From eye-catching trout to threadies and barramundi there's plenty to read in Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 2 April 2021¬†ūüé£

 | By Seamus on 2/4/2021 8:15:00 PM | Views (99)
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What a great trout! Fred Myers caught this beast while fishing off Port Hedland recently. Awesome!
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Shhhhh, secret spot!
Fishing a secret spot in the George River, north of Cossack, Bailey Pratt scored this threadfin salmon!
Broome Catches
Competing in the Broome Fishing Club's two-day Thready Shootout last weekend, Chris Cole had a "mint day on the water at Roebuck Bay". Watch our great YouTube video, Reborn in Roebuck, here.


Reef fishers who travelled to the ground in and around 40m of water did well on red emperor, saddletail seaperch and Rankin cod this week. More northern mulloway were caught in the evenings within Roebuck Bay, also. Bluebone and fingermark bream have also been caught in reasonable numbers within the inshore waters. Threadfin salmon can be targeted near the entrances of the creeks and there are tripletail near the moorings.

Wade Clark reeled in a couple of threadfin salmon during the weekend's Thready Shootout!

Shore based

Lots of queenfish, small golden and giant trevally have been caught along the coast together with a few threadfin and bluenose salmon. Mangrove jack and estuary cod can be caught within the lower reaches of the local creeks, alongside barramundi and javelin fish. Whiting catches are slowly improving along the beaches.
Exmouth Catches
Fishing with Evolution Charters off Exmouth, Matt Allegretto was more than happy with this coral trout.


Spanish mackerel catches have started to improve once again along the back of the reef line following a couple of months of decreased catches of the toothy species. Rigged whole baits, including garfish and slimy mackerel, and minnow-style lures trolled between 15m and 30m of water have been working well on the 10kg to 20kg mackerel. Small black marlin have been caught by those who have been prepared to put in some time and effort searching for the billfish. Reef fishers have been doing well on red emperor in about 40m of water near the Muiron Islands. Nice coral trout have been picked up on minnows trolled near the bombies within Exmouth Gulf.

Beautiful work, Barney! Barney Skeggs got stuck into a couple of solid spangos off Exmouth!

Shore based

Schools of hardy heads gathering along both sides of North West Cape have been attracting a variety of predators including queenfish, golden trevally, giant trevally and giant herring. Spangled emperor and bluebone have also been caught along the west coast in areas that feature reef. Bigger GTs are a chance on poppers and stickbaits at VLF Bay and Oysters in the late afternoon and evening. Squid can be targeted at Bundegi Jetty, the marina and Learmonth Jetty.

Scott‚Äôs Species ‚Äď shark mackerel, a slashing surface speedster

Sharkies can be caught near Rottnest Island, as proven by Eddie Sheppard with this 110cm specimen.

In the latest edition of Scott’s Species, Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan discusses shark mackerel. The speedsters don’t get as big as Spanish mackerel, however, sharkies are a great sportfish in their own right and offer some thrilling fishing in WA! Read more.

Kalbarri Catches
Tom Berry went chasing land-based snapper near Kalbarri but was thrilled to land this 83cm beast!¬†‚ÄúIt came flying out of the water, it was one of the best aerial displays I‚Äôve seen,‚ÄĚ Tom said.


Reef fishers have been doing very in waters north-west of the river mouth where red emperor to 9kg and dhufish to 11kg have been caught among lots of baldchin groper, pink snapper and a few Rankin cod. More baldies and snapper have been caught on soft plastic and knife jigs worked relatively close to the cliffs south of Kalbarri. Spanish mackerel catches were down on previous weeks, but there were still a few fish caught near Bald Face and south towards Wagoe. Schools of yellowfin and longtail tuna are still about while billfish, cobia and big trevally species are also likely to be lurking offshore considering the warm sea-surface temperatures.

Shore based

Tailor appeared in bigger numbers this week with dozens of 40cm to 60cm fish caught at Red Bluff, Wittecarra Creek, Back Beach, The Siphon and Chinaman's Beach in the early morning and evening. Dart are sometimes being caught with the tailor, while there are lots of herring also around. Cliff fishers have been picking up pink snapper, baldchin groper and tailor from the southern platforms. Dart and threadfin salmon were among the species recently caught at Lucky Bay. Mulloway to 1m have been common in the lower reaches of the river extending to Castle Rock. Mud crabs have also been coming from the system, which has yellowfin whiting in numbers along its sand flats.
Geraldton Catches
Raymond Cawthorne hauled in this solid yellowfin tuna while fishing the Abrolhos Islands with Stickler Charters! Not to be outdone, Ramiz Hasanovic landed this delightful dhuie. Nice work, lads!


Spanish mackerel are certainly in bigger numbers and sizes near the Abrolhos Islands as compared to those that have been recently caught in waters closer to Geraldton. Interestingly, many of the Spaniards caught along the back of Pensioners Bank in recent weeks have been less than legal size. Reef fishers found most oft their dhufish, pink snapper, estuary cod and sweetlip near African Reef and South West Bank. Baldchin groper have been found in a range of depths of areas. Dinghy and kayak fishers are still managing to pick up a nice feed of squid inshore.

Shore based

A 124cm mulloway landed at Little Bay on Friday evening was perhaps one of the bigger croakers to be caught along the coast this week. Smaller mulloway were caught near Flat Rocks, Lucy's and Secret Men’s Business as well as the beaches north of Drummond's Cove. Tailor in the 35cm to 55cm range can be targeted right along the coast, however, seaweed has been making things difficult. The northern side of the marina has squid after dark, as well as chopper tailor and pike.
Lancelin Catches


Boats chasing demersal species have found depths from 30m to 45m productive this week, writes Tailored Treks' Peter Fullarton. Baldchin groper, breaksea cod, dhufish and pink snapper are among sought-after species to be caught in these depths. Keep an eye out for diving birds, indicating baitfish, as yellowfin tuna have been caught off Lancelin this past fortnight. Trolling for Spanish mackerel in 15m to 20m has been productive, with fish caught up to 20kg. The 20m to 22m depths have been reliable for a feed of plump sand whiting. Inside the bay, dinghy and kayak anglers have been doing well on skippy, snook, herring and squid. The Lancelin Angling and Aquatic Club is set to host its Easter Cup tomorrow, 3 April. Holidaying anglers are welcome to enter and visitors are welcome to attend the weigh-in at 3.30pm. 

Shore based

Herring have been coming in under the lights each night at Lancelin jetty, with anglers also catching squid, tailor, skippy and tarwhine. Chopper tailor have been biting well at sunrise and sunset along the surf beaches, while herring to 30cm have been in good numbers too. Most of the northern beaches have a shallow bank close to shore, which is making fishing difficult. Didie Bay to Narrow Neck is providing the best access to cast baits into deeper water. To the south of Lancelin, pink snapper have been caught by beach casters. 

Salmon Watch - helping you find where the schools are!

Wearing Recfishwest's 'Official Salmon Chaser' fishing shirt, Sarah Harris scored a couple of salmon near Manypeaks, including this one, last weekend. Tag #recfishwest in your fishing photos on social.
The run has continued this week, with many schools along the south coast but not too many in the South West. Schools have been spotted at places including Cheynes Beach, Bornholm and Golden Gate Beach. In terms of South West spots, Hamelin Bay and Boranup have both had schools on offer.

Big schools of salmon at Malimup kept Jake Atkinson and his brother, Lachlan, entertained this week.

If you're chasing salmon this long-weekend for the 2021 Salmon Slam, in the Salmon Spectacular or just for your own fishing enjoyment, remember to stay safe and keep the sand between your toes. You catch as many salmon, if not more, from the beach compared to the rocks. Read more about safe fishing here. Also, the two-day Salmon Spectacular, which is FREE, gets underway tomorrow. Click here to read the competition's terms and conditions. Are you a passionate salmon chaser? If you are, don't miss out on getting your own new and exclusive Recfishwest Official Salmon Chaser fishing shirt! Join us on the run and wear your passion for the iconic southern sportfish proudly. Get your fishing shirt here.

Ben Carlish donning the 'Official Salmon Chaser' fishing shirt. Click the picture to watch our latest video.
Esperance Catches
Fishers were quick to wet a line at the new Esperance Jetty's opening. Picture: Shire of Esperance


Dinghy and small boat fishers have been catching lots of herring, sand whiting and squid inshore. Reef fishers have been picking up breaksea cod, nannygai in the 40cm to 50cm range and harlequin fish near the islands. Those who ventured out wide scored bigger nannygai to 60cm, breaksea cod, Samson fish and yellowtail kingfish. 

Shore based

Sasha Campbell wasted no time getting on the new Esperance jetty to catch herring!

The new Esperance Jetty is officially open! Since the jetty opened last Sunday, fishers have been making the most of the land-based fishing access and caught bread-and-butter species including skippy, herring and squid. Read more about the new jetty here! Taylor Street Jetty has lots of big herring, skippy and squid on offer. Black bream, flathead to 50cm and flounder can be caught at Bandy Creek Boat Harbour. Salmon and herring are being caught right along the local and eastern beaches including Fourth Beach, Roses, Alexander Bay, Poison Creek and Israelite Bay. 
Albany Catches
Experienced south coast rock fisher and Recfishwest Safety Ambassador Gideon Mettam caught this lovely harlequin fish somewhere near Albany recently. Find Gido's latest YouTube fishing video here.


Reef fishing for snapper, breaksea cod and dhufish has been more productive in waters to the east and west of Albany as opposed to the ground in the general south direction. Reports from those who ventured to shelf have been mixed with some managing to find red snapper, hapuka and grey-banded cod and others either not getting their drifts right or unable to locate the fish. Albany's fish aggregating devices (FADs) have also been producing dolphinfish this week. Boat limits of King George whiting have been achieved in relatively short timeframes inshore. Squid catches are improving along the seagrass and there are plenty of salmon and bonito near some of the headlands.

Shore based

Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland with a south coast salmon from last weekend.

The annual salmon run appears to be pushing forward,¬†with lots of schools passing along the coast from Bluff Creek right through to Walpole. If you're fishing for salmon this week, keep the sand between your toes and stay safe while fishing ‚ÄĒ¬†no fish is worth your life. Read more about safe fishing here. In addition to these bookends, Normans, Little Beach, Cheynes Beach, Nanarup and Bornholm were also among the better performing spots for salmon. Taking part in the FREE two-day Salmon Spectacular this weekend? Click here to view¬†the competition's terms and conditions. King George whiting can be targeted at Frenchman Bay, Cosy Corner and Ledge Beach. Herring are in very good numbers along the coast and there are some big skippy being caught near Cape Riche. Bonito¬†have been caught from the rocks near Bremer Bay, Cheynes and West Cape Howe. Getting past the small black bream and trumpeter has been a challenge in the King and Kalgan rivers. The rivers to the west of town may be fishing better for bigger bream.
South West Catches
Cameron Hill was tickled pink with this snapper, while wetting a line with Josh Luvera off Bunbury.


Dhufish and pink snapper have been caught in very good numbers north-west of Cape Naturaliste this week. Dolphinfish can be found near the Cape Naturaliste fish aggregating devices (FADs). Squid catches are improving along the seagrass beds within Geographe Bay. Off Bunbury, pink snapper have been found in depths of 30m and Samson fish have been providing sportfishers plenty of fun off the South West city. Cameron Hill, pictured above, and Josh Luvera had an epic session earlier this week catching a couple of pinkies and hard-fighting Sambos.

Last weekend, Corren Wakelam caught this blue groper off Dunsborough!

Shore based

Schools of salmon turning up along the west coast of Cape Naturaliste, however, the numbers do not amount to a full-scale event of the annual autumn run just yet. Hamlin Bay, Injidup and Smiths Beach were among the spots where salmon showed this week. Rock fishers have been catching yellowtail kingfish from the platforms located on the west coast. Blue swimmer crab catches have been improving for scoop netters within Geographe Bay. Bunbury's beaches, to the north and south, are worth a try for mulloway after dark.
Mandurah and surrounds
Hayden Michaels, of On The Bite Fishing, enjoyed an epic weekend with mates off Dawesville last weekend with many memorable catches including this 14kg dhufish. We love your work, Hayden!


Mandurah's southern beaches have seen several salmon caught, but it's unknown if this year's autumn migration will bring big schools as far north as Mandurah, as seen in previous seasons. Dawesville Cut is producing big sand whiting, herring, and skippy alongside small King George whiting and chopper tailor. Along the beaches to the north of Mandurah, there have been good catches of tailor and herring along. Whiting and tarwhine are also on offer. For those venturing wide off Mandurah and Dawesville, dhufish have been caught over the past week as shown by Hayden Michaels, picture above. Samson fish and skippy have also been caught, especially by boats drifting over structure. Black bream and small mulloway have been reported in both the Murray and Serpentine rivers. However, the Shire of Murray have reported an algae-related surface scum is currently present in sections of the Murray River and adjacent canals in the South Yunderup and Ravenswood areas.


Exmouth local Will Roche ventured to the State's south recently and wasted no time getting stuck into species he doesn't get to encounter in the Gascoyne, including this delightful dhufish. Well done!

Reef fishing has been productive in 30m to 50m of water off Rockingham for dhufish, snapper and breaksea cod. For land-based anglers, the beaches between Secret Harbour and Singleton have produced mulloway this week. Marvellous specimen, some estimated at more than 15kg, have been caught at sunset. The region's jetties have also been producing some big mulloway after dark and a host of bread-and-butter species during the day.
Perth Catches
Floyd Bochenek, of Water Fusion, with a 63cm baldchin groper caught off Two Rocks last Sunday.


The ground off Hillarys and Mindarie seem to be producing more baldchin groper, while breaksea cod have also been found by anglers. Samson fish seem to have been encountered in bigger numbers this past week and there are still lots of yellowtail kingfish around. Cockburn Sound and the western edge of Three Mile Reef are worth a troll for Spanish mackerel. There are still plenty of dolphinfish at the metro fish aggregating devices (FADs). Deep droppers can find grey-banded cod and pink snapper in 200m, while blue eye trevalla and hapuka are out deeper. If you're fishing for demersals this weekend and get snagged on lobster pot or line, please tie a Snag It, Tag It caution tag to the the pot's rope or float. Read more about the Snag It, Tag It safety initiative, a program Recfishwest coordinates in partnership with Western Rock Lobster, here.

Metro mackie! Josh Knight was buzzing with this Spanish mackerel from his jetski from Two Rocks. Yeww.

Shore based

There are tailor appearing along South Beach, Cottesloe, Grant Street, Swanbourne, Floreat, Trigg Point and Yanchep Lagoon. Herring are present along the coast and there are skippy and tarwhine in areas that feature reef and rock. King George whiting and squid are a chance at the Fremantle rock walls. The lower reaches of the Swan River are worth trying for mulloway, giant herring and tailor. There are big schools of hardy heads between Narrows Bridge and the Causeway. Blue swimmer crabs are continuing to be caught in good numbers in both metropolitan systems. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has advised the public recent high rainfall has led to an influx of nutrients and elevated levels of algae being detected in the mid to upper reaches of the Swan River. Affected waters may appear cloudy and have a reddish-brown discolouration. DBCA is continuing to monitor the situation, however, information from members of the public is also welcome by calling FishWatch on 1800 815 507.
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This Fishing Report was submitted on 2/4/2021 8:15:00 PM by Seamus and last updated on 4/2/2021 12:31:52 AM.


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