Friday 27th of October 2017
It’s also that time of year when mulloway start to move up the Swan River and with plenty of small tailor already in the Nedlands to Mosman stretch. It shouldn’t be long before plenty of reports of mulloway captures begin to filter in. The odd one has been rumoured to be landed with no actual spots being given as to their whereabouts just yet.
Speaking of tailor in the river there is plenty of fun to be had here. These tailor can provide some awesome light gear action. If casting from the shore a 20gm metal slice works well when casting into the breeze, but if the winds are light then trying using 70mm – 80mm stickbaits for some surface action. Trolling for them can be loads of fun too and in a good session landing a dozen or more is quite realistic but be aware of your bag limits. Trolling at no more than 5 knots with small bibbed minnows and even metal slices work wonders.
The Swan and Canning Rivers have started to fire with big schools of bream being seen moving through the shallows. Catches are becoming wide spread and although most of the fish are on the smallish side some big blue nose monsters are around as well. Flathead have started to be caught too but we really need to wait for the water temperature to jump a few more degrees before they more are active.
There are some good size tailor up to 60cm being caught from the northern beaches, with Two Rocks being one of the better locations. It is worthwhile soaking a tailor fillet well after dark off the beaches in this stretch to target some reasonable sized mulloway which cruise the shallows looking for an easy feed.
The rock walls at the Mandurah Cut are a good place to target some 30cm+ skippy using a whole whitebait as bait. If the skippy are not about then suspend the whitebait beneath a blob and use a slow retrieve to catch tailor and herring.
Squid from Cockburn and Fremantle are still firing and making for some awesome fishing sessions.
Yellowtail kings are making an appearance for those casting stickbaits around the reefs, along with big tailor and the occasional salmon. Some boaties have also successfully been targeting king george whiting all along the metro coastline. A bit of weed and sand is usually the ideal type of ground to find them in and often in sub 10m so you do not need to go out far. A piece of squid leg on a long shank hook always works well.
Staff members from Joondalup, Trent and Dan recently returned from an Exmouth trip targeting billfish. Weather conditions were not favourable and they only managed one black marlin around the 130kg mark which snapped a swivel at the boat and swam away without an issue and a sailfish around 30 to 40 kilo. Bottom fishing produced some awesome fish but it was tough to get away from sharks. Working hard in the 20 to 40m zone they managed some great fish. With a few notable catches of coral trout, bluebone, robinson seabream and plenty of rankin cod. Yani’s cracker of a rankin plus his mahi mahi were epic.
Staff member Geoff with a great rankin
Coronation trout are unbelievably coloured
Staff member Dan was wrapped to land his first sailfish
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