Hot Spots 18/06/2017

Hot Spots 18/06/2017

METRO: Pink snapper continue to be the main fare for offshore anglers. There have been plenty around inshore reefs, including south of Rottnest Island and along the Three-Mile. Fish to nine kilos have been caught regularly.

Dhufish have been good from Ocean Reef to Two Rocks, with fish to 16kg caught. There are a few samson fish showing up in close as well and there was even one caught at the North Mole this week. There have been a couple of surprise shark mackerel caught in metro waters in recent weeks and divers have seen spaniards. Skippy are fishing well and respond strongly to berley around offshore structure, while the great run of squid around Perth is continuing.

Herring are offering brilliant fishing for shore anglers from beaches and rockwalls, with garfish numbers on the rise as well. There have been a few reports of the odd salmon turning up for shore anglers, especially around Cockburn Sound and Fremantle. Some nice tailor to 50cm have come from north metro beaches and the occasional mulloway has been a bonus. There are reports of some algal bloom occurring up the Swan, but bream are still active from Guildford to Maylands. There have been several mulloway caught up around Guildford. Around Mandurah, there have been some big skippy in the Cut and in the marinas, with fish to 45cm caught. Herring are thick in the Cut. Dhufish are plentiful offshore and around 40m has fished best. There are some cracking pinkies in about 10m. There are a few salmon and tailor along the beaches. There have been a few bream in the Serpentine, but generally it has been pretty slow and the best bream have been in the canals. There was another small fish kill near Ravenswood in the Murray River.

ALBANY: The Calamari Classic squid fishing competition was held last Sunday. The fishing was dynamite, with 28 boats and 44 anglers all enjoying a great day on the water. Most competitors weighed in a full bag. Team Squid Addicts Australia broke a record with a bumper 10-squid haul of 12.89 kilos to take out the event. They also won the heaviest squid for the competition with a 1.735kg kraken. Alex Bolton won the kayak section and his biggest squid was 1.31kg and his bag for five squid was 3.95kg. Peter Zahradka won the shore angler section with five squid for 3.08 kilos. Pete Berlinski got the best shore squid at 1.63kg from the rocks. In other offshore action, Ben Pountney picked up an estimated 12kg dhufish near Eclipse Island on a jig. Alesandro Daniele and Rory Laurens headed out in the Western Angler project boat last Saturday and used micro jigs to good effect. They caught breaksea cod, nannygai and a heap of skippy. Sand whiting are common in King George Sound, with king george whiting harder to find. Skippy and samson fish have come from near Bald Head. Rock fishers have reported yellowtail kingfish towards Bremer Bay, along with blue groper, harlequin fish and big breaksea cod. They are not finding many salmon or bonito though. Salmon have been best around Shelley Beach, Cables and Bluff Creek. There have also been plenty of herring at Shelley, while Nanarup has been offering the odd tailor and salmon. Mulloway fishing in the Kalgan has been best at night. There was some significant south coast excitement this week, with a large broadbill swordfish caught off Walpole by Jethro Bonnitcha.

ABROLHOS ISLANDS: Darryl Hitchen enjoyed four days at the islands with Craig Warne and Saltwater Charters. On the way over they got pink snapper and mulloway to 18 kilos at night. A big swell did limit options a little for the last three days of their stay but they still got plenty of good fish. There were reasonable numbers of spanish mackerel, including a quadruple hookup at one stage. However, they couldn’t find any on floating baits. A few shark mackerel also showed up. There enjoyed some good sessions on dhufish, on occasions picking up multiple fish each drift. There were a number of nice coral trout caught and they mainly fished well in the shallows around the islands. Baldchin groper were a regular catch and some solid spangled emperor also fell to baits. There were a few red emperor caught and one night they had a ball catching a big haul of squid near Murder Island.

KURI BAY: Well-known guide Peter Tucker has opened a new fishing camp operating out of the Paspaley Pearls camp. Scott Coghlan and Glenn Edwards were among a group of six anglers which got an early look at the fishing on an exploratory trip. They experienced first-class fishing for pelagic species around the local waters over six days. Queenfish to over 1.1m in length were common across a range of locations, as were brassy trevally to 75cm and golden trevally. Small giant trevally were found in big numbers, with the odd bigger fish to 18 kilos around. Mangrove jack were on tap and fish to 53cm were caught, along with several fingermark and plenty of cod. There were also reasonable numbers of broadbar and narrow-barred spanish mackerel, and countless school mackerel. Longtail tuna could be spotted chasing bait in Camden Sound and were generally 8-10kg, with queenfish, mackerel and trevally under the tuna schools. The group found a big bait ball on one day, which was surrounded by mackerel, queenfish, trevally, tuna and sharks. Fishing in the clear shallows offered yellowfin bream, along with small queenfish and trevally. Blue bastards were common along the beaches but proved hard to tempt. A few barramundi were seen, but none were caught until two fish, of 50 and 74cm, were boated on the last day.

Caption Barry Pledger with a Kuri Bay brassy trevally.