16 February 2018 – South Coast Fishing Report

Welcome to Recfishwest’s weekly fishing report, brought to you by Recfishwest’s fishing expert Joachim Azzopardi and thanks to John Curtis for his Mandurah & Surrounds report.

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Esperance Catches

Esperance yellowtail kingfish

Picture: ”Trying to stay calm whilst fighting my first king on stickbait was the real struggle! The amount of effort we put into chasing these guys made this one of the most rewarding catches of my life!” Awesome job Brody, awesome fish! (Photo courtesy of Brody Ogle).


Pink snapper have been responding well to soft plastic jigs near the islands. Mostly small nannygai were found this past week while samson fish and queen snapper were encountered in a range of sizes. Southern bluefin tuna are about inshore and out wide, but are reluctant to strike at times. Dinghy and small boat fishers have been doing well on snook, herring and squid.

Shore based

The Taylor Street Jetty has been fishing reasonably well for herring, snook and squid with bigger versions of the former species being caught after dark. King George whiting around the 30cm mark are evident at the Bandy Creek Boat Harbour together with herring, skippy and black bream. Bull herring and juvenile salmon have been coming from the local beaches including Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach and Nine Mile. The odd mature salmon has also been caught in these parts. Thomas River is worth a visit with reports of skippy to a kilo, juvenile salmon and mulloway around.

Albany Catches

Albany red snapper

Picture: Expect the usual mix of reef fish to be lurking around the coral in 60m to 90m when conditions permit, the edge of the shelf should also still have red snapper (Photo courtesy of Liam Wesson).


Very few boats managed to head offshore this past week due to the strong winds. Expect the usual mix of reef fish to be lurking around the coral in 60m to 90m when conditions permit, the edge of the shelf should also still have red snapper. Both harbours have been producing King George, herring and skippy. The heaviest black bream caught during the recent tournament weighed a respectable 900g. The heaviest bag of 10 fish came in at 6kg. Other species picked up during the competition included flounder, yellowfin whiting and mulloway.

Shore based

Tailor have been turning up some mornings and evenings along the beaches west of town while salmon are mostly east. A salmon school about the size of an AFL oval was spotted off Reef beach last week. The school of several tonnes is not believed to be the start of the annual run considering Esperance is yet to be graced by the arrival of big schools. Skippy have turned up along the local beaches a little earlier this year while herring are plentiful up and down the coast. King George whiting are worth targeting from shore at Gull Rock, Goode Beach and Frenchman Bay.


Swanfish 2018

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Register for Swanfish!

Not long to go until Swanfish 2018! (24 – 25 February)

You may have heard there are going to be some changes this year to Swanfish, one of those changes is we are offering FREE fishing clinics for registered participants. We are offering four clinics across two locations on Saturday the 24th of Feb, but please be aware that PLACES ARE LIMITED!

Bookings are essential!

What you need to bring:

  • Rod and reel, tackle and bait
  • Suitable sun protection
  • Your Swanfish Fishing Clinic Booking Confirmation

What we will provide:

  • A first class education on river fishing. Tips and techniques, including popular species, advice on tackle, best baits and lure fishing secrets
  • Sunscreen
  • All fishing clinic participants will receive a voucher to spend at your local Getaway Outdoors store!

How to Book:

  • Complete your Swanfish registration at http://www.swanfish.com.au/register.php
  • Send us an email at info@swanfish.com.au letting us know your Swanfish Order Number, the number of clinic attendees and your contact details
  • Await confirmation email

Get your registrations in now!