It’s the peak of the summer season here in the south west. Plenty of anglers hitting the water has meant plenty of fish landed. Let’s take a look at what’s been going on this week locally.
The kingfish and the tuna have certainly made for some good fishing this week. The kings in particular have been in great numbers, still all in the Portland area. A few locals have been trying Julia Percy Island but little success has been had so far there. Fishing the North Shore around the Abalone Farm in less than 10m has been the spot. Slow trolling with squid and Slug-gos, and casting stickbaits has been ideal. Some really good squid have been taken along the North Shore and town reef areas over the weedbeds, with some anglers really struggling to get past the big ones to get livie sized squid! One species which has popped up in a few catches this week has been the thresher sharks. James Cauchi caught a nice one this week off Portland. Threshers are known to live a live bait, or even a diver, trolled for kingfish and tuna. Most of late have been hooked on live baits, in the same shallow water as the kingfish. The summer mainstay, the snapper, have fished well this week off all of our ports either side of the 40m line. Micro jigs and bait have both been working well. Xavier from the Tackle Shack headed out after Christmas and got a great bag of pinkies, plus a nice gummy and some cracking nannygai. The tuna have been spotted along the coast, including in some extremely shallow water, but have been very flighty from all reports. It is only early season on the tuna, as mid January is usually when the bite really starts. A good run of fish is being caught down at the Surf Coast area, like last summer. With fingers crossed for some flat weather we should have a bumper season coming on the tuna here in the southwest. The Killarney area has reportedly got a few schools of summer salmon hanging around, with plenty of pinkies also being taken off the rocks down that way.
The bream have been on fire from reports this week. The middle stretches of the Hopkins either side of Deakin have seen some really nice fish caught. Tom, Joey and Xavier all from Richardson Marine have headed out this week and each one has got plenty of fish. Casting lightly weighted soft plastics, or unweighted baits hard up against the rock walls is the easiest and most productive way to go at the moment. Quite a few good perch have been caught too, from Deakin upstream. No reports of mulloway from the Hopkins this week but small numbers have been taken over at Nelson on the Glenelg.
January is usually a pretty slow time in the freshwater locally. Lake Purrumbete will be the number one location for redfin, fishing deep with jigs, soft plastics or live minnows. If you’re keen on a freshwater fix over the summer, early and late is the best time to try. Early in the morning the water is at it’s coolest, which is ideal for trout.