Michael Liprino had a day out to remember recently, boating this impressive 12kg red emperor offshore from Kalbarri.

Hot Spots 14/01/2018

METRO: An unusual occurrence this week was there were at least a couple of billfish sightings along the metro coastline, with one seen at Woodman Point and one at Hillarys Marina.

Both appeared to be broadbill swordfish and it was impossible to tell if it was the same fish. Windy conditions have hampered those wanting to head offshore.

Those who have been getting out are continuing to get plenty of pink snapper south of Rottnest Island. There have also been some good yellowtail kingfish showing up there, along with at West End/Radar Reef and along the Three-Mile. Spanish mackerel have been seen hitting bait at the Three-Mile, but catch reports are thin on the ground. The odd fish has been reported off Mindarie. There have been some samson fish in as shallow as 15m of water and an unusual metro catch last week was a big golden trevally. Dhufish have been spread out, with best numbers in 50-70m but some good ones coming in close. One angler reported catching a huge 25kg-plus fish in metro waters this week. There have been skippy to 40cm in around 30m and southern bluefin tuna are being spotted out wide in around 40m. Shore anglers are getting the odd big mulloway from northern beaches along with some nice tailor. Sand whiting have been common, but watch the size. There are still plenty of tailor in the river and they are as far upstream at Guildford Bridge. Some nice black bream are being caught with fly anglers also getting amongst them. Some good catches have come from the Lilac Hill area. Those fishing for mulloway above Maylands are reporting bite-offs, suggesting a few bull sharks are around. Soapie mulloway to 40cm are widespread in the Swan and Canning, with good numbers being caught. They are following the bait around. There has been some encouraging crabbing reports this week, especially from the lower reaches. Yellowfin whiting catches continue to be good in the Peel-Harvey.

GERALDTON: Anglers have reported plenty of dhufish along with some solid estuary cod near African Reef and out from Point Moore. Samson fish and sharks have also been prolific in this area while the coral patches have been holding good numbers of baldchin groper. Offshore from Coronation has produced a few nice captures with reports of spanish mackerel, coral trout, red-throat emperor and estuary cod. Spanish mackerel have responded well to trolled bibbed lures out around the Abrolhos Islands and along the back of Pensioners Bank in the 20-40 m zone. Tailor seem to be along the coast in reasonable numbers with good numbers of fish in the 35-50cm range. Flat Rocks through to the Greenough River mouth has been productive with mulloway to 12kg, dart and herring among catches. Southgate has been productive for tailor with early mornings offering the best conditions while evenings have seen school and shovelnose sharks caught. Point Moore through to Explosives is holding plenty of whiting while the reef breaks are still producing some nice tailor at low tide. Drummond Cove and north towards Coronation Beach has been fishing well with good catches of herring, tailor and whiting. After dark mulloway to 15kg and sharks are keeping anglers on their toes. The Batavia Coast Marina and Fisherman’s Wharf has seen plenty of activity, with estuary cod to 60cm, mangrove jack, black bream and blue swimmer crabs turning up.

CARNARVON: Robbie Riches from Perth Fishing Safaris took a small group of anglers to Quobba for four nights to introduce them to rock fishing. Sharks were a problem at times, especially when mackerel were hooked, but they managed some very good fish. Over eight sessions they landed a list of species including cobia, shark mackerel, school mackerel, spangled emperor, golden trevally, brassy trevally, sharks, mulloway and blue threadfin and more. The fish of the trip was an 18kg cobia, although they saw a 28kg fish landed and dropped a very big fish themselves. Baits and soft plastics worked on the cobia, which were prolific at Garth’s Rock and Camp Rock. Small mackerel were about in decent numbers, with a few shark mackerel coming through, but were quickly taken by sharks when hooked. There has been some great whiting in the shallows including at Bush Bay and New Beach, and at the river mouth. Mangrove jacks have become more active in the creeks. There have been a flathead in the Fascine and the odd surprise black snapper. Soapie mulloway have been turning up at the river mouth and in the Fascine. The weather has put a dampener on offshore fishing.

Caption: Michael Liprino had a day out to remember recently, boating this impressive 12kg red emperor offshore from Kalbarri.