Salmon in the State's south to bluebone in the north there's plenty to read in Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 5 March 2021¬†ūüé£

 | By Seamus on 3/5/2021 1:19:37 AM | Views (380)
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South West fisher 'Stoney' Stonehouse was pumped after catching a handful of salmon from Boodjidup Beach on Tuesday morning, entering this photo into the 2021 Salmon Slam. Great stuff!
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Yewww! During a recent mission to Shark Bay, Emi Campbell speared this awesome bluebone! Fantastic effort, Emi ‚ÄĒ that's a cracking fish and a deserved winner of this week's 'Pic of the Week!'.

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Shhhhh, secret spot!
Fishing a secret spot somewhere in WA's vast Pilbara, Tyler Ridley hauled in this beautiful barra! If you've got a fishing photo to share, tag #recfishwest in your photos on social media.
Broome Catches
Diving off Broome, Bella Cooke was more than happy after spearing this good-sized bluebone!


Reef fishers have been catching blue lined emperor, saddletail seaperch and red emperor in 30m to 40m of water. It comes as fingermark bream, northern mulloway and bluebone are among the species being caught along the reef bottom closer to shore. Well-known spot 'The Fingers' has been producing mixed catches of threadfin salmon, bluenose salmon and barramundi. Tripletail continue to be found near the moorings within Roebuck Bay.

Shore based

This week, barramundi have been caught at the tidal edges in the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River. Want to know why the Fitzroy River is so important to Kimberley fishers? Watch these two short films, which were produced by Kimberley - Like Nowhere Else, on our YouTube:
More barra have been coming from the local creeks where mangrove jack, estuary cod and bluenose salmon have also been caught. Small queenfish and trevally can be targeted near the Broome jetty. There are yellowfin whiting along Cable Beach and Coconut Wells.
Exmouth Catches
Late last month, Robbie Leck battled this mighty GT off Exmouth... and won! After a quick photo the beast was released back into the drink to fight another day. Awesome work!ūüďł On Strike Charters


Bluewater enthusiasts are continuing to encounter blue and striped marlin, as well as dolphinfish, wahoo and big yellowfin tuna in depths of 400m to 500m of water. Black marlin catches seem to be increasing between the 100m and 200m contours. Spanish mackerel have been caught on minnow-styled lures trolled within Exmouth Gulf. Areas out wide have been fishing well for cobia and longtail tuna, while goldband jobfish and ruby snapper have been caught in 140m to 190m of water.

Shore based

Mildura Wreck has been fishing well for bluebone, while the reef areas south of the lighthouse extending to Tantabiddi have been producing spangled emperor. Queenfish have been turning up in good numbers at the marina and Learmonth Jetty. There are lots of yellowfin whiting along Exmouth Gulf's beaches. Fly fishers have been using crab patterns to catch permit in the lower areas of the Gulf, where golden trevally and queenfish have also been caught in numbers.

Scott‚Äôs Species ‚Äď Australian salmon, a scintillating southern sportfish

Salmon are one of Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan's favourite species to target and catch.

Australian salmon, a scintillating southern sportfish sometimes dubbed ‚Äúbarra of the south‚ÄĚ. With this year's anticipated¬†Awesome Autumn of Salmon underway, Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan takes a closer look at the hard-fighting sportfish, which have an important economical and social benefit to WA, in this edition of Scott‚Äôs Species.

Kalbarri Catches
Fishing young gun Tom Berry has been catching impressive mulloway near Kalbarri recently!


Spanish mackerel continue to be caught on rigged garfish and bibbed minnows trolled north and south of the river mouth. Yellowfin, longtail and mack tuna have also been caught on lures trolled offshore together with the occasional cobia and Samson fish. Reef fishers who ventured to the 40m to 50m depths north-west of town scored red emperor, dhufish and Rankin cod. Metal and soft plastic jigs have been working well on pink snapper, baldchin groper and coral trout in shallower waters at times.

Shore based

Tailor have been appearing most mornings and evenings along the beaches including Wittecarra Creek, Red Bluff and Siphon together with dart and herring. Mulloway continued to be caught in the lower reaches of the Murchison River following the recent influx of murky freshwater. Pink snapper, tailor and bluebone were among the species to be recently landed from the cliffs. A 1.2kg black bream was among dozens of smaller bream to be caught in the river during the past week.
Geraldton Catches


Dhufish are on offer at African Reef and South West Bank, while pink snapper have been found schooling in waters north-west and south-west of town. Sweetlip, of varying sizes, are in a range of depths and areas. Spanish mackerel, tuna and bonito have been patrolling the edges of the shipping channel where schools of baitfish have been gathering. Dinghy and kayak fishers have picked up some nice squid inshore, while some of the cephalopods recently caught at the Abrolhos Islands have gone close to 3kg.

Shore based

The Flat Rocks to Greenough River mouth stretch has tailor on offer. Mulloway have also been landed along the beaches there, while the first and second points at Greenough have been producing herring, dart and pike. Bigger tailor are sometimes being caught at Southgate Dunes and Separation Point. The marina and the back of Lives have been producing mixed catches of chopper tailor, whiting, skippy, herring and squid. Drummond's Cove and the beaches to the north of the cove have been producing tailor, whiting, big herring, mulloway and the odd pink snapper.
Lancelin Catches
Dave joined Tailored Treks' Peter Fullarton on a 4WD course along Lancelin's beaches and took a quick break to cast lures. The decision paid dividends, with Dave reeling in this healthy tailor!


Spanish mackerel have been caught on bibbed lures along White Bank. Baldchin groper are still widespread, with most fishers targeting demersal fish catching a baldie. Inside of White Bank, there are good numbers of pink snapper and dhufish on the shallow lumps in the 10m to 15m depths, providing smaller boats with quality fishing. The bay is alive with herring and squid, with size and numbers of each species improving. Those chasing crayfish are finding a bumper haul of reds from the shallows.

Shore based

The autumn beach fishing near Lancelin has been sensational this week, with drone fishers and surf casters catching nearshore pink snapper. Mulloway have also been caught, with some measuring up to 1m, from both north and south of the Lancelin township. Tailor have been a reliable catch along the beaches, with the larger autumn run of greenbacks making their presence felt this week. The larger tailor have been caught from gutters and reef breaks. 

Salmon Watch - helping you find where the schools are!

The Awesome Autumn of Salmon has begun and Larissa Zip has wasted no time in getting stuck into the action, catching this salmon while camping at Malimup Beach. Sign-up to Salmon Slam!
The Awesome Autumn of Salmon is underway and we're celebrating salmon like never before! Reports are slowly filtering in of salmon catches from beaches along the south coast and South West, with fisher 'Stoney' Stonehouse landing a few solid fish from Boodjidup Beach, near Margaret River, on Tuesday. Larissa Zip, pictured at the top of the report, was also among fishers to catch salmon from Malimup Beach last weekend. Read the Albany and South West sections below to see where else the salmon are biting. Yet to download the 2021 Salmon Slam app? Find out more about the competition here!
Esperance Catches


Herring, snook, skippy, whiting and squid have been caught by fishers from small vessels this week. Those who fished baits and jigs near the islands scored good bags of queen snapper, breaksea cod and nannygai as well as Samson fish and yellowtail kingfish. Nannygai to 55cm and dhufish were landed out wide.

Shore based

Herring, skippy, sweep and the odd King George whiting have been caught from Taylor Street Jetty this week. Bandy Creek Boat Harbour has been producing lots of flathead and black bream, in addition to the occasional King George. Salmon have been caught at most spots including Salmon Beach, Fourth Beach, Nine Mile, Roses and Fourteen Mile. Surf fishers at Stockyards have been landing salmon, flathead and herring. Dunn Rock has been good for skippy, salmon and herring, while skippy to 2kg and big flathead have been common at Thomas River.
Albany Catches


Deepwater enthusiasts have been scoring big red snapper at the edge of the shelf as well as hapuka, grey banded cod and blue-eye trevalla out wide. The coral in 60m to 80m has been producing the usual mix of queen, pink and red snapper, breaksea cod, harlequin fish and the odd dhufish. Bag limits of King George whiting have been achieved by many crews who worked the inshore waters of King George Sound, Oyster Harbour and Princess Royal Harbour. 

Shore based

Salmon are still yet to appear in numbers, however, small schools of 3kg to 6kg fish are trickling through at Bluff Creek, Cheynes Beach, Bornholm, Normans and Sand Patch. Tailor have been caught at Bornholm and Normans early morning and on dusk, while herring can be targeted at most places. Skippy are mostly being found in the more inaccessible parts of the coast. Frenchman Bay and Cosy Corner have King George whiting on offer. Small black bream, rarely any bigger than 35cm, have once again dominated catches in the King and Kalgan rivers. Bigger bream may be able to be sought at some of the systems to the west of Albany.
South West Catches
Steve Fagan scored this solid South West dhufish, which weighed 18.8kg, while fishing off Margaret River with his son Zac Fagan last weekend!


Increased water temperatures seem to be responsible for some interesting encounters this week. Perhaps the most remarkable was a marlin spotted free swimming in Geographe Bay by a kayaker. Marlin are sometimes found wide of Cape Naturaliste during late summer when water temperatures reach their highest. However, to have one spotted relatively close to shore is certainly a rare occurrence in local waters.

Jacob Schonell couldn't wipe the smile off his face after landing his first dhuie off Canal Rocks.

Many dolphinfish are also offshore near floating seaweed and other flotsam off both sides of Cape Naturaliste. Spanish mackerel are believed to have reached South West waters, following reports of fish being speared off Bunker Bay. A 20kg dhufish caught off Hamelin Bay was among dozens of smaller dhuies to be caught across the region during the long weekend. Pink snapper, skippy and Samson fish were all reported out wide of the coast between Bunbury and Binningup.

Shore based

Salmon have been appearing in small numbers at Hamelin Bay, Injidup, Smiths Beach and Bunker Bay. Tailor have been turning up in similar locations together with lots of herring, a few skippy and the odd tarwhine. Yellowfin and school whiting can be found along the Geographe Bay sand flats during sunny days. Those fishing Bunbury's beaches, Buffalo Beach, Belvidere Beach and Binningup have caught many bread-and-butter species in addition to the occasional mulloway. The Leschenault Estuary has plenty of chooper tailor on offer, while yellowtail whiting have still been caught at times along the flats.

Land-based fishing guru Robbie Riches, of Perth Fishing Safaris, scored this pinkie from one of this new secret spots somewhere in the South West last week!
Mandurah and surrounds


Mandurah's northern beaches are continuing to produce mulloway up to 15kg and tailor. The Mandurah Estuary has herring, tarwhine and chopper tailor on offer. Blue swimmer crabs and prawns are still around, but you'll have to work hard for larger models of both species. Dawesville Cut and the beaches to the south of Mandurah have herring available, which are keeping many families entertained. Serpentine River and Murray River continue to fish well for black bream, with fish to 1.5kg reported near the Gordon Road Bridge and well up the Murray. 


The Rockingham area has produced herring, skippy and whiting this week, with the best fishing taking place in the late afternoon. There are rumours of bonito and reports of Spanish mackerel caught from the region's jetties. However, fishers in the know are remaining tight-lipped. Also, good mulloway have been caught from the beaches and jetties after dark. Tailor have also been caught from the southern surf beaches.
Perth Catches


Those who have ventured to the metro fish aggregating devices (FADs) and beyond this week have encountered a host of predatory species including wahoo, dolphinfish and tuna. Want to watch action from the FADs? Check out our YouTube video:
Spanish mackerel have been found near Rottnest Island and along the back of Three Mile Reef. Deepwater fishers have been catching hapuka, grey-banded cod and pink snapper in 200m to 350m of water. More pink snapper have been found in depths of 30m to 100m together with baldchin groper, breaksea cod and dhufish. King George whiting can be picked up in Cockburn Sound and the waters off Cottesloe and City Beach. Squid catches are expected to increase along the inshore seagrass meadows as the cooler months advance.

Shore based

Surf fishers have caught tailor, herring and sand whiting along the metropolitan beaches. Herring have also been caught from the rock walls and jetties, especially when burley is introduced. Fremantle's rock walls are sometimes producing King George whiting and squid. There are mulloway in the deeper areas of the Swan River including Mosman Bay, Blackwall Reach and Fremantle Harbour. Chopper tailor and giant herring have also been recently caught in the lower and middle reaches of the Swan. Flathead can be targeted along the shallower waters of Applecross and Point Resolution. 
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This Fishing Report was submitted on 3/5/2021 1:19:37 AM by Seamus and last updated on 3/5/2021 7:16:49 AM.


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