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Fishing Report
17/07/20
FADtastic! The Exmouth FADs have been on fire this past week, with plenty of holidaymakers getting among the terrific fishing including these happy Peak Sportfishing Adventures customers!
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Pic of the Week!

What a hungry estuary cod! Reef Chief Australia co-owner Pascal Billiau hooked a dark tail sea perch while fishing in about 8m of water off Broome. But, as the fish came to the surface, this estuary cod was in hot pursuit and inhaled the sea perch right next to the boat! That would have been a sight to see! Great stuff, Pascal - you're a worthy winner of this week's Pic of the Week!

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Broome Catches

Boats

Sailfish are continuing to be encountered in very good numbers in waters off Barred Creek and James Price Point. Plenty of Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna and mack tuna are also being found offshore. Reef fishers are catching bluebone and coral trout within about 2km of Gantheaume Point. Crews travelling to the 30m contour, and beyond, are scoring saddletail seaperch, red emperor, Rankin cod and blue lined emperor.

Shore based

Perhaps one of the most impressive catches this past week was a 107cm giant herring caught on a marabou jig at the jetty on Saturday night. Queenfish, small golden trevally and giant trevally have also been landed at the structure with the odd bluebone. Barramundi are occasionally being caught at Willie Creek and Barred Creek, with both systems also producing mangrove jack, estuary cod and bluenose salmon.
Exmouth Catches
James Dooley worked hard to reel this golden trevally in quickly and avoid the sharks while fishing off Exmouth! With a few taxmen circling, James hooked up with the solid goldie while flicking a McArthy 6" paddle tail in the hot orange colour. We love your work, mate!

Boats

Dolphinfish, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, black marlin and striped marlin have been spotted at Recfishwest’s FADs (fish aggregating devices) in the past week. The wide-variety of hard-fighting fish have provided plenty of entertainment for the hundreds of holidaymakers enjoying the waters off the North West Cape. Spanish mackerel are being successfully targeted on bibbed minnows trolled between the 15m and 30m line west of the reef. Red emperor have been picked up in 80m of water south-west of Tantabiddi and west-north-west of the Muiron Islands.  

Shore based

Spangled emperor have been caught near the lighthouse and along Mildura Wreck Road, alongside the odd bluebone. Queenfish, small GTs and brassy trevally have been common catches at the accesses within Cape Range National Park. There are plenty of whiting along the town and gulf beaches, while the marina and Learmonth Jetty are still producing squid, especially during an incoming tide.
 

Scott’s Spots - Carnarvon, exciting fishing action in a fine destination

Scott Coghlan loves it when shark mackerel are on the bite!!
In this week's edition of Scott's Spots, Western Anglers' Scott Coghlan reminisces on his days as a young boy fishing in Carnarvon. The trip down memory lane will flood your mind with images of mackerel, mulloway, big tailor, cobia and more! Read what Scott has to say here!
 
Kalbarri Catches


Boats

Spanish mackerel have been caught on bibbed minnows and rigged garfish trolled in as shallow as 15m to 20m when the water has been clear. Spaniards up to 20kg have also been encountered out wider when water has been discoloured following periods of big seas and swells. Well-known fisher Robbie Leck caught some nice baldchin groper and pink snapper near Bald Face last week, while a thumping 70cm baldchin groper was recently caught at Sand Patch. Sand Patch has also produced the occasional golden trevally in the past week. Local charter boat operators have been putting their clients onto good numbers of pink snapper, baldchin groper and dhufish out wide.

Shore based

At least one mulloway in the 10kg to 15kg range has been landed at the main jetty each night this past week. Encouragingly, the mulloway have been just as willing to strike at soft plastic lures as they would baits. More croakers have been caught on both methods near the sand spit and also up river. Yellowfin whiting have appeared in the river again in numbers, while black bream to 35cm have been caught in the upper reaches of the Murchison alongside a few estuary cod. Wittecarra Creek and Red Bluff both produced good tailor numbers earlier in the week, before the rough weather hit.
Geraldton Catches
Young gun Jesse Ditchburn-Sim, of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, reeled in this little pink snapper off the rocks near Midalia Beach at Geraldton! After a quick photo, Jesse released the pinkie to catch again at a later date. Great work!

Boats

Very few boat fishers have been able to head offshore amid the unfavourable conditions. However, there were a few dhufish and baldchin groper caught near African Reef and South West Bank late last week when there was a break in the weather. North-west of the shipping channel has been holding big numbers of pink snapper at times. Dinghy and kayak fishers are continuing to pick up squid along the seagrass.

Shore based

Surf fishers fishing from the reefs near Point Moore on low tide when the swell has been low have been reporting interesting catches including Rankin cod to 50cm, pink snapper and skippy. Tailor between 35cm and 55cm have consistently been turning up along Drummond Cove to Coronation Beach. Mixed species of whiting – including sand, yellowfin and school – can be targeted in the sand clearings among the seaweed near Separation Point, Pages, Point Moore, Coronation and Drummond Cove. Skippy are also being caught from the rocks in front of the Sail Inn Snack Bar and the marina.
Lancelin Catches
Tracy Carter was stoked to land this dhufish off Lancelin last Saturday! What a cracking fish and photo!


Boats

Another week passed with limited opportunities to safely leave the Lancelin bay. However, Saturday offered the best chance and a number of boats headed out to score some demersal species. Most boats were returning early afternoon having filled their bag limits, when reports of a distress flare sighting emerged from multiple people. Commercial rock lobster fishers, Reel Force Charters and many recreational boats on the water immediately headed out to the 10-15 nautical mile mark to start a grid search pattern in the vicinity of Key Biscayne wreck. Volunteer Marine Rescue also had resources on the water and an aircraft. As it turned out, the sighting came from the flash of a meteor passing overhead and not a flare. The search was called off late afternoon after this became apparent but demonstrated how Lancelin fishers are always very quick to help any disabled vessel! A number of dhufish have been caught in the 30m mark, alongside cuttlefish. Fishers have also been seeing blue spot flathead on the whiting grounds along the 20m contour, while skippy have been prevalent along the inshore reefs. 

Shore based

Fishing along Lancelin's beaches has been very quiet, with only a few reported tailor catches. Although tailor have been limited, whiting have been a staple along the near shore. In the bay, there have been plenty of cobbler close to shore at night, however, swells have been too strong for most the week to access them. The usually-reliable jetty has been very slow for fishing over the school holidays and blowfish remain a problem. It has been difficult to land any fish from the shore most evenings this week and the best catches have been made by fishers targeting the sand whiting by day. There were some good squid catches at times from the jetty, while there have also been some very big blue swimmer crabs caught.
 

West Aussie Ultimate Angler Series

Bream are a popular estuary fish to target, particularly in the winter months, with many fishers chasing them on lures and having consistent results! Read Shimano's tips on how catch estuary fish on lures here!

 
Esperance Catches


Boats

Fishers targeting squid from dinghies and small boats have reached their bag limits within an hour in the inshore waters. Herring, sand whiting and skippy can also be picked up inshore alongside the odd King George whiting. Samson fish and yellowtail kingfish have been caught on bait and lures near the islands. Crews who travelled out wide were rewarded with big nannygai.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty is a terrific spot to get among the large amounts of squid that are around at the moment. Skippy and a few King George whiting are also being caught at the structure, with the odd hammerhead shark. Bandy Creek Boat Harbour has small King George whiting as well as black bream, flathead and flounder on offer. Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Roses, Fourteen Mile, Dunns, Alexander, Poison and Thomas were among the spots where salmon were caught in the past week. Skippy to about 2kg were also caught at Roses and Thomas, while the latter has continued to produce mulloway.
Albany Catches
Adam joined Aron from Dixon Brothers Fishing to chase yellowtail kingfish from the rocks, near Albany. The trip didn't disappoint, with Adam catching this 80cm kingfish that put up a great fight! 

Boats

Reef fishers who travelled out wide in the past week have worked hard for their catches, but have been rewarded with nannygai, pink snapper, breaksea cod and dhufish. Big schools of Samson fish and small yellowtail kingfish are being located in some areas. Nannygai have been found in big schools near the edge of the shelf, however, they have been reluctant to strike. Further out to sea, hapuka have also been hesitant to take a hook at times. The inshore waters have been producing plenty of squid, in addition to fair numbers of King George whiting and sand whiting.

Shore based

Surf fishers are still catching salmon at popular spots including Salmon Holes, Cables, Shelley Beach, Nanarup and Cheynes Beach. Although the salmon are there, fishers have had to get their baits in the water before the crack of dawn to get a strike because, for some reason, the salmon have been hesitant to bite when there is too much light. Herring remain in very good numbers along the coast. Bigger black bream have been hard to find in the King and Kalgan rivers, among the hordes of small fish measuring less than 30cm.
South West Catches
Trudy Morehouse, aka the Squid Queen, landed two pinkies in two minutes - including this 58cm ripper - on fresh squid in 15m off Busselton last Saturday. A very nice effort, indeed! 


Boats

King George whiting are being caught in very good numbers from depths starting at 8m off Eagle Bay, Quindalup and Siesta Park. Pink snapper have been caught near Four Mile and Eight Mile reefs, alongside the occasional dhufish, while skippy have been plentiful. Blue swimmer crabs are being found among the murky water close to shore, however, squid have headed out deeper to seek cleaner water.

Shore based

The past week’s stormy weather has resulted in dozens of pink snapper catches along the Geographe Bay beaches, with some fishers managing to land more than one pinkie in a session. Tailor are a chance to be caught early morning and in the evening along both sides of Cape Naturaliste. Herring can be caught with little effort in the bays, and from the headlands, especially when burley is introduced. 

Freshwater

Declan Busher is enjoying the South West's freshwater and having plenty of success. Declan has uploaded some stunning shots, including this photo of him and a rainbow trout, to Instagram - check his page out!
Mandurah and Surrounds


Mandurah

The northern beaches are starting to produce a few fish with tailor, herring, whiting and pilch being caught along the San Remo to Golden Bay section. There have been a few bream around Yunderup and a little further upstream in the Murray River. Anglers, check the areas around the mouths of the Serpentine and the Murray rivers. Most of the beaches north and south of Mandurah have a lot of weed, but there are spots where it has cleared allowing anglers to fish. The beaches at Preston, White Hills and Tim's Thicket are producing plenty of herring, a few small mulloway and tailor. Large pilch are also being caught in numbers at times and size is improving. The Dawesville Cut is producing some big herring, King George whiting, pilch, tarwhine and yellowfin whiting on a regular basis.

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

Becher Point and Point Peron have been producing good catches of the smaller species during past week with pilch featuring prominently in most bags of fish. Right along the southern metropolitan beaches, there are plenty of herring being hooked on a variety of baits and lures alongside plenty of yellowfin whiting. There are still reports of some reasonable tailor around Point Peron. Anglers fishing in Warnbro Sound are still catching snapper, some good King George whiting and squid.
Perth Catches
A last-minute decision to head out on the boat proved worthwhile for Shaun, from Fishing Wishin Life, last Saturday. After arriving at his spot off Hillarys in 35m of water, he managed to land this 66cm baldchin groper! Good fishing, Shaun - solid stuff!

Boats

Pink snapper remain a popular target offshore, with many fishers picking up fish near the inshore reefs and islands off Fremantle and Rockingham. Pinkies have also been caught along the back of Three Mile Reef, north of Trigg. Skippy have been found in similar waters as pink snapper and also along the western edge of Five Fathom Bank. Large dhufish catches have continued, with the prized demersal species caught between Mandurah and Rottnest Island. King George whiting can be targeted north of Champion Rock, while water closer to shore may need to clear before squid return to the seagrass off Fremantle.

Shore based

Storm fishers who lined the northern and southern rock walls during the stormy weather this past week landed pink snapper in the 4kg to 8kg range. Herring were also found at the rock walls, while the stones along Capo D’Orlando Drive have been producing King George whiting and squid at times. Mulloway continue to be caught on baits and soft plastics in the Swan River, mainly between the Narrows and Causeway. Tailor are occupying waters downstream of the Narrows, while Ascot has been fishing well for black bream up to 40cm.
 
 
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