areas of the gulf have been catching queenfish, golden trevally, brassy trevally, flathead and giant herring. Permit and blue bastards have also been caught on fly in these areas. Whiting are still being caught along the gulf and town beaches where queenfish and small trevally have been turning up, especially during the change in tide. There are squid at the marina and Learmonth Jetty during the incoming tide. Spangled emperor and bluebone require some effort near the tip of the cape and along the west side. 
 

Scott’s Spots - Steep Point, one of the greatest fishing locations on Earth

Spanish mackerel and cobia are among the many fish species caught at Steep Point!
When it comes to iconic West Australian fishing spots it is hard to go past Steep Point at the extremities of Shark Bay. In the latest edition of Scott's Spots, Western Angler's Scott Coghlan focuses on all things fishing at Steep Point. Read what Scott has to say here!
 
Kalbarri Catches


Boats

Spanish mackerel up to 20kg have been caught on minnow-style lures trolled north and south of the river mouth. Longtail tuna and yellowfin tuna have also been hitting the lures intended for mackerel, as well as bonito and Samson fish. There seems to be lots of coral trout being caught in waters north and south of town. Spangled emperor have been caught out from the Sand Patch, while dhufish have been in waters north-west of the mouth.

Shore based

Mulloway have continued to be caught in good numbers within the Murchison River. Mulloway measuring 1m or more have been caught at the river mouth, the jetties and areas up river. Black bream and estuary cod have also been picked up at the jetties and near the pens, while yellowfin whiting can be targeted along the sand flats. Tailor from 40cm to 60cm have been appearing most mornings and evenings  - when winds and swells have been moderate - at Wittecarra Creek and Red Bluff. Garfish have been caught at Red Bluff early to mid-morning.
Geraldton Catches


Boats

Reef fishing has been productive when conditions have allowed boats to head out. Dhufish from 8kg to 12kg have been caught at African Reef, with pink snapper and baldchin groper. South West Bank has been producing sweetlip and pink snapper between 50cm and 80cm. Crews who have been working Pensioners Bank and the lumps off Coronation in the late afternoon have caught pink snapper, baldchin groper, coral trout and dhufish. Squid are still being caught along the seagrass beds within the inshore reefs.

Shore based

Tailor up to 60cm, and the occasional bigger fish measuring more than 70cm, have been turning up some mornings and evenings along the stretch from Flat Rocks to West Bank. School mulloway - between 60cm and 80cm - have also been caught. Bigger tailor have been caught more regularly at Headbutts, with tarwhine to 1kg and small mulloway. Squid are occasionally being picked up at the rock walls, along with whiting and estuary cod. Surf fishers have been landing pink snapper north of Coronation.
Lancelin Catches
Stacey joined Tailored Treks to fish the gutters along Lancelin's Back Beach at the weekend and got a few nice tailor! Nice going, mate!


Boats

Consistent 4m swells have made boat launching difficult this past week. The tough conditions have also made leaving the bay risky, with many boat fishers wisely opting not to go out for most of the week. Some smaller boats have launched and fished inside the bay, reporting catches of herring, snook, skippy and squid.

Shore based

Herring have been about in excellent numbers at the jetty this week, moving in after sunset and schooling under the lights. The bay’s southern beaches have been protected from the swells. This has benefited shore-based fishing, with fishers catching herring, pilch, flathead, sand and yellowfin whiting along the near-shore in areas without too much weed. At night, cobbler are still being found along the shallows. Great weed-free gutters have formed at Back Beach and produced tailor up to 50cm. Currents have been rather strong in these gutters, but they should become more productive as the swell eases. The northern beaches have a lot of weed that has moved around with changes in tide, swell and weather. However, some great tailor were caught when conditions suited.
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

Jonathan Ling with a Kraken-like squid from the Busselton Jetty. Picture: Squid Hunters

A huge part of the attraction of southern calamari is the easy access to productive areas, and they can successfully be targeted from jetties, breakwaters and rock ledges, all of which can make for low-fuss sessions. Read Shimano's full article on catching squid here.

 
Esperance Catches


Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been picking up sand whiting, snook and squid while wandering around the inshore waters. Yellowtail kingfish and Samson fish have been caught on jigs and surface lures near the islands. Pink snapper are getting caught in bigger numbers in waters west of town, while nannygai to 55cm and breaksea cod are being found in good quantities out wide.

Shore based

Bread-and-butter species including King George whiting, herring, skippy and squid can be caught at the Taylor Street and James Street jetties. Garfish can also be picked up at both structures at night. Bandy Creek boat harbour has smaller King George whiting as well as flathead, flounder, herring and black bream on offer. Salmon have been caught at Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Roses and Fourteen Mile. Poison Creek has produced skippy to 3kg as well as tailor. Mulloway to 10kg were landed at Israelite Bay last week.
Albany Catches
Beautiful blue! Jake Puls caught this blue groper while fishing close to the rocks in 30m of water off Albany with an Ocean's Legacy Hybrid Contract Jig. Great work!


Boats

Small southern bluefin tuna schooling in from of the islands are being caught on trolled bibbed minnows and small skirted lures. Smaller minnows and metals trolled within the inshore waters have been working well on herring and juvenile salmon. Squid catches seem to have dropped off inshore, however, there are still reasonable numbers of King George whiting and sand whiting in these parts. Reef fishers who have been working the waters off West Cape Howe, Peaceful Bay and Cheynes Beach have had to travel less miles, and spend less time, searching for their catches of snapper, breaksea cod and skippy compared to those who have been hitting their marks due south of Albany.

Shore based

Surf fishers enjoyed some very good sessions on salmon at Bornholm last week, catching and releasing up to a dozen fish in less than an hour, on occasions. Tailor were also caught at Fosters and Bornholm along with lots of herring and a few skippy. Salmon are only biting for a very short period early in the morning at the local beaches. The rocks at West Cape Howe and Cheynes Beach have been producing queen snapper, pink snapper, Samson fish, yellowtail kingfish and bonito when conditions have been suitable. Frenchman Bay and Emu Point have herring, small skippy, King George whiting and squid on offer.
South West Catches
Trudy Morehouse, aka the Squid Queen, made the most of a "magnificent winter's day" and went chasing cephalopods in Geographe Bay off Busselton last Sunday. Trudy got among a few squid, including this beauty, which made for tasty squid rings! Fantastic fishing, Trudy!

Boats

Good dhufish catches have been coming from the 30m to 40m depths off Hamelin Bay, Cowaramup Bay and Canal Rocks. Breaksea cod and queen snapper were also caught in these waters together with Samson fish and skippy in the 1kg to 3kg range. Fishers are a chance to catch pink snapper along Four Mile Reef and Eight Mile Reef, while dhufish are sometimes being caught within Geographe Bay. King George whiting catches have been better off Eagle Bay and Siesta Park rather than the waters straight out from Quindalup. Waters are starting to clear following recent storms, with those targeting squid having success along Geographe Bay's seagrass beds.

Shore based

Pink snapper were landed along the Geographe Bay beaches during, and following, the recent stormy weather. Herring remain in very good numbers along both sides of Cape Naturaliste. Tailor are a chance early morning and at night at Bunker Bay, Point Piquet and Elmore Road. There are still a few salmon being caught along the west coast and Geographe beaches, especially those that feature reef and deep gutters where resident, or injured, fish tend to reside.

Freshwater

Declan Busher caught this brown trout while exploring freshwater spots in the South West this week. Declan said the brown trout didn’t hesitate to engulf his Savage Fat T-Tail Minnow. Sublime stuff!
Mandurah and Surrounds
Jim Bastow, of Primal Instinct Fishing, was chuffed to land this 83cm pink snapper just after sunset while drone fishing from a beach, near Mandurah. Jim's awesome catch is another example of how landing pinkies from beaches is becoming increasingly frequent and popular among WA fishers

Mandurah

The southern beaches have been quiet this past week, but there were still reports of big tailor catches. The Dawesville Cut is producing plenty of King George whiting, chopper tailor, herring and pilch, while squid are also being caught in reasonable numbers. Crabbers are catching plenty of blue swimmer crabs in the deep water. Yellowfin whiting are starting to show up along the beaches from Madora Bay to Secret Harbour. Black bream are continuing to be caught in good numbers in the lower reaches of both the Murray and Serpentine rivers.

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

Palm Beach jetty is producing herring and skippy, while there are also a lot of squid nearby. Fishing at night seems to be working well for mulloway, with a nice 8kg mully landed last week. Beach fishers have caught whiting, pilch and herring. Jetties and platforms in the area have been producing herring and squid. Herring have been caught at most of the beaches, but not in great numbers, while there are still some salmon near Point Peron. 
Perth Catches
Brodie Lyons was tickled pink after getting this 85cm pink snapper on deck while fishing near Two Rocks. Adding to the pink snapper fun, Brodie and the crew also got among a couple of Samson fish! "It was a mint session with plenty of fish around," he said.

Boats

Plenty of pink snapper have been caught off Perth this past week, including near the inshore islands and reefs between Fremantle and Rottnest. Pinkies have also been caught along the back of Three Mile. There have been some nice dhufish caught in 30m to 50m of water off Rockingham and north-west of Rottnest. Crews haven't had to travel far to catch quality reef fish off Mindarie, Yanchep and Two Rocks. Deep droppers found grey-banded cod, bass groper and blue eye trevalla in depths up to 400m. Squid catches have increased along the seagrass off Fremantle following improvements in water clarity.

Shore based

There have been some nice tailor and small mulloway caught between Brighton and Trigg during the past week. More tailor have been caught at Grant Street and Swanbourne in the early morning, together with the odd salmon. Herring are still in good numbers right along the coast, while King George whiting can be targeted from the Fremantle rock walls alongside small skippy and squid. Mulloway are still being caught on baits and soft plastics near Narrows Bridge and the Causeway in the evening. 
 
 
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