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Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 28 April 2023 ūüé£

 | By Seamus on 4/28/2023 2:43:02 AM | Views (143)
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Fishing Report
28/04/23
Barramundi cod are located throughout WA's northern waters and based on their appearance, it's clear how they received their names! This species is protogynous hermaphrodite, in other words, all are born as females with the ability to transform into males as they age. Typically, only the most dominant, mature females undergo this transformation in the absence of a dominant male. 
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With only a few days to go in the 2023 Salmon Slam and State-wide FADs photo competition, make sure you don't waste time and wet a line! Click on either of the two links below for more details and you can also keep up to date on where the salmon schools have been sighted on the Salmon School Tracker 2023 Facebook Page. 

CLICK HERE FOR SALMON SLAM 2023 INFO           

CLICK HERE FOR FADS PHOTO COMP INFO

Want to know the best tips for taking great fish photos and also on how to handle fish out of the water? We've got you covered with our Responsible Fish Handling and Photography Tips page. This gives a perfect explanation on the types of images we love to use in our weekly Fishing Report and why. 

If you've got a cracking fish photo you want to send in remember to keep sending us your catches by tagging #recfishwest in your online posts! You can also follow and private message your catches to our Instagram page @recfishwest and make sure you let us know where and how you caught it!  

Keep up to date with events, clinics, news and amazing catches across WA by following our Instagram page @recfishwest and give our Recfishwest Facebook page a like!

For your photos to appear in the weekly fishing report, please make sure they reflect our responsible fish handling practices, so fish held horizontally, no blood, hand under the belly, no fingers in gills, etc) just like the images below.

If you're planning to head out this week, stay safe, take plenty of photos and have fun! 

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The @whatnowmob out of Broome get up to some great fishing antics and this beefy buck of a mud crab is one of the biggest we've seen for a while. Give their page a follow! Picture courtesy of @reefchiefaustralia. 

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ONLY A FEW DAYS TO GO IN THE 2023 SALMON SLAM!
Maddy Griffiths and Eligh Quigley @our.samplez._ had a cracker of a session recently on the south coast, landing multiple salmon around Peaceful Bay. 

We now have ANOTHER new leader in the 2023 Salmon Slam, with phase one winner Tyson Groom submitting another four massive salmon totaling 3,353mm in length to take an overall lead of over seven centimetres! Question is can he hold on with only a few days remaining in the Slam!

With the last phase of the 2023 Salmon Slam running until May 1 and with salmon schools now rife throughout the South-West, you could go home with the entire $3,000 worth of Shimano fishing gear below simply by catching a salmon and entering it into the Salmon Slam app!



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 on a brag mat or next to a ruler with the tournament code '#SS2023' visible and entering it via our Salmon Slam 2023 app into the competition.

Remember, fish images entered into the app must reflect our responsible fish handling practices. So no blood or cut throats, fish still alive, fish supported well and held horizontally, no fingers in gills, etc.

To enter the comp and have a crack for some great prizes, 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!  

Broome catches
Coupla topwater queenfish on surface lures for the crew @oceanarcadia @ash_pittard @good_dhu_dhu! There have been great catches reported on the flats for this species throughout the week with better visibility. 


Boats

Those going out wide have been catching red emperor and coral trout in depths around 40m, while on the surface Spanish mackerel have been turning up. In Roebuck Bay along with Dampier and Crab Creek, threadfin salmon and blue salmon have been the mainstays along with the odd barra, with trolling producing the best results. The water clarity has been quite good, with stickbaits and soft plastics flicked around also seeing good results. At Willie Creek it was the same species plus a few mangrove jack. The creeks also produced a few mud crabs with fresh bait producing the best results. Further down at the Fingers there were barramundi, both salmon species and reports of the odd northern mulloway, while a few tripletail came from the moorings in Roebuck Bay. If you see floating weed or structure, flick your plastics, baits or stickbaits close to it as the tripletail are usually not far away. The south-easterly winds will pick up slightly this weekend but next week should see decent boating conditions. 

Shore-based

The Town Beach Jetty has fished well for trevally, blue salmon and queenfish this week, while the Main Jetty offered much of the same species. At Cable Beach there were plenty of whiting and at Gantheaume Point, trevally species were caught along with reports of Spanish mackerel when the baitfish were abundant. Threadfin salmon have been the main catches at 80-Mile Beach. The Fitzroy River is still quite murky but barramundi catches are expected to improve over the next week or so. The afternoons and evenings this weekend should see the biggest drops in the wind for land-based fishers. For the best tips and gear for your fishing expedition, make sure you visit the helpful pros at Tackle World Broome for advice and they will provide details on spots with the best access for a flick.
Exmouth catches
There never seems to be a dull moment with @onstrikecharters out of Exmouth, with a swarm of giant trevally, Spanish mackerel and red emperor landed by the lucky fishers onboard this week.  

Boats

There has been good fishing in the Gulf this past week, with golden trevally and heaps of school mackerel being caught around the shoals and at King Reef. There have been plenty of bottom species in the Gulf too with bluebone, spangled emperor, coral trout and small Rankin cod hitting soft plastics, vibes and Nomad Squidtrex jigs in 15-18m depths. At the Muirons, Spanish mackerel have been caught on the troll, mainly in 15-30m depths, but they have mostly been on the small side. The nearshore reefs of 10-15m depths also saw plenty of giant trevally catches this week on the charters. On the western side, depths around 150m have been producing plenty of red emperor along with a few goldband snapper and Rankin cod. Billfish chasers have found small sailfish and black marlin anywhere from 60-300m depths with plenty of small tuna species and the odd big yellowfin tuna among them. The inshore weed banks around town have also fished very well for squid. It should be pleasant boating conditions for this next week, with lower winds and temperatures hitting around 30 degrees. 

 

Shore-based

At the Bay of Rest, fly-fishers have been catching big queenfish and a few giant herring, while at the Learmonth Jetty squid catches have been decent, with small trevally and queenfish also caught. Fishing at the town marina has been relatively productive, especially after dark, with plenty of mangrove jack being caught when flicking plastics and stickbaits near the structure, along with spangled emperor, blue-lined emperor and red-throat emperor. Bundegi has still been holding a lot of bait, so the queenfish and trevally species have been stirring things up there from time to time. Spangled emperor have been caught around the lighthouse and Mildura Wreck and the best results have come when there is a little bit of chop on the water. Enjoy those great fishing conditions this week and big thanks to the crew from Tackle World Exmouth for their tips as always! 
 
 
Kalbarri catches


Boats

The Spanish mackerel action has eased unfortunately, but a few good fish have been landed in the 20m depths around Sand Patch, which has once again been the pick of the spots. Try trolling surface lures and deeper divers to work more of the water column if going for mackies. As for bottom fishing, the pink snapper have been plentiful with fish measuring over 90cm being common north-west of town and smaller sizes on just about any fishy lump. Reports of big pink snapper, the odd dhufish and red emperor have come from the coral ground in 50m depths. The calmer easterly winds should start to roll through from midday on Saturday until midday Monday which should make it pleasant on the water. 

Shore-based

Mulloway action in the Murchison River has been quieter, but good fish and plenty of bust-offs have come from the river mouth at Chinamans in the evenings. Scaly mackerel and mullet (if you can get it) have been the better mulloway baits due to the higher oil content in the flesh. The river also had plenty of big black bream around the jetty pylons along with a few estuary cod and mud crabs. Beach conditions have been difficult at times, but when good windows opened up both Wittecarra and Red Bluff proved reliable for tailor, herring and dart. Reports of bigger tailor came from Pot Alley, with some solid 50-70cm fish rolling through. The bigger tailor have also been reported at Oyster and Frustrations Reef with mulloway also a chance there. Enjoy those easterlies from Saturday to Monday and big thanks to Dean from Kalbarri Sports and Dive for his tips as always!
Geraldton catches


Boats

Thankfully we saw a good spike in catches this week after the weather decided to play nicer. Baldchin groper, cod and medium-size dhufish have been taken in 35m depths out from Drummonds Cove. Out towards the Abrolhos Islands, baldchin groper have been plentiful in various sizes and plenty of bigger specimens over 50cm have been landed. Pink snapper in the 40-80cm size range have also been prolific out of Port Denison with boaties often struggling to get away from them. The pelagic action has been relatively quiet, but Spanish mackerel have been reported in waters south of Kalbarri in the 20m depths. The easterly winds will be quite strong on Saturday but they should drop off along with the swell for a nice window by midday on Sunday. 

Shore-based

Herring and squid have been caught north of the Batavia Marina, while Point Moore was producing whiting when conditions allowed. Whiting have also been plentiful around the Fishing Boat Harbour, but unfortunately blowfish have been beating them to baits. If you catch blowies, make sure you return them to the water alive as they play an important role in the eco-system and avoid leaving them on jetties as this is not a good look and they pose a potentially fatal risk to your pooch if ingested. You can find tips on how to care for and avoid blowies here. Tailor and school mulloway have been caught from West Bank when the beach is clear of weed and reports have filtered in of very good mulloway being landed off beaches around the suburb of Sunset. Both Saturday and Sunday are looking like decent land-based fishing windows with the easterly winds. Big thanks to Geraldton Sports Centre for their report as always! 
Lancelin catches
Like in the 2000 DreamWorks classic 'The Road to El Dorado', Nic Bacon @nicbacon_ has clearly found the city of gold with this golden dolphinfish (also known as dorado). This stunner (which Mr T would legitimately want to wear on his gold chains) was landed by Nic Bacon @nicbacon_  at one of the Jurien Bay FADs which have been on fire for catches this past week, it will also be right up there in taking out our two-month long FADs photo comp! 


Boats

Last weekend with low winds and a moderate swell height saw many boats headed to Lancelin. If heading into town, remember to also check the tide and swell period as they play a big role in the ease of beach launching over the winter months. A high tide and long swell period caused several boats to be swamped or damaged during recent morning launches due to the ground surge at the beach and similar issues arose in the afternoon retrieve. Although this weekend’s forecast is not as bad, Sunday afternoon will still see enough push at the beach to catch out anyone not used to beach launching. Once the boats found their way to sea this week there were reports of plenty of baldchin and snapper on the bite and smaller size dhufish through the 30m depths. The swell has flushed the bay clean with crystal clear water, which was great for lure casting for squid, skippy and herring. The tailor action has slowed recently for the boats, but it's always worth a crack having a troll with stickbaits, ganged mulies or slices around the inshore reefs. Enjoy those calmer easterly winds this weekend as it should make the water relatively flat. 

Shore-based

The new moon period produced a number of mulloway and snapper that have been landed off the beach right through the region between Wilbinga to Wedge. Graeme Doodson (pictured above) was one fisher who did very well off the beach, landing a stonker pink snapper first, before rebaiting and catching this solid mulloway two minutes later on the very next cast during Friday's picturesque sunset. The sizes of the pink snapper being landed from the shore has been rather impressive, with numerous fish crossing the 90cm mark making reels sing while providing a great fight. The drone fishers did very well too, with a range of distances between 100-300m offshore producing the goods. While tailor have slowed dramatically in recent months with cooling waters, we have seen a lot of tarwhine along the beaches and an increase in the size of sand whiting. The easterly winds should make casting off the beach a breeze this weekend so get out there and make the most of it. 
 

FISH HANDLING TIPS AND HOW TO TAKE PERFECT FISH PHOTOS!

Photo tip: Holding fish horizontally with one hand around the tail and the other supporting their belly is much better for placing less pressure on the fish. Holding them vertically by the gills or tail can cause damage. If you have ever wondered how to take snaps of your catch that look best for social media while reducing damage to the fish, check out our page detailing the best fish handling and photography tips for when you're out fishing on the boat or land! 

As soon as you land a fish on the boat or land, it’s important to treat the fish with care and minimise the duration of stress resulting from direct handling.

If you’re wanting to take a snap of your catch, it’s also important to have the camera ready to go as soon as possible, especially if you intend on releasing the species, to help minimise the risk of damage to the fish.

We all love showing off our catch, but you can do it by being more respectful to the fish as well as making your fish photos look much better to those who view them if you decide to share them across social media.

Check out some of the tips for taking great photos of your fish!

 
Esperance catches
@lachy_warren has been on fire recently with catches on the south coast, with some lovely land-based gummy sharks in the past fortnight to this recent solid queen snapper off Esperance. 

Boats

In Esperance Bay the 4-6m depths have been producing big squid, some with hoods of 40-45cm. If you're doing well on the squid and are taking them home for the plate, we highly recommend using a couple of their tentacle strips as fresh bait for King George whiting within the bay as there is nothing better. Green squid jigs have been doing most of the catching and targeting squid first before going for your inshore fish species is always a clever way of sourcing some of the best fresh bait. Off West Beach, boaties drifting in 10-15m depths have found lots of plump sand whiting. At Rabbit Island there have been big harlequin fish caught, while the waters around Figure of Eight Island have held plenty of nannygai and breaksea cod. The tuna catches dried up unfortunately after the rougher conditions that rolled through. Sunday morning is looking great for a send with some calmer north-westerly winds until midday. 

Shore-based

The foreshore in front of the Thai restaurant has been a hot spot for King George whiting up to 45cm, while flathead up to 60cm have been a welcome by-catch there on baits and plastics. Good numbers of salmon have come from West Beach near Chapmans Point and they have also been caught at Fourth Beach. Big garfish have been caught at the Town Jetty just after dark, while squid are being caught at sunset. Herring have been biting there all day and a few handfuls of burley seems to get them really fired up and moving in quickly. The Taylor Street Jetty close to the nearby rock wall has fished well on the tide change for King George whiting around the 40cm mark and skippy around 35cm. At Wylie Bay, flathead, small salmon and sand whiting have come from a nice gutter formed about one kilometre up from the townsite, while Dunns Beach has been great for gummy sharks and mulloway. Flathead, flounder, herring and bream have also been biting at Bandy Creek, while at Woody Lake bream up to 40cm have been hitting soft plastics and hard-bodied lures. Sunday is looking best for land-based fishing at this stage. Big thanks to the pros from Southern Sports and Tackle for their tips as always!
Great Southern catches
The south coast seemed to be the place to be for salmon this past week, while the South-West region went very quiet! Southern areas such as Malimup seeing great schools cruising through. Waldo Hussie and his son made the most of the action, landing several nice fish. 


Boats

Big swells kept the boaties shore-bound this week, but before the nasty weather decided to play hardball there were heaps of salmon taken around the islands along with some bonito and small tuna. King George Sound lived up to its namesake and whiting were plentiful across the broken weed and sand patches, while squid were taking mostly brightly-coloured jigs around the weed beds. Bottom fishers who managed to get out and fish on the coral grounds did well on the usual suspects such as dhufish, pink snapper, red snapper, queen snapper and breaksea cod. Dhufish were also taken out from Cheynes Beach in depths of 10-20m. It will be mostly westerly winds this weekend but we might see a good drop in the wind and swell from Wednesday. 

Shore-based

While the big swells have made shore fishing difficult, it seemed to be the place to fish for salmon over the weekend. Before the cold fronts came in salmon were being consistently caught at Cheynes Beach, Salmon Holes, Sand Patch and Shelley Beach. Around town there were a few squid along Middleton Beach when the water was clear and herring were plentiful from rock walls and at the town marina. Emu Point fished well for bread-and-butter species and some big Samson fish caused bust-offs in the channel after dark. The King and Kalgan rivers have been fishing reasonably well for bream around the structure. Big pink snapper were taken from the stones around West Cape Howe when the swells were down, but even then a life jacket is essential and we recommend analysing conditions on arrival and fishing with a mate. Pink snapper and salmon have also been caught at Bornholm Beach with pilchard and squid baits working nicely. At Ocean Beach near Denmark, pesky tarwhine have been dominating catches (and frustrating herring anglers), but sunset has seen big Samson fish cruising through the gutters with several landed on stickbaits and live baits. Big thanks to the crew from Trailblazers in Albany for their tips!
 
South West catches
It has been a fantastic week for big inshore pink snapper after the recent storms brought them in, with these stonker pinkies landed off the ever-productive Busselton Jetty by @harry_braby and his mate. We are incredibly lucky to be able to catch great species like these off our jetties and these fish were quickly and humanely dispatched by these two young fishers for the table, which is how all fish should be treated if you're taking them home for a feed. 


Boats

Pink snapper have dominated catches over the past week with good-sized fish being caught in depths of up to 25m. Most boaties have been anchoring at a promising lump, then using burley logs or pellets to bring the snapper around. Strip baits and squid have accounted for plenty of pinkies, although snook have been a nuisance at times, hitting the baits before the snapper. They do provide a decent feed though if you decide to keep one and are very easy to fillet. The 10m depths on the first reef line just outside the Bunbury Cut have also been firing for pink snapper. Murky water has made squid fishing difficult, but a feed of herring can always be rustled up pretty much anywhere if you're using burley. A few salmon have been taken on the troll in Geographe Bay and at Bunker Bay when the swells are down, but that seems to have been the only South-West salmon action this week. If you're out in the boats, keep an eye out for the schools as they have been rather elusive since Friday! It should be great boating weather over the next few days though so enjoy.  

Shore-based

Shore fishers haven’t been missing out on snapper either, with those using drones around Binningup and Preston beaches doing well earlier this week. Some good snapper of 70-90cm were also taken off Busselton Jetty, which has also produced plenty of herring as have most of the region’s beaches and rock walls. Bunker Bay has been the most reliable salmon spot over the past week, but even this area saw salmon catches almost grind to a halt. Other popular salmon areas such as Smiths Beach, Canal Rocks and Eagle Bay also went very quiet over the weekend, with schools rarely spotted close to shore after the previous busy week. In the Collie and Blackwood rivers bream to 40cm have been caught along with a few mulloway. The mulloway catches have been quiet off the beaches, but a solid fish was landed at Belvedere earlier this week and this spot could be worth soaking a bait at this weekend. Enjoy those nice land-based conditions coming up and big thanks to the great team at Whitey's Tackle for their report as always!

Freshwater

While fishing in the rain can be as cold and wet as it is character building, it often spices up the freshwater fishing activity with more flow in the streams and river systems, leading to great trout or redfin perch catches as @south_westfishing_life discovered. 
The rivers closer to the south coast have been fishing well for redfin perch but quite a few larger specimens crossing the 40cm mark have been caught in the dams around Waroona, with Motor Oil Grubz soft plastics working well. Trout fishing is expected to pick up once the river and streams flow more following the rains, although we did see a few good catches turning up for kayak fishers and boats that were trolling through Wellington and Harvey Dam. Drakesbrook Weir also saw a couple of nice broodstock rainbow trout landed on spinning lures directly out from the grassed lawn area in front of the carpark, where there is a decent drop off within casting distance. Keep an eye out for rainfall in the freshwater areas and it's worth having a patrol along the streams and river systems that are flowing off from the dams as these should see improved trout catches once the current starts to pick up. If you catch any great trout or redfin, make sure you message us a snap of the catch to our Instagram page @recfishwest. 
Mandurah and surrounds
Julie Ramm got on to the dhufish action recently out from mandurah, with the Vexed Bottom Meat Hybrid jig working nicely for this impressive specimen. Photo courtesy of @outdoorexplorer_wa. 


Mandurah

Don't forget - thanks to the great crew from Tackle World Miami, they are giving away $250 worth of Richter and Nomad lures to the first fisher who catches a dolphinfish or wahoo at the Mandurah FADs! We haven't received a snap yet, so this prize is still up for grabs! 

To win, all you need to do is:

1) Travel out to either of the two Mandurah FADs (coordinates linked below) and be the first to catch a dolphinfish or wahoo;
2) Take a snap of yourself holding your catch with the fish still alive, held horizontally, without fingers in the gills and with the Mandurah FAD where you caught it clearly visible in the photo behind you (winner will only be selected if they respect these rules);
3) Message the photo of your catch to the Recfishwest Facebook or Recfishwest Instagram page with your full name, details on how you caught your catch and the Mandurah FAD that you fished and stay tuned to see if you’re a winner!

To see the exact coordinates of the Mandurah FADs along with all other FADs in WA, click here. 

In the Peel estuary and around The Cut, juvenile salmon have been providing plenty of light-tackle fun with fish averaging over a kilo smashing poppers, Halco Twistys and mulies. Lots of big herring have come from the Cut also, taking small slices and stickbaits. Bream have been active around the river mouths in the estuary and within the marinas. The beaches around Melros and Falcon have been producing good-sized yellowfin whiting and the same beaches have had plenty of squid over the shallow weed banks. The best results for the shore-based squidders have come from using very small jigs, or slightly bigger jigs fished under a float. Between the storm fronts pink snapper have been landed from the beach at Tims Thicket and White Hills, where chopper tailor have been biting at very last light. Some good mulloway have been landed from the shore at San Remo and Melros. Offshore, the 15m depths at Five-Fathom Bank have fished well for dhufish and pink snapper. Divers have been doing well on crayfish in 30m depths, while at the 40m mark tuna species have been taken on the troll and there have been whispers of wahoo. The traffic bridges in Mandurah have been fishing reasonably well for bread-and-butter species. Big thanks to Tackle World Miami for their chunky report as always and with the amazing boating weather rolling through this weekend, it's first in best dressed for the Mandurah FADs comp so get out there!

SECRET HARBOUR / PORT KENNEDY / ROCKINGHAM / SAFETY BAY / WARNBRO SOUND

Pink snapper have been plentiful in the 10-15m depths of Cockburn Sound, with anglers burleying with chunks of pilchards and fishing fresh strip baits doing well. The 20-30m depths at the back of Garden Island have been producing dhufish, breaksea cod and pink snapper for boaties dropping Snapbaits and Vexed Bottom meat lures, but single-hook paternoster rigs with fresh octopus and squid have also accounted for plenty of bottom dwellers. The southern FADs have been quieter but when conditions allowed, small dolphinfish and some bigger yellowfin tuna were landed. Big King George whiting have been caught from their regular strongholds such as Stragglers and Windmills, while plenty of sand whiting have been among them. Squid have fished well in shallow water but the dirty visibility has often forced boaties to target them in deeper depths. There have been lots of skippy caught over the broken ground and herring have been just about everywhere. Big thanks to Compleat Angler Rockingham for their great tips and this weekend should see great boating conditions off Rockingham. 

If you prefer land-based fishing, pink snapper have been active off the rock walls including Woodman Point and the Ammo Jetty, along with beaches such as CY O’Connor, Secret Harbour and Port Kennedy. Long Point and the Penguin Island sand spit have been offering mixed bags of flathead, flounder, herring and whiting. The rocks around Point Peron and Safety Bay have been good for squid when the water is clear and the Rockingham and Palm Beach jetties have also produced a few good catches, along with herring and chopper tailor that were just over the 30cm legal size. It should be perfect land-based conditions this weekend so make sure you wet a line! 
Perth catches
It is always worth a crack fishing for pink snapper following storms in the metro region and the beaches south of Perth between Rockingham and Mandurah house great gutters for soaking baits to entice big snapper catches. This 14kg, 1.1m monster was landed by Paul Allan Palor and is one of the biggest land-based metro pinkies we've seen recently! 


Boats

The weather windows between the storms have provided plenty of pink snapper action. Five-Fathom Bank has been firing for them but most boaties are finding lumps on their sounders, burleying up and drifting lightly weighted stripbaits to land their quarry. Dhufish have been harder to come by, but in the 80m depths off Two Rocks a few have been landed. At Rottnest the surface action has slowed, but crayfishers have been doing well when conditions allowed them to pull their pots. When the water is clear the weed banks between Fremantle and Garden Island have been firing for squid, especially in 3-10m depths. Squid have been plentiful off Mindarie and Hillarys as well. Areas of broken ground near reefs such as the Three-Mile have been holding plenty of skippy, some more then 40cm, and fishing a burley trail with jigs or soft plastics has worked well. Herring have also been prolific in inshore waters when burley is used, with metal slices and a mix of baits working a treat. In the Swan River, dinghy fishers and kayakers have been doing well trolling for tailor, with choppers of 35-40cm smashing lures and mulie baits between the river mouth and Claremont. It should be great conditions on the water this weekend and don't forget - the FADs photo competition still has a few days to go before we pick the winners after May 1st, so make sure you send in a photo of your catch to our Instagram or Facebook page! Click here for FADs photo competition info.

Shore-based

Beaches and rock walls from North Mole all the way down to Woodman Point have been producing great catches of pink snapper, with North Mole one of the hot spots. Big mulloway have been landed there too, on both the inside and outside. Both moles have also been holding squid, but South Mole still seems to be the better bet as there seems to be better patches of weed. Herring are plentiful on the moles and beaches south of Fremantle, while a few chopper tailor have come from North Mole. After the recent blow, big tailor are expected to be cruising the reefs at Cottesloe and Trigg along with northern regions such as Yanchep lagoon and Two Rocks. Chopper tailor have also been plentiful in the lower reaches of the Swan River and sizes have been decent. Some hefty tarwhine have been taken from the lower Swan River as well. Bream have been a little quieter, though some good fish were landed around the pylons at Canning Bridge early in the week. Anglers fishing the river from the Causeway as far up as Guildford have been catching bream, while those chasing them on hard-bodied lures have landed a few smaller mulloway as by-catches. Last week’s burst of warmer weather also seemed to fire up flathead in the river’s upper reaches, with good fish landed on soft plastics around Claremont and Burswood. Enjoy those great land-based conditions this week and big thanks to Anglers Fishing World in Fremantle and Hillarys Boat & Tackle for their great tips!  
 
 
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Catch Information

Species:
Australasian Snapper
Australasian Snapper

Baldchin Groper
Baldchin Groper

Barramundi
Barramundi

Black Bream
Black Bream

Black Marlin
Black Marlin

Bluefish
Bluefish

Breaksea Cod
Breaksea Cod

Coral Trout
Coral Trout

Dhufish
Dhufish

Dusky Flathead
Dusky Flathead

Flathead Catfish
Flathead Catfish

Flounder
Flounder

Fourfinger Threadfin
Fourfinger Threadfin

Giant Trevally
Giant Trevally

Golden Trevally
Golden Trevally

Gummy Shark
Gummy Shark

This Fishing Report was submitted on 4/28/2023 2:43:02 AM by Seamus and last updated on 4/29/2023 11:35:47 PM.


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Including GPX (Universal GPS Format), KML (Google Earth), and XLS (Excel) files.

GPS Coordinates

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Custom SD Card of FIshing Spots

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