Hot Spots 26/03/2017

METRO: It is a good time of the year for shore anglers and salmon have started to make their presence felt in metro waters, as detailed in the Salmon Watch section of the reports.

There have been plenty of tailor caught along north metro beaches, the average size around 60cm with fish to two kilos caught. The Trigg to North Beach stretch is worth a try and the best areas to target have been around the washes.

Hot Spots 12/03/2017

METRO: Game fishers are having some success behind Rottnest Island.

Marlin, mainly blues, continue to be encountered at the Trench, with several raised and at least five hooked over last weekend.

Two more marlin were tagged on Monday. There are also a few striped marlin being encountered. At the FADs, there are dolphinfish in good numbers and live baits and lures are working. There has been at least one wahoo caught.

Hot Spots 05/03/2017

METRO: Offshore fishers have been doing well, with spanish mackerel again reported this week. They were caught along the Three-Mile and on the southern side of Rottnest Island.

Pink snapper continue to fish well in the Sound and along the Five-Fathom Bank. There was also a big pinkie of more than 10 kilos weighed in at Swanfish last Sunday.

Hot Spots 12/02/2017

PERTH: The wet and miserable weather put a dampener on what was shaping as some exciting fishing opportunities, with the offshore pelagics starting to fire up before conditions soured.

There have been several marlin raised in recent weeks west of Rottnest Island, mainly blues up to 200 kilos. One boat, Rockall, raised four last weekend and tagged one, a blue of around 180kg for angler Michael Callan.

Hot Spots 05/02/2017

METRO: After a taster last week, the spanish mackerel action cranked up early this week. Several fish were caught from the ammo jetty and other locations in Cockburn Sound.

Boat anglers have also been getting a few, although they have been very secretive about precise locations. Word is that they are not keen on lure and trolling baits has been more productive.

Hot Spots 29/01/2017

METRO: Some exciting action for shore anglers this week, with several spanish mackerel turning up. The spaniards were caught at a couple of locations, including at the North Mole and Woodman Point, both north and south of the river, with the best of the fish estimated at 22 kilos.

There was a report of a spaniard being seen free-jumping offshore and a shark mackerel sighting. While there haven’t been many reports of boat anglers finding them, hopefully it is a good sign for some pelagic action over the next couple of months. There have been some nice dhufish taken south of the river down to Rockingham, with fish to 14kg in 35-40m.

Hot Spots 22/01/2017

METRO: If social media offers any indication, crabbing has been extremely productive in recent weeks. Both dropnetters and scoopers have been posting pictures of some impressive hauls, from both the Swan and Peel-Harvey.

Most importantly, the size is now much better. Good crabs have been getting caught as far up the Swan as Perth water. There are still good hauls of crayfish in the pots in around 15m, with a mix of whites and reds.

Hot Spots 18/12/2016

METRO: The crayfishing action really picked up this week, with all areas firing in a big way. A bumper season had been predicted and few were arguing with that assessment after pulling pots jam-packed with whites. Many crayfishers didn’t need to pull a second pot as they already had their bag.

The action is expected to continue for a while yet, with divers reporting seeing plenty of soft shells. The Swan River is starting to fire in a big way, with some reports of big giant herring showing up in various locations. Herring and tailor are on offer in the lower reaches, and squid are pushing into the river.

Hot Spots 11/12/2016

METRO: It has been a patchy start to the cray season, with some areas producing well and others very quiet. Mindarie, Ocean Reef and Garden Island have been three spots which have been good, with some people reporting full pots early this week.

There were definitely signs this week that the whites were finally starting to move in good numbers, so there should be a lot more tales of success over the next few weeks.

Hot Spots 04/12/2016

METRO: There was a lot more crayfishing action this week as the whites began their march. Early mornings were a necessity in the conditions this week and there were some long lines at the ramps. As the week wore on there were more and more reports of good hauls in the pots. Crabbing in the Swan River is also on the improve, but many of those caught are still undersize.

Hot Spots 20/11/2016

METRO: Divers have been getting heaps of crayfish, but the whites haven’t run yet and those using pots are only getting a few.

Divers haven’t seen any moulted crays yet. Samson fish are starting to turn up in reasonable numbers, particularly out from Rottnest Island, but they can be frustratingly hard to tempt. At times they have even been turning their noses up at live baits, but the odd big fish has been caught. There has been a couple of early reports of spanish mackerel around Rottnest Island, which might be a good sign for the summer months.

Hot Spots 13/11/2016

METRO: Yellowfin whiting, as mentioned in last weekend’s column, are starting to fire up again.

There have been good numbers of fish as the water has warmed up, and Perth fishos have been finding them from Stirling Bridge to Point Walter. Bait fishers have been getting them but lure casters will start to do well on translucent poppers and stickbaits, which imitate small prawns, in the shallows.