Hot Spots 17/09/2017

METRO: There have been plenty of smallish dhufish to 70cm in north metro waters. They’ve been caught in as shallow as 13m.

A few better models have also turned up out from Mindarie, Ocean Reef and Two Rocks in 30-40m. Pink snapper continue to be prolific throughout metro waters, especially around Carnac and Garden islands, and around the Three-Mile Reef.

Southern bluefin tuna are being spotted in good numbers in north metro waters. Deep dropper are getting blue-eye trevalla, bass grouper and grey-band cod. There have been plenty of big cuttlefish on lumps in around 30m of water off Mindarie, while using lights to attract squid at night has been very productive off Hillarys. Kayak anglers haven’t needed to go far offshore to get into the action, with Paul Tuckwell and Joel Tinetti doing well on skippy, pink snapper and samson fish last weekend. They had no problems finding squid either, and were able to watch them hitting jigs right their kayaks. King george whiting fishing is steadily improving, with a few fish in around 30-40m. Out from Lancelin in 40-60m there have been some nice baldchin groper to 60cm, smallish dhufish to five kilos and breaksea cod. There have been a few chopper tailor caught off north metro beaches and squid have come from the rock walls around Fremantle. Herring are worth trying for at the usual locations, including North Mole and Cottesloe. Nice black bream are being caught in the Swan and Canning, with soft plastics fishing well. Offshore fishers are reporting mixed bags off Mandurah, including dhufish, pink snapper and king george. There have been some nice bream taken in the canals and a few in the lower reaches of the Murray.

GERALDTON: The at Getaway Outdoors reports some nice mixed bags for boat anglers. Out from Coronation there have been some hefty estuary cod to 12kg, baldchin groper, coral trout and pink snapper up to 8kg. West of the shipping channels has been productive for those fishing in 35-40m with dhufish to 8kg, baldchin groper, red-throat emperor and pink snapper making up the bulk of catches. African Reef has produced dhufish around the 7kg range in good numbers along with baldchin groper to 55cm, breaksea cod and coral trout to 60cm. For shore anglers, the local rockwalls have been producing numerous whaler sharks in the evenings, along with occasional mulloway to 12kg and tailor to 55cm. Seal Rocks is a good area to chase a number of bread and butter species such as herring, snook, skippy, yellowtail and chopper tailor. Berley is important. South of town between Westbank and Flat Rocks tailor have been steady with sizes averaging 40cm. Mulloway are also being reported from this location ranging in size from 6-8kg , along with the occasional shore-caught dhufish to 8kg. Coronation Beach and north towards Oakabella has produced a few tailor up to 75cm, along with whaler sharks and mulloway to 15kg.

MACKEREL ISLANDS: There were plenty of good fish caught on the annual Western Angler Seafari last week. As is so often the case, spanish mackerel were prevalent with plenty of fish from 10-15 kilos caught at all the usual haunts, including the Supermarket and Rosily. Wayne Burleigh and Carlo Rossi had a great day jigging, picking up some solid coral trout to more than 70cm, along with rankin cod and red emperor. The average size of the rankin cod was very impressive and local guru Darryl Hitchen said it was the best he’d seen for years. Dave Matthews picked up the fish of the week with a 12.5kg red emperor, although Rob Evangelista had claims for the sailfish he picked up trolling a bibbed minnow. Grant McRobbie and crew headed out wide and were rewarded with a good feed of goldband snapper, reds and pearl perch. They only moved on once a big school of amberjack moved in. Those who flicked lures in the shallows were rewarded with golden trevally, heaps of shark mackerel, coral trout and plenty of big queenfish. Shore fishing at Thevenard was productive for queenfish to 80cm and small trevally, with some nice golden trevally taken from the jetty. There were quite a few yellowfin tuna caught, but just the one cobia for the week. Everyone agreed the week went very well and it is on again next year, from August 19-25.

BROOME: The spanish mackerel have been firing on neap tides, with plenty around and they are generally from 10-15 kilos with the odd larger specimen. Sharks are a major issue at times when fishing for both pelagics and bottom fish. The sailfish are still firing, with good numbers north of town. For bottom fishers, blue-lined emperor are starting to be caught in good numbers by bottom fisherman in 15-25m, and they are of good size. Fish to more than 50cm are being caught, mainly on bait. There have been a few saddletail and crimson sea perch turning up as well. There have been a few threadfin salmon and northern mulloway in Roebuck Bay, with a new tagging program launched for the former. There have been rumours of a few barramundi being caught in Dampier Creek. The jetty is still closed to fishing, but is due to reopen at the end of September.