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See what's biting across WA in Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 25 March 2022 🎣

 | By Seamus on 3/24/2022 9:45:00 PM | Views (941)
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Fishing Report
25/03/22
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Jade Relph
Peter Fullarton
John Curtis
G'day <>,
 
Graeme Walker, pictured in the South West section, may have caught one of the biggest South West tailor I've ever seen.

Measuring 91cm and weighing almost 6kg, Graeme landed the specimen during a recent Naturaliste Game and Sport Fishing Club competition.

Be sure to check the pic out below — it's the kind of greenback you'd usually see caught near Kalbarri or Shark Bay! 

If you missed it, be sure to read Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan's tailor fishing insights on our website.

For anyone wanting to contribute to the weekly fishing report, photos reflecting Recfishwest's responsible fish handling practices will be given preference.

Tight lines and safe fishing!

Zach Relph

RECFISHWEST FISHING REPORT EDITOR

Catch of the Week!

Night time 'G! Johnny Utah flexed his muscles and wrangled in this solid giant trevally while casting big stickbaits after the sun had gone down somewhere in the Pilbara. What a ripper catch! đŸ”„đŸ”„đŸ”„

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Lake Kununurra
There's more than just 1m-plus barra in Lake Kununurra, with light tackle fishers also targeting sooty grunter! See how the Lake Kununurra Barramundi Stocking Group targets sooties in their video.Â đŸ”„đŸ”„
Broome catches
Cameron Bates was more than happy with this lovely northern mulloway while exploring wilderness locations somewhere in the Kimberley. 📾 Reef Chief Australia

Boats

The 40m to 60m depths have seen bluelined emperor, saddletail seaperch, coral trout and red emperor this week, reports local fisher Jade Relph. Gino Chambers, pictured below, has been among fishers to land a trout recently without having to travel too wide. Schools of mack tuna are still plaguing areas off Broome, while there've been reports of Spanish mackerel directly off Cable Beach. Threadfin salmon are still being targeted within Roebuck Bay with great success, while the occasional barra has also been landed. 


If you wear a trout hat, you are guaranteed to catch trout. Just ask Tackle World's Gino Chambers. 😎

Shore-based

The ever-reliable Entrance Point has queenfish and small golden trevally on offer for fishers casting small stickbaits and metal slices. Cable Beach has been fishing well for bluenose salmon, while the creek mouths close to town do have the occasional threadfin salmon to catch. Mangrove jack have also been caught in the creeks near Broome. Land-based locations along the Fitzroy River are resulting in barra to 1m for those who're willing to put in the effort.
Exmouth catches
Jess Sutton has been among competitors to take part in this year's GAMEX, making the most of the world-class billfish fishing opportunities off Exmouth. Tag #recfishwest in your GAMEX photos. 📾

Boats

Exmouth Game Fishing Club's 54th GAMEX, which comes to an end tomorrow, has seen plenty of terrific billfish catches this past week. Blue marlin and sailfish were among the catches at the start of the week, with competitors gradually reporting better results as the comp progressed. If you want to see what vessels and fishers have caught what at this year's GAMEX, click here. There have been decent GTs caught near the reef off the west side, while Spanish mackerel have also been picked-up on bibbed lures trolled nearby. Reef fishers have been reporting red emperor and pearl perch in up to 70m of water. For those venturing to the 200m mark, ruby snapper are on offer.

Shore-based

Yellowfin whiting have been caught in good numbers from the beaches relatively close to town. Along the west coast accesses, queenfish approaching 1m and small trevally have been caught fairly regularly this past week by those casting small stickbaits. There've been reports of bluebone near the lighthouse and also the Mildura Wreck. As part of this year's GAMEX, Recfishwest hosted a kids fishing clinic with the Exmouth Game Fishing Club last Sunday at Exmouth Marina. Recfishwest's Sam Russell said the young fishers in attendance had plenty of fun, with small trevally and bream among the many fish caught.
 

Join Recfishwest on the run for the 2022 Awesome Autumn of Salmon!

Supported by Shimano and Western Angler, the opening round of the FREE 2022 Salmon Slam app-based fishing comp concludes next Thursday. If you haven't already, be sure to download the app and submit your recent salmon catches for a chance to win the prizes on offer. For entries to be valid, include the #SS2022 tournament code next to the catches you enter — either on your brag mat or in the sand next to the fish. Click here to download the 2022 Salmon Slam app to compete!

 
Geraldton catches


Boats

Wide of the Abrolhos Islands, blue marlin have been reported by gamefishers. There've been reports of the occasional dhufish at South West Bank and also African Reef. Areas north-west of Horrocks and Coronation, and also near the Abrolhos Islands, are fishing well for baldchin groper and sweetlip. South off Dongara, Spanish mackerel have been reported in relatively good numbers. The nearshore waters off Geraldton seem to be holding plenty of squid, while tailor are being found near the reefs.

Shore-based

The stretch of coast from Headbutts to the Greenough River mouth is producing tailor, many of which are 50cm-plus. Those targeting mulloway have also had success in this area. Southgates and Separation Point have tailor and mulloway on offer, too. If you're wanting to have a session on your ultra-light tackle set-up, herring and whiting are being caught at the town beaches and the beaches north of Drummond's Cove.
 

Scott’s Species – wahoo, a rapid bluewater pelagic

Wahhhhhhooooooo. Check out this 'hoo caught off Exmouth on one of On Strike Charters' vessels.

Really, if there is a species I probably shouldn’t write about, it would be wahoo, writes Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan in this edition of Scott’s Species! For many years I failed to catch even one of these magnificent looking ocean speedsters. Read Scott's full story exclusively on the Recfishwest website.

 
Esperance catches


Boats

Moderate winds have made boating conditions out wide off Esperance less than ideal this week, meaning most skippers have stayed on dry land. Despite the less than favourable conditions, small boat fishers have enjoyed good catches of herring, King George whiting and squid in areas relatively close to shore. Once the wind situation improves and more vessels are able to journey towards the islands and farther, expect Samson fish, nannygai, queenfish, breaksea cod and maybe even the odd pink snapper to be caught.

Shore-based

Good gutters have formed along certain stretches of the coast to the east of town, with decent mulloway reportedly caught over this past week. Poison Creek has been fishing well for salmon in recent weeks, with a few large schools within its general vicinity. It has been welcome news for those competing in the FREE Salmon Slam fishing competition, with Roses and Salmon Beach also holding good numbers of the iconic southern sportfish. The Esperance Jetty has been offering bread-and-butter species, including herring and squid, while skippy and snook have also been caught at Taylor Street Jetty alongside the previously mentioned species. 
Great Southern catches
More and more salmon schools are being found along the Great Southern coast as the autumn migration continues. Em, from Tick'er Off Touring, landed this salmon near Albany earlier this week!

Boats

King George whiting to 40cm have been caught in King George Sound, in addition to both Oyster and Princess Royal harbours. The same areas are producing southern calamari along the seagrass beds, while herring and skippy are being reported in good numbers. When conditions have been conducive to heading farther off shore, queen snapper, breaksea cod and harlequin fish have taken a variety of jigs and baits in up to 80m. The depths off Walpole and Denmark are likely to be offering dhufish and breaksea cod.

Shore-based

Salmon fishing in the Great Southern is really starting to kick into gear, with schools found across the region this week. Salmon chasers competing in the FREE Salmon Slam have hooked into the sensational sportfishing at Nanarup, Cables, Sand Patch, Shelley Beach and Parry Beach. Herring are being caught along all of these beaches in relatively good numbers, too. The King River is fishing well for black bream, with decent size fish reported over the past seven days.
South West catches
Taylor Pierre scored this 'orse pink snapper while he was fishing somewhere in the South West. đŸ€Ż

Boats

Bunbury boat fishers have been reporting solid pink snapper and the occasional dhufish between the 30m to 55m areas along grounds featuring structure. In the sandy areas adjacent to the shipping channel off the South West capital, fishers are catching bluespotted flathead to 60cm and plenty of whiting. The Bunbury artificial reef is fishing well for skippy, as is the Dunsborough artificial reef. Find coordinates to both of the safe and accessible fishing locations here. The depths off Cape Naturaliste are offering dhufish and breaksea cod, while those in the know are jigging for yellowtail kingfish with good success. When conditions have been suitable, dolphinfish have been landed at the Cape Naturaliste FADs.

Shore-based

Samson fish have been seen patrolling the pylons at Busselton Jetty, with one squid enthusiast saying they had to get their squid in quick during a session last week to make sure a hungry Sambo didn't have first bite! Bunker Bay and Eagle Bay are both fishing well for herring and the occasional tailor on dusk. North of Bunbury, bread-and-butter species including herring and whiting are being caught at Belvedere, Buffalo, Binningup and Myalup.


This 91cm, 5.7kg chunk of tailor put a smile on Graeme Walker's face! 📾 Andrew Simpson
Mandurah and surrounds


Mandurah

The Mandurah artificial reef has been very productive over the past week, with pink snapper and Samson fish among the species caught. Skippy have also been landed by boat fishers at the structure, especially once burley is introduced. If you're fishing the Mandurah artificial reef, be sure to let the Recfishwest team know what you're catching. Baldchin groper have been reported in about 30m of water, while pinkies and the occasional dhufish have also been landed. Land-based fishers have been catching herring at the Dawesville Cut, with a good burley trail attracting the bread-and-butter species in addition to the occasional tailor. San Remo, Singleton and Madora are producing good all-round fishing at dawn and dusk, with tailor and mulloway among the fish caught. Scoopers and drop netters are enjoying blue swimmer crabs catches in the Peel-Harvey Estuary.

Secret Harbour / Warnbro / Port Kennedy / Rockingham / Safety Bay

There've been plenty of Samson fish caught near the reefs, in addition to one report of an amberjack, off Rockingham. Those who've anchored and created a good burley trail in the 10m to 20m depths have caught pink snapper to 80cm, while skippy and King George whiting have also been found. For land-based fishers, anglers fishing the beaches near Port Kennedy and Secret Harbour are catching tailor, particularly in the late afternoon. Skippy and tarwhine, along with an occasional small mulloway, are also being caught along the same part of the coast.
Perth catches
Joel Borgers may as well have been strolling around Kings Park's gardens last Friday, landing a couple of solid yellowtail kingfish off the Perth coast.

Boats

The seagrass meadows in Cockburn Sound's safe and accessible waters are holding good numbers of squid at the moment, however, they're not too big. Dhufish, breaksea cod and baldchin groper have been caught between the 50m and 70m depths north-west of Rottnest Island, in addition to similar depths off Hillarys and Mindarie. Depths of 30m to 50m south of Rottnest have pink snapper and breaksea cod on offer, while King George whiting are being caught at Windmills. Joel Borgers, pictured above, has reported decent yellowtail kingfish near reef in less than 10m of water off the metro coast this week. 


Sensational Seriola! Josh Mooney had plenty of fun targeting hard-fighting species off Perth last week.

Shore-based

The upper reaches of the Swan River, near Guildford, are reportedly holding black bream nearing 1kg. Bream enthusiasts casting small lures at parts of the Swan along Ascot, Maylands and Burswood are also landing decent bream, in addition to the occasional flathead bycatch. Find more information about fishing for black bream on our I Love Fishing website.


Under the cloak of darkness, Jayson Spencer caught this Swan River bream from a secret location.

The good run of tailor has continued for metropolitan fishers, with Jake Rotham among those to get into the action. Cottesloe, Grant Street, Floreat Drain, Trigg and Yanchep Lagoon are all locations where tailor can be targeted. If you want more tailor fishing tips, visit our I Love Fishing website. Squid catches are slowly increasing along the Capo D’Orlando Drive rock walls, North Mole and South Mole. 


For Jake Rotham, nothing beats casting lures into the surf in search for tailor. Great catch, Jake. 👍
 

SunSmart Fishing Clinics' Catch of the Day

Sponsored by Healthway

Exmouth's fishing clinic, held during GAMEX, saw many awesome fish caught at the marina!
More than 50 youngsters took part in a kids' fishing clinic held at the Exmouth Marina last weekend. Plenty of terrific fish were caught,  including bream and small trevally, at the event supported by Healthway. A big thank you to the Exmouth Game Fishing Club for the support.


What a catch! Bengal sergeant were among the different fish caught at the kids' clinic.  👏🙌
 
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Catch Information

Species:
Australasian Snapper
Australasian Snapper

Barramundi
Barramundi

Black Bream
Black Bream

Breaksea Cod
Breaksea Cod

Coral Trout
Coral Trout

Dhufish
Dhufish

Dusky Flathead
Dusky Flathead

Flathead Catfish
Flathead Catfish

Fourfinger Threadfin
Fourfinger Threadfin

Golden Trevally
Golden Trevally

Mangrove Red Snapper
Mangrove Red Snapper

Nannygai
Nannygai

Queen Snapper
Queen Snapper

Queenfish
Queenfish

Red Emperor
Red Emperor

Samson Fish
Samson Fish

Threadfin Salmon
Threadfin Salmon

Yellowfin Whiting
Yellowfin Whiting

This Fishing Report was submitted on 3/24/2022 9:45:00 PM by Seamus and last updated on 3/25/2022 9:02:08 AM.


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