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.

As has been the case in previous weeks, shore fishers didn’t miss out either and plenty of good pinkies hit the rocks this week. There were also a few nice mulloway to a metre long taken from north metro beaches early this week. Inshore boat fishers also found plenty of skippy this week, with fish to 40cm commonplace. The skippy also turned up around the north metro marinas. Some nice dhufish have come from north metro waters. Steve Hart was joined by Eric Ozwald and Steve Milentis on Tuesday and they enjoyed good fishing north of Two Rocks in around 40m of water. They caught plenty of fish on jigs, including pink snapper, dhufish, breaksea cod, harlequin fish, baldchin groper and samson fish. The pinkies were to seven kilos, with the best sambo around 18kg. Those who headed out deep were rewarded with some excellent blue-eye trevalla. Some nice yellowfin whiting have come from north metro beaches. There have been plenty of bream to 35cm on offer in the Moore River. Around Mandurah, there are also plenty of snapper in inshore waters from 9-15m. Herring, king george whiting and a few tailor have been caught in the Cut, and there have been some tailor taken along the beaches. The rivers are hard work for bream, and the canals are a better bet.

ESPERANCE: The Taylor Street jetty has been worth a try for herring, with plenty of good squid also taken there. At night time there have been good numbers of garfish. Bandy Creek has held small king george whiting and you need to make sure you measure them. There havs also been plenty of small herring and the odd bream. The bream lakes have been generally slow, but some good fish have been caught, with one angler landing a 51cm blackie. Salmon are scattered, but in good numbers and most beaches are worth trying. Salmon and Fourth beaches have been the pick of the spots close to town. Stockyards has held a few salmon and small herring, along with skippy to half a kilo and some good flathead. Dunns has fished well for smallish mulloway and skippy to 2kg. Thomas River has been producing mulloway, gummy sharks, the odd salmon and skippy. Boat anglers in the bay are finding good numbers of sand whiting, while squid are prolific in the shallows close to shore. Garfish are plentiful at night, and of good size. Deeper water is producing mixed bags of sambos from 10-30kg, yellowtail kingfish and nannygai to around 50cm in big numbers. There have also been good hauls of queen snapper and breaksea cod reported.

EXMOUTH: Greg Wilkinson and Andrew Jarvis headed out wide early this week and were rewarded with grey-banded cod and ruby snapper in 300m of water. In closer, they found plenty of cobia and spanish mackerel along the back of the reef off Tantabiddi. Floating baits worked best and produced cobia to 18kg in just 12m of water, with spaniards to 20 kilos. There have been spaniards and wahoo to 25 kilos at Helby Bank hitting stickbaits, but sharks are an issue. Yellowfin tuna have been taken on the troll and bottom fishers have picked up coral trout, Robinson’s sea bream and pearl perch. Billfish numbers have been solid without being spectacular. Paul and Greg Mather have been getting some solid golden trevally in the gulf on lures, and when the wind has been up have done well on mud crabs along the shoreline. There have been schools of squid inside and outside the reef on the west side and some of them have been crackers. There have also been rather large schools of bait in the gulf and this could attract the sailfish earlier than usual. Reports from north of the Muiron Islands have included lots of sailfish and small black marlin in shallow waters around 10-30m. The marina has been fishing well for bream in recent weeks and juvenile giant trevally have also been cruising through, along with the odd queenfish. Cod can be caught in the canals.