Hot Spots 03/09/2017

PERTH: Offshore fishers finally received a good patch of weather and made the most of it, with some great catches reported this week. There were some excellent dhufish reported, especially from north metro waters. Some good hauls came from around Two Rocks, with dhuies to 90cm falling to soft plastics and jigs. Mindarie was another productive stretch.

As expected, pink snapper were also about in big numbers and plenty of fish to a metre were caught in the same areas, as well as around Rottnest and Garden islands. Solid yellowtail kingfish have been showing up at times as well. Charter skipper Al Bevan found some big samson fish in just 25 metres of water this week, offering some serious action for his clients on light tackle while chasing pinkies. Kayak fishers didn’t miss out on the inshore action either and Paul Tuckwell, Joel Tinetti and Brendon Chambers did well in north metro waters, with a memorable morning that produced numbers of small samson fish, a 25kg model for Paul, and pink snapper and one big squid. Kayak anglers have also been doing well on chunky skippy, which are prolific at the moment. Some very keen yakkers also got into dhufish to 85cm just north of Perth. The two-day kayak bream competition last weekend saw some good fish caught in the Swan River. Alex Greisdorf took the honours, with a serious bag of 4.93kg for six fish over the two days. His Sunday bag of 3.09kg was outstanding, and he landed the biggest fish of the event at 1.08kg. Youngster Joseph Gardner was second with 3.62kg, while Andy Mitchell finished third with 3.2kg. Soft plastics were the most effective for anglers.

GERALDTON: The team at Getaway Outdoors reports anglers heading down to African Reef have reported a few nice captures of dhufish to 7kg along with mixed bags of baldchin groper, pink snapper and samson fish. Pensioner’s Bank has produced a few dhufish around the 60cm mark with good results on soft plastics. Brendon Rickards picked up an impressive 19.2kg dhufish. Offshore from Drummond Cove there have been pink snapper to 5kg, dhufish, baldchin groper and large skippy. Out from Coronation anglers are reporting good numbers of coral trout along with estuary cod, pink snapper, red-throat emperor and the occasional spangled emperor. For shore anglers, the northern beaches between Drummonds and Coronation are fishing well with evenings producing school mulloway ranging from 50-60cm along with a few larger models up to 12kg. Shovelnose sharks, flathead and tailor to 50cm have also been included in catches. Town Beach has been a productive area for those chasing a feed of whiting, with fish up to 30cm. Flathead to 35cm have been prolific here, along with the adjacent rockwalls. Separation Point is still holding some large tailor to 75cm around the wash zones, providing some exciting action for anglers throwing surface lures around. South of town West Bank has produced plenty of school mulloway in the 3-4kg range along with tailor to 40cm, a few whaler sharks and shovelnose have been reported after dark.

ALBANY: If you can find the clean water there has been some excellent squidding. Morris Wilkinson tried King George Sound for a couple of hours and found good numbers in 15m of water. In no time he and his crew had 27 good specimens on board, and released several more. The best of the squid was 36cm hood length. Multiple hookups were common, with the squid responding aggressively to a range of different coloured jigs. The town marina has also been worth a try, with some nice squid coming from there over the last week. The good weather this week enabled offshore fishers to get and they were rewarded with some nice king george whiting to 40cm in the Sound once anglers can find them. Around the islands has been worth a try, as is the Frenchman Bay stretch. Sand whiting, skippy and herring are also turning up in the Sound. Those heading deep are being rewarded with hapuka, blue-eye trevalla and grey-banded cod with bait performing better than jigs, while the coral patches are offering red snapper, pink snapper and breaksea cod, as well as queen snapper and dhufish. There are still a few salmon turning up along local beaches, with Cable Beach, Nanarup and Shelley Beach all worth a try. Shore anglers have also done well on herring and skippy. The Kalgan is very fresh and dark coloured, but is producing a few nice bream and the odd mulloway, along with juvenile salmon. There was a brief run of action in Denmark before the inlet was opened, with pink snapper taken at the Prawn Rock Channel over a few days. After the opening, pinkies were taken from the shore close to Ocean Beach.