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Fishing Report
04/01/19
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi, John Curtis for his Mandurah and surrounds report and Peter Fullarton for what's happening in Lancelin.

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Broome Catches
Steve Chambers from Tackle World Broome caught this Queenfish on the Recfishwest Limited Edition Membership Lure (Halco Roosta popper) while working the flats.


Boats

Eric Locke caught three barramundi at more than a metre – 1.10m, 1.05m and 1.02m – over four days while fishing in the Fitzroy River early last week. Heavy rains have made many parts of the Fitzroy inaccessible since Eric landed his fish. The local creeks are sometimes still able to be accessed and have been producing barra mostly in the 60cm to 80cm range as well as estuary cod, mangrove jack and bluenose salmon. The deeper areas of Roebuck Bay are worth trying for mulloway when the weather permits. Fingermark bream and bluebone are also a chance within a few miles of the coast.

Shore based

Queenfish to a metre and varieties of trevally have been responding well to stick baits, poppers and metal slices worked at the jetty. Bluebone and barramundi are also a chance at the structure as well as from the rocks at Gantheaume Point. Whiting and salmon have been hard work from the beaches because of the wind. Try the mouths of the local creeks for barra, estuary cod and threadfin salmon.
Exmouth Catches
Caleb Moore speared this cracking Red Emperor out from Exmouth in 16m! Usually a fish caught in significantly deeper water, this red was a welcome addition to Caleb's esky. Weighing in at 8.5kg this fish sure made the drive up from coral bay to get away from the wind worth it.

Boats

Blue marlin continue to be encountered out wide while smaller black and striped marlin are still around in closer behind the reef. Sailfish are within the upper areas of the gulf as well as off the west coast reef. Spanish and broadbar mackerel are responding to bibbed minnows trolled between the 15m and 30m depths. Try 60m for red emperor and rankin cod and 120m for goldband snapper. Spangled emperor can be targeted on surface lures near the bombies within the lagoons.

Shore based

Big schools of baitfish at the tip of the cape have been creating some entertaining sessions at VLF Bay and Old Bundegi where packs of queenfish and giant herring have been coming in thick and fast at times. Permit have been getting fly fishers excited in the lower areas of the gulf while bonefish are off the west side. Waters along the eastern side of the gulf are getting very warm and consequently mangrove jack and estuary cod have becoming very active. The marina is worth a try for squid at night.
Kalbarri Catches


Boats

Red emperor were caught approximately nine miles west of the river mouth while pink snapper and baldchin groper were found in less than 15m of water out from the cliffs south of town. Spanish mackerel have been caught on trolled bibbed minnows and rigged garfish near Sand Patch and in about 30m of water southwest of the river mouth. Longtail tuna have been encountered by crews heading north as well as south. It should not be long for bigger yellowfin tuna to start appearing offshore.

Shore based

Surf fishers have been impressed with the number of pink snapper along the coast. Pink snapper to 80cm have been caught at Red Bluff in evenings. A customer of Kalbarri Sports and Dive landed two snapper of about 50cm at Pot Alley on Wednesday morning. There were also some nice snapper brought in along the beaches north of Frustrations at the weekend. Baldchin groper, spangled emperor and tailor were among the species caught from the rocks near the rabbit proof fence. More tailor have been coming from Wittecarra Creek and Red Bluff. A 12kg mulloway was caught at Wittecarra on Wednesday. Wagoe produced mixed catches of tailor, mulloway, pink snapper, bonefish and gold spotted trevally during the Christmas to New Year period. Yellowfin whiting are in good numbers along the sand spit in the Murchison while chopper tailor have been passing through this area late afternoon and evening. Black bream and estuary cod have been found near the jetties, pens and other structure farther up river. Blue manna and mud crabs have been caught in areas up to 14km up river.
Geraldton Catches


Boats

Mixed catches of reef fish including dhufish, pink snapper, sweetlip and baldchin groper have been coming from the African Reef area and the lumps off Coronation. Coral trout have been caught on minnows and jigs worked along Pensioner Bank. Spanish mackerel have been encountered offshore and seem to be making their way south. Yellowfin tuna are being found in bigger sizes and numbers near the Abrolhos Islands.

Shore based

Tailor have been caught most mornings and evenings along the Flat Rocks to Greenough River mouth stretch together with herring, pike, dart and the odd mulloway. Bigger tailor have been coming from the reefs at Southgates and Separation Point. The Pages and lighthouse area are worth trying for tailor, herring and pike. School mackerel are a chance on lures from the northern side of the new marina mid to late afternoon. Drummonds Cove and the beaches north of there have been producing a variety of species including tailor, mulloway, dart and pink snapper.
Lancelin Catches
Peter Fullerton got these jumbo crayfish from their pots earlier in the week. Nothing beat a good feed of jumbo legs!

Boats

It's been a very busy period over the holidays with many boats heading out each morning to check pots and to hopefully land a fish or two. The potters have seen increasing numbers of whites as the moon has waned, outside the white bank pots have been coming up with a mix of whites and jumbo reds. Demersal fishers have been finding some large dhufish with several in the 18-20kg range along with baldchin, breaksea cod and pink snapper with the odd foxfish and spangled emperor filling out some bags. Within the bay, fishers have been finding a good variety of fish with squid, flat head, flounder, pike, herring, king george whiting and some very large garfish. Snook up to 1.5 - 2 kg have been caught regularly trolling lures or casting mulies over the weed banks.

Shore based

Day time fishing at the jetty has been very quiet, the numerous jet ski’s and boats not helping the fishing. Big garfish have come at times in the afternoons when the sea breeze is keeping boating traffic down. Evenings there have been some herring and tailor caught under the lights. Tailor have been along the beaches and the north point of Lancelin bay, though the bite has been limited to first and last light of each day. Dart and a few small mulloway have been taking some of the baits intended for tailor from some of the northern beach gutters. Pink snapper to 90cm have also been caught land based by the lucky surf fisher.
Esperance Catches
Jake Poad getting onto a healthy yellowtail kingfish from the stones over the Christmas break. Great fish mate and well done for wearing a lifejacket.

Boats

A customer of Southern Sports and Tackle landed a 3kg squid recently within the bay. Big herring, sand whiting and skippy have also been coming from the inshore areas. Nannygai have been found in schools near the islands and there seems to be plenty of breaksea cod and queen snapper in close near Alexander Bay. The ground beyond the islands have been fishing fairly well for nannygai to 60cm, queen snapper, breaksea cod, harlequin fish and small yellowtail kingfish. Small southern bluefin tuna have been spotted by divers and are expected to be within local waters in big numbers in the coming weeks.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty has been fishing very well for herring in the evening while daylight hours at the structure have been good for skippy, garfish, King George whiting and squid. Bigger King George can be targeted at Bandy Creek boat harbour together with bull herring and black bream. Salmon have been appearing in small schools between Fourth Beach and Fourteen Mile whereby the reefs at Nine Mile, Ten Mile and Eleven Mile seem to be producing bigger numbers. Bull herring, flathead and skippy of about half a kilo have also been caught from the reef. Stockyards had skippy between 3kg and 4kg being caught on Boxing Day while also providing mixed catches of herring, salmon and small mulloway. Duke of Orleans Bay is worth a visit with salmon and herring on offer for line fishers and queen snapper, harlequin fish and breaksea cod on spear. Groups who fished Alexander Bay during the festive break picked up salmon, skippy and gummys. A group who spent a few days at Israelite Bay during the same period tallied five gummy shark and six mulloway. Roses has been good for salmon, tailor, skippy and shark while Thomas River has gummy shark, small mulloway and salmon on offer.
Albany Catches
Aron Dixon, one of our fish and survive rock fishing safety ambassadors from Dixon Brothers Fishing, hooked up to a solid blue grouper off the rocks. A solid stance, life jacket and secure foot hold is crucial to safely fighting these power houses from the stones.

Boats

Reef fishing enthusiasts who took advantage of pleasant conditions earlier in the week were rewarded with good catches along the coral and beyond the shelf. Big red snapper were found in dense schools at the edge of the shelf while the waters beyond produced hapuka, blue eye trevalla and grey-banded cod. Dhufish, breaksea cod and pink snapper were the main species picked up along the coral together with samson fish, queen snapper and whaler sharks. King George whiting fishing within King George Sound has been reasonable and, judging by some accounts, bigger fish were found within Two Peoples Bay. Small bibbed minnow and metal lures trolled within Oyster Harbour, and other inshore areas, have been producing catches of herring and juvenile salmon. Flathead, sand whiting and squid have been also common inshore.

Shore based

Surf fishers have continued to catch salmon at Reef Beach while a few schools have been intercepted at Nanarup. Herring are yet to appear in numbers the important bread and butter species are ordinarily in during this time of the year. Cable, Sand Patch was the better performing spot for herring this past fortnight. Blue groper have been landed at the rocks at West Cape Howe and Bremer Bay. There is still word of a few mulloway being caught in the Kalgan River. Black bream efforts have been mixed in the King and Kalgan rivers.
Southwest Catches
Corren Wakelam with stunning flathead from a southwest beach. Great way to spend a summers afternoon chasing these fish on light gear with the sand beneath your toes.


Boats

Reef fishers who worked the 20m to 40m depths off the west coast during the festive break scored good catches off dhufish, pink snapper and breaksea cod. Pink snapper enthusiasts who anchored and burleyed near the Four Mile and Eight Mile reef systems seemed to be more successful than those who drifted with weighted and unweighted baits. Southern bluefin tuna have started to appear in bigger numbers off the west coast as well as within Geographe Bay. Rock lobster continue to be caught in good numbers by divers and those working pots.

Shore based

Surf fishers were surprised when they caught what were thought to be resident salmon at Bunker Bay during the festive break. Salmon were also caught at Hamelin Bay and some of the beaches near Cowaramup Bay. Tailor have been appearing some mornings and evenings at Injidup, Mitchells, Yallingup Reef and Elmore Road. There is a healthy supply of herring along both sides of the cape. Yellowfin whiting are active along the Quindalup sand flats.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Adam Smallridge caught this beautiful queen snapper off Perth last week. Thanks for sending the picture in mate.

Mandurah

Along the southern beaches, Tim’s Thicket and Preston have both been producing good tailor with some fish up to 50 cm. After dark there have been several gummy sharks taken from these beaches. Mulloway have been caught on the northern Mandurah beaches last week. Golden Bay, San Remo, Singleton and Madora are all worth a closer check. The Golden Bay area has been producing some good catches of tailor, herring and whiting.
Those fishing near the traffic bridge have been catching skippy to 30 cm. The Cut is still consistently producing good catches of tailor, herring, whiting and tarwhine. There are reports of mulloway coming in on the rising tide after dark along the Cut. The Murray and Serpentine rivers are still producing good bream for anglers. With the recent warmer weather, check out the deeper holes and areas that are in the shade under overhanging branches during the heat of the day for some good fish.

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

Many of the local jetties are producing good catches of herring and tailor. Shoalwater is still producing some good catches of both yellow-fin whiting and an occasional King George whiting. There have also been some good catches of tarwhine and skippy taken as well in the incoming tide. Long Point, Kwinana and Warnbro beaches have all been producing good tailor during the last week. There has been some excellent fishing for yellow-fin whiting, with good reports of herring, tailor and plenty of crabs out in the deep water. The jetties are turning on herring early in the morning, along with squid and blue mackerel.
Perth Catches
This group of fishers got onto some great tailor and mulloway with the help of Perth Fishing Safaris.

Boats

Dhufish have been coming from the 25m to 30m depths west of Five Fathom Bank and in approximately 20m of water near Rottnest Island and off Hillarys. Pink snapper have mostly been coming from shallower waters while breaksea cod and baldchin groper were picked up in a range of depths and areas. Samson fish have been found in as shallow as 20m of water off Fremantle as well as at The Barges located in 90m to 110m of water west and southwest of West End. Schools of small southern bluefin tuna have been encountered behind Five Fathom Bank and Rottnest. Some nice catches of King George whiting have been coming in depths leading up to 18m off Leighton Beach and Cottesloe while sand whiting are in the sand areas west and north of Five Fathom Bank. Squid are still being caught in good numbers along the seagrass beds off Fremantle. Rock lobster seem to have moved to the 20m to 25m depths off Fremantle as well as Hillarys and Mindarie.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings along the metropolitan beaches while the coastal stretches to the north and south of the city have experienced more consistent catches. Herring are still being caught in good numbers at the rock walls, jetties and groynes including the Ammo Jetty, the rock wall at Fremantle Sailing Club and North Mole. Squid are occasionally being caught from the jetties and rock walls, especially early morning and at night. Tailor ranging from 20cm to 60m have been caught in the Swan and Canning rivers. Both rivers are also fishing well for blue manna crabs. A customer of Anglers Fishing World landed a big mulloway at the narrows on Tuesday night.
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