Located a couple of hours’ drive east of Albany, Bremer Bay is something of a hidden jewel in WA fishing. Or perhaps it is just a secret well-kept by those who enjoy fishing its waters.
While it is a popular holiday destination, particularly for those living on the south coast, this small town with just a few hundred residents has more fishing option than many people realise. Boat, shore and estuary anglers are all well catered for within a few minutes of town. There are many superb beach fishing locations in the Bremer area, led by Reef Beach and Fosters Beach. The latter is one of the best fishing beaches in WA and is famous for its salmon fishing, which is on offer almost year around. It is rare to not see a school of salmon sitting close to the beach at Fosters, which also produces sharks as well as smaller fare such as herring and skippy. Reef Beach is another spot very popular with salmon anglers during the annual run, and there are many other similar beaches which offer good fishing and maybe even the chance of a mulloway. The rocks along this stretch of coast require great caution and safety must always be put first. In particular, the rocks at the aptly named Black Point become very slippery when wet due to the presence of black rock. Bremer Bay Hardware at 144 Wellstead Road loans out free life jackets and is a must visit if you decide to fish from the rocks. But with such great beach fishing in the area for families, there really is no need to risk your life by venturing onto the rocks. Some of the great catches on offer for Bremer Bay fishers include blue groper, Samson fish, southern bluefin tuna, bonito, salmon, yellowtail kingfish and more. Offshore fishers will encounter many cold water species, and can do well on dhufish, skippy, red snapper, breaksea cod, pink snapper, queen snapper and King George whiting. For the estuary angler, there is some superb bream fishing in the Bremer River and nearby Pallinup River, with good fish to 40cm regularly taken on baits and lures. The Bremer Bay jetty located in the marina and offers herring, skippy, whiting and can also be great for squid and some nice blue swimmer crabs.