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.

Picking a likely spot and anchoring and berleying has been the key to consistent success with mulies the best bait. The first half of this week saw a real run of land-based captures, with a number of good fish caught from various rockwalls throughout the metro area. The moles were particularly productive, with some quality fish to 90cm hitting the rocks. There should again be good numbers of fish caught by shore fishers over the coming days as the weather settles again. When boats have been able to get out, there have been some good dhufish caught through to Lancelin. . A feature of small boat fishing has been some good gummy sharks, especially at night. Land-based anglers are continuing to do well on herring. The river is offering some good black bream, with fish around the 40cm mark moving back downstream. While there are still few up the Swan, the most likely spots are now in the lower reaches around structure, such as yacht clubs. Kai Grover-Boyle picked up a 1.4m samson fish in the lower reaches. The Moore River has also been producing good numbers of bream, mainly to around 30cm.

KALBARRI: When the swell has been down there have been mulloway along the beaches and in the lower reaches of the river. Good fish have been taken around the jetties and sand spit. Tailor have generally been quiet, but Robbie Leck picked up a 90cm jumbo at Oyster Reef on a baitcast gardie. Wagoe has produced mulloway at times. Pelagics have been quiet in close, but charter skipper Craig White has been doing well north of town. He’s been getting plenty of spaniards averaging 15 kilos with fish up to 20kg. A lot on them are being caught on stickbaits. He has also been getting a few nice dhufish to nine kilos, with good rankin cod to five kilos. Baldchin groper have been fishing well, pink snapper fishing has improved considerably in recent weeks. Red emperor and coral trout have been other regular catches on the bottom, while spangled and red-throat emperor have been prolific. There has been the odd cobia showing up. Bream are up to 37cm spread well up the Murchison. There have been a few small whiting small near the mouth of the river.

CARNARVON: The jetty has been fishing well in recent weeks. There have been some very good yellowfin bream at the jetty, with prawns the best bait. There are also good numbers of soapie mulloway being taken. The jetty and beaches around it have been offering a good run of tailor, mainly up to 70cm. Blue swimmer crabs are really firing at the moment, with some good hauls near the river mouth, in the river, at Teggs Channel and in the shallows around town. Squid have also been prolific right along the coast from Carnarvon to Coral Bay. Quobb’s Red Bluff has been holding big bait balls and there have been a number of amberjack taken off them by shore fishers. There have been weeks when the spanish mackerel have fired for shore casters, generally when the swell is down, but this week was fairly quiet. Pink snapper have arrived in big numbers in Shark Bay and spaniards have been widespread at the islands. A few wahoo have also been taken, along with yellowfin tuna. Charter boats have been doing well at the islands, with a mix of demersals such as snapper, Robinson’s sea bream, pearl perch, red emperor and estuary cod. Those fishing out of Denham are mainly reporting pinkies and baldchin groper, along with heaps of squid. There have been some good schools of mulloway encountered.