Latest Fishing Report
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Spanish mackerel are starting to appear in better numbers in waters north and south of the river mouth. Schools of longtail and mack tuna are being encountered in a range of depths and areas. Mulloway and samson fish are worthwhile targeting in the deeper sand holes.
Tailor catches have improved with surf fishers managing to land up to half a dozen 35cm to 60cm fish early morning and evening at spots including Red Buff, Wittecarra Creek, Chinamans and Frustrations. Yellowfin whiting have been caught in very good numbers at Red Bluff with better catches being achieved an hour either side of sunset. You’ll also have a good chance of catching them in the Murchison near the mouth. Mulloway have mostly been landed north of the river mouth. Wayne Dewar, of Kalbarri Sports and Dive, hooked what felt like a mulloway in excess of 20kg on bream gear east of Dance Floor last week. Giant herring have been hitting baits and lures in the upper reaches of the Murchison.
An estimated 18kg mulloway landed at an undisclosed location was among several fish above the 10kg mark to be caught along the northern and southern beaches this past week. Spots where the mulloway were caught, included the Chapman River mouth, Coronation Beach and Flat Rocks. Drummonds Cove has herring to 34cm, pike to 45cm, whiting and the odd bonefish on offer. A few tailor, ranging from 35cm to 45cm, have been coming from the southern end of Drummonds in the morning and there have been some good herring caught off the reef there.
Tailor have been turning up most mornings and evenings at Flat Rocks and Headbutts. The Seven Mile has herring and whiting. Southgates and Glendenning Road are worth a visit with fair catches of tailor, whiting, herring and pike caught at both locations recently. Geraldton and Districts Offshore Fishing Club members caught small trevally, amberjack, Australian salmon, tarwhine and chopper tailor at the Dongara Marina. The beach in front of the caravan park produced tailor to 45cm and pike to 50cm in the evening.
South West Catches
Divers have been doing reasonably well on crays while the pots should start achieving better hauls within the next fortnight. Squid catches have dropped along the seagrass beds off Eagle Bay, however there have been some big cephalopods caught in waters closer to the Busselton Jetty. Blue swimmer crab catches are expected to improve during the ensuing weeks.
Tailor have been caught some mornings and evenings at Injidup, Bunker Bay, Castle Rock and Elmore Road. Yellowfin and sand whiting are starting to appear in better numbers along the sand flats off Quindalup. A consistent stream of burley should produce a feed of herring, skippy and tarwhine along both sides of Cape Naturaliste.
Mandurah & Surrounds
The Old Traffic Bridge has been producing some reasonable catches of whiting and herring, there have also been reports of a few tailor, cobbler, herring and whiting showing up at the Mandurah Bypass Bridge. The Cut is still the most reliable place to get a feed of fish and it is turning on some good fishing at the moment. There are herring, tailor, skippy and whiting in The Cut. Along the northern beaches, there are small mulloway, skippy, herring, and some chopper tailor. There are plenty of baitfish around and chopper tailor, whiting and herring numbers are increasing – all providing a feed for mulloway. Beaches south of Mandurah are starting to produce a few nice tailor along with some small mulloway. Fishers in the know have been taking some very large black bream from spots in the Murray and Serpentine rivers.
Secret Harbour / Port Kennedy / Rockingham/ Safety Bay
Herring are being taken from the local beaches in the morning and a few sized tailor are being caught. At the jetties, there are herring and squid and the odd small mulloway is being taken late at night. Tailor have been quite active along the surf beaches in the area and some good fish have been taken, particularly after dark. There are a few small whiting on the sand flats between the mainland and Penguin Island as well as an occasional flathead. The Five Fathom Bank is producing some big King George whiting, tailor and the occasional good skippy.
Samson fish between 10kg and 30kg, and the odd bigger fish, have been responding to big soft plastic and metal jigs at The Barges located in 90m to 110m of water west and west-southwest of Rottnest Island. Schools of southern bluefin tuna have been encountered beyond the 20m contour. Jon Donisi and his cousin caught three small tuna off the southern side of Rottnest on Saturday. The pair then went on to catch several crays on snare. There are some nice catches of King George whiting being picked up near The Windmills. The squid caught off Fremantle and within Cockburn Sound during the past few weeks have been of good size but not in great numbers. Cray fishers, whether diving or working pots, have been satisfied with their hauls during the first few weeks of the season.
Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings along the metropolitan coast with the better sessions on the 30cm to 60cm fish experienced along the beaches north of Mindarie. The lower and middle reaches of the Swan and Canning rivers seem to be occupied with plenty of chopper tailor. Several giant herring caught and publicised on social media during the week have prompted many to try for the elusive species on spin and fly. Mulloway in the 8kg to 12kg range have been caught at Mosman Bay and Blackwall Reach.