Hot Spots 04/02/2018

METRO: Spanish mackerel reports started to pick up this week, with good numbers being caught in Perth waters for the first time this summer.

The arrival of spaniards at Busselton (one caught off the jetty this week) and Hamelin Bay shows they are pushing right into southern waters. Most of the fish have been school sized up to around seven kilos, with the odd better fish amongst them. Some of the likely spots to try include the southern side of Rottnest and West End, and along the back of the Three-Mile.

Hot Spots 14/01/2018

METRO: An unusual occurrence this week was there were at least a couple of billfish sightings along the metro coastline, with one seen at Woodman Point and one at Hillarys Marina.

Both appeared to be broadbill swordfish and it was impossible to tell if it was the same fish. Windy conditions have hampered those wanting to head offshore.

Hot Spots 03/12/2017

METRO: Well-known eastern states fishing personality Al McGlashan has been in town and helped with tagging pink snapper in Cockburn Sound for Fisheries research.

They had no trouble finding spawning aggregations of fish up to a metre in length, leaving Al very impressed with local management of the Cockburn and Warnbro sounds snapper fisheries, both of which are currently closed to protect the spawning fish. Al was blown away by the sight of schools of the big pinkies circling on the surface.>

Hot Spots 19/11/2017

METRO: The rock lobster run hasn’t gathered momentum yet. Divers are doing well but many people are yet to deploy their pots. The whites are expected to start their run in the next couple of weeks.

It’s a similar scenario for those who like crabbing in the Swan River, with blue swimmers already pretty active. Those diving at night have done very well, with reasonable numbers being taken in nets. There were more reports of giant herring turning up in the Swan this week for those in the right place at the right time. Remember, they are poor eating and don’t handle well, so try to release them as quickly as possible to protect this fantastic fishery.

Hot Spots 12/11/2017

METRO: The Swan River is full of smallish tailor at the moment and they are offering great light tackle fun. Many of the fish are undersized but they are almost a chopper a cast at times. Look for birds and splashes which indicate the presence of the fish. They can be found from the Narrows downstream.

Hot Spots 05/11/2017

METRO: With the demersal ban in place it is a good time to fish the Swan River and the summer species are starting to fire up. The flatfish action has picked up markedly in recent weeks, with flathead and flounder moving into the shallows. Some warm weather should kick this along again, but there have been plenty of flatties to 60cm caught in the last couple of weeks.

Hot Spots 17/09/2017

METRO: There have been plenty of smallish dhufish to 70cm in north metro waters. They’ve been caught in as shallow as 13m.

A few better models have also turned up out from Mindarie, Ocean Reef and Two Rocks in 30-40m. Pink snapper continue to be prolific throughout metro waters, especially around Carnac and Garden islands, and around the Three-Mile Reef.

Hot Spots 10/09/2017

PERTH: Pink snapper continue to be the mainstay of inshore fishing. There are plenty of fish to a metre being taken.

Charter skipper Al Bevan from Shikari has been doing well south of Rottnest Island and around Garden Island, with the pinkies taking a wide range of lures including soft plastics. Samson fish are also showing up amongst the pink snapper and proving hard to stop on light gear.

Hot Spots 27/08/2017

PERTH: An unusual catch this week, with a solid coral trout caught by Tahlia Devries near Rottnest Island by a client on Jazz Charters. The welcome improvement in the weather enabled offshore anglers to get out and they rewarded with yet more pink snapper, with plenty of fish to a metre long caught at all the usual haunts.

Hot Spots 03/09/2017

PERTH: Offshore fishers finally received a good patch of weather and made the most of it, with some great catches reported this week. There were some excellent dhufish reported, especially from north metro waters. Some good hauls came from around Two Rocks, with dhuies to 90cm falling to soft plastics and jigs. Mindarie was another productive stretch.

Hot Spots 30/07/2017

METRO: The foul weather has put a real dent in the fishing aspirations of many in recent weeks. Once again it has been pink snapper which have been keeping things ticking over.

Those who have been able to get out in their boats during windows in the weather are continuing to do very well in inshore waters, such as around Carnac and Garden islands, and along the Three-Mile Reef.

Hot Spots 09/07/2017

METRO: There are still quite a few salmon around with small groups passing through at the moles in recent weeks and a few taken in Cockburn Sound. Steve Hart and Robbie Riches headed out from Ocean Reef and found plenty in 12 metres of water, with a big school under their boat.

Fishing soft plastics they also managed a couple of nice pink snapper and two samson fish. One of the sambos went 27kg and offered a great fight in the shallow water on 9kg line. They also found big numbers of snook to a metre long. Reel Force Charters has been doing very well on its deep dropping trips, putting clients onto bass grouper to 30kg, hapuka to 20kg and blue-eye trevalla to 27 kilos in 400 metres.