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Fishing Report
02/11/18
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Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest's Nicholas Drummond and thanks to John Curtis for his Mandurah and surrounds report and Peter Fullarton for what's happening in Lancelin.

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Catch of the week goes to young fella Reef Wilsoncroft with his first Pink Snapper in Denham. Well done Reef!

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Broome Catches


Boats

Queenfish have been caught from the jetty and around the mangroves to the south of town; they’re also showing up around the mouth of Willy Creek. These speedy fish respond well to poppers and stick baits retrieved with speed across the waters surface. If you’re looking for a feed, whiting are common around the beaches north of town and within the lower reaches of Willy Creek.

Shore based

With return of the neap tides, barramundi and threadfin salmon fishing has been improving in the creeks. Prawns have been showing up in greater numbers and with them the juvenile barramundi and Threadfin salmon too. Good barramundi have been reported in the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River. Larger boats and charter operators who have been able to get out wide have found Saddle tail and Reds in the deeper waters.
Exmouth Catches
Solo Angler Khanh with a sailfish caught aboard On Strike Charters - http://www.onstrike.com.au/

Boats

Sailfish have been thick within the gulf of late with the team from On Strike Charters landing 52 sailfish in 5 days. If you're after some tastey treats, the Muiron Islands are fishing well in the deeper waters, around the 60-80m mark for demersals such as coral trout, rankin cod and red emperor. Trolling the backs of the reef continue to produce good spanish mackerel with deeper divers producing better hit rates.

Shore based

A good feed of whiting can be frequently caught along town beach, as well as squid along the Learmonth jetty and the marina walls usually responding best to glowing jigs in the night. A few of these make for a great feed. Queenfish have been caught along the Bundegi beach and VLF bay, these fish are a great sport fish for fishers looking for an exciting fight and strike, readily taking surface lures on the flats. There is also the chance of the odd giant herring showing up, while fishing for queenfish. 
Kalbarri Catches
Matthew Ellison with a great Bonefish caught from the beach in Kalbarri.

Boats

Baitfish have started to show up around the area so it may be worth a shot having a troll for pelagics such as Spanish mackerel and tuna. With the warmer water soon to arrive it’s only a matter of time before they begin to fire up. Tailor around the backs of the inshore reefs have been fishing well with some larger fish caught around the river mouth on stick baits.

Shore based

Tailor are showing up in greater numbers and have been found along beaches, the river mouth and Red bluff. They’re hitting stick baits more frequently as the water begins to warm up in the lead up to the summer months. Stickbaits work the best in clear water on sunrise and sunset, while mulies are a better alternative for dirty water areas and beaches. Bonefish, usually an extremely uncommon catch for the area, have been caught as by-catch by fishers chasing mulloway and tailor. In the river; mulloway around the river mouth, particularly at night, has proven successful, while good yellowfin whiting have been caught along the flats. Bream in the upper reaches are fishing well and are holding in deep holes and fringing structure.
Geraldton Catches


Boats

Skippy and herring have been found in and around the inshore reefs, while squid catches have been slow on the shallow banks. Whiting are fishing well along these sand patches within the weed in shallow waters.  School mackerel continue to be patchy, there are whispers of Spanish mackerel starting up, however it may still be too early in the year for them.

Shore based

Winds and weed have been a problem for the general area, however if you can find a clean section of coast the tailor fish well, with large herring around the 30cm mark in areas to the north such as Drummond cove. To the south around the Greenough area, tailor have been a good size but are smaller in number, this is also true for South west banks and flat rocks areas. Whiting are common along south gates to Fisherman’s Harbour including Point Moore.
Lancelin Catches
Fishers enjoying an afternoon at the beach as the weather begins to warm up.

Boats

Boat fishers have been getting into great school whiting around the 20-22 metre depths, while in closer within the bay there have been good catches of squid, King George whiting and herring. Large tailor have been caught in the wash from some of the reef breaks of the bay. Lobster potters have been getting enough red crays to make it worth the effort.

Shore based

This week the strong sea breezes made beach fishing difficult, though the north point of Lancelin bay has been weed-free and fishing well with the wind for sand whiting and tailor to 45cm at sunset. Larger tailor have been caught from the beaches and gutters north of town, along with regular catches of small whaler sharks after sunset. Fishing the jetty has produced fish such as herring, tailor, snook and pike. During the day time the whiting have been small, but after sunset under the lights, there has been some good hauls of Sand whiting along with the odd King George whiting.
Esperance Catches
Tom Tate from Tateys Fishing World. Flathead on plastic earlier this week in Esperance

Boats

Largemouth nannies have been found close to shore and around the islands, sambos are thicker than ever if you’re arms are in need of a stretch. Out wider on the shelf, hapuka are being caught on the shallower sections, while tuna schools are turning up to the west.

Shore based

Big skippy have been caught around Israelite bay, these fish make for great bait for mulloway and gummy sharks that have also been fishing well within the area. The Thomas River has also been producing good gummy shark and skippy. King George have been caught within Bandy Creek as well as around the mouth.
Albany Catches
Harlequinn - ‘’Always a pleasure bringing one of these up as a bycatch , I never get tired of these beautiful fish.’’ Steve Cotchin

Boats

The shelf is fishing well with smaller hapuka being caught along the shallow sections of the shelf while the good size nannygai are also getting about. Shallower boat fishing has been patchy at best with the shelf being the best place to drop a line of late.

Shore based

River mulloway have been fishing well, bream are starting to move up onto the flats, it may still be a bit early for them but they should be firing soon, once the sun gets a bit higher in the sky, warming up the flats. There is squid around the shallow sea grass beds with the larger ones coming out as the sun sets in the deeper waters. King George whiting are plentiful with smaller models getting about the estuaries while larger models are out around the headlands and deeper water reefs and sand holes.
Southwest Catches
Picture: There are some great King George in the sand holes in Geographe bay.

Boats

With the demersal ban on, fishers have been hunting King George whiting with great success with the sound and coastal bay areas. Boaties hopping from sand patch to sand patch have had the most success with the fish holding in areas as shallow as 5 metres and right up to 15 metres, with the larger fish being in the deeper areas.

Shore based

Whiting are moving in large schools along the shore, especially on warmer days. These fish are falling prey to fresh prawns and bloodworms presented on small hooks, with long shanks being a favourite to prevent fish from swallowing hooks and making unhooking them difficult. The jetty continues to see good catches of squid with many of them being followed up by large Samson fish. These Sambos are great fun for fishers looking for a challenge. If you're after some Tailor, areas such as Injidup, Willyabrup, and Moses rock have been fishing well with mulies and fresh whiting fillets producing the best results.

Freshwater

A solid trout from Harvey dam.

Freshwater fishing continues to produce during these spring months with good catches in Waroona Dam (also known as Lake Navarino) as well as Harvey Dam along the dam wall. As the fresh water flow slows; the South west creek systems have livened up, with fish readily taking orange and red lures, mimicking the colours of rainbow trout and Red fin perch.
Mandurah and Surrounds
Steve mcqueen with some jumbo crayfish off mandurah, divers are doing well on the crays lately.

Mandurah

There has been a few good mulloway caught around Preston, as well as good reports of tailor from the area. Bigger tailor up to 2 kg mark have also been caught from the beaches to the north. The Dawesville Cut is still the best place to drop a line as it is regularly producing catches of herring, tarwhine and skippy. Several anglers reported catches of average sized tailor with an occasional larger fish mixed in. King George whiting are also being caught reasonably regularly. Anglers wading the flats are finding a few good sized whiting and herring in the estuary. Black bream are on the bite in both the Murray and the Serpentine Rivers and a number of good sized fish have also come from the canals closer to Halls Head.

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

An occasional larger mulloway has been caught late at night from the beaches around Rockingham and Secret Harbour beaches have been producing a number of smaller mulloway to 4 kg. The beaches around Warnbro Sound have been producing tailor of an afternoon when the sea breeze kicks in, along with herring, skippy and sand whiting. Point Peron has been producing tarwhine and herring, while the beaches around Port Kennedy and Secret Harbour have been producing some tailor.
Perth Catches
Rhys, 4, with a great flounder from Jervoise Bay.

Boats

Squidding in shallow waters areas such as Cockburn Sound and Little Island are producing good numbers while the large specimens are in the 5-10m areas. Fishing the backs of inshore reef such as Burns rocks, Mewstone and the breaking reefs around Carnac Island have shown good numbers of tailor around the 30-40 cm mark. Bluefin Tuna are being caught around Rockingham and the back of Garden Island, as well as on Direction Bank out from Hillarys and Mindarie, trolling small skirted lures has produced the best results while sight casting school when they rise up to feed is another alternative if the opportunity presents itself. School whiting are as thick along the 20m contour behind the 3 mile reef, drifting these areas with a paternoster rig is usually the most effective method.  Crayfish have begun to turn up on the inshore reefs in the metro area, with divers having the most success,producing a few good crays and a few jumbos getting around.

Shore based

Bream fishing has started to fire up as the freshwater flow begins to slow. Bream in the lower reaches of the swan have been caught around tight structure such as jetties and bridges while chopper tailor are being caught on slow trolled diving minnows around Point Walter. Yellow fin whiting are waking up on the flats with good catches on south metro area with flathead often being caught as bycatch by the lucky few fishers. The Moore River mouth opened last week and with this the beach along the river’s mouth is now a tailor hotspot; with decent fishing being caught in the mornings with the easterly winds.

South West Crabbing review - Have your say!

A discussion paper release by DPIRD on the 26/10 calls into question the resilience of South West crab breeding stocks under current management arrangements and highlights an urgent need to better protect breeding stock.
 
Recreational fishing surveys since 2011 have clearly shown the blue swimmer crab is far and away the most caught species by fishers around Western Australia.
 
The Department is particularly concerned with increasing protection for mated, pre-spawn female crabs which become highly vulnerable to capture in late autumn, winter and spring.
 
Recfishwest has held similar concerns for over a decade.
 
The Department have presented the following options for consideration:
1. Male-only fishery
2. Increase in the Minimum Legal Size (MLS)
3. Reducing fishing effort for all sectors when female crabs are vulnerable to capture
4. Patchwork closures for where female crabs aggregate
5. Broad-scale area closures when females are more vulnerable to capture
 
Attention is being focussed across the entire resource to ensure all areas of breeding stock vulnerability are addressed and includes all estuaries and ocean fishing for crabs from Perth to Geographe Bay.
 
In weighing up the options, the Department has identified broad scale seasonal closures (May to Nov) as the most balanced option to achieve the desired objective.
 
We are pleased to have the opportunity to put forward the community’s views.
 
 
Given that these fisheries account for around 90% of the state’s recreational crab catch, we urge you to have your say.
 
See the Department's discussion paper here.
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