West Coast

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Latest Fishing Report

23 February 2018 – West 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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Kalbarri Catches

Kalbarri pink snapper

Picture: Soft plastic and metal jigs have accounted for pink snapper and coral trout near the cliffs (Photo courtesy of Dan Coughlan).


Spanish mackerel are being found in fairly good numbers near the bait schools north and south of the marina. While most of the mackerel have been between 8kg and 14kg there has been the odd fish landed up around the 20kg mark. Yellowfin and mack tuna have also been found among the mackerel as has the odd cobia. Reef fishing has been productive in 30m to 40m northwest of town where red emperor, dhufish, coral trout and baldchin groper have been picked up. Soft plastic and metal jigs have accounted for pink snapper and coral trout near the cliffs.

Shore based

Surf fishers reported there to be bigger numbers of tailor along the beaches this past week with Wittecarra and Red Bluff among the better performing spots for the 45cm to 65cm fish. Tailor averaging 50cm were responding well to poppers and stick baits at Siphons. Mulloway between 4kg and 6kg are being regularly caught at the jetty while bigger fish are occasionally being landed at Frustrations and the beaches north of there. The lower and middle reaches of the Murchison are fishing well for a variety of species including estuary cod, javelin fish and black bream.

Geraldton Catches

Geraldton baldchin groper

Picture: Nice baldy caught off Jurien Bay recently, thanks for sharing Brad (Photo courtesy of Brad Patman).


Crews who ventured to the Abrolhos Islands reported the waters off Southern Group, Wreck Point and the eastern side of the Wallabies’ to be fishing well for spanish mackerel in the 8kg to 14kg range. Most of the mackerel caught near town have been along the lumps off Coronation. Reef fish hunters who travelled south towards Flat Rocks scored nice dhufish. Pink snapper to 6kg have been found near the Abrolhos Islands, along South West Bank and off Coronation. Dinghy and small boat fishers have done well on herring near Point Moore.

Shore based

Tailor have been running well early morning at Southgates, Glendenning Road and Drummonds Cove. The 35cm to 55cm fish are probably turning up at these spots in the afternoons and evenings, however the afternoon breeze has been making beach fishing hard. Yellowfin and school whiting can be found at Coronation, which is also producing some nice mulloway every now and then. A consistent stream of burley will assist in picking up a feed of herring behind The Lives.

South West Catches

South west salmon

Picture: Resident salmon have been popping up around the place, including Hamelin Bay and Bunker Bay getting fishers excited for the annual salmon run.


Small bibbed minnows and skirted lures trolled off the west coast and the tip of the cape have been working well on schools of 4kg to 6kg southern bluefin tuna. Spanish mackerel are also a chance off Cape Naturaliste and near Hamelin Bay. Some nice catches of dhufish have been coming from the west coast while Geographe Bay has been producing pink snapper, especially on dusk. Big squid are around off Eagle Bay and Quindalup, but are mostly being found in depths in excess of 10m.

Shore based

Surf fishers have been picking up some nice catches of bread and butter species including tailor to 55cm, herring, juvenile and mature salmon along the west coast. Small schools of, what are believed to be resident, salmon have been appearing at Bunker Bay. Yellowfin and school whiting continue to be caught on small stick baits and miniature poppers along the Quindalup sand flats. The rock platforms are worth trying for yellowtail kingfish, samson fish and blue groper.

Mandurah & Surrounds

Mandurah crab

Picture: The water is warming up and the crabs are out and about for both scoopers and drop netters. Take the family down, spend some time in the estuary and and enjoy this iconic WA fishery!


Tailor are being caught from the beaches to the north and south of Mandurah with Tim’s Thicket and Preston also producing some small mulloway and herring. The Cut has been very productive over recent weeks with tailor, King George whiting and herring biting well. In the estuary there are tailor, skippy, herring, flathead and crabs. The jetty in front of the Jolly Frog has been producing good yellowfin whiting throughout the day.

Further upstream there are a few black bream being caught on both hard bodied and soft plastic lures. Many anglers are finding that lure fishing for yellowfin whiting can be exciting and a real challenge. These fish are not the timid, shy, retiring species that most people take them for. They are quite aggressive and will readily chase and attack a small popper lure or small hard body or plastic lure. The estuary is a perfect location to wade the sandflats chasing these fish.

There are still some good crabs about in the estuary, but you have to work for them. Prawns are still being scooped, with good catches being caught in most regular spots. The bridges are also producing good fish with herring, tailor, tarwhine and whiting being caught in numbers.

The northern beaches have been producing yellowfin whiting in the mornings, tailor late afternoons and mulloway after dark. A few larger mulloway have been caught from the beaches at Madora and Singleton.

Secret Harbour/ Port Kennedy/ Rockingham/ Safety Bay

Reports indicate that anglers are catching plenty of tailor along the beaches around Rockingham along with herring, whiting and an occasional mulloway. There are still good catches of herring, tailor and some nice yellow-fin whiting being taken from the beaches near the grain silos right through to Long Point.

Metro Catches

Metro samson fish

Picture: ”How lucky are we to have our fishing licence fees go towards projects like the Fish Towers, accessible to just about anyone with a boat. First time out there last week, I was expecting just mostly smaller models but stoked with this one. Thanks Beau for the photo, great to see some good catches coming off the Towers (Photo courtesy of Beau Suladra).


Spanish mackerel have been a little hit and miss off the coast and this has been the case for those working the waters off Rockingham, Fremantle and Hillarys. According to most accounts, the Three Mile Reef area stretching from Scarborough to Mindarie seems to be producing most of the metropolitan mackerel. Some nice yellowfin tuna were caught during the recent game fishing tournament, however billfish were scarce. Schools of small southern bluefin tuna are showing up all around the place and there are small yellowtail kingfish near Rottnest Island and Stragglers. Reef fishing has been good in 40m to 60m off West End where nannygai, dhufish and pink snapper are being caught in numbers. Paul De Boni caught dhufish to 12kg and pink snapper to 80cm in 40m northwest of Rotto at the weekend. King George whiting and breaksea cod were found in 35m of water south of Parker Point.

Did you hear about the Metro Marlin caught yesterday by Jazz Charters? Watch all the action here.

Shore based

Mackerel have started to turn up closer to shore with several shark and spotted mackerel caught on lures at the Ammo Jetty during the past week and spanish mackerel spotted frustratingly just outside of casting distance at North Mole. A couple of small southern bluefin tuna were landed at North Mole recently. Bonito are a chance to show up at the southern rock walls and jetties within the next few weeks. Lure fishers along the Cottesloe to City Beach stretch have been picking up some nice tailor in the mornings. A school of juvenile salmon appeared at the Fishing Boat Harbour on Monday. Mulloway have been coming from Singleton, Secret Harbour and between Two Rocks and Yanchep. There are herring at the rock walls north and south of the river. Matt Petrillo, of Anglers Fishing World, has been picking up some nice yellowfin whiting along the lower reaches of the Swan River. Blue swimmer crabs continue to be caught in good numbers at Mosman Bay, Freshwater Bay and near The Narrows.


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