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It was a 23.9kg chunky Spanish mackerel landed by John Higgens from team No Bananas that took out the heaviest Spanish mackerel during Munro's MACK10K competition last weekend, while the Overall Champion Boat went to Zanta with a combined 53.52kg of mackies landed!
Catch the list of all winners from the MACK10K on the Ashburton Anglers Facebook Page.
A well-earned chunky report for the boaties on the south coast! Many boats took advantage of the excellent conditions last weekend and the catches were widespread. The coral ground offered dhufish, pink snapper, breaksea cod, queen snapper, blue groper, Samson fish, nannygai and harlequin fish with crews that headed out early doing best. A group fishing at Hartmans Beach near Lowlands had a great session on pink snapper averaging 90cm using a freshly caught cuttlefish as bait. Their bycatch wasn’t too shabby either with blue groper, nannygai, breaksea cod and queen snapper also hitting the deck. Kayaker fishers were also keen to take advantage of the glamour conditions on the south coast and a few managed to land dhufish, while kayakers who headed out from Waychinicup caught plenty of pink snapper in the 60-80cm range and hooked bigger pinkies that they couldn’t stop. Off Cheynes Beach breaksea cod and queen snapper have been landed. In King George Sound there were lots of good squid, many with 40cm hoods caught in the 10m depths along with reasonable King George whiting. This morning provided the last boating window until at least mid-next week, with strong winds and swell returning from tomorrow unfortunately.
Squid catches have been very good with the pick of the spots being Frenchman Bay, Emu Point, Middleton and the town marina. Frenchman Bay, Emu Point and the marina have also held herring and King George whiting. Bremer Bay produced a few salmon and 1-2kg skippy have been caught at Cheynes Beach and Nanarup. King George whiting up to 50cm have been caught at Hartmans Beach, which has also held big Samson fish as has West Cape Howe. Dirty water has continued to make bream fishing difficult in local river systems. Near Denmark, herring have been caught at Ocean Beach and the odd salmon has shown up there as well, while Lights Beach held whiting and herring. Batten down the hatches as land-based fishing will be rough as guts from tomorrow until at least Thursday. Big thanks to the crew from Trailblazers in Albany for their tips!
King George whiting fishing has been excellent in depths from 10m way out to 70m. Most KG's have been in the 35-45cm range and some of the better spots have included 20m depths north of Windmills, straight out from Hillarys and the 10m depths off City Beach. If you're chasing 50cm-plus fish, the 30m depths around Rottnest Island performed best. At Hillarys and City Beach squid and sand whiting have been common. Tuna numbers have waned, but they are still being caught in 40m depths, especially around Rottnest where a few yellowtail kingfish and smaller Samson fish have been caught as well. Good-sized skippy have been caught around Five Fathom Bank on micro jigs and squid baits by boaties using chook pellets as burley. Off South Fremantle kayak fishers have been doing well on squid. The exposed reefs around Carnac Island have held some decent tailor and a few pike, while chopper tailor have been caught by dinghy fishers trolling in the lower reaches of the Swan River. The peachy weather this week is about to get blown away from Saturday through to Monday, but hopefully next week's report will have a friendlier forecast.
A reminder that fishing closures for blue swimmer crabs start today, 1 September. All waters - coastal, rivers and estuaries - from the Swan River to Minninup Beach (15km south of Bunbury) are now closed to blue swimmer crab fishing from 1 September to 30 November inclusive. These measures are put in place to protect breeding stocks while they are mated and vulnerable to capture. More information can be found in the Blue Swimmer Crab fishing guide by clicking here.
There was a lot of youngsters outfishing the adults this week around Perth! The topwater was firing all week for pelagics, with happy chap Jayson landing this healthy southern bluefin tuna and some fun-sized Sambo's. Nice work Jayson! Photo courtesy of @compleatanglernedlands.
This Fishing Report was submitted on 1/9/2023 3:55:00 AM by Seamus and last updated on 9/1/2023 5:06:07 PM.
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