Hot Spots 14/05/2017

METRO: The forecast for rough weather over the next few days will have land-based pink snapper fishers excited. There have been a lot of pinkies caught from north metro beaches in recent weeks and the storms should lead to some exciting fishing from the usual rockwalls.

Rough weather could also be a boon for salmon anglers, as it may push more fish in close to the metro shoreline. The salmon action continued for boat anglers this week with plenty caught at Mewstones and Stragglers. Palm Beach was firing for shore anglers at times.

There are still plenty of pinkies being caught throughout metro waters, including on the inshore reefs around Garden Island, Mindarie and Ocean Reef. There are also good numbers of yellowtail kingfish around. Big samson fish are turning up quite regularly in the same areas. A surprising aspect of metro fishing over the last couple of weeks has been a few late-season spanish mackerel around Two Rocks. Dhufish of around 7-10kg are showing up in around 40m and there have been good numbers of smaller specimens hanging around the inshore reefs. Mulloway have been well spread in the Swan and are pushing well up river, with good reports from the Ascot to Caversham stretch. The water is starting to clear up and bream are worth chasing in the Swan and Canning rivers, with nice fish caught although they have been cautious at times. There are still some nice crabs coming from the deeper parts of the river. At Mandurah, there have been king george whiting, and a few yellowfin, in the Cut. Chopper tailor have been caught in the estuary and Cut, and along the northern beaches. Herring are prolific all along the coast, including from the beaches and in the Cut. There have been a few snapper caught from the beaches south of town, with the odd salmon and tailor at White Hills and Tim’s Thicket. Offshore anglers are doing well in 25-40m on dhufish, good baldchin groper, breaksea cod and queen snapper. There have also been some excellent king george whiting. There have been plenty of crayfish in around 10m, and big pinkies are fishing well in the same depth.

ESPERANCE: Taylor Street Jetty has produiced heaps of herring, a fair few squid, garfish, skippy and the occasional king george whiting. The Bandy Creek Boat Harbour has offered skippy to 500 grams, good bull herring and black bream around 35cm. There has also been the occasional legal size pink snapper in there. Salmon are scattered along most of the beaches, including Salmon Beach, Blue Haven, Fourth Beach and at Stockyards. Alexander Bay, Thomas River and Poison Creek are also holding plenty of salmon. Thomas River has also produced mulloway, gummy sharks and skippy to a healthy four kilos. Dunn’s has been worth a try for mulloway and skippy. There are plenty of good bream in the lakes, with fish to 43cm caught. Boaties in close are getting plenty of herring, big sand whiting and squid. There are also a few samson fish in close and the odd queen snapper. Out wide, it has been mainly nannygai to 72cm, good breaksea cod and plenty of samson fish from 15-30kg. Pink snapper are best west of town and there has been a surprising number of dhufish turning up.

KALBARRI: There was a run of spanish mackerel during the week, with fish caught from boats and the shore. Fish to more than 15 kilos were caught out the front of the river and north towards Sand Patch. Tuna have also been seen around the craypots close to the mouth. There has been the odd spaniard caught by shore anglers chasing tailor north of town and fish have also come from Wagoe and Lucky Bay. There have been some big tailor coming from Oysters, with baitcast gardies working best. There have been some good mulloway to 20 kilos at the river mouth at night and also at Wittecarra Creek. Fish to 10 kilos have been common farther up the coast. Chopper tailor have been prolific along the beaches and there have been herring at Red Bluff. The Murchison is fishing well, with some good bream being caught. Estuary cod are also a common catch and mangrove jack have been active up the river, with some rippers being caught. Small mulloway are also common the river, and there are a few mud crabs around the jetties. There have been some fantastic mixed bags for bottom fishers, with dhufish, baldchin groper, pink snapper, spangled emperor, red emperor, rankin cod and red-throat emperor featuring in catches. There are still plenty of crayfish on offer.

Caption: Robert Tenaglia picked up this spanish mackerel on a Halco Roosta popper from the shore in Kalbarri while chasing tailor.