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Here are a few varieties of sea life
you can expect to find, the places
to go and conditions to expect.
Squid | Catch them from a dinghy
off Quindalup: 8-12m is a good
depth to try. Busselton Jetty is
another squid hangout.
Whiting and flathead | If you’re
in a dinghy, try between Bunker
Bay and Dunsborough. From
the beach, any spot between
Dunsborough and Busselton is
good for whiting. Try using pippies
dug from the sand as bait.
Herring | Catch them off the
beach in any of the bays. Try
burley at dawn and dusk –
especially near river mouths.
Salmon | Alas, it’s not the season;
you will have to wait until
April when salmon come in
close at bays between Bunker
Bay and Dunsborough.
Western rock lobsters | They can
be found on limestone reefs from
Bunker Bay through to Augusta,
but they’re more prolific between
the capes. Dive any of the inshore
reefs between the capes – north
of Prevelly, Hamelin Bay, Cosy
Corner, Deep Dene. Licences and
strict season dates apply.
Abalone | Roe’s Abalone can be
found close in, usually in the wash
on granite rocks at Bunker Bay and
Cowaramup Bay. Bigger abalone
can be found on deeper rocks. If
you see granite on the beach there
will be granite in the water.
Perfect for those who don’t want to get wet but still want an underwater
experience, the observatory rests on the ocean floor, 8.5m below the
Busselton Jetty. Circular staircases take visitors down past 11 viewing
windows, through which they can watch the passing parade of fish and
coral in the beautiful natural ecosystem surrounding the jetty pylons.
Each year during autumn and winter, the Leeuwin current creates a
narrow band of warm water flowing south along the coastline, bringing
with it a diverse range of tropical and sub-tropical species. Schools of
temperate fish loiter around the jetty’s beams, and orange and yellow
octocorals adorn the wooden pylons. The coral growth at latitude 33
degrees south is very unique. To date, more than 300 individual marine
species have been recorded in the ocean beneath the jetty. Experts
compare the Busselton Jetty dive experience to another stellar site, the
Esperance Jetty. Both are worth diving, day and night.
open water, mercifully free of
yachting traffic. Facilities for
sailing craft are located at Port
Geographe marina, where visitors
can expect a warm welcome
and moorings for any range of
craft, including large yachts,
as well as repair and refuelling
options. Facilities at Geographe
Bay yacht club (West Busselton)
and Dunsborough Bay yacht
club at Quindalup boat ramp
are also available on request.
Between November and March,
the Geographe Bay yacht club
offers ‘twilight sailing’ trips to run
over select Thursdays from Port
Geographe Marina; they’re a
great introduction to sailing.
Most clubs also offer Learn to
Sail courses on smaller skiffs or
laser class yachts. Contact clubs
for their 2011/2012 schedules.
Catamarans will be available
for hire on the Dunsborough
foreshore over the summer
The ocean between the capes
has a bounty of species for
both onshore and offshore
fishermen in the cooler months.
Skippy, silver trevally, snook,
whiting and tailor are all relatively
easy catches for the average
angler. Those heading offshore
can find iconic south-west
species such as the WA dhufish,
queen, red and pink snapper
and breaksea cod. However,
offshore excursions are more
suited to the experienced
and the knowledgeable,
particularly during the winter
months, when changes in the
weather produce dangerous
conditions at short notice. Joining
one of the local charter operators
is a good way to gain the thrill
safely. For more information,
go to fish.wa.gov.au .
Did you know? The salmon run
didn’t happen at all this year
because of the warmer water.
Busselton Race Week (Photography Jenny Kay).
Busselton Jetty (Photography Busselton Jetty).
Busselton Jetty underwater observatory,
(Photography Busselton Jetty).
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