METRO: The forecast for rough weather over the next few days will have land-based pink snapper fishers excited. There have been a lot of pinkies caught from north metro beaches in recent weeks and the storms should lead to some exciting fishing from the usual rockwalls. Rough weather could also be a boon for salmon anglers, as it may push more fish in close to the metro shoreline. The salmon action continued for boat anglers this week with plenty caught at Mewstones and Stragglers. Palm Beach was firing for shore anglers at times. There are still plenty of pinkies being caught throughout metro waters, including on the inshore reefs around Garden Island, Mindarie and Ocean Reef. There are also good numbers of yellowtail kingfish around. Big samson fish are turning up quite regularly in the same areas. A surprising aspect of metro fishing over the last couple of weeks has been a few late-season spanish mackerel around Two Rocks. Dhufish of around 7-10kg are showing up in around 40m and there have been good numbers of smaller specimens hanging around the inshore reefs. Mulloway have been well spread in the Swan and are pushing well up river, with good reports from the Ascot to Caversham stretch. The water is starting to clear up and bream are worth chasing in the Swan and Canning rivers, with nice fish caught although they have been cautious at times. There are still some nice crabs coming from the deeper parts of the river. At Mandurah, there have been king george whiting, and a few yellowfin, in the Cut. Chopper tailor have been caught in the estuary and Cut, and along the northern beaches. Herring are prolific all along the coast, including from the beaches and in the Cut. There have been a few snapper caught from the beaches south of town, with the odd salmon and tailor at White Hills and Tim’s Thicket. Offshore anglers are doing well in 25-40m on dhufish, good baldchin groper, breaksea cod and queen snapper. There have also been some excellent king george whiting. There have been plenty of crayfish in around 10m, and big pinkies are fishing well in the same depth.
ESPERANCE: Taylor Street Jetty has produiced heaps of herring, a fair few squid, garfish, skippy and the occasional king george whiting. The Bandy Creek Boat Harbour has offered skippy to 500 grams, good bull herring and black bream around 35cm. There has also been the occasional legal size pink snapper in there. Salmon are scattered along most of the beaches, including Salmon Beach, Blue Haven, Fourth Beach and at Stockyards. Alexander Bay, Thomas River and Poison Creek are also holding plenty of salmon. Thomas River has also produced mulloway, gummy sharks and skippy to a healthy four kilos. Dunn’s has been worth a try for mulloway and skippy. There are plenty of good bream in the lakes, with fish to 43cm caught. Boaties in close are getting plenty of herring, big sand whiting and squid. There are also a few samson fish in close and the odd queen snapper. Out wide, it has been mainly nannygai to 72cm, good breaksea cod and plenty of samson fish from 15-30kg. Pink snapper are best west of town and there has been a surprising number of dhufish turning up.
KALBARRI: There was a run of spanish mackerel during the week, with fish caught from boats and the shore. Fish to more than 15 kilos were caught out the front of the river and north towards Sand Patch. Tuna have also been seen around the craypots close to the mouth. There has been the odd spaniard caught by shore anglers chasing tailor north of town and fish have also come from Wagoe and Lucky Bay. There have been some big tailor coming from Oysters, with baitcast gardies working best. There have been some good mulloway to 20 kilos at the river mouth at night and also at Wittecarra Creek. Fish to 10 kilos have been common farther up the coast. Chopper tailor have been prolific along the beaches and there have been herring at Red Bluff. The Murchison is fishing well, with some good bream being caught. Estuary cod are also a common catch and mangrove jack have been active up the river, with some rippers being caught. Small mulloway are also common the river, and there are a few mud crabs around the jetties. There have been some fantastic mixed bags for bottom fishers, with dhufish, baldchin groper, pink snapper, spangled emperor, red emperor, rankin cod and red-throat emperor featuring in catches. There are still plenty of crayfish on offer.
PERTH: Herring are thick in inshore waters and there have been lots of them caught along the beaches, along with a few garfish. The main problem with the gardies has been getting past the herring. There have also been some good tailor taken along northern beaches. Salmon are still offering plenty of fun and a school was seen heading up the Swan River past the Fremantle traffic bridges on Tuesday morning. There was also a big samson fish caught near the old traffic bridge this week. Salmon have been reliable at Coventry Reef, while Mewstones and Stragglers are attracting plenty of boat anglers and producing good numbers of fish most days. Pink snapper are often being caught in the same areas as the salmon schools. The North Mole has been a popular spot with shore anglers chasing salmon and has also offered some good pinkies at times. Salmon have also bobbed up in Cockburn Sound for shore and boat anglers and there has been some excellent fishing for pink snapper in the sound. Several have been caught from local beaches. There is the odd longtail tuna still around offshore and a few yellowfin tuna have been showing up out wide. Dhufish are in as shallow as 15m. Deep droppers continue to do well on big bass grouper and blue-eye trevalla. Russell Waterman and Darryl Hitchen picked up their boat limit of squid off Fremantle in quick time on Monday afternoon and there have been plenty caught from rockwalls. Bream are fishing well in the Swan, especially around the structure offered by yacht clubs, and there have been reports of mulloway pushing up as far as Caversham.
ALBANY: The Southern Spectacular was held last weekend with more than 30 boats competing on a glassy ocean. Foggy start made navigation a bit difficult in Oyster Harbour at the start of the day, leading to one well-known local skipper running aground several times and finding himself tangled in a pro net. Nevertheless there were plenty of fish caught, particularly by the offshore boats with the inshore action a bit slower. The highlight was an 18kg dhufish caught by Rob Martin and there were a number of dhuies boated. Squid fishing has been pretty quiet recently but a few up to 1.8 kilos were weighed in and herring were plentiful. King George Sound was alive with mulies and salmon were about in good numbers across a wide area, including around the islands. Morris Wilkinson also found salmon while jigging in 70m. Plenty of small yellowtail kingfish showed up around boats in some areas. Red snapper were a common catch to around 70cm and a number of samson fish were hooked. The best queen snapper was 8.5 kilos, while the best breaksea cod was 2.4 kilos. However, pink snapper were generally small. Some good skippy were also caught. Kyle Hamilton picked up a nice john dory at Two People’s Bay last week. Some big southern bluefin tuna around 20 kilos have been spotted not far from Seal Rock. Salmon have been hard to find for shore anglers, but a few have been reported from the usual locations, including at Nanarup. There have been plenty of skippy and salmon trout in the Kalgan River and the odd mulloway.
AUGUSTA: Round 5 of the ABT Kayak Series was held at the Blackwood River last weekend, launching at the Molloy Island Caravan Park. There were plenty of good bream around the 40cm mark caught, with Graeme Kovacevich producing the fish of the weekend at 950 grams, less than 100m from the launch site. Many of the anglers managed full bags of fish on each day, but it was Sean Higgins that took the honours with six fish for 4.355 kilos. He beat Alex Griesdorf by 70 grams, with Shane Owens in third on 3.915kg. Higgins was one of the few competitors in a paddle kayak and did well on the shallow flats. He was able to get good fish early on each day and work on upgrades, using minnow lures. Hard-bodied lures were very effective for most anglers. There are some yellowfin in the river as well. The best salmon fishing has been around Hamelin Bay, Boranup and Contos. Sand whiting for shore and boat anglers. Offshore anglers have been doing well on pink snapper and dhufish.
MACKEREL ISLANDS: Brian Marshall from Compleat Angler Nedlands had a great time at the Mackerel Islands last week. Highlights included a number of good giant trevally, with half a dozen brutes to around more than 30 kilos boated, along with plenty of smaller fish. There were even a couple of GTs caught from the shore. The variety caught during the week was impressive, including wahoo, sailfish, marlin, red emperor, giant herring, yellowfin and longtail tuna, and coral trout. Spanish mackerel were prolific to over 20 kilos, with stickbaits the most effective way to target them. The shallow water fishing around the islands was good for spangled emperor, big queenfish, trout and various species of trevally. Deep dropping produced plenty of ruby snapper.