Fishing Report 5th of January 2018

Fishing Report

Metro waters are offering up a mixed bag at the moment and if the weather would play ball, who knows what else would be getting landed. Northern species such as golden trevally, painted sweetlip and dart have all been landed in recent weeks. Tiger squid are at least as far down as Jurien. There has also been a big increase of more “southern” species also being landed including lots of queen snapper, some good nannygai and a big blue groper and, although these species are present year round it’s the number of them coming over the side which is exciting to say the least. Mackie reports are popping up all over the joint, in the Sound, the Three Mile and West End. And even a swordfish swimming off ammo jetty? We could be in for a ripper couple of months, and staff and customers alike are itching to get out.

Mike and his son Daymon popped into our Joondalup store before heading out over the break. Their report is as follows:
“Hey, just a big thanks to the team at Joondalup. We dropped into the Joondalup store and had a quick chat with the guys about fishing off Two Rocks. We picked up some bait and a nice new Tackle World shirt for my son Daymon. Anyway, we followed the team’s advice and fished around the cray pots. Ended up with a nice bag that included snapper, baldchin and breaksea cod. This included this ripper baldie to my 10-year-old son Daymon Hay. Caught in 30m on a Shimano Stradic 5000 with 20lb braid.
Thanks heaps for your help guys!
Mike Hay”

Daymon’s very chunky baldie

Customer Lee managed a couple of good dhuies out from Mindarie and in general the reports from the 40m mark has been positive. Anglers have been pulling their pots in around 30m (catching some big reds) and heading out to the 40m to get into the demersals. The back of Garden Island and Carnac, around the 14m-20m mark, has still been producing plenty of pink snapper, however the highlights have defiantly been a number of very large dhuies caught on the same ground.
Lee’s two dhuies taken just 10 minutes apart.

On the mulloway front, fish have been taken on northern beaches, with good bait presentation being key. If you can, source fresh bait on site for best results. Customer Ian also landed his first mulloway this week in the river which weighed in at 17kg. A fish he will never forget, congrats mate!

First mulla! What an awesome fish for Ian.

There has been a fair bit of bream activity this past week. Zman Grubz rigged on the lightest jighead as possible has been producing fish to 37cm by Morley customers. In the Canning, staff member Pete has been getting into some of the bigger fish on Zipbait hardbodies, whilst his son Evan has been having a blast catching plenty of smaller bream on coral prawns. Further north in the Moore River staff member Ando had a solid session on surface. Using the new Nomad Dartwing 70m, he had bream climbing all over the lure in windy conditions, landing a few and losing some bigger fish.

One of Pete’s fish on a Zipbait

Ando’s first fish on the brand new Nomad Dartwing 70mm.

Tailor are still being taken around The Narrows on surface stickbaits and poppers, which make for very entertaining fishing. Around Point Walter big grunter and bream having also been hitting surface lures and there are some good reports of whiting in the shallows.

Customer Sam had his first crack at using soft plastics in Stark Bay at Rotto and found out just how effective they really are. On his first session he landed herring, a flatty and a couple of flounder from the beach and later in the day landed a snook when jigging them under the boat on his new Daiwa Gen Black/ Shimano Caius 150 combo he recently purchased from us.

Sam and his snook.

Myaree Customer Michael “Dimi” Dimichele landed two cracking fish at a recent Steep Point trip. He landed a good Mackie spinning and a massive longtail ballooning.

The mack and longtail were the highlights of Michael’s trip.

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