Hot Spots

PERTH:  Salmon continue to offer great action around Rottnest Island. Jamie Chester found a heap on Wednesday, enjoying great success trolling around West End, and there were also good numbers around on Tuesday. There are plenty of skippy around Rotto to 1.5kg, and herring are in almost plague proportions, making it hard to get a bait to other bread and butter species.

Salmon have also been bobbing up at Woodman Point, North Mole and Point Peron, and occasionally along northern metro beaches. Surprisingly, spanish mackerel have been consistent out wide from Two Rocks in the last couple of weeks, along with southern bluefin tuna. SBTs are also being taken just north of Rottnest. Dolphinfish are still going strong at the FADs, and there is even the odd one bobbing up in much closer to shore. Good dhufish have been reported in 90m off Mindarie, with fish up to 20 kilos caught. Pinkies and big breaksea cod are also being caught in same depth. There are samson fish in around 32m, with nice king george whiting to be found a little closer in. There have been heaps of sand whiting, include some big specimens, beyond the Three-Mile. Squid have made an appearance at Hillarys Marina and close to shore off Mindarie. There have been heaps of skippy taken from the north metro rockwalls. Herring are just about everywhere, but Two Rocks and Mindarie have been particularly good, with a nice gummy shark taken from the latter early this week. Small herring, salmon trout and tailor have been caught in Cockburn Sound. Farther north, tailor are offering good fishing at Wedge Island. Moore River is also firing for tailor. Crabbing continues to be rewarding in the lower reaches of the Swan, with some big whiting also around, as well as a few squid. Bream have pushed downstream a little bit and have been best around Freshwater Bay.

MANDURAH: Steve Anderson had a great day on the estuary on Tuesday, catching a swag of small salmon and herring on his home-made bead lures. He returned on Wednesday for more of the same, plus some very solid skippy and a couple of tailor, this time mainly on minnow lures. There were big salmon also cruising the wall of the Dawesville Cut, although they weren’t biting. Crabs are still plentiful enough for a feed. Bream have been consistent in the Murray below the Ravenswood Hotel. Offshore, it has been mainly pink and red snapper, with the occasional nice dhufish, Port Bouvard Charters picking up a nice one of around 15kg last Sunday. Skippy are also widespread. The beach fishing for herring has been very good, while salmon have been hit and miss.

CAPE TO CAPE:  Big swell has slowed salmon fishing along the west coast. Yallingup has been producing a few fish and there are still a few at Hamelin Bay, although there are not as many as a few weeks ago. Around Dunsborough has been better for salmon, with close to 20 schools passing through Point Picquet on Tuesday. Not all were hungry, but there was enough action to keep anglers happy, the best action in the middle of the day.  The salmon should be starting their return run south. Boat anglers off Dunsborough have been doing well at times on skippy, herring, whiting and samson fish. Southern bluefin tuna have also turned up offshore.

JURIEN BAY: Tailor continue to be reliable along the beaches, with plenty of mullet and whiting around at times. Herring and skippy are also about in good numbers. There are pink snapper in the bay, and also they can be found in big numbers in 200m of water if you like winding fish up that far. Baldchin groper are also prominent in catches, with dhufish slowing down, but the odd one being caught out at the banks. Mackerel have been reasonably quiet, but tuna have made up for it out the back of the islands. There have been squid in the marina and off Shingle Avenue.

MACKEREL ISLANDS: Queenfish, golden trevally and barracuda have been prolific around Anchor Island, with the Bell family picking up a 7kg red emperor in 50m north-west of Anchor. Spaniards continues to fire west of Anchor, and there are several species of tuna belting baitfish throughout the area. Thevenard’s new charter boat, The Specialist, has been putting clients onto some exciting catch and release fishing for tuna, golden trevally, queenfish and spanish mackerel.