Hot Spots 04/02/2018

METRO: Spanish mackerel reports started to pick up this week, with good numbers being caught in Perth waters for the first time this summer.

The arrival of spaniards at Busselton (one caught off the jetty this week) and Hamelin Bay shows they are pushing right into southern waters. Most of the fish have been school sized up to around seven kilos, with the odd better fish amongst them. Some of the likely spots to try include the southern side of Rottnest and West End, and along the back of the Three-Mile.

Casting stickbaits has been very effective with sizes around 12-15cm being effective. Better weather for offshore fishing should help mackerel fishers keen to be part of the action. There are still good gatherings of samson fish offshore at times, and there are nice dhufish and baldchin groper being reported by bottom fishers. Danny Wimpress has been doing well on squid in Warnbro Sound and has also been diving for octopus in both Warnbro and Cockburn sounds with good success. Cockburn Sound is now open again for pink snapper fishing. Big mulloway continue to be caught in the lower Swan and there are still heaps of tailor, but the size of the latter has improved. Anglers wading in the river have seen a few bull sharks, in the Canning and around Maylands and Ascot. Several have been caught to 1.5m and bigger ones have been lost. Bream are fishing well right up the Swan and Canning. There have been heaps of soapie mulloway in both rivers, but a few washed up dead in the Swan last week. Crabbing reports have been mixed, with the best sizes coming from deeper water. Robbie Riches continues to enjoy some great beach fishing in the north metro area, and on Tuesday had a red-letter evening with about 20 tailor to 58cm, two school mulloway landed and more hooked, as well as two whaler sharks plus a few big bustoffs. There have been some mulloway taken from beaches north of Mandurah and a surprise capture south of town was a lemon shark from the beach. There have been solid bream taken in the canals and the Murray has also been producing a few nice fish. The local Lions club in Falcon held a kids’ fishing competition last Sunday and the main catches from the beach were whiting. Crabbing continues to be productive in the estuary and yellowfin whiting fishing is definitely worthwhile.

ESPERANCE: Youngster Brody Ogle has been having some great fun fishing from the rocks around town. Always wearing a PFD to ensure his safety, Brody has been catching some thumping blue groper to 18 kilos in very shallow water. A highlight of the most recent outing was watching a big blue take his bait off the surface. On their way to the spot they spotted a couple of large sharks and a school of salmon passed by. Salmon schools have been a bit elusive, but there has been the odd big tailor around with them, with fish to a metre showing up. Roses has been one spot which has held schools of salmon at times. The bream lakes have been firing, with plenty of big fish being caught. Alexander Bay has been firing for squid for boat and kayak anglers.

GERALDTON: Getaway Outdoors reports boat anglers have had limited opportunities to head out wide recently with weather conditions proving unfavourable. A few nice catches have been reported though with smaller dhufish coming from inside Pensioner’s Bank and a couple of miles west of Point Moore. Offshore from Drummond Cove has produced some solid skippy between 2-3kg along with a few baldchin groper and pink snapper in the 3-4kg range. It should be noted that fishing for baldchin at the Abrolhos reopened on February 1. Shore anglers have been doing well, with tailor on the chew lately and bag limits being reached with relative ease at several locations. Coronation Beach, Oakajee, Buller River, Tarcoola Beach, Southgate and the Greenough points have all produced the goods. Whiting are still active along most beaches with good-sized yellowfin coming from north of Drummond Cove, Page’s Beach and Explosives. There has been the odd good giant herring taken in the Chapman River, along with black bream.

WAGOE: Jenny McClintock from Wagoe Chalets said the southerly wind was a major problem last weekend, but in recent weeks there have been lots of schools of tailor around and the odd big mulloway for shore anglers. Pink snapper and spangled emperor have also been caught. Interestingly, Jenny reported that the last nine months have seen lots of bonefish caught in the area and those catches are continuing. Some of the bonefish are quite large and they are being caught in numbers at times. As soon as the morning easterly breezes kick in, ballooners will try their luck for mackerel from the beach.