Halco boss Ben Patrick with an Exmouth queenfish

Hot Spots 19/11/2017

METRO: The rock lobster run hasn’t gathered momentum yet. Divers are doing well but many people are yet to deploy their pots. The whites are expected to start their run in the next couple of weeks.

It’s a similar scenario for those who like crabbing in the Swan River, with blue swimmers already pretty active. Those diving at night have done very well, with reasonable numbers being taken in nets. There were more reports of giant herring turning up in the Swan this week for those in the right place at the right time. Remember, they are poor eating and don’t handle well, so try to release them as quickly as possible to protect this fantastic fishery.

There continue to be plenty of black bream in the Swan. Tim Barlow from Tim’s Tackle Plus reports there have been heaps of bony bream up Guildford way all week. That has driven the big bream mad and they have been biting aggressively. Quite a few school mulloway are too in the same area, and a couple of bigger fish have been too good for anglers around the Fish Market Reserve/Kings Meadow area. Chopper tailor are everywhere from the Narrows downstream, with the odd bigger fish turning up.

Flathead are starting to show up well up the Swan and Canning. A handful of bull sharks have been caught in the Swan. Yellowfin whiting are being spotted in good numbers in the lower Swan, but are not too interested in biting at the moment. There have been plenty of herring around Carnac and Garden islands, with king george in deeper water. An early season metro spanish mackerel was caught last Thursday along the Three-Mile, and there are still heaps of southern bluefin tuna offshore. There have been yellowtail kingfish around Rottnest Island and jigging offshore has produced reasonable numbers of samson fish in some locations, but sharks are often a concern.

Squidding in the south metro area has been productive, with any shortage of numbers compensated for by a large average size. Robbie Riches from Perth Fishing Safaris has been putting his clients onto big numbers of solid tailor in the 40-65cm range, some nice mulloway to 1m, a few spinner sharks around the 10kg mark and a few wobbegong when fishing near structure. Scalies and fresh mullet have been doing the damage. The yellowfin whiting fishing in the Peel-Harvey is heating up, with subsurface lures still outfishing surface ones. The third and final day of the Hobie Australian Kayak Fishing Championship is being held at the Mandurah Quay Resort today. The best 45 tournament kayak bream anglers are vying for the national title. The weigh-in and presentations will be held from 2pm.

GERALDTON: The team at Getaway Outdoors reports beach anglers have enjoyed reasonable success lately with good numbers of tailor and herring along with sand whiting hitting the shores. Reports have been widespread with good results coming from Drummond Cove through to Buller River, Pages beach, Tarcoola Beach, Southgates and Greenough’s first and second and points. Some locations have filled with weed recently so be prepared to move around until suitable conditions can be found.

School mackerel to 75cm have been reported from the Southgates area and should start to make an appearance along the rockwalls as the weather continues to heat up. Larger tailor can be found around the reef breaks with Explosives, Point Moore and Separation Point producing some quality fish up to 75cm. Those putting in the effort after dark have encountered numerous school sharks, shovelnose rays and good numbers of school mulloway up to 80cm. Squid have been worth chasing with good reports coming from the platform at the Batavia Coast Marina. Evenings have produced the best results with the artificial light attracting them to this area. The Batavia Coast Marina and Fisherman’s Wharf have seen a spike in activity recently. Black bream, snook and estuary cod have been on the bite along with the occasional flathead and flounder. Blue swimmer crabs are also turning up, with anglers soaking a few drop nets after dark enjoying the best results.

FRESHWATER: Nathan Harrison and Phil Shilcock enjoyed camping next to the Warren River last weekend. They used a canoe to access some less fished stretches and were rewarded with a swag of big redfin to around two kilos. Soft plastics were easily the most effective lure. They also saw good numbers of trout in a range of sizes from yearlings upwards, almost all rainbows, and hooked a few while chasing perch. Water levels have dropped a lot in recent weeks, with the Lefroy Brook starting to get quite skinny. Exmouth’s Shane Wunhym had some fun on small trout around Waroona last weekend, picking up several small fish in Waroona Dam on lures and then getting some fun little fish on fly in local streams. Caption:Perth Fishing Safaris put (l-r) Barry Kilgour, his son Robbie Kilgour and Simon Ryan onto a good mix of tailor and mulloway.