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.

They have also been getting grey-banded cod, pink snapper and red snapper in 250m. One highlight was a double-header of a 30kg bass and 25kg hapuka, while they’ve experienced plenty of double and three-way hookups on schooling fish. When they’ve fished in closer they’ve been rewarded with dhufish to 12 kilos, along with good numbers of pink snapper and baldchin groper. There continue to be plenty of pinkies south of Rottnest Island and along the Three-Mile Reef. There was another surge in land-based captures this week, with a number of good fish taken during the poor weather, and they were caught from all the popular rock platforms. They have also come from north metro beaches. There has been plenty of squid in Cockburn Sound. King george whiting are being caught in 40m off Mindarie, along with some big breaksea cod. Shore fishers at the various rockwalls are having no problems catching herring. King prawns are starting to run in the Swan River. Black bream have moved down with the rains and are best around structure at locations like yacht clubs. Tailor are still quite small and there was a 6kg pinkie caught by a mulloway fisher in the lower reaches. Around Mandurah, there have been dhufish and baldchin groper in 40m. Snapper are in close with dinghy fishers doing well and the James Service Reef and Five Fathom Bank productive. There have been king george whiting and skippy in the Cut, and tailor along the beaches south of town. There have also been more pink snapper from the beaches during the rough weather. Bream fishing has been slow in the Murray and Serpentine, with the canals around town the best bet.

GERALDTON: The team at Getaway Outdoors reports Southwest Bank is producing good numbers of dhufish to 12kg. Other demersals on offer include pink snapper to 7kg, coral trout along with a few red-throat emperor. At African Reef dhufish are holding closer to shore and can be found in and around the 15m mark along with coral trout and a few baldchin groper. Pensioner’s Bank has fished well for dhufish to 6kg along with the occasional spangled emperor and pink snapper. Winter tailor can be found around the reef breaks with solid fish up to 75cm coming from areas such as Drummond Cove, Chapman Road, Explosives and Separation Point. Anglers casting poppers and stickbaits around the wash zones have enjoyed good results, with time of day not overly important. Seal Rocks is providing plenty of action with bread-and-butter species such as skippy, herring and yellowtail. A few large mulloway are still being caught around town with the Buller and Bowes rivers, the Lives and Southgate Beach providing ideal locations to target these fish. Anglers fishing Port Gregory have reported some good catches of tailor with sizes averaging 45-50cm along with some plump yellowfin whiting. The best results have been late afternoon to early evening.

EXMOUTH: Visiting angler Adam Smallridge enjoyed his time in Exmouth, catching plenty of fish offshore. He did extremely well around the Muirons on spanish mackerel and tuna and enjoyed great topwater action for coral trout, mackerel and spangled emperor. When the wind was up, spangled emperor were hot from the shore and inside the reef along the west coast. Some big spangos have also been caught by anglers chasing giant trevally along the reef. There have been plenty of squid inside the reef and the signs are looking good for a strong run of big sailfish along the reef. There have been plenty of blue swimmer crabs in the gulf and squid have also been about in good numbers. Learmonth Jetty has been fishing well, with schools of longtail tuna often coming within casting range, along with school mackerel. There have been flathead and whiting along the beaches south of town. Those wanting a real challenge have started chasing giant trevally from the shore up around the tip of the cape.