Fishing reports

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22nd of April 2014

METRO: Exciting news for Perth sportfishers, with the first reports of metro salmon filtering in. Fish were caught at the North Mole and a school was seen at Cottesloe. Big schools have been passing the Dawesville Cut heading north, from close to shore to 10km out. That should mean schools hitting Rottnest Island any day. There have been some good pink snapper in Cockburn Sound, with Graeme Hird and Paul Tuckwell having a fine session from their kayaks. Pinkies have also been in close along the north metro coast, and there have been yellowtail kingfish in similar areas. Longtail tuna are also continuing to turn up in Cockburn Sound, and fish to 20 kilos have been taken. Spanish mackerel are still being reported in the Sound as well.

Squid are plentiful along the metro coast, along with some big cuttlefish. Shore fishers are picking up some very good tailor from the north metro beaches, and herring are prolific. There has been a good run of mulloway in the Swan River, with the Claremont area one of the better locations. Around Mandurah, aside from the Cut there have also been a few salmon along the Preston-White Hills stretch at times. There have been heaps of herring and a few solid skippy in the Cut. There were plenty of nice black bream caught in the Murray River last weekend during the latest round of the Kayak Classic series, Lewis Duffy nailing the best fish at 890 grams.

ALBANY: The annual Southern Spectacular fishing competition was held last weekend, and entrants enjoyed perfect boating conditions. Some great fish were caught, while some anglers found it hard to get away from the salmon schools in King George Sound. The best fish of the day was a hefty 14kg dhufish caught by Robert Martin, while Roydon Beecroft’s 10.7kg pink snapper was an excellent local catch. There were a number of smaller dhufish and pinkies also weighed in. Some solid breaksea cod to over two kilos were also caught, along with some nice king george whiting to around 500 grams.

Queen snapper were also caught in good numbers, the biggest almost seven kilos. There were plenty of big squid weighed in, the heaviest 920 grams. Boat fishers have also reported good numbers of bonito and the odd southern bluefin tuna. Herring are thick all along the Albany coast, often taking salmon lures. Some big herring are being caught. Bream fishing in the rivers has been a little slower in recent weeks, but nice fish are still there among the many smaller fish.

The Oyster Harbour flats are fishing well at times, but the average size has been small. Herring are also turning up there, along with quite a lot of small flounder and king george whiting. A handful of mulloway have come from the Kalgan. Big numbers of bonito have been caught from the sand at Shelley Beach. The odd large pinkie has also turned up inside the town marina.

SALMON WATCH: There are sure to be plenty of anglers chasing salmon through the South-West this weekend and they should be in luck. There have still been plenty of fish from Augusta to Dunsborough, although there have been few whispers this week of metro schools, or fish around Mandurah. Bunker Bay has been the centre of activity around Dunsborough, with shore and boat anglers both catching plenty of fish, including some big specimens. The stretch between the Capes has been very good, with Hamelin Bay and Yallingup worth a try.

Around Albany, the fish have been thick at times. The first half of this week saw big numbers of fish chasing herring ashore at spots like Cheynes Beach, Bluff Creek, Nanarup and Mutton Bird Beach. People were able to walk along the beach and pick up herring and salmon left high and dry by large swells. There were schools around Frenchman Bay and Goode Beach as well. Fisheries Minister Ken Baston visited the Salmon Holes on Wednesday to promote rock fishing safety initiatives and saw several fish caught during his brief time there. There have been plenty of fish along the beaches and rocky headlands around Walpole.

EXMOUTH: Ben Knight and his son, William, picked up a ripper 78cm coral trout in the Exmouth Gulf on a scaly mackerel. They also caught plenty of golden trevally during the session. There have been reports of large yellowfin tuna around the Muiron Islands. They’ve been hitting trolled lures. The marina has continued to produce a good variety of fish, including mangrove jack, cod and bream. Small baits, soft plastics and little jigs are working well. Blue and black marlin continue to offer plenty of excitement for bluewater anglers off the west coast.