Fishing Report Friday 3rd March 2017
It has been a cracking week offshore with the weather Gods finally dishing up some great days. The most notable report was Bluewater customer Gab and the Game Time Fishing crew who raised two blue marlin out at the trench in less than an hour but unfortunately could not land them. Pink snapper in and around Cockburn Sound are running hot. Small jigs, plastics and baits all working well and 5 pending IGFA records have even been taken this week on fly by a charter boat.
Staff member Hon-su went out on a charter and although it was slow going due to lack of drift and dirty water, they ended up with a good bag. The majority of the fish caught were snapper up to 89cm and Hon-su got a decent King George on a Jig.
Bluewater customer Chris with solid dhufish on jig
Tuna schools are abundant and being found along the back of Three Mile and Five Fathom Bank. Looking for the birds and casting stick baits and metal slices was proving to be more productive than trolling during the week.Both Spanish and shark mackerel are still around in good numbers. Fremantle/Cockburn area is a good option to target the Spaniards. Landbased customers have reported catching them off Woodman Point and the Ammo Jetty, whilst trolling has been productive as soon as you hit the clear water on the edge of the run out from the Swan River. The shark macs seem to be popping up all over the place. Again casting stick baits and metals is working better than trolling but both can still be productive and there has been some other quality sportfish like sambos and yellowtail kings swimming with them.Lots of chopper tailor have been patrolling the Cockburn Sound, whilst bigger fish have been reported coming from most beaches north of the River, however they have not been found in big numbers.Mixed reports of mulloway have been coming in this week after the new moon last Saturday with a few monsters being caught from Southern beaches. Less activity has been reported from other locations. There has however been some reports filter through of good fish coming from Wedge and the Seabird area. The calm conditions were making it very hard to pick gutters and holes on the beach which could explain the hit and miss results.After a few weeks of it being quiet, the shark fishing fired back up again this week with tigers and bronzies making up the majority of reported captures. With good bait activity in close it opens up options for shark fisherman as there are plenty within casting distance and less need to kite, balloon or paddle the baits outThe River is still feeling the effects of the floods but those showing persistence are going ok. Bream in the Swan have been harder to find but the bigger fish have managed to hold up and can be found in the usual haunts. Staff member Laith has, however been getting stuck into a lot of smaller fish in the Canning. Crabs are being taken from Claremont down to Fremantle but numbers have slowed. It seems most productive to target them out in deeper water such as Mosman Bay.