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Recfishwest's State-wide Fishing Report 12 April 2024 ūüé£

 | By Seamus on 4/12/2024 3:02:31 AM | Views (203)
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12/04/24
Standard - just your casual weekend in WA surfing waves filled with salmon! This man knows how to capture remarkable pics and footage, so make sure you give @mat.kleczkowski.photography a follow if you want to see the salmon schools heading up the coast. We've heard reports of big schools like this spotted around Rottnest, so if you start catching salmon in the Metro region over the coming weeks, make sure you send us your pics!  
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The greenbacks are rolling in! This 98cm tailor landed by Jacob Barry in our southern region takes the cake for pic of the week. Usually we see the monsters like this turning up north of Kalbarri!

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Broome catches
Looks like Curtis Waterman @curtiswaterman_ was pretty chuffed with this horse of a queenie! The Kimberley queenfish fishing this week was out of this world aboard @reelteaserfishingadventures. 

Boats

The offshore activity has been rewarding when the swells have been low with 12-Mile Reef offering red emperor, coral trout, saddletail snapper, bluebone, Spanish flag and Maori seaperch, so a good smorgasbord of species there. In Roebuck Bay Spanish mackerel have started to show up and floating debris and moorings in the bay have again been worth targeting for tripletail. Mud crab catches have been good at the Fingers and in Crab Creek, with both locations also fishing well for threadfin salmon. In the upper parts of Dampier Creek, barramundi and mangrove jack have been caught. The weather for boating this weekend should be glorious with nice flat conditions expected, but it will become windier and choppier as we move into next week. 

Shore-based


The jetty has been very reliable for a wide range of species lately, especially thumping mangrove jack with @woody_49 producing the goods one evening this week. 

Big tides have made fishing Port Jetty very difficult but Entrance Point on a low tide has been producing decent trevally and queenfish. The Town Beach Jetty has also thrown up queenfish and trevally and also produced a few mangrove jack at night. Around town, creek access has been difficult, but Willie and Barred creeks have held bream and mangrove jack, while out towards Minari and Quandong Point the upcoming neap tides should offer good fishing for bluebone. Clearer patches of water in the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River around Helmets have been worth a try for barramundi. At 80-Mile Beach threadfin salmon have been caught. The West Kimberley should see beautiful fishing weather until at least Tuesday morning though so get out there.

Big thanks to the crew from Tackle World Broome for their tips! Make sure you pay them a visit for the best gear and advice for your next fishing trip. 
Exmouth catches
Young gun Archer was cranking into a few marlin over the weekend and the west side of Exmouth has been the hotspot over the past few weeks. The FADs are also fishing brilliantly for pelagics too so make sure you get out there now that the weather is set to improve! Image: @innkeepersportfishing. 

Boats

The water clarity in Exmouth Gulf has been poor thanks to the rougher weather earlier this week but plenty of decent fish were caught. Bottom bouncers deeper in the Gulf landed Rankin cod, coral trout, cobia and blue-lined emperor in 15-20m depths barely 15 minutes from the boat ramp. On the surface near Exmouth Reef, tuna have been smashing metal slices. Working birds have been a good indicator of where the action is. On the offshore flats deep in the Gulf fly-fishers in shallow water have picked up some decent bluebone, along with queenies and small trevally. Squid catches in the Gulf have been steady, just look for patchy ground of weed and sand. At the Muirons and out further red emperor and goldband snapper catches have been productive. Red emperor have been caught in depths from 40m, while the 80-100m depths was the sweet spot for goldband. Trolling near the islands has produced plenty of Spanish mackerel strikes but sharks can be a problem, so if you hook a mackerel and a shark is red hot on its tail, free spool your reel because the mackerel will generally outswim the shark with speed and endurance, then try and drive your boat to the fish and get it in quickly. On the west side of the cape conditions have been excellent and dolphinfish up to 12kg have been hitting deep diving and skirted lures as close in as 30m depths, while trolling for black marlin and sailfish in 100m depths has been producing two or three fish a day for most crews, with wahoo and tuna also abundant. The fringe reefs have been great as well, offering Spanish mackerel in 5-30m depths and coral trout, blue-lined emperor and spangled emperor in good numbers. There was also a metre-long jobfish landed in 20m depths this week which is impressive. Boaties will be pleased to hear the conditions will glass off between Saturday and Wednesday, so get out there and take advantage of it. 

Shore-based

Down at Learmonth bream, mangrove jack and squid were the main catches, but live baits fished off the end of the jetty accounted for some big trevally and queenfish. The schools of hardyheads hanging around the Bundegi boat ramp brought in queenfish and trevally as well. Inside the town marina, bream, trevally and small cod have been the main catches, while squid and school mackerel have been caught from the outside wall. The rocks at the industrial estate have also fished well for squid on a high tide. At the tip of the Gulf, spangled emperor catches have been impressive and decent trevally and queenfish have been among the bycatch. It’s been a similar story at Tantabiddi where fishers have done well on spangos and queenies by casting stickbaits. At the mouth of Wapet Creek those on foot putting in the time and effort have landed big queenfish on the incoming tide, while beaches from Exmouth Station to Town Beach have fished well for whiting on a medium tide.

These great tips were courtesy of the friendly team at Tackle World Exmouth. Swing by their store for the best advice and gear ahead of your next trip! 
 
 
Kalbarri catches
@nickihuntfishing may have been targeting a mulloway but this hungry blue lined emperor had other plans! 

Boats

Strong north-easterly winds have kept most crews closer in but the catches have been decent. Spanish mackerel action has picked up with quite few fish in the 8kg range coming from Sand Patch, while to the south a double strike resulted in two bumper wahoo estimated at 17kg. Plenty of tuna have been picked up at the Three-Mile Reef and Arnie’s Lump, while Spanish mackerel action has also been good off Horrocks and Lucky Bay. Bottom fishers targeting sheltered waters along the cliffs have landed big pink snapper and a few small dhufish. Crayfishing has also been productive around the same areas. The mornings certainly look best on the forecast for the boats this week, with generally low easterly winds and swell expected before 11:00am.  

Shore-based

A young lad landed a 94cm tailor at Wagoe this week, which weighed in at 6.5kg and would most certainly have provided a lifelong memory. Also at Wagoe, Spanish mackerel were being targeted on balloons but apart from sharks, most fishers came up empty-handed. At Frustrations a 1.2m mulloway was landed this week along with some big tarwhine, while at Chinamans mulloway around 8kg have been caught. Swells have been down at Red Bluff and Wittecarra where tailor catches have declined, but on the plus side both locations have fished well for whiting. Spearfishers along the cliffs have done well on pink snapper, baldchin groper and parrotfish. A few mulloway have been landed at the Sand Spit in the Murchison River, along with some good yellowfin whiting, with more impressive whiting catches also reported at Chinamans. Around the marina jetty big cod have been landed on hard-bodied lures and a 45cm bream was caught and released near there earlier this week. The river has been holding mud crabs but numbers have dropped off.   

Shout out to Dean from Kalbarri Sports and Dive for his tips! Feel free to venture into his store to ask for advice if you're wetting a line around Kalbarri!
Geraldton catches
The action around the Abrolhos FADs was immense this week, with some BIG dolly's turning up. Ruby Patrick (left) landed this 18kg whopper while trolling past the FAD, with Dan Patrick landing a cracker of a yellowfin tuna and Stephanie Knight @stephie_90_ (right) also landing a monster dolphinfish. Start your engines and get out there as this bodes well for the Halco Abrolhos Islands Fishing Tournament starting in a little over a week! You can find the FADs coordinates here and for more info on the upcoming Abrolhos fishing comp, check out the Geraldton and Districts Fishing Club Facebook Page. 


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Crews who took advantage of the lull between the morning easterlies and afternoon southerlies have landed dhufish and pink snapper at African Reef, while the lumps off Coronation Beach have produced lots of pink snapper to 8kg. Sharks can be a problem here at times, so make sure you move spots frequently, avoid using bait and turn your sonar off when anchored. Boaties have done well trolling for coral trout along Pensioners Bank, landing fish up to 70cm mainly north of Drummond Cove. Closer in, the Chapman Road to Pages Beach stretch has produced squid and cuttlefish. Tomorrow until around midday doesn't look too bad for the boaties with a low swell and moderate easterly wind but expect it to get rough between Saturday night and Monday. Wednesday onwards is looking decent.  

Shore-based

From the Greenough River mouth down to Dongara, chopper tailor have been caught in reasonable numbers. More promisingly, mulloway around 20kg have been landed in the mornings and evenings. Chopper tailor have also been caught in the marina at Port Denison. The Southgates to Tarcoola stretch offered small tailor and a few pike, while The Lives has held school whiting and chopper tailor. Pages Beach around to the town rock walls fished well for school whiting and tailor, with yellowfin whiting thrown into the mix after dark. The ground north of the Batavia Coast Marina produced good squid and cuttlefish when clean water was found, while from Sunset Beach to Drummond Cove 10-13kg mulloway have been caught.

Thanks to the team at Geraldton Sports Centre for their tips! They will happily provide you with great gear and the solid advice for your next fishing trip. 
Lancelin catches
If you don't mind a drive north of Lancelin, Jurien Bay has been one of the fishing hotspots this week off the WA coast and produced some fantastic catches during Perth Game Fishing Club's recent Jurien Bay WA Open, with pelagics such as dolphinfish, tuna, Spanish mackerel and big yellowtail kingfish turning up in good numbers. The @sendnbend_sportfishing crew had no trouble finding plenty of big kingies on a bit of structure and took out the comp!


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Most dhufish have been reported from Direction Bank or deeper, while drifting the flats has been producing baldchin groper and pink snapper. Peter Fullarton also reported he has been seeing unusually high numbers of foxfish along with a few good sized whiskery or gummy sharks around the same area. There are a lot of small snapper around so upsizing hooks can avoid pulling too many up from the depths. Boats fishing inside the White Bank were rewarded with snapper and skippy often in the burley trail at dawn. Bay fishers have been having a ball catching some very large herring or casting jigs to some great sized squid. Lobster fishers have been reporting great results throughout a wide range of depths. Both mornings this weekend are looking best before 11:00am if you wish to duck out in the boat. 

Shore-based


The mulloway have made a welcome return to Lancelin this week! Emin went out for an evening fish with Peter Fullarton on Wednesday night and quickly released this nice fish after this photo. 

Lancelin Jetty has been producing better numbers of squid and most nights there this week have seen good catches of herring along with a few tailor. Along the beaches there have been plenty of school whiting and herring. Surf beaches have been fishing very well for tailor at sunrise, whereas the evenings tended to have a slow tailor bite with the odd large mulloway or shark picking up baits around the last light of the day. There is an abundance of small baitfish along the beaches and lure casters have found schools of tailor rejecting the larger offerings, while the smaller lures were much more effective even for the larger green back tailor. The CID Sprat 80mm has been incredibly effective over the past few weeks. Mornings look best for a land-based flick this weekend. 

A big Recfishwest thanks to Peter Fullarton for his tips on what's biting around Lancelin each week! If you want Peter to put you on to the fish directly, make sure you check out his Tailored Treks Tours page. Always a great time and Peter knows the best spots around Lancelin like the back of his hand. 
 
 
Esperance catches


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Plenty of big Samsonfish have come over the side at Mondrain Island, while Observatory Island has offered big queen snapper and harlequin fish. Nannygai and Samsonfish have been caught at Sunk Rocks, while Ghost Reef has produced big nannygai as well. Crews trolling close to Cull Island have done well on tuna and salmon, while in Esperance Bay the 4-7m depths have produced squid, some with hoods around 40cm. Lovers Cove has fished well for King George whiting and sand whiting closer in. Thankfully the next few mornings are looking decent for the boats with lower winds and swell expected but Sunday morning until around 11:00am looks best at this stage with gentle northerly winds teaming up with a 1m swell. 

Shore-based

Poison Creek has fished well for mulloway, gummy sharks and salmon, while Alexander Bay has produced gummy sharks up to 15kg. Big flathead and skippy have come from Dunns Beach, while Wylie Bay and Stockyards have offered salmon and sand whiting. Roses Beach has fished well for mulloway up to a metre, while big schools of salmon have been hanging around Warrenup Fourth Beach and 10-Mile Lagoon. The Town Jetty has been firing for squid with white jigs producing excellent catches. Bandy Creek Boat Harbour has been holding King George whiting and skippy, while bream to 40cm have been taking lures at Wheatfields Lake. Bream averaging 30cm have been plentiful in Stokes Inlet.
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Hats off to the very knowledgeable team at Southern Sports & Tackle for their tips! These guys love their fishing as well, so make sure you swing by their store for the best gear and advice before wetting a line around Esperance. 

Great Southern catches

Boats

Crews targeting the coral ground have been rewarded with catches of dhufish, pink snapper, swallowtail, breaksea cod, queen snapper and nannygai. Around the islands boats trolling have picked up small tuna and salmon and there have been reports of bonito. Off Cheynes Beach pink snapper, nannygai, Samsonfish, breaksea cod and queen snapper have been caught. The species have been similar out from Bremer Bay, along with a few dhufish. In King George Sound herring, King George whiting, flathead, sand whiting and squid have been in great numbers. Princess Royal Harbour produced squid, skippy and herring. Midday from Saturday through to Monday morning looks decent at this stage but Sunday morning looks best for the boats. 


The Southern Ocean Spectacular kicks off this weekend on 13 April and this is a very popular competition loved by the locals. Make sure you download the TrackMyFish App (click here to download on the App Store or if you have a Samsung phone, click here to download on Google Play) before the competition starts! Event details should appear on the Albany Boating & Fishing Club Facebook Page! 

Shore-based

There have been heaps of plump herring right along the coast and usually salmon were keeping them company. While they have been worth targeting, the salmon action has been hit or miss with most fishers landing a maximum of two or three in a session. The more consistent spots have been Lowlands and Nanarup but Sand Patch, Cheynes, Normans, Two People Bay and Bremer Bay have all fished well at times.  Samsonfish have also been caught at Cheynes. In Albany it’s been hard to get past herring which were thick at Frenchman Bay, Little Beach, Emu Point, Middleton and Gull Rock. Emu Point has thrown up a few whiting and juvenile salmon, as did Frenchman Bay and these locations along with the marina and Middleton have produced squid, but the action has been quieter than usual for this time of year. With the lack of rain, bream and soapy mulloway have holed up in various sections of the King and Kalgan rivers and often a bit of local knowledge has been needed to find them. Bream have also been caught in Oyster Harbour. At Walpole the Nornalup Inlet has offered small King George whiting and a few skippy, while Denmark’s Wilson Inlet has produced bream, flathead, juvenile salmon, herring, bream and pink snapper. 

Cheers to the Trailblazers Albany crew for their tips this week! Swing by their store if you're after some top gear and advice ahead of your next fishing trip. Remember, you'll also catch just as many fish off the beaches than the rocks and it is always much safer to go with this option on the south coast. 

South-West catches
Arguably one of the tastiest fish in the ocean turned up for @squidqueen.wa Trudy Morehouse this week off Busselton, with this 61cm beauty caught in 31m of water. A reminder that there is no size limit for baldchin groper and they don't release well at all in depths past 15m, so if you land one in deeper waters make sure it goes in the esky if you're within your bag limit. As always, remember there are plenty of delicious pelagics, bread and butter species and squid doing the rounds at the moment as well. 


Boats

The good dhufish captures out from Bunbury that marked the opening of the demersal season have tapered off and crews are having to travel far and work hard for their fish. A few tuna schools have been in Bunbury’s inshore waters, but otherwise it’s been slim pickings for boaties. Many crews have opted to fish in Geographe Bay which held heaps of herring, good numbers of squid and sand and King George whiting. Otherwise, they have been choosing their days and heading out from the Cape where dhufish, baldchin groper and breaksea cod have been caught in good numbers. Kayakers have been getting their share of demersals around Canal Rocks with mainly dhufish, pink snapper and breaksea cod turning up but when conditions have been too rough they have targeted squid and skippy in Geographe Bay. Salmon and Samsonfish have also featured in their catches. Drop netters are falling short of their blue swimmer crab bag limits in the Leschenault Estuary but are still getting a feed, while plenty of chopper tailor have been caught when trolling but many have been undersized. More good weather is rolling in over this weekend for the boaties if you're keen to send it, expect flat conditions.  

Shore-based


There have been some big snapper rolling in throughout the South-West this past week and it's great to see the experienced crew from @2_oceans_tackle got stuck into a couple. Herring fillets seem to be doing the trick. 

Salmon catches were patchy but good numbers have been taken from Smiths Beach, Hamelin Bay, Bunker Bay, Injidup Beach, Boranup Contos and Castle Rock with some big tailor mixed in. Only a few salmon have been caught north of Dunsborough despite the abundance of herring providing a readily available food source. At Dalyellup, Buffalo Beach and Back Beach herring have been very thick, along with a few whiting and chopper tailor. It’s a similar story at the Bunbury Cut, but the odd small tuna has come within casting distance at times. Undersized salmon were also in big numbers at the Cut. In the Collie River soapy mulloway have been caught in reasonable numbers and bream catches have picked up markedly with soft plastics and top-water lures working well on them. Preston and Myalup beaches were also plagued by herring with reports of decent tailor, snapper and mulloway catches hard to come by, even from drone fishers. At Busselton Jetty squid have been in good numbers, along with plenty of herring, while Wonnerup Inlet fished well for bream, juvenile salmon, herring, whiting and chopper tailor. Bream catches have been good in the upper reaches of the Blackwood River, while near its mouth at Augusta herring, tarwhine, yellowfin whiting and tailor have been abundant. Augusta’s beaches have yielded tailor, mulloway, big pink snapper and salmon.

Big cheers to Whitey's Tackle & Camping for their top fishing tips as always! If you're in Australind or Bunbury and are keen to wet a line throughout our South-West make sure you ask their very friendly team who love their fishing for advice and stock up on gear at their store. If you're in Busselton, the 2 Oceans Tackle team are also incredibly helpful. 

There was a good bump in redfin perch catches this week thanks to some slightly cooler temperatures in the mornings. Expect these numbers to rise once we creep deeper into autumn. The team from @bushrats managed to taker a few home for a five-star feed. 
The odd brown trout has been caught at Logue Brook Dam over the past week with sizes varying from small to 45cm, while small redfin perch have been taking a variety of lures at Harvey Dam across a wide range of depths. Kayakers are finding bigger redfin perch all around the Pemberton region, which has also seen a good bump in the number of rainbow trout catches lately. The deeper pools among the low water levels in the Collie River have also held redfin up to 40cm. 
Mandurah and surrounds


Mandurah

Boats: Lumps in the 25-32m depths south of town have offered dhufish, baldchin groper and the odd breaksea cod but pink snapper catches have been very quiet. Generally, the 30-35m depths have been barren this week, but dhufish have been back on the chew from the 40-50m marks. The Five-Fathom Bank held plenty of skippy and a few yellowrtial kingfish, along with the odd resident salmon, while inside the Five-Fathom big sand whiting have been caught in good numbers. Trolling for chopper tailor in the estuary has been productive and juvenile salmon and big herring have been among the bycatch. Hot days and very high tides have been the best combination for yellowfin whiting on the flats but that window seems to be rapidly closing. Those chasing blue swimmer crabs have been doing better closer to the ocean entrances. All of Saturday and early on Sunday should be ideal if you wish to duck out in the boat. 
 
Land-based: Shore fishing has been pretty dismal with beaches around town offering only herring, smaller whiting and various pickers, but light gear and small hooks could produce a bit of holiday fun for the kids. Down at White Hills drone fishers have picked up pink snapper and small dhufish but casters have missed out. At the Dawesville Cut herring and juvenile salmon have been the main catches, along with the odd chopper tailor after dark and it’s been a similar story at the traffic bridges. Bream have been active in the Serpentine and Murray rivers and also around the marinas.

Thinking of wetting a line around Mandurah? These great tips were courtesy of the super friendly and helpful team at Tackle World Miami so make sure you swing by their store for the best tips and gear before your next fishing trip! 

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

Boats: Demersal catches have been excellent with Garden Island and the back of Five-Fathom Bank producing dhufish, pink snapper and baldchin groper. Cockburn Sound has fished well for pink snapper too, with good catches coming from the D9 wreck, in front of Garden Island and at Sulphur Rock. Squid fishing has picked up with the 4-5m depths in Cockburn and Warnbro sounds fishing well. Both Sounds have fished well for herring, King George and sand whiting, as did Mangles Bay, while sand whiting catches have been great on the edge of the shipping channel despite mulloway catches slowing down. Exposed reefs such as Stragglers and Mewstones produced tailor around the kilo mark and small yellowtail kingfish have often shown up as well. Tailor and salmon have been caught out the back of Point Peron and in the Sounds at times, with the fish often schooling together so keep an eye out for them or diving birds. This weekend is looking very inviting if you wish to send it out wide in the boat. 


14-year-old Max Neville had a trip to remember when he and his dad Henry punched out to the Rockingham FADs on Saturday. It was the first time Max had seen a FAD and it produced plenty of dollies for the youngster and a bite off from what they suspect was a big wahoo. With warm weather and flat conditions expected over the coming days, this action will likely continue. 
 
Land-based: The beaches have continued to fish well for tailor with Port Kennedy, Long Point and Secret Harbour the pick of them. Mulloway action from the beaches slowed a tad, but in the daytime herring and sand whiting have been caught in good numbers. Long Point saw a few flathead and the Penguin Island spit has yielded whiting, flathead and the odd flounder. Scaly mackerel and herring have been the main catches at the Ammo Jetty, although the odd bonito has turned up on some mornings. Palm Beach Jetty has been producing plenty of good-sized chopper tailor in the evenings. The better squidding spots have been Woodman Point and Point Peron. Looks great for land-based fishing this weekend too, the easterly should be stronger on Saturday if you need some casting assistance off the beach.   

These great fishing tips were provided by the friendly team at Compleat Angler & Camping World in Rockingham, so make sure you chat to their experienced crew in store and stock up before heading out!
Perth catches
The west end of Rottnest has always been widely regarded as a big Sambo hotspot and highly skilled photographer Marco Fraschetti @oceansdownunder put his bicep and forearm strength to the test when he hooked up to this jumbo via jigging over the wrecks. 

Boats

Demersal species have been fishing well with dhufish, pink snapper and baldchin groper among the catches out from Two Rocks, Mindarie, Ocean Reef, on Direction Bank and all around Rottnest Island. Rottnest has also produced good King George whiting. Three-Mile Reef fishers have also been rewarded with small dhufish, pink snapper and breaksea cod. King George and sand whiting were in good numbers at the Windmills and in most areas with broken ground, with 10-12m depths the sweet spot. The same depths have fished well for sand whiting off City Beach and Cottesloe. Squid fishing has also been good with nice sizes taken in 4-6m depths on the drift. The West End of Rottnest has thrown up yellowtail kingfish, Samsonfish and tuna at times, while trolling the back of the Five-Fathom Bank was effective for tuna. The FADs have been holding dolphinfish and tuna as well, with numbers ticking along nicely despite sizes being down. Kayakers have been getting their share of squid out from South Fremantle and Coogee, while a few paddlers have also been drop-netting for blue swimmer crabs. In the Swan River boaties chasing blue swimmer crabs have had to work harder but have pulled up a few from deeper sections such as Mosman Bay and Blackwall Reach. These locations have been worth a try for mulloway as well, with evenings tending to fish better. Trolling for chopper tailor in the Swan has also been productive, from the Narrows down to the Fremantle bridges. The weather is looking quite nice this weekend although it should be much calmer early on Sunday morning with minimal wind and a very low swell. These conditions look ideal for trolling, bottom bouncing or punching out to the FADs so best of luck if you're heading out. Given the swell is very low over the coming days, be wary of the exposed reefs around the inshore areas. 

Shore-based

North Mole and the local rock walls have fished well for squid, while North Mole has also produced a few bonito between first light and lunchtime. Herring have been in good numbers from local rock walls and the North Mole has offered a few tailor at night, although better chopper tailor and some nice skippy have been caught around South Beach and the Freo Fishing Boat Harbour. Tailor have been caught along reefy sections of the South Metro coast such as Cottesloe and Leighton, while more open beaches such as Floreat and City Beach have offered whiting, herring and a few skippy in the mornings. North metro beaches have produced some good tailor and drone fishers have been getting pink snapper and the odd small dhufish. In Fremantle Harbour bread-and-butter species such as scaly mackerel, herring, yellowtail and small tarwhine have been the mainstay. Most of the mulloway in the Swan River have been soapies, with fish from 50-80cm caught as far up as Midland, but a big mulloway was landed from Claremont Jetty early this week. The Narrows is often a good spot for big mulloway this time of year and it could be worth soaking a bait there. Chopper tailor (and some better models over 50cm), have been caught in the river as well. Some of the better locations have been North and East Fremantle, Point Walter, Claremont, Canning Bridge, Como Jetty and the Narrows. Choppers have been caught as far up as Burswood. The odd flathead has been showing up for those flicking lures on the flats in the middle to lower reaches and tailor, small tarwhine and at times juvenile Samsonfish have been among the bycatch. Flathead have also been a regular bycatch for bream fishers as far up as Guildford. Bream have been plentiful in the Swan’s upper reaches and also in the Canning River around Mt Henry Bridge, but sizes have been small. A few better fish have been pulled out of structure at night, and bait tended to out-fish lures this week. Small whiting have been in big numbers in the Swan, as far up as Maylands. The mornings are looking fantastic over the coming days for a land-based flick but the swell will be very low (around 0.6m), so expect exposed reef and maybe opt for surface lures to avoid being snagged if you're chasing fish off the reefy Metro beaches.  


A big thanks to Anglers Fishing World in Fremantle for their great tips! These guys love their fishing just as much as we all do, so make sure you ask their super friendly team for advice and stock up before wetting a line off the land or boat! 
 
 
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This Fishing Report was submitted on 4/12/2024 3:02:31 AM by Seamus and last updated on 4/12/2024 11:30:30 PM.


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3/45 Northside Drive
Hillarys, WA AU


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