Exmouth Gulf would have to be one of my favourite places to fish.

Although some would view it as a poor relation to the spectacular bluewater fishing on offer in the area, the gulf has a magical appeal all of its own and holds a special place in the heart of many visiting and local anglers.

In recent years I’ve been lucky enough to fish it at least once a year and it never ceases to amaze, offering exciting shallow water fishing around its edges for giant trevally, queenfish, golden trevally, permit and even barramundi.

Plans to close the Canal Rocks boat ramp

Recfishwest, the peak body for recreational fishing in WA, has hit out at plans to close the Canal Rocks boat ramp.

For many years this ramp has provided important access to the waters off this area, not just for anglers but also for marine rescue groups.

However, the , the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) recently announced it was considering closing the ramp, citing safety concerns.

This has angered many sections of the local community and resulted in a large public rally being held at the ramp last month.

Getting into trout fishing can be quite daunting

I've received several emails and queries about trout fishing in recent weeks, so I thought I’d offer some freshwater fishing tips.

For many people, getting into trout fishing can be quite daunting and it is hard to know where to start.

I cut my teeth at Waroona Dam more than 30 years ago, catching trout on fly and trolled metal lures when this spot was at its peak.

I really didn’t know much else about trout in WA, but read Neil Coy’s Freshwater Fishing in South-West Australia time and again, such was my thirst for more knowledge.

It wasn’t until a few years later that I had a driver’s licence and started doing more trout fishing.

My goal was to try for them in rivers as well, and guided by info found in Fishing the Wild West, I started with the streams around Waroona.

Lo and behold, the first spot I tried I caught two big rainbows on bladed Celta lures, and I was instantly hooked on trout fishing.

A common catch at the Mackerel Islands

The annual Western Angler Mackerel Islands Seafari was held last month and was once again a very fishy occasion.

Around 35 anglers descended on Thevenard Island for the week and they were rewarded with some typically good fishing.

A wide variety of species were caught, with some of the best action coming in the shallows around the various islands in the Mackerels chain.

Steve Hart from Tackle HQ teamed up with Dave Quigley and the team spent the entire week fishing 6-10kg gear in a few metres of water on the latter’s Bar Crusher.

They mainly cast sinking stickbaits such as Shimano Oceas and Ima Barbarosas, as well as the hand-made Iredtank lures from local fisho Isaac Tancred, and were rewarded with some exceptional action.

Good polarised sunglasses are essential to success in New Zealand.

I tell you, I was spotting raccoons!

Keen fans of Seinfeld will recall the episode called The Glasses when the lord of the idiots, George Costanza, was feted by Jerry for his ability to squint his way down to 20-30 vision while driving after he lost his prescription glasses.

As we walked the rivers of New Zealand last month chasing trout I was feeling a certain kinship with George as I triumphantly spotted countless brown and rainbows in the many waterways we fished.

But unlike Cantstandzya, it wasn’t squinting that did the trick for spotting the fish on my latest visit to one of my favourite fishing destinations, rather it was a timely change in lens colour in my sunglasses after the first couple of days in the South Island.

I’ve always preferred rose-coloured lenses for my polarised fishing sunglasses, which are simply an essential tool if you want or need to see what is happening in the water around you.

Three West Australian anglers travelled to remote Mongolia

Three West Australian anglers enjoyed a fishing experience like never before when they travelled to remote Mongolia recently.

Phil Shilcock, Nathan Harrison and Andrew Cribb were joined by the latter’s brother, Canberra’s Julian Cribb, for a memorable trip to one of the most unique fisheries in the world to chase giant freshwater taimen on fly.

Taimen are essentially an oversized trout as the biggest member of salmonid family, and used to be found across much a wider range, but Mongolia is now one of their last remaining strongholds and hosts a unique catch and release fishery for them that also drives conservation of the species and underpins the local economy.

Prawn Rock Channel pink snapper

Every year a small but canny group of Denmark anglers waits for the Wilson Inlet to fill to near bursting point.

Then, when salt water seeps through the narrowing sandbar holding back the Southern Ocean, they capitalise on a brief opportunity to enjoy a unique shore-based pink snapper fishery.

The snapper, having matured and spawned inside the estuary, gather near the mouth to wait for the opening of the bar which will enable them to migrate to the ocean and continue their life’s journey.

They can sense the insurgence of the salt into the inlet, which can also be enhanced by big swells pushing water over the bar, and instinct tells them it’s time to make their move.

However, they aren’t the only ones who are onto the change and they have one last challenge before becoming oceanic wanderers – the group of Denmark fishos soaking their lines near the mouth of the Wilson.

The location for this short-lived fishery is what is known as the Prawn Rock Channel and a more unlikely spot for this sort of event you’d scarcely find.