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Fishing Report
21/09/18
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Broome Catches
Picture: Bluenose salmon have been caught on lures and baits along Cable Beach and Town Beach.

Boats

There are still a few sailfish being caught in waters near The Peanut and wide of James Price Point. Black marlin are likely to be among the sails as are other predators including Spanish mackerel, cobia and varieties of tuna. Reef fishing enthusiasts have been picking up reasonable numbers of red emperor, saddletail seaperch and blue lined emperor in and around the 30m to 40m contours. Fingermark bream, bluebone and mulloway can be found within Roebuck Bay.

Shore based

Barramundi activity has been increasing in Fitzroy River with fish between 65cm and 75cm being caught at Telegraph Pool and Langis Crossing together with the odd bigger fish close to a metre. The local creeks have also been fishing better for barra during the past week or so and there are a few fish being landed at the jetty. Gantheaume Point has queenfish and mackerel turning up at times. Try Coconut Wells for whiting, garfish and trevally.
Exmouth Catches
Picture: The halco twisties are a great lure to use for the queenfish in Exmouth which are starting to turn up in bigger numbers along the west coast.

Boats

Spanish mackerel continue to be caught in reasonable numbers along the back of the west coast reef line and around the Muiron Islands. Minnow-style lures trolled between the 15m and 30m depths have been working well on the mackerel, however sharks have been snatching hooked fish at times. Wahoo and dolphin fish are being encountered in a range of depths and areas and there are some big yellowfin tuna about. Try the 100m to 200m contours for black marlin while striped and blue marlin can be found farther out. Sailfish numbers are expected to increase within the upper areas of the gulf during the coming weeks. Red emperor and goldband snapper have been caught in very good numbers in 90m to 110m of water south of Tantabiddi.

Shore based

Some of the accesses have been producing golden trevally, spangled emperor and dart. Big giant trevally are worth trying at the tip of the cape late afternoon and evening. Town Beach is still holding plenty of whiting. The marina is worth a try in the afternoon for a variety of species including estuary cod, mangrove jack and trevally.
Kalbarri Catches
Picture: Mulloway activity seems to have increased following some nice catches along the northern and southern beaches in Kalbarri. Photo credit Kalbarri Land Based Fishing Tours.

Boats

Pink snapper have been responding well to soft plastic and metal jigs worked close to the cliffs north and south of the river mouth. Crews had to travel quite far northwest of town to find red emperor and dhufish. Coral trout have been found in a range of depths and areas while baldchin groper are mostly in depths of less than 15m. Spanish mackerel are hard to come by and probably will not start appearing in decent numbers until the end of next month.

Shore based

A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive landed a 10kg mulloway at Chinamans about 5.30pm last Thursday. A similar size mulloway was landed there about noon the following day. Surf fishers have been catching plenty of mulloway and big tailor at Frustrations and the beaches north of there. Frank Roseburg has been doing well on mulloway and pink snapper at the southern cliffs. Red Bluff has tailor turning up most mornings and evenings. Big yellowfin whiting can be targeted at the mouth of the Murchison as well as the sand flats across from the supermarket. Blue manna and mud crab catches seem to be improving.
Geraldton Catches
Picture: Big tailor can be targeted at Southgates and Separation Point.

Boats

Mixed catches of dhufish, pink snapper, baldchin groper and sweetlip have been coming from the African Reef and South West Bank areas. Fair concentrations of pink snapper have also been found near the shipping channel together with the odd lonesome dhufish. Pensioner Bank would be worth trying over the coming few months for coral trout. Dinghy, small boat and kayak fishers have been picking up herring, skippy, squid and school mackerel within the inshore reefs.

Shore based

Tailor have been appearing along the Head Butts to Greenough River mouth stretch in bigger numbers than previous weeks. Most of the tailor have not been huge fish, but at 40cm to 50cm surf fishers are content with their modest size following a winter of very few fish. The first and second points at Greenough are producing herring, skippy and pike. Mulloway are worth trying at the river mouth and along West Bank. Fair catches of bread and butter species including herring, skippy and tarwhine have been coming from the back of The Lives and the marina. Graham Maunder, of Geraldton Sports, landed two 45cm pink snapper at Coronation on Sunday afternoon. Bigger whiting have also been caught along the northern beaches.
Lancelin Catches
Picture: Blue skies this week in Lancelin. Photo credit Tailored Treks Lancelin.

Boats

Over the weekend conditions were not ideal for the boats heading out to chase demersal species with the swell making it too dangerous to leave the bay. Boats that did manage to pick a window and run the leads for fish later in the week and found the patience paid off, returning with some good size and numbers of pink snapper and dhufish. Inside the bay, there is still skippy and samson fish to 20kg can been found around the schools. The sea grass beds have been producing some squid and adjacent rubble areas and sand holes are worth a try for some nice King George whiting.

Shore based

Jetty fishers have been catching sand and King George whiting, herring and some small tailor. Conditions have improved along the beaches with the best number of big green back tailor landed that we have seen for some months and several mulloway being caught. 
Esperance Catches
Picture: Salmon and herring have been coming from West Beach as well as Salmon Beach and Fourth Beach. Photo credit: Esperance Land Based Fishing Club.

Boats

Good catches of mixed reef fish including nannygai, breaksea cod, queen snapper and samson fish were picked up behind the islands. Yellowtail kingfish have been caught on the surface close to the islands at times. Dinghy and small boat fishers have mostly been catching squid, snook and herring in the bay.

Shore based

About one in every King George whiting being caught at Bandy Creek boat harbour has been more than the legal 28cm. Small flathead and herring have also been common at Bandy Creek. The Taylor Street Jetty has plenty of small skippy and herring on offer, but unfortunately not too many squid. Brody Ogle picked up a 50cm flathead on a metal lure at West Beach on Sunday. Thomas River has been fishing well for big skippy. Try the remote beaches east and west of town for gummy sharks and mulloway.
Albany Catches
Picture: Schools of juvenile salmon are evident at Mutton Bird and Nanarup.

Boats

King George whiting fishers, who have been moving around in search of the bigger concentrations of fish, have been doing better than those who have a been a little more passive and working their familiar areas. Inshore waters where bigger numbers of King George were found this past week included Caseys, Gull Rock, Middleton Beach, Limestone and Michaelmas and Breaksea islands. Squid are still hard to come by whereby catches of eight to ten cephalopods in a couple of hours is being regarded as a good session in local waters, which are mostly producing catches of two and four. A consistent stream of burley should bring skippy and herring around. Pike and flathead have been almost nonexistent in the local inshore parts this season. Small pink snapper, 20cm to 30cm fish, are frustratingly taking baits for fish of legal size. The boats that worked the coral in 60m to 90m of water during the week picked up reasonable numbers of the usual mix of dhufish, pink and queen snapper, breaksea cod, harlequin fish and skippy. Those who ventured to the shelf, and beyond, scored plenty of red snapper and harlequin fish.

Shore based

Surf fishers are still catching salmon, however the popular sportfish are mostly coming from the beaches east of Bluff Creek. The local beaches have fair numbers of herring and tarwhine while King George whiting and squid are occasionally being caught at Frenchman Bay. The marina has black bream, leatherjackets and herring on offer. Black bream are responding well to vibe-style and soft plastic lures in the King and Kalgan rivers. The Pallinup and Bremer are not holding much water, so it may pay to visit both of these systems on a higher tide.
Southwest Catches
Picture: Gnarabup Boat Ramp alongside White Elephant Cafe in Margaret River.

Boats

Big dhufish have been caught in depths leading up to 60m of water between Moses Rock and Cape Naturaliste. Breaksea cod, pink snapper and queen snapper were also caught in these depths and areas. Samson fish and yellowtail kingfish are being regularly encountered off the tip of Cape Naturaliste. Four Mile Reef and Eight Mile Reef continue to fish well for pink snapper. Squid catches have improved within Geographe Bay following an increase in water clarity in close near the seagrass meadows.

Shore based

There are plenty of herring and a few juvenile salmon being caught from the beaches and headlands along Geographe Bay. Moses Rock, Injidup and Boneyards have tailor turning up some mornings and evenings. The deep gutters south of Redgate are worth trying for mulloway, pink snapper and bigger tailor. Try the Busselton Jetty and Quindalup Jetty for squid and herring.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Picture: Locals in the know suggest that you fish the incoming tide for herring and tailor can be caught at dawn and dusk.

Mandurah

People fishing the beaches between Tim’s Thicket and Preston have been catching herring and some tailor and there have been reports of a few small mulloway up to 60 cm. The bigger fish are yet to turn up regularly, but it is only a matter of time. Weed has been a problem in some areas but there is sufficient clear patches allowing fishers to wet a line. The beaches have also been eroded by recent seas and swells and are very narrow. Take care when driving along them. The Cut is still producing good fishing. Herring are the main catch but bags have also included a few tailor, sand whiting, King George whiting, tarwhine and an occasional big skippy. Tarwhine are also being caught in good numbers but they are a little on the small side. The Bridge has been turning on some good skippy and around the river mouth you can get a mixed bag of tarwhine, herring and whiting. People fishing for bream in the Murray and Serpentine rivers continue to catch and release good numbers of black bream. One fisher caught and released one fish that was over 45 cm during the week. Small hard bodied lures and soft plastic lures are accounting for most of the fish. Bait fishers are also finding good fish where there is a bit of structure as well as in the canals.

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

One spot that has been fishing well over the week has been Shoalwater Bay where there have been plenty of herring, whiting and skippy. Tailor fishers have found the beaches around Secret Harbour worth a try, but this is the only spot that seems to be producing these fish regularly in this region. The southern beaches have been turning on some tailor after dark.
Perth Catches
Picture: Cottesloe Groyne has been good for tailor, herring and sand whiting early morning or after dark.

Boats

Perhaps the biggest news during the past couple of weeks is the arrival of pink snapper within Cockburn Sound. Pink snapper turn up within the protected waters of Cockburn and Warnbro Sound about September each year to engage in their annual spawning ritual. A good proportion of the snapper caught in these waters, as well as the surrounding areas west of Garden and Carnac islands and Stragglers, have been between 80cm and 90cm. Skippy between 30cm and 60cm have been found in big schools along Five Fathom Bank. Samson fish have been located in dense schools at The Barges in 90m to 110m of water west and southwest of West End. Schools of sambos have also been found between the 40m and 50m depth northwest of the island. Unfortunately, sharks have been following the schooling samson fish and have been devouring hooked fish at times. Dhufish catches have been better off Mindarie, Two Rocks and Lancelin than local waters. King George whiting are within Cockburn Sound and the broken ground east of Rottnest. There are still plenty of squid and the odd cuttlefish being caught along the seagrass beds off Fremantle.

Shore based

Tailor activity has increased along the metropolitan beaches, as well as those an hour or so north and south of the city, with fish to 55cm appearing morning and evening. Early morning lure fishers have been picking up tailor at Grant Street Reef and Swanbourne while afternoons and evenings at Swanbourne Drain have also been producing the odd small mulloway and shark. City Beach and Floreat groynes have chopper tailor, tarwhine and mostly small sand whiting. Herring have been caught in very good numbers at Hillarys Marina rock wall, especially when burley is introduced. There are still squid being caught from South Mole and Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. Tailor have started to appear in the lower reaches of the Swan River in bigger numbers while the deeper areas of Mosman Bay and Freshwater Bay would be worth trying for mulloway.
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