(Above: Meagan Baronas with a beatiful mahi mahi.)
Well for the last week it has all been happening! Options are endless at the moment for anglers and if you have not been out lately it has been well worth it for all fishos!
There have been mahi mahi absolutely everywhere at the fads lately. Staff member Luke says, ‘The fishing was going nuts with multiple 4 and 3 way hookups for most of the day. The fish were not fussy at all and it was crazy to see how many fish would chase down a stickbait and fight each other for the lure!!’. Luke also mentioned that although they were catching fish off the FADs, they found many schools between FADs which were easily spotted from the birds above them. Upon arrival to each scene there were hundreds of dolphin fish smashing bait.
In much closer, dhusfish and baldies have been fishing well all up and down the coast with great reports stretching from Bunbury to Jurien. Mindarie customer Sam Mcnamara caught this epic dhu on a day trip up to Jurien last week.
An insane amount of mulloway have been caught lately. We have seen a surge in the amount of catches both from the river and ocean, but the river is seeming to be producing an unusual amount as of late. Regular Joondalup customer Alex Franklin has been doing extremely well! Now might just be the time if you ever wanted to tick that long life goal. Also off the beaches, tailor in the northern metro region have been firing on dusk too, with anglers having no problems reaching their bag limits and keeping a reasonably sized feed!
(Above: Alex Franklin with a modest 1m+ mulloway from the ocean)
You may have already noticed the salmon have been making there way up for the annual run. We are already seeing the smaller schools of juveniles in the metro area, with anglers like Zac Elisarow reporting schools of 15 tonne around Hamellin Bay making their way up the coast.
(Above: Zac with an example of a fish from one of the southern schools)
Gamex has been fishing amazingly, with anglers reporting the weather being kind and no shortage of billfish. To end day 5 of Gamex, the SKED STATS show 712 – 491 – 253 billfish. @mshaw had a cracker trip the week before knocking over a few billfish and getting out for a deep drop.
(Above: @mshaw with a classic example of an Exmouth billfish!)
For those with pots still out, they might just be worth a check if you havent recently, as Mindarie customer Ryan Scanlan reports that there are plenty of reds around Mindarie at the moment, with some great catches coming from his pots. Check out this beauty cray from Ryan!
Mindarie Staffer Troy Aberin had a ripper trip up to the Shark Bay region, here is his rundown:
The boys and I had a cracker trip, though the flies and sharks were thick, we still managed some good fish off the cliffs along False Entrance & Steep Point. When it came to spinning from the cliffs, the stand out lures were Rapalas, GT Ice Creams, Halco Maxs, Jackson Pintail 40s, and Dr. Hooks School Bullies. At night we got into mulloway and good spangos on bait!
Dan picked up big dart and plenty of tailor on small stick baits such as Duel Adagios, Maria Blues Codes. The Shark Bay flats turned it on with big whiting & bream and even flatties on surface with Bassday Sugar Pens, Daiwa Silver Wolves, Zipbaits Skinny Pop Jrs, and Jackson Ebi Panics doing the damage. Further down the coast Kim White out-fished the boys in Jurien with a solid Dhu pictured below.