Action at the Bream Classic final in Walpole last weekend.

Hot Spots 12/11/2017

METRO: The Swan River is full of smallish tailor at the moment and they are offering great light tackle fun. Many of the fish are undersized but they are almost a chopper a cast at times. Look for birds and splashes which indicate the presence of the fish. They can be found from the Narrows downstream.

While most are small, there will be much bigger tailor about as well and these can often show up in shallow water. The first reports of giant herring activity came through with last weekend, with Tim Lee finding a school in the Swan and enjoying some exciting action. The black bream fishing has also been excellent, with some quality fish landed right through the Swan and Canning, up as far as Bassendean in the former. Garvey Park and Ascot have been among the better locations to try. Mulloway have been turning up with some regularity in the Swan at all the usual well-known haunts, including the Narrows. Crabbing is steadily improving in the Swan and there are some nice flathead being reported. Offshore the bread and butter fishing has been excellent. There has been heaps of squid being caught and sand whiting are prolific. Around Rottnest Island, there have been yellowtail kingfish cruising the reefs along the south side. Divers are spotting heaps of crayfish and getting their bag limits, but there is not much joy in the pots yet. Herring have been the mainstay of shore fishing, with a few chopper tailor in the mix as well. Around Mandurah, mulloway have been taken from the beach at Golden Bay and fish to five kilos at White Hills have been caught, along with tailor to 45cm. Bream fishing in the rivers has been quite productive in terms of numbers, but the average size is not huge, perhaps due to the fish kills earlier this year. Yellowfin whiting in the estuary are spasmodic, but should improve as the weather continues to warm up. Early crabbing reports are generally pretty slow, but some nice early season blues have been reported.

ALBANY: There has been some good king george whiting fishing in the Sound, and there have been good numbers of sand whiting as well. Squid are a bit patchy, but persistence is usually rewarded for both shore and boat anglers. The marina has been producing reasonable numbers of squid and some garfish. There are still a few salmon around, with Shelley Beach and the Salmon Holes worth a try. Juvenile salmon are a common catch from Two People’s Bay west to Mutton Bird. There have been a few sharks taken from a beaches, while herring are fishing well in some locations, including Shelley. The Emu Point Channel has offered juvenile salmon and the odd squid. The bream fishing has been quite good in the estuaries, with the Kalgan also offering a few mulloway, especially late at night for bait anglers. The easterlies have largely foiled offshore fishing, but those who have been out have been rewarded with mixed bags of breaksea cod, pink snapper, dhufish and samson fish. Around Denmark, Fab Varrone reports there are a few salmon still getting caught around Parrys. King george whiting are being caught from the shore and there are small samson fish passing through. There are plenty of squid in Denmark waters and the odd nice gummy shark has turned up.

WALPOLE: The final of the last WA Bream Classics series was held over two days last weekend out of the Rest Point Caravan Park and saw some good fishing in what is a challenging system these days. The best results were from those who fished above the bridge in the Frankland and were able to find schools of fish. Soft plastics were best on these, with father-son team Shane and Steve Owens winning with a bag of eight fish over the two days for 5.175kg. Second were Alex Greisdorf and Jack Dawson with 5.015kg. Third were Szarn Tink and Graeme Kovacevich with 4.755kg. The best fish of the weekend was just under 40cm and it was caught by Jack Dawson. There were also some big herring and juvenile salmon caught, along with skippy and flathead.