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Fishing Report
19/06/20
Brody Ogle managed to land himself a new personal best pinky from the depths in the Great Southern. Awesome photo and even better fish!
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In this report you'll read all about what's biting across the State brought to you by keen fishers Joachim Azzopardi, John Curtis, Peter Fullarton, and our valued tackle stores right across WA.

We've recently added in three new exciting features to make your fishing report even bigger and better -  in 'Scott's Spots' renowned fishing writer and Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan takes a look at some of WA's best fishing locations; 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 and in Tackle Shop Talk you'll get to know better some of the unsung heroes of the fishing community - your local tackle dealer. We hope you enjoy this additional content.

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Broome Catches
Celeste from Reef Chief Australia went out on the water last weekend to catch sailfish and managed to land a personal best! Awesome work!


Boats

Billfish enthusiasts have continued to encounter sailfish, and the odd small black marlin, in waters wide of Barred Creek. Spanish mackerel have been caught on rigged garfish and minnow-style lures in good numbers in waters about 25km out. Reef fishers scored some nice blue lined emperor and fingermark bream along the ground between 12km and 16km from shore, while red emperor and saddletail seaperch have been found out deeper. 

Shore based

Sportfishers have been using a variety of lures to catch bluenose salmon, queenfish and golden trevally along Cable Beach and Reddell Beach. Threadfin salmon have been a little harder to come by in these areas, however, a few were managed to be caught on baits at some of the local creeks. An hour either side of the change in tide is perhaps the best time to target queenfish and trevally at the jetty. Try Coconut Wells and Reddell for whiting.
Exmouth Catches
Blue Horizon Fishing Charter managed to put their clients on a nice red emperor this week. Good stuff!

Boats

Spanish mackerel have been caught on bibbed minnows trolled between the 15m and 30m depths north and south of Tantabiddi. Black marlin and sailfish are sometimes being caught within the 100m line. James Heath did well on red emperor and spangled emperor in approximately 60m of water during a recent trip. He also picked up ruby jobfish of various sizes beyond the 20m contour. Longtail tuna are schooling in the upper areas of the gulf while is lower waters have queenfish, golden trevally and giant herring.

Shore based

There are plenty of dart and small trevally at the west coast accesses. Queenfish can be targeted at VLF Bay and Old Bundegi. Whiting are reliable along the town beaches as well as the stretches leading to the lower areas of the gulf. Learmonth Jetty, the marina and Tantabiddi boat launching facility are worth trying for squid.
 

Scott’s Spots - superb fishing options in Jurien Bay

Jurien Bay has become a favourite getaway for metro fishers and it's not hard to understand why!
It ticks all the boxes you want for a few days away from the city wetting a line, as it is just a couple of hours from Perth and has great facilities, plenty of accommodation and, most importantly, superb fishing options. Click here to find out more about this fantastic place!
 
Kalbarri Catches


Boats

Spanish mackerel in the 10kg to 20kg range have been caught on rigged whole baits, including garfish and mullet, as well as lures trolled in waters north and south of the river mouth. Samson fish have sometimes been caught on trolled lures and baits intended for mackerel. Longtail and yellowfin tuna were somewhat hard to find this past week. Soft plastic and metal jigs worked near the cliffs have been working fairly well on baldchin groper, pink snapper and coral trout. Crews who worked the ground in 30m to 50m of water north-west of town were rewarded with mixed catches of spangled emperor, dhufish, Rankin cod and red emperor.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up most mornings and evenings at Wittecarra Creek and Red Bluff. Bigger tailor have been caught on stick baits and poppers at Oyster Creek and Chinamans. Storm garfish and herring are being picked up some mornings at Jakes Point, Red Bluff and the river mouth. Black bream to an impressive 40cm have been caught on baits and soft plastics in the middle and upper reaches of the Murchison.
Geraldton Catches
Michael Triantopoulos with a picture-perfect mulloway caught at night. Awesome catch!

Boats

Reef fishers, who worked the African Reef waters this past week, reported there to be plenty of skippy, as well as a few dhufish, in the area. Schools of skippy were also found inshore near Seal Rock and out from the Sail Inn. Pink snapper to a respectable 80cm have been found north of the shipping channel. Dinghy and kayak fishers have been doing well on squid along the seagrass meadows.

Shore based

Surf fishing at Port Gregory has been producing a variety of species including pink snapper, mulloway, tailor, dart, sharks and whiting. More whiting have been coming from Southgates and Separation Point. The Flat Rocks to Greenough River mouth stretch have tailor in the mornings and evenings as well as herring and the odd mulloway. Some nice squid catches have been picked up at the marina at night.
Lancelin Catches
Peter Fullarton with a great Spanish mackeral caught last Saturday during the LAAC competition. A worthy entry, good stuff!

Boats

The offshore fishing remained hit and miss, Lancelin angling club held a competition on Saturday. Some of Lancelin’s most experienced fishers even having trouble finding a fish. Some good dhufish came from the 30m mark earlier in the week. Pink snapper in the 80cm to 90cm range have been caught on the inshore reefs pre-dawn or after sunset. There were some large schools of pilchards along the back of the white bank attracting Spanish mackerel. The 20m depth has been producing some solid sand whiting and some flathead. Fishing in parts of the bay with bait has been difficult with large numbers of butterfish and trumpeters, beating the better species to the hook. The southern shallows have fewer pickers and there are plenty of tarwhine to 30cm. The large male brown wrasse are in good numbers inshore along the weed beds, often overlooked for the eating quality. Southern garfish are wide spread through the bay, though protected due to reportedly low numbers. The rough weather has brought some good size leather jackets in to the bays shallow reef sections.

Shore based

The jetty has been fishing very well for sand whiting by day, along with some large male brown wrasse. Surge and dirty water has made squiding difficult. Tailor are still being caught along the beaches, though it takes some effort to find fishable locations with the weed and swell. Small whaler shark shave been caught along the beaches after dark along with at least one mulloway to 15kg.
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

At most estuary systems you’ll find a naturally occurring rock bar – that is, a solid rock structure. These are serious hot spots, especially for targeting larger fish species in tidal estuaries.
Man-made features such as bridges, or fishing along channel edges and structure such as snags and weed beds can offer some awesome fishing. It’s all just a matter of braving the weather, picking the right time and giving it a go! This week’s Shimano article has the hottest tips for each land based fishing location bound to increase your catch rate. Check it out here
 
Esperance Catches


Boats

Boat limits of squid are being picked up within a couple of hours along the seagrass. Big sand whiting have been coming from the sandy areas further out and there are plenty of herring and skippy around. Crews who worked the ground near the islands scored queen snapper, breaksea cod and pink snapper. Nannygai to 55cm were found out wide together with skippy to 8kg, yellowtail kingfish and Samson fish to 40kg

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty and Bandy Creek boat harbour have a nice mix of bread and butter species on offer including herring, garfish, King George whiting and squid. Salmon appeared in big schools at Observatory Beach, Roses Beach, Alexander Bay and Thomas River while fish were caught in their ones and twos at Salmon Beach and Fourth Beach. Skippy to an impressive 4kg have been landed at the beach at Thomas. Small gummy sharks have been caught at Dunn Bay and Israelite Bay.
Albany Catches
Matt Pullella managed to pull in some awesome fish down at Peaceful Bay, including this mint dhuie and great pinky!

Boats

Reef fishers picked up most of the catches of pink snapper, breaksea cod, Samson fish, red snapper and skippy in 60m to 80m of water. Leatherjackets, with a knack of biting through hooks, are also in similar depths at the moment. Hapuka were found in about 200m and blue eye trevalla were even deeper. King George whiting require some time and effort within the sound and harbours, with the waters also producing herring, skippy and squid.

Shore based

Rock fishers have been landing Samson fish, yellowtail kingfish, blue groper and salmon at the platforms located near West Cape Howe and Cheynes Beach. A big school of salmon was present at Reef Beach for most of last week while smaller schools have been passing at Salmon Holes, Cables, Sand Patch and Bornholm. Tailor are occasionally showing up at Bornholm and Nanarup in the mornings and evenings. There are still plenty of herring at most of the beaches while skippy numbers continue to increase. Black bream fishers who have been exploring the King and Kalgan rivers for bigger blue-nosed models have been spotting mature salmon in random areas. Dedication, or pure luck, is the key ingredient in catching a mulloway in either of the local systems.
South West Catches


Boats

Reef fishing enthusiasts have been picking up dhufish, breaksea cod, blue groper, harlequin fish and pink snapper off the west coast. Samson fish and yellowtail kingfish have been encountered in a range of depths and areas and there are some big skippy also around. There are pink snapper within Geographe Bay, however catching the 4kg to 8kg fish usually requires an early start or reaching the grounds before sundown. Squid catches have been improving along the seagrass beds off Quindalup.

Shore based

Surf fishers who have been braving the cool mornings and evenings and working a deep gutter along the west coast have been catching whaler and gummy sharks, tailor, mulloway and the odd salmon. More salmon have been caught along the Geographe Bay beaches, however numbers have been dropping off during the past few weeks. Tailor are a chance at Elmore Road and Bunker Bay. The Siesta Park to Busselton Jetty stretch would be worth trying for pink snapper when the wind turns to the north.

Freshwater

Terrific freshwater fishing photos are continuing to be posted online, with Chalky cleary being among the fishers managing to get out and target some great freshwater species! Awesome stuff!
Mandurah and Surrounds


Mandurah

Beaches around Mandurah are still producing tailor, herring and pilch as well as an occasional gummy shark. The estuary opening and areas adjacent have also been producing good yellow-fin whiting. There are still a few black bream on the move in the Murray and Serpentine Rivers. The Dawesville Cut is producing some good catches at the moment. There are plenty of King George whiting and some big herring. The traffic bridges are also producing some good fish along with an occasional tailor of reasonable size. There are still a few salmon in the estuary and the Cut, with fishers finding them along the beaches in the area. With the recent rough weather, it may break the schools up a bit and the fish could be scattered widely.

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

Fishers along the beaches have been catching a few tailor, while there have been a few King George whiting and some good tarwhine also caught. Palm Beach and Rockingham jetties have been consistently producing a few herring and pilch. Squid are still around in good numbers. Salmon are also being taken from the beaches fairly regularly, with those on the north side of Point Peron really producing last week.
Perth Catches
Burak Erdogan from Facebook's Mulloway Hunterz managed to catch himself a mulloway on a soft plastic. Great work!

Boats

The reef fishing has generally been pretty good in 30m to 40m south of Rottnest Island where dhufish, pink snapper and breaksea cod are being caught in fair numbers. Similar depths off Rockingham and Mandurah have been fishing very well for dhufish for the past couple of weeks with many fish above the 15kg mark being brought to the decks. King George whiting have been caught in 12m to 20m of water off Cottesloe and City Beach, while big sand whiting are in 20m to 30m. Yellowtail kingfish, Samson fish and skippy can be targeted near the inshore reefs and bombies off Fremantle and Hillarys. The seagrass beds off Fremantle are producing bigger catches of squid and cuttlefish when the water has been clear.

Shore based

King George whiting are starting to be caught in bigger numbers along the Fremantle rock walls. Skippy, herring and squid have also been picked up from the limestone. Herring are also appearing along the metropolitan beaches in very good numbers following the recent storms. Tailor are in their heavier winter condition, but can be hard to track down at times. There are still pink snapper being caught at places including Swanbourne Drain, Floreat Groyne and Trigg Point. The northern and southern rock platforms are also producing snapper as well as mulloway, gummy and whaler sharks. Chopper tailor are evident in the lower and middle reaches of the Swan River. Juvenile samson fish and flathead are among the species being caught at Freshwater Bay, East Fremantle and North Fremantle.
 

Tackle Shop Talk

Matt Pullella at his workplace, Trailblazers Albany. When he isn't at the shop, you'll see him on the boat catching high quality rec species - just check out the Albany photos!
Restrictions are easing, winter is settling in and our tackle stores are open and waiting for you to pay them a visit. Tackle stores play an essential role in our fishing industry and the knowledge of the owner and local staff is invaluable. We've been chatting with various tackle store owners across the State to get to know them better on a personal level and help promote their business in order to reboot the recfishing industry post-COVID-19. This week we spoke to Matt from Trailblazers Albany. Check out the conversation here!
 
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