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The Western Australian coastline boasts some
of the best fishing in the world, with plenty on
offer from January to June whether you’re casting
a line from a beach, boat or jetty
or those fishing the WA coast, 2011 was
a very interesting year. The Leeuwin
Current that runs from the north-
west right down the West Australian
coast and past the capes of the south-west was
especially strong. This resulted in unusually
high water temperatures and brought game
fish species in greater numbers than are usually
seen off the Perth to Albany coast, like black
and blue marlin, spanish mackerel, dolphin fish
and tuna. The downside to the warmer waters
was that the Australian salmon never made
it past the capes on their annual run north.
Abalone stocks north of Moore River were
virtually wiped out.
The recreational abalone-fishing season north
of Moore River is closed completely until further
notice and a new abalone season format for the
area south extending from Greenough River to
Busselton Jetty applies until early March.
If the Leeuwin Current is strong again in
2012 and the water temperature higher than
normal, then it will prove an exciting time for
game fishers in the south west.
Wind is the fisherman’s worst enemy. From
Albany to Geraldton, it will pay to get up a little
earlier to beat the sea breeze, which usually
comes in from around 2pm. Anywhere north of
Geraldton, the reverse is true, with wind in the
morning settling down in the afternoon.
The heat of January and February makes cooler
southern spots popular. The south-west caters
for a variety of angling styles including beach,
river and freshwater lake fishing. The best
freshwater lake and river fishing spots include
the Denmark River, Frankland River, Nornalup,
Walpole River, and the Kalgan River (excellent
for black bream). Harvey Dam, meanwhile, is a
great location to catch a nice rainbow trout.
The annual salmon migration during March
and April is a highlight, when thousands of
salmon head from the southern oceans up the
coast to the north of Perth. Fishing almost any
beach along the south-west coast will ensure a
good chance of landing a salmon.
Remember, salmon are a hard-fighting fish
and you will need strong tackle. If fishing from
the beach, a 12ft rod is recommended because
most of the time you will need to cast over the
waves. However, salmon are also great fun
to land on light tackle, purely because of the
challenge of bringing in a hard fighter using
lighter gear. Top locations for salmon fishing in
the south-west include Salmon Holes in Albany,
Hamelin Bay near Margaret River, Eagle Bay in
Dunsborough and Canal Rocks near Yallingup.
The further north of Perth you head, the
better the fishing gets. Lancelin is famous for
big tailor and mulloway. Try the beaches a
kilometre north of Lancelin – there are some
good gutters formed in the swell around that
location. Mulloway like to cruise through the
gutters looking for tailor, mullet, and other fish
to eat, so trying one of these fish for bait is your
best bet. Moore River fishes well for mulloway,
herring and tailor, and is also well known
for its big black bream catches.
But Kalbarri is the pick of the spots within
a day’s drive of Perth, with fantastic fishing all
year round from along the cliffs. Try Pot Alley
and Red Bluff for mulloway, bald chin groper
and tailor up to seven kilograms.
Further north, the Pilbara region boasts
some of the best wild country fishing – it’s
possible to catch anything, from mackerel to
marlin. This is a great getaway in June and July,
when the temperature is around 25 degrees, but
summer temperatures can top 46 degrees on
some days. Make sure you take plenty of water
to keep hydrated, and plenty of sun cream.
The Kimberley is true adventure fishing
country. The best locations are often remote,
needing days of rough driving, a boat trip,
a plane or a helicopter. Favourites include
Admiralty Gulf, Walcott Inlet, Fitzroy River, the
Rowley Shoals, James Price Point, May River,
Pentecost River Crossing and the Berkley River.
Best fished after the Wet for barramundi, trevally
and mangrove jack. The northern side of Reverley
Island is best for reef fish like coral trout.
Before heading out be aware of all the new fishing
regulations by visiting the Department of Fisheries
website, that way you know your catch is legal.
Fishing for tailor in Trigg
(Photography Mark Russo).
Kalbarri’s Red Bluff
(Photography Mark Russo).
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