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Our Awesome Autumn of Salmon celebration kicks off on 1 March and so does Australia's biggest land-based fishing competition – the Salmon Slam!
This FREE to enter, app-based competition runs from 1 March until 1 May and there's more than $10,000 in prizes up for grabs simply by catching a salmon, taking a snap of it next to a ruler with the tournament code '#SS2023' visible and entering it via our Salmon Slam 2023 app into the competition.
The top prize? $3,000 in fishing goodies from Shimano (pictured below) – more than you can poke a rod at!
Simply download the Salmon Slam app via the App Store or Google Play!
CHECK OUT THE SLAM COMPETITION PHASES, INFO AND PRIZES UP FOR GRABS HERE
A huge Recfishwest thanks to our supporters and sponsors in Shimano, Western Angler Magazine, Richter Lures, Halco Tackle, Assassin Tackle Australia, Anglers Fishing World and Compleat Angler Nedlands for their donations of prizes!
It's time to go mad for another FADs best photo competition!
To celebrate the great fishing opportunities at FADs currently between Cape Naturaliste and Two Rocks (more to come at other locations soon), we're giving away some quality prizes thanks to Richter Lures and Madfish Gear simply for catching a fish at any of the devices between 1 March - 1 May and sending in a snap of your fish!
Best photo: An XL Madfish Fishing Bag (to keep your catches frosty) with 10x Richter skirt lures inside.
2nd best photo: A medium-sized Madfish Fishing Bag with 10x Richter skirt lures inside.
3rd best photo: A medium-sized Madfish Fishing Bag with 5x Richter skirt lures inside.
4th-10th place: Each receive a handful of Richter skirts and lures!
HOW YOU CAN WIN:
1) Visit any of the FADs;
2) Catch a pelagic sportfish and take a photo of your catch that reflects our responsible fish handling practices with the FAD clearly visible in the photo;
3) Message a photo of your catch to our Facebook or Instagram page detailing where and when you caught it;
4) Keep an eye on our socials when we announce the winners after May 1!
Good luck! Get all your FADs locations here
The metro FADs continue to reward those making the trip out with dolphinfish around the 5kg mark plentiful along with Spanish mackerel up to one metre. It's perfect timing with our two-month long FADs photo competition kicking off this week with some great prizes up for grabs. Trolling skirts or deep-diving hard-bodies has worked well, but fishing live baits on the drift has also been effective. At Rottnest, the 30m depths produced yellowtail kingfish and Samson fish, while the island’s West End had plenty of southern bluefin tuna. King George whiting around the 40cm mark are being caught at Windmills and further north from the reefs around Trigg and Marmion, while big sand whiting have made fishing worthwhile for boaties staying closer to shore. Clearer waters this past week have led to improved squid captures inshore, particularly inside of Garden Island while a bit of burley will produce a feed of herring in quick time just about anywhere. At Mewstones, tailor around the one kilo mark have been caught in the white water breaking on the reef. Tinny fishers trolling small hard-bodied lures or weighted mulies in the Swan River have caught plenty of 30-40cm chopper tailor as far upstream as the Narrows. Crabs are also plentiful in the Swan in 12-18m depths but make sure you avoid the regions further upstream (detailed on the map image below) as there has been Alexandrium warnings. Fishers are being reminded not to eat mussels or other bivalves caught in the Swan-Canning Estuary and to clean their crabs before eating or freezing. There are stronger southerly winds sticking around all long weekend (great timing, cheers for that weather gods you literally had one job and that was pairing good weather with a long weekend). The mornings are your best windows though so good luck!
Below is a map detailing where the higher concentrations of Alexandrium were present in the Swan and Canning rivers as of 20 February.
The reminder comes following a recent visible pale orange Alexandirum bloom spotted near Riverside Drive. Alexandrium produces Paralytic shellfish toxins that can accumulate in crabs and mussels and if eaten can be dangerous and in extreme cases fatal. DPIRD advises to not eat mussels or shellfish from the Swan-Canning at all and recommends you clean your crabs before eating or freezing. You can find DPIRD’s and DBCA’s guide on how to clean crabs here.
This Fishing Report was submitted on 3/3/2023 4:09:44 AM by Seamus and last updated on 3/3/2023 7:25:42 AM.
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