Well it seems most had a cracker Easter. The weather was kind and there were definitely plenty of fish caught. A huge amount of reports came through over the long weekend and later through the week so here’s what’s been happening!
Demersal fishing has been going off! And its not just for the boys and girls in their boats too! Some land based fishos have been getting amongst it knocking over some serious fish off the stones in our South West. We remind you to fish with great caution from these spots after yet another unfortunate death occurred earlier this week just West of Albany. To name a few, Aden Wright and Jack Clarke have been doing damage off the stones pulling some great fish like this blue groper and dhufish. Well done boys… This is a feat in itself! If you have been looking for a challenge and are ready to put the hours in, this sounds like a mission for you.
(Above: Jacks first sized dhu from the stones)
For all the boaties, it seems like you can’t miss. We received reports all the way through from Dunsborough to Kalbarri and nobody had anything bad to say. In the metro area snapper have been running well along the back of the 3 mile, in particular just south of Hillarys. As we venture deeper out towards Rotto, west end has been reportedly producing very well with some heavily mixed bags. Anglers are dining in on a platter of fish including breaksea cod, king george whiting, baldchin grouper, dhu fish, nannygai, and if you are chasing something that will pull a bit of string, samson fish have been active around the barges as of late.
(Above: Tom Carroll’s thumper dhu to finish off his Easter weekend)
Two rocks has been producing well as always too with similar demersal fish, with the odd Queen Snapper making an appearance here and there too! Further north out from Lancelin, Reel Force Charters have been killing it on the deep drop charters. Check out these sea monsters from yesterday morning!
For the land based angler, like the past few weeks, there are some serious opportunities. Although we did not see any mackerel landed this week from the shore, the number of mulloway and snapper make up for it. The mulloway have been seriously consistent lately, and it is a great time to get out and get on the chase. This week we have seen the majority come from the cleaner water in the ocean. Spots between Mindarie and Lancelin have been producing well, with a few fish coming from Dawesville cut noticably. Do not overlook the Swan and Canning river however! We saw a modest 19kg model come from the Swan during the week.
Snapper have also been on the chew with quite a few ticking a landbased snapper off the bucket list. Check out this absolute horse from Stephen Hansen that measured in at 105cm!
The inshore tailor are still fishing well in the late afternoon and into the evening. If you are looking for an enjoyable night with the family this weekend or sometime during the week, we have some cracker weather coming up and the chopper tailor and herring have been on the chew most evenings around the metro area.
Up to Kalbarri, staff member Troy took the family away for the Easter weekend and had a ball fishing with the kids. Lots of great sized bream up to 41cm came from within the river and even some decent sized mulloway. Check out this fish that Troy jumped in the water to leader for after the loss of a fish shortly before!
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