There are plenty of locations in Western Australia that offer easy, and importantly safe, access to top fishing for kids and families.
There are a number of well-known jetties, rockwalls and marinas all along the west, and south, coast and these are perfect locations to wet a line.
Best of all, they also offer the chance of catching good fish without needing a boat!
In the metro area, there are a number of spots worth trying and they are good for both kids and parents.
The Narrows Bridge, right next to the city centre, has produced many massive mulloway over the years, but more likely it will offer tailor and black bream. There are several small jetties in the river that can produce similar species, as some of the more popular ones are at Claremont, Applecross, Point Walter and Rocky Bay; these spots will also produce flathead in summer.
As you head up the river towards Maylands, black bream take over and they can be found around the pylons of just about every jetty and bridge.
The E-Shed Wharf is a noted mulloway sport, while the North and South moles offer a wide range of species, including herring, skippy and tailor.
The rockwalls at spots like Mindarie and Hillarys can be productive for similar species, while some good fish also come from inside the marinas. Cockburn Sound also has jetties that are fun to fish, like the one at Palm Beach.
Around Mandurah, the old and new traffic bridges, and the Dawesville Cut, can be good for herring, tailor and whiting. Try in the canals for black bream.
Country anglers don’t miss out either and most towns have at least one good fishing platform for kids to try their luck from. Esperance has its jetty, which is famous for herring, skippy and squid. Albany has a new marina in Princess Royal Harbour which produces the same species, along with skippy, while Middleton Beach jetty can offer herring and whiting, and the odd big flathead.
There is a small jetty just inside the mouth of the Blackwood River in Augusta that produces herring, whiting and bream.
The Busselton Jetty is famous for its fishing, for everything from herring, skippy and squid, to monster fish like samsons, tuna, salmon and mulloway; it’s a great spot.
Jurien Bay has a new jetty and it turns on skippy, herring, tailor, squid and bigger fare like pink snapper, mulloway and even spanish mackerel.
The jetties inside the marina at Dongara often fish well, as do the rockwalls around Geraldton, mainly for tailor. Kalbarri’s Murchison River is great for kids, with whiting in the shallows and bream around the jetties, while some nice mulloway can be found in there too.
Carnarvon’s famous One-Mile Jetty is a fishing hotspot, with bream, whiting and flathead in the shallows, and tailor, mackerel, trevally and queenfish also caught there.
It is justifiably renowned for its runs of big mulloway at times. Exmouth’s marina is a great spot to tangle with sportfish like trevally, queenfish, mangrove jack and cod, while Learmonth and Bundegi jetties are also worth a try for similar species.
Farther north, the Broome Jetty is another well-known fishing spot that can produce very good fishing for trevally and queenfish, as well as mackerel and tuna at times.