Friday 29th of December 2017
Pink snapper have been firing all along the coast with reports of quality snapper fishing from Lancelin to Busselton and most places in between. Around Perth, Five Fathom Bank and 3-Mile Reef have provided some absolute horses in the breaks in the weather. Working plastics around pots is highly effective and there is also the chance of breaksea cod and dhuies when fishing this way.
Sambos have also been rampant around the pots and can be heaps of fun if you locate a decent school. Yellowtail Kingfish are still marauding bait schools around the reefs and the captures of at least two golden trevally this week in metro waters suggests a bumper metro pelagic season is about to explode.
Young Morley customer James has had a blast recently, catching some cracking samson fish and dhufish off Lancelin and Two Rocks.
There have been some fantastic catches of crabs in the Swan, with anglers doing well in depths varying from 7-20m. Mandurah crab catches have also steadily increased with both those using drop nets and scoops managing to get a feed provided they put the time in. The cooler weather this summer means they are smaller on average than last year, but the big ones are out there. Farther south, holiday-goers and locals have been starting to catch more crabs in Bunbury.
Cray reports have slowed right down because so many people have pulled their pots in for the season, however the 30m+ mark is producing plenty of good sized crays. Divers are also still managing plenty of reds in shallower grounds.
One of Brody Laroux’s many hauls of crays this year
There has been a heap of flathead being taken off the metro beaches with Morley customer Ian picking up 13 in one morning. Chopper tailor have also been rampant around the Dawesville Cut and further north from Quinns beach onward the reports are still consistent. Other catches that have come off the beach recently include shovelnose, mulloway and numerous shark species.
The river is a hive of activity with stacks of bony herring, prawns and glass shrimp about. The conditions this week scream MULLOWAY with evening high tides and approaching full moon. The lower reaches are holding plenty of tailor, juvenile salmon and herring, creating some insane light tackle action. The bream are also firing with good-sized fish being picked up. If you haven’t caught bream on artificial lures, now’s the time to try as this offers a whole new challenge. Effective retrieves for a hard body lure include a slow roll or a twitch, twitch, pause and with soft plastics is to fish them slow with a few hops and with long pauses. The reports of giant herring have fired up again but it is only the anglers who put in some serious time who have come up trumps.
Staff member Pete has been nailing some good bream on Zipbaits.
Young fishing prodigy Evan with a chopper from the river he caught during a fish with dad
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