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Fishing Report
10/07/20
Happy days! Jake Martin was laughing after catching this ripper coral trout off Dampier. Awesome work, mate!
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With near-perfect conditions off Exmouth, Nicki Hunt capitalised on the ocean glass-off and caught this sensational Spanish mackerel on a Rapala X-Rap Magnum within the first two minutes of fishing! After the cracking start to the day, the boat motor unfortunately had issues and Nicki had to return to shore. Despite the motor problems, Nicki was still all smiles after landing this Spaniard - well done!

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Broome Catches
Ash Vagh was stoked to land this longtail tuna off Gantheaume Point, near Broome, while fishing with Bradey Paini. Epic stuff!

Boats

Billfish enthusiasts continue to encounter big numbers of sailfish in waters off Barred Creek, extending to James Price Point, with some boats raising up to three dozen sailfish a day. Very few black marlin have been caught this season, but that is not to say the small blacks are not around. Longtail tuna have moved into local waters in very good numbers, with Ash Vagh, pictured, among fishers getting among the hard-fighting fish. There are also plenty of Spanish mackerel, especially beyond the 12km mark. Broome's reef fishers have also been happy with blue lined emperor, saddletail seaperch and red emperor keeping lines tight.

Shore based

Threadfin and bluenose salmon have been hard to track, at times, within Roebuck Bay and Cable Beach. However, whiting have remained a reliable target for fishers at Cable Beach and Coconut Wells. Mangrove jack and estuary cod have been picked up within the local creeks alongside the odd barramundi. Salmon and barramundi have also been caught in the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River during the incoming tide.
Exmouth Catches
What a great Rankin cod! Joey landed this beauty while wetting a line off Exmouth. Great work!

Boats

Small black marlin and sailfish have been caught in 100m to 300m of water alongside wahoo, dolphinfish and the odd yellowfin tuna. Other varieties of tuna, including longtail and mack, have been encountered in shallower waters. Spanish mackerel and big giant trevally are among the species being caught on lures near the reef. Reef fishers have been doing reasonably well on spangled emperor, Rankin cod and red emperor in depths of 40m to 80m.

Shore based

Spangled emperor can be targeted on baits and lures along Mildura Wreck Road and the accesses that feature reef south of the lighthouse. Queenfish and trevally have been frequenting the west coast as well as the flats at the tip of the cape. Bigger giant trevally are a chance at Oysters and can be caught on big poppers and stick baits during winter and early spring. There are still whiting being caught in numbers along the gulf beaches, while there have been good squid catches from the marina.
 

Scott’s Spots - Pemberton, the go-to spot for freshwater fishing!

Scott Coglan with a picture-perfect brown trout in Pemberton.
Nestled among the dense Karri forest, the picturesque town of Pemberton is the State’s South West offers a unique freshwater fishing experience for WA anglers. Read what Western Angler's Scott Coghlan has to say about the pristine location here.
 
Kalbarri Catches
How are the colours? Robbie Leck was keen to get a photo of this coral trout's eye-catching red colour and electric blue dots. Looks amazing, quality stuff, Robbie!

Boats

Spanish mackerel have been caught on bibbed minnows and rigged garfish trolled north and south of the river mouth, including a couple of big Spaniards outside of the gap at Lucky Bay. A nice mix of reef fish - including dhufish, pink snapper and sweetlip - have been coming from the Sand Patch. Baldchin groper and snapper can be targeted on jigs near the cliffs south of town.

Shore based

A 90cm tailor, caught and released at the river mouth, was among dozens of smaller fish to be caught along the local beaches this past week. Paul Wheatfill experienced a nice run of tailor at Red Bluff and Wittecarra Creek last week. Garfish and herring are a chance at both spots, as well as Jakes, when the wind and swell is moderate. Mulloway continue to be caught, every now and then, in the lower reaches of the Murchison River and there have been a few golden trevally turning up at the river mouth. Yellowfin whiting can be targeted at the sand flats located in the lower reaches of the river, while the upper areas are worth trying for black bream an estuary cod. Squid are rarely caught in local waters from the shore, however, there were a few picked up at the jetties during the past week.
Geraldton Catches


Boats

Crews who managed to head offshore picked up dhufish, pink snapper and baldchin groper near African Reef and West Bank. There have been more snapper coming from waters north-west of the shipping channel. Sweetlip, coral trout and snapper were among the species recently caught at the back of Pensioners Bank. The dinghy and kayak fishers have enjoyed catching squid, herring, skippy and whiting near-shore.

Shore based

Surf fishers have unfortunately contended with big swells, strong winds and large deposits of seaweed along most of the coast in the past week. Tailor, small mulloway and herring were picked up along the Flat Rocks to Greenough stretch, while the first and second points at Greenough also produced pike and whiting. Whiting and the odd tailor have been caught along the local beaches, while the rock walls have had chopper tailor, skippy, herring, whiting and squid on offer. Drummond Cove and the beaches to the north are worth a try for pink snapper, mulloway and dhufish following the period of rough weather.
Lancelin Catches


Boats

There were some windows in the weather and swells to safely leave the bay during the week, but otherwise most boat fishers have elected to keep their vessel in the shed. Despite the week of bad weather, the forecast is looking encouraging this weekend, however, the swell is set to be increasing on Sunday. When leaving or entering the bay, watch to make sure it is safe from breaking waves and be sure to travel along the leads line wearing life jackets. Inshore there have been reliable numbers of pink snapper, while skippy schools can be found on the White Bank and inshore reefs. Offshore fishers have been landing mixed bags including some very big snapper, dhufish, baldchin groper and breaksea cod. Inside the bay, dinghy anglers have been catching squid and some chunky sand whiting, while tailor have coming on the bite at dusk.

Shore based

School holiday fishers at the jetty have been doing well on sand whiting and pilch when they cast towards the shore and away from the blowfish. The evenings have been quite slow compared to usual, with just a few herring, skippy, tailor, squid and tarwhine reportedly caught. The offshore winds forecast for most this weekend should make for some easy beach fishing conditions. The bay's southern beaches have fished well for sand whiting and pilch, while the northern section has also produced some plump tailor. The surf beaches north of Lancelin have been fishing well for sand whiting by day and have produced a few tailor and small whaler sharks in the evening. South of town there was reportedly one pink snapper landed, while tailor fishing has been very quiet.
 
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

What a great Spanish mackerel caught on a recent Perth Fishing Safaris trip!
The almighty Spanish mackerel, a bucket list fish for many, and tit's east to see why! Super-aggressive, great looking fish and pretty good on the chew - they will leave you wanting more and perhaps with some lure carnage along with it! Check out what our partner Shimano has to say about fishing for these tropical species especially in the northern parts of WA here
 
 
Esperance Catches
This Samson fish "fought like it should have been twice the size", according to Jake Poad, after a tough fight from the rocks, near Esperance. Jake was happy to land the impressive Sambo, while looking great iand keeping safe in his Crewsaver lifejacket. Well done!


Boats

Dinghy and small boat fishers have been catching plenty of sand whiting, herring and squid in close. However, it appears the schools of small southern bluefin tuna, which have been present for several months, have moved on. Bait and jigs have worked near the islands, resulting in mixed catches of queen snapper, breaksea cod and blue groper. Nannygai measuring about 50cm, pink snapper, yellowtail kingfish and Samson fish have been among the species picked up out wide.

Shore based

A Southern Sports and Tackle customer landed an impressive mulloway, weighing about 40kg, at Israelite Bay last week which has been the talk of the town. Big skippy, weighing up to 4kg, were caught at Thomas River, Dunn Bay and Roses, while there seem to be plenty of bronze whaler sharks patrolling Alexander Bay. Salmon are evident right along the coast, including along the local beaches, with bigger schools turning up at Eleven Mile, Roses, Alexander Bay, Poison Creek and Thomas River. Bandy Creek boat harbour has been a good for small King George whiting and herring.The Taylor Street jetty has a mix of species including squid, herring, garfish, skippy, King George whiting and cobbler on offer.
Albany Catches
Brody Ogle pulled in this mighty Samson fish off Albany while fishing with Matt Pullella. Legendary work, Brody!

Boats

Inshore fishing has generally been productive, with many recfishers managing to come home with a feed of King George whiting or sand whiting, or both. The sound and both harbours have both species on offer in reasonable numbers. Sizes and quantities seem to be better near Gull Rock, Michaelmas Island, Caseys, Frenchman Bay, Two Peoples Bay and Cosy Corner. Pink snapper are about the coral in bigger numbers once again, while breaksea cod, skippy and small dhufish catches have been steady. Hapuka and blue eye trevalla were located beyond the shelf, whereas red snapper were found at the edge.

Shore based

It has been another good week for salmon fishing, with big numbers of 3kg to 7kg fish caught at the local beaches as well as at some of the eastern and western haunts. Huge schools continued to pass at Bremer Bay where surf fishers, at Reef Beach and Fosters Beach, enjoyed sessions catching a fish each cast at times. The beach at Salmon Holes was among the more consistent spots, once again, while Lowlands, Shelleys, Normans and Cables also produced salmon. Herring and sand whiting are reliable targets along the coast and there are skippy being pulled from the deeper gutters and channels. The King and Kalgan rivers are starting to become rather discoloured. However, the water clarity reduction has not impacted black bream fishing, with many recfishers struggling get their baits and lures past the hoards of small fish.
South West Catches


Boats

Shore based

Pink snapper were expected to be caught along the Geographe Bay beaches during the recent storms. Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings at Elmore Road, Point Piquet, Bunker Bay and Mitchells. Herring remain in very good numbers along both sides of Cape Naturaliste and there are still a few salmon, thought to be resident fish, being caught at some of the beaches.
Mandurah and Surrounds


Mandurah

Tim's Thicket and White Hills have been fishing quite well with plenty of fish. Good bags of herring were reported and mid-week a few tailor up to 2kg were caught. A 6kg snapper was also taken from Preston Beach last weekend, while there are still a few salmon being caught from these beaches. There are still plenty of fish in The Cut at the moment with good skippy, King George whiting and yellowfin whiting caught. The estuary is starting to turn on a few prawns, while there are some good-sized crabs about in the deeper channels. The Murray River is producing some black bream and nice tailor, while the beaches around Mandurah and to the north have been producing solid skippy, big King George whiting, plenty of sand whiting and a few big herring. There are also plenty of pilch being caught along the beaches around Madora and Golden Bay.
 

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

Point Peron is the spot to try for pilch, a few herring, tarwhine and some tailor. Penguin Island has produced good numbers of sand whiting and a few flathead along with some reasonable tailor and the odd salmon. There are still occasional reports of salmon being caught in the metro area, with most reports coming from the southern metropolitan beaches.
Perth Catches
Brock Keymer was targeting pink snapper inshore, but was pleasantly surprised to hook into this Samson fish. The Sambo managed to smash a plastic on the drop and tested the light gear with a few scorching runs before finally surfacing. After a quick photo, Brock released the fish to fight another day. 

Boats

Pink snapper can be targeted near the inshore reefs and islands located off the metropolitan coast. Most of the snapper have been caught early morning and evening and seem to be more willing to strike unweighted, or very lightly weighted whole baits, including scaly mackerel and mulies, as opposed to other methods. Samson fish and skippy have also been caught in similar areas as well as along the western edge of Five Fathom Bank. Dhufish, breaksea cod and queen snapper were caught in depths leading up to 60m when the weather and swell allowed boats to go wide. King George whiting and sand whiting have been found between Rottnest Island and the mainland.

Shore based

Rock fishers who donned the wet weather gear and lined the granite and limestone rocks during, and following, the recent periods of rough weather were rewarded with catches of pink snapper, mulloway, salmon, whaler and gummy sharks. Snapper were also landed at some of the beaches together with tailor, salmon and plenty of herring. King George whiting and squid can be targeted at the rocks at Fremantle Boat Harbour. The Swan River's bumper mulloway run has continued, with big croakers caught on baits and soft plastics between the Causeway and Narrows Bridge.
 
 
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