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RECFISHWEST FISHING REPORT WRITER
Recfishwest’s Dr Andrew Rowland and Sam Bock have been on the south coast recently hearing local fishers’ concerns about the proposed south coast marine park stretching along 1,000km of coastline from Bremer Bay to the WA/SA border.
Fears of an imminent unnecessary overreach coming from decision-makers in Perth seeking a predefined outcome have been stoked by a consultation process that appears to have gone off the rails.
While there, Andrew spoke to the Esperance Weekender and ABC Radio about Recfishwest’s call for the consultation to get back on track to ensure a balanced marine park is achieved.
Hear what Andrew had to say on radio and in the media by clicking here.
The weather was unfortunately atrocious again this week and when the rain and wind did ease, big swells kept most boats on trailers. The only saviour was the sheltered waters around Emu Point, which offered a few King George whiting, herring and squid in short weather windows when conditions were not too foul. Thankfully there should be some welcome reprieve from the weather this weekend, with a swell of around 2m accompanied by lower northerly winds allowing potential windows to punch out a bit wider.
The town marina has offered a few herring, squid and small skippy, along with plenty of pickers such as yellowtail and trumpeter. At Frenchman Bay squidding has been a decent option and the bay has been known to produce good flathead at times, while Emu Point and Gull Rock have also offered herring and whiting along with some tasty squid. East of town when conditions allowed, a few squid were caught from the Tourist Rocks at Cheynes Beach which is also known to produce decent skippy. Heavy rain has shut down most bream activity in local river systems, which has turned to chocolate milk over the past week. This weekend should see calmer conditions across the board though, so make the most of it. Big thanks to the crew from Trailblazers in Albany for their tips!
There have been plenty of non-demersal options either side of the storm this week. King George whiting have been caught at the Windmills, Three-Mile Reef and inside of Rottnest, while at the back of Rotto, Samson fish and tuna have been active in good numbers. Good skippy have been about the inshore reef systems around Three-Mile and sand whiting have been plentiful a kilometre or so out from the old power station at South Fremantle and at the traditional whiting banks in 10-15m depths off City Beach. Tailor have been around the shallow reefs near Carnac Island, smashing ganged mulies, Halco twisties and stickbaits flicked into the whitewash. Squid have been plentiful inshore off Hillarys and Mindarie and kayakers have been getting their share out from South Beach as well. This weekend will be glassy and inviting on the water, so make sure you get out there as many delicious non-demersal species are still available to fishers.
Rottnest put on a show for these youngsters recently, with a double header of southern bluefin tuna complimented by a rainbow. Photo courtsey of @richterlures.
This Fishing Report was submitted on 4/8/2023 1:05:00 AM by Seamus and last updated on 8/9/2023 5:09:40 AM.
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