Sharks galore! While the whites and tigers have been featuring heavily in the media as they gorge themselves on floating whale blubber, there have been plenty of other species in the metro area. If shark fishing is your thing, a berley of tuna shred just about anywhere off the coast at the moment will bring in the men in grey suits. Many berleying up in the hopes of winter pinks have hooked on to, usually briefly, the likes of bronzies, silkies and black tips. Shore-based should be productive as well in the right conditions with good reports coming from locations such a Floreat Drain and even a few off North Mole before it was closed as a result of the whale carcass.
As you would expect this time of year snapper have fallen to anglers fishing from the usual land based haunts. This year however has been exceptional. Huge fish have been captured by seasoned experts and novices alike in good numbers. If, like many, a land based snapper is on your bucket list now is the time to give it your best shot.
Ocean Reef, Mindarie and Two Rocks marinas have been producing good numbers of herring and skippy. Mindarie and Two Rocks have been most productive on the inside, whilst at Ocean Reef, the southern outside wall has been best. In all locations a decent amount of berley is needed for the best results. For the anglers braving the weather there has been a few good sized snapper caught at the mouth of Mindarie Marina and from beaches around Two Rocks and also Lancelin.
When the weather has allowed, boaties have been getting stuck into their fair share of demersals. Customers out of Mindarie and Two Rocks have been coming across schooling dhuies which have meant baits, plastics and jigs have not even hit the bottom before they are onto good fish. Plenty of customers and staff alike have been relieved that we finally have Lunds Californian Squid in stock again and by the reports the baldies and King George have been loving it as well.
Carrie is all smiles with a dhu and a baldie
Staff member Trent with a dhu
Staff member Laith was out again this week and crew member Ashley got stuck into some big pinks, one going 78cm on 4kg line, which was a fantastic effort. They also all did well on some very big calamari on Parmelia Bank before their evening raid on the snapper.
Myaree Customer Ash with a couple of good pinks from a snapper bash
There are still some pelagics around. The southern bluefin tuna have been a reliable target along 5 Fathom. Look for bait on your sounder and start trolling or look for birds and start casting. Small metals such as Arma Anchovies and Iron Candy 21g are ideal. This has also been the case for small yellowfin tuna off Mindarie in 40m.
The swell looks like it may be up a fair bit this coming week but when that changes and the exposed reef along our coastline becomes safe to fish again, lure fishing is going to be great. Reef breaks causing white water and/or holding bait are going to be hot areas. This time of year is prime time for big winter tailor, yellowtail kings, sambos, the remaining salmon that are still here and even the chance of bonito and southern bluefin tuna. If this is not working, it shouldn’t be too hard to acquire a few herring as livies and troll them past the bommies.
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