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Recfishwest
7th November 2014
Recfishwest Fishing Report
Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to Recfishwest's weekly fishing forecast, brought to you by Recfishwest's fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi. This is a service offered for free to Recfishwest members. Please always check local weather reports before heading out. For further information on recreational fishing, please visit our website at www.recfishwest.org.au. If you are not a Recfishwest member, it's free to join, just click here and follow the prompts.

Metro Catches

Perhaps the most interesting news this week were the big dolphin fish picked up off Rottnest by a couple of boats. The dolphin fish were found among tuna schools, which have been present off the island for a few weeks. Schools of tailor and salmon that have taken up residence at the reefs off Fremantle have also been providing some entertaining sessions for boat fishers.

Some good catches of squid are still being had along the seagrass. David Locke picked up some huge sand whiting while fishing in the sand holes near his rock lobster pots. Chopper tailor have been on the bite at South Mole right on sunrise. A couple of nice mulloway were pulled from the beaches south Rockingham last week. More mulloway continue to be caught at The Narrows and Freshwater Bay. Michael Thomson has been catching some chunky tailor on small poppers in the Swan River. Pete Berlinski caught six flathead in 30 minutes near Mount Henry Bridge last week.  Some good numbers of giant herring have also come out of the Swan River this week.

Recfishwest Metro Fishing Forecast
Saturday's looking great for a fish with an early arvo dabble your best bet. The major moon period falls around 1pm so try around lunch and fish through to sunset if you have time. Also sunrise should yield some good fish and with day temperatures increasing, this may be the most comfortable time of day to fish - but make sure you fish SunSmart.

Next week will fish well on the change of tide, so the high is around the 10:30am mark and might be worth a look.

Dunsborough to Augusta Catches

Anglers used live baits and jigs to catch samson fish to an impressive 25kg at the Busselton Jetty last week. Tailor have been caught early morning and dusk at Mitchells, Bunker Bay and Elmore Road. Herring are about both sides of the cape, but require some burley.

The sunnier days are producing better catches of whiting along the Quindalup sand flats. Squid catches have been up and down along the seagrass beds. Good numbers of rock lobsters are being caught by divers and in pots. 

Recfishwest Dunsborough to Augusta Fishing Forecast
The Major moon period first thing in the morning and the few hours after lunch will see good fishing. The turn of the tide mid morning should also reap rewards and with good catches coming in, you're always a chance! Looking toward next week should see consistent fish activity and some good weather, so get your lines wet and tell us how you went.

Albany Catches

King George whiting fishing has generally been pretty good throughout the inshore areas with many boats picking up their bag limits in under a couple of hours. The most effective technique for picking up a feed of King George has been to spend 15 to 20 minutes at a spot then move to another area if the fish do not show up or stop biting. Michaelmas Island fished well for the KGs as did Goode Beach, Gull Rock, Caseys and Mistaken Island. Sand whiting, a few flathead, herring, skippy and squid have also been caught in these areas. Herring numbers are slowly increasing along the coast after being fairly scarce for two to three weeks.

A couple of customers of Albany Rods and Tackle caught 40 herring between them very quickly at Groper Bay one session last week thanks to a whale carcass providing an endless supply of potent burley. Reasonable catches of skippy have been had along the local beaches, but sizes have been smaller on average than those fish caught at a few of the more remote spots such as Bluff Creek, Cheynes and Nanarup. Salmon and tailor are also occasionally being picked up at Nanarup.

A nice mix of bread and butter species including herring, skippy, tarwhine, sand whiting and squid can be sought at the marina. Boat fishing was limited this past week largely due to the weather and partly because it was hard to find a car park or an uncongested route to the boat ramps during the weekend’s Anzac Day commemorations. Those who managed to hit the lumps picked up a few breaksea cod, dhufish, red snapper and yellowtail kingfish. Black bream to 40cm and mulloway of mixed sizes have been coming from the King and Kalgan rivers. Baits have been outperforming lures on bream in the Hay.

Recfishwest Albany Fishing Forecast
Saturday's looking great for a fish with an early arvo dabble your best bet. The major moon period falls just before 1pm, so try around lunch and fish through to sunset if you have time. Also sunrise should yield some good fish and with day temperatures increasing, this may be the most comfortable time of day to fish - but make sure you fish SunSmart.

Geraldton Catches

A customer of Geraldton Sports caught three dhufish ranging from undersize to 9kg while fishing from an undisclosed shore-based location last week. The angler quickly released all three of the dhufish, which are under the banned species list until the demersal season reopens on December 16.

Tailor to 50cm, heaps of herring and school mulloway have been common along the Head Butts to the Greenough River mouth stretch. Mornings when the tide has been low has been a good time to target tailor, bull herring and whiting along the reefs at Southgates and Glendenning Road.

The back of The Lives is mostly producing herring and whiting. Mulloway and sharks have been turning up at Drummonds Cove. Tailor in the 30 to 40cm range, herring between 20 and 30cm and pike to 50cm have been common fare at Buller River. School mackerel are still appearing within casting distance at the northern side of the new marina. Dinghy fishers have also been getting among the mackerel action out from Pensioners. A few blue manna crabs are starting to show up in the Batavia Marina.

Recfishwest Geraldton Fishing Forecast
Definitely your best bet this weekend are the major and minor moon periods. This gives you 3 reasonable options (with the 4th falling in the middle of the night). Try the sunrise time for your tailor. Fish around 1pm for higher bite activity then if you're dead keen, the few hours after sunset should put in the right areas to catch fish.

The week ahead is not looking too bad and some warmer weather may increase fish activity a tad.

Kalbarri Catches

The tailor fishing has been fairly good this past week with early mornings and evenings producing some nice catches for lure casters and bait fishers alike. Wittecarra and Blue Holes were the stand out tailor haunts south of town while the beaches a few kilometres north of the river mouth also provided plenty of action. Chinamans also produced some good tailor sessions, however Shark Fin Rock has been a little hit and miss.

Small mulloway were also present along the southern and northern beaches. A few pink snapper caught and released from Red Bluff last week follows other shore-based captures experienced at the rock platforms and Frustrations in recent weeks during the demersal ban. Chopper tailor and black bream have been caught at the jetty. Quite a few mangrove jack have been caught about 5 to 6km up river. Boat fishers have been picking up Spanish mackerel, cobia and mulloway.  

Recfishwest Kalbarri Fishing Forecast
Similar conditions to Gero should greet you this weekend. Definitely your best bets this weekend are the major and minor moon periods. This gives you 3 reasonable options (with the 4th falling in the middle of the night). Try the sunrise time for your tailor. Fish around 1pm for higher bite activity then if you're dead keen, the few hours after sunset should put in the right areas to catch fish.

Exmouth Catches

It may still be a little early in season for multiple blue marlin hook ups, but crews have recently raised up to two fish a session while working the waters between 600 and 1000m contours. Smaller black marlin and sailfish have been encountered in depths starting at 50m, but the latter billfish species have not really shown in any great numbers in the gulf as yet. 

Yellowfin whiting and garfish are in excellent numbers along the gulf beaches. Squid have been everywhere lately, especially through the waters south of town beach. Big queenfish, some a metre in length, have been showing up at places including Jansz, Old Bundegi and the Bay of Rest. Try Oysters in late afternoons and evenings for big giant trevally, which tend to frequent these parts this time of year.

Recfishwest Exmouth Fishing Forecast
Fishing looks cracking for the next few days and hopefully no wind comes in to hinder your efforts. The best high tide of the day is just before lunch or right on lunch, so an incoming tide should fish best over the weekend. We're still 2 weeks away from the new moon (22nd), so if you can hang out til then, you will surely be rewarded.

Broome Catches

Barramundi activity in the Fitzroy and the local creeks really heated up this week. Bryce Marinas, of Tackle World Broome, landed a 98cm barra and lost another suspected bigger barra at The Cuttings on Friday evening. Bryce was using live baits to entice his fish, but others have also found success on lures and dead baits. The barra in the local creeks have mostly been in the 50 to 75cm range. Shae Butler landed a superb 43cm mangrove jack at Black Ledge recently.

Giant trevally in excess of 20kg are being blamed for bust offs at the jetty. Good size queenfish have also been visiting the structure at times. Queenfish and bluenose salmon are the main species being caught at Town Beach. An assortment of reef fish including snapper, bluebone and coral trout have been caught by the boats working the ground in Roebuck Bay, but sharks have been problematic. Sailfish are still worth a shot wide of James Price Point.

Recfishwest Broome Fishing Forecast
Similar conditions to other WA locations should greet you this weekend. Definitely your best bets this weekend are the major and minor moon periods. This gives you 3 reasonable options (with the 4th falling in the middle of the night). Try the sunrise time for your tailor. Fish around 1pm for higher bite activity then if you're dead keen, the few hours after sunset should put in the right areas to catch fish.

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