Fishing Report 16th of February 2018

Fishing Report
Clayton and his first ever size dhufish.
The demersal bite has been hot out deeper and some very big dhufish have come from the 40m mark along with some thumping baldies. However, the spearos have been shooting some good dhus in less than 20 meters, so shallow water is a viable option. In close the pinkies are starting to fire up as well. You may need to downsize you leader while the water remains clear. Breaksea cod have been a very common catch off Mindarie and have readily been taking plastics and jigs.
Staff member Laith and his brother Clayton fishing Jurien and got amongst the demersals.

Queen snapper for good customer Brody

Warm water continues to come down and hopefully, with it, comes even more pelagics. If you have not already heard another marlin has been hooked in 10m of water off Penguin Island so who knows what else will pop up.  Spaniards, sharkies, yellowtail kings and tuna are just some fish that can be realistically targeted now. Chasing hard pulling speedsters in metro waters is rewarding and thrilling. It is easy to find out where they will be by finding baitfish but it’s a matter of making sure you are there when it happens. Whether it is behind the 5 Fathom and Three Mile on the drop off, the middle of the Sound, on the inshore reefs or out wide, where there is bait holding that you can see on the sounder or just under the surface something big will come for them. A little patience can go a long way. Staff member Dan and crew sat waiting near big schools of bait on an inshore reef this past week on a rising tide and after about 45 minutes shark mackerel started busting up everywhere. A Jackson Kaiken was launched over the school and barely cranked before they were all over it. Otherwise if trolling is your thing, work the bait. If there are numerous bait balls in an area do not leave after your first lap. Work it thoroughly for some time because at some point predators will come through and you need to be there when they do. If you are unsure what to be trolling, the Skipper of Saltwater Charters, Craig Warne, has been running Strada Tracka HD 140 in the baby blue colour and has been cleaning up on tuna and has lost a few to suspected macs. Anchoring up and berleying with floaters and livies in these areas is also very effective.

The Canning river still has a wide variety of species lurking about taking both baits and lures. There are plenty of bream to be caught with the bigger models hanging tighter to structure in the deeper waters like pylons at bridges and sailing clubs. Flathead fishing has been slower than in previous years but there are good models about if you fish the tides effectively in both the Swan and Canning. On the high in the arvo they are basking in the heated up skinny water and in the morning lows the drop offs is where you want to swim through your offering. In the Peel Estuary the whiting have been fired up by the warmer weather we have been having and some big fish have been landed.

There is a constant trickle of reports of salmon being spotted and caught from land based metro rock walls. Mainly 40-50cm salmon trout size are being caught and released. Time to get out the light gear and have some line sizzling fun with these mini torpedos. If you are after something bigger however, mulloway are still hitting sand in the Northern suburbs and in the river. With the coming moon phase there is going to be some very good tides for mulloway fishing as well. Preston beach is also worth a look as it has produced some big snapper recently as well as a monster longtail tuna.

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