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      1. how good is this! Anyone chasing salmon in the South West over the Easter should have plenty to choose from and the seasonal run could yet bring schools of fish to the metropolitan area over the long weekend. Western Angler editor and Sunday Times fishing expert Scott Coghlan captured drone footage of one of four schools of salmon he saw at Cheynes Beach near Albany on the weekend. He said there had been reports of schools as far north as Dunsborough. “The school I got on the drone was probably about 30m long and there would be more than 20 tonnes of fish in it,” he said. “I’ve got another mate who told me there were schools at Hamelin Bay, at least until all the whales beached themselves last week. And that they were just around the corner from Hamelin at Foul Bay over the weekend. “I’ve also heard about some good numbers at Dunsborough. Will they get to Perth in time for Easter? I’m not sure but once they are at Dunsborough and the Capes, it can’t be far off. “If you’re going down south over the long weekend and having a fish you’re going to do all right.” Millions of salmon make the seasonal trek from the Great Australian Bight to metropolitan waters. Coghlan said the fish weren’t necessarily the best eating but were good sporting catches and often released back into the water by anglers. “They’re not terrible but wouldn’t really be my first pick - that said, like pretty much any fish, if you look after it and get it on ice right after you catch it, you can get some pretty decent eating,” he said. https://thewest.com.au/lifestyle/fishing/wa-salmon-run-anglers-could-have-bumper-easter-as-schools-wind-their-way-around-the-coast-ng-b88785483z
      2. Timely reminder for those rock fishing: The drowning deaths of three men in two separate rock fishing accidents in Western Australia’s south has prompted the deputy state coroner to recommend fishermen wear life jackets. The WA Coroners Court examined the deaths of Chinese-born men Chunjun Li, 42, and Jiaolong Zhang, 38, in April 2015, and former asylum seeker Ali Mohammad Soltani, 30, in April 2016. Mr Li and Mr Zhang used rope to tie themselves to a rock while fishing at Salmon Holes in Torndirrup National Park when they were swept into the sea. Mr Li washed towards the beach but bystanders could not revive him, while Mr Zhang’s body was never recovered despite an extensive search. Deputy State Coroner Evelyn Vicker said in her findings that the pair and their families had come to Australia to start new lives but it ended in tragedy. “On behalf of all those who risk their lives and emotions in these tragic circumstances, please wear life jackets,” she said. “It may not always save your life but it will help return a better outcome to your families and the community as a whole.” Mr Soltani was fishing from rocks at Salmon Holes when his anchor rope broke and he fell into the water. Police divers recovered his body the next day on the sea floor. “The fact he surfaced and was seen to be swimming supports the contention that had he been wearing a life jacket ... he would have survived and probably rescued before he drowned,” Ms Vicker said. She said rock fishing was recognised as the most dangerous sport in Australia. “Yet (it) is one where participants frequently take minimal precautions for their own safety and so rely heavily on emergency services and volunteers, often in treacherous conditions when something goes wrong,” she said. http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/fishing/life-jacket-plea-after-three-fishermen-die/news-story/b952a172cf3b7aa262147a08d76c7e09
      3. Our travels West took us to Lucky Bay, near Esperance. A local told us that the name means that if you catch a fish here then you're lucky! This video show us doing some squidding off the rocks and also shows my squid cleaning method.
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        THE 50th GAMEX fishing tournament will be hosted by the Exmouth Game Fishing Club from March 16-24. With recent sensational statistics in the billfishing scene, it is expected to be another ripper event. Charter operator, Eddy Lawler, managed to get a double marlin grand slam in one day recently; something we believe may never have been achieved before. Captain Lawler also made the headlines on New Year’s Day when his crew weighed in the first official blue marlin weighing over 1000lb. There are over 40 gamefish species to target on all line classes in waters close to shore in this fishing hotspot. Over 50 boats including mainly trailer and some charter boats fish this event in this remote location, situated at latitude 22deg south. The GAMEX event includes 6 days of fishing, social nights, educational sessions, scientific studies and much more. It starts with a Rig and Gig night where some of the Australia’s premier skippers will discuss their techniques and tips, including. Swordfish with Ross Newton of Reel Teaser Fishing Adventures Blue marlin with Eddy Lawler of Peak Sportfishing Charters Sailfish and sportfish with Josh Bruynzeel of On Strike Charters Reef fishing with Bernie Vale of Mahi Mahi Fishing Charters Light Tackle Tactics with John Prince of Team Awesum Black marlin with Brendon Hawker of Innkeeper Sportfishing Charter and recreational vessels have availability in this iconic event, so if you are keen to join, contact event coordinator Scott Owens on 0487 409 355. For further information, click HERE.
      5. Fishing the picturesque setting of Walpole WA for King George Whiting when my bait was taken by and Eagle Ray. No chance, right? What and see! :-)
      6. Saw this online and thought worth sharing: http://www.egfc.com.au First 1000lb+ blue marlin caught in Australia to GFAA rules. History was made on Jan 1st 2018 with Captain Eddy Lawler from Peak Sportfishing! Date: Jan 1st Captain: Eddy Lawler Boat: Black Marlin Angler: Clay Hilbert Line Class: 60kg Method: Switched off a Bonze Violator Weight: 494.3kg = 1089.7lb Congratulations to the crew. Special thanks to all the volunteers that helped out at the EGFC on the night of weighing. In particular, Mark Hourn, Anna Passsmore, Maarit Mossman, Scott Owens, Deb Foster and Matt Gates. Special thanks to Phil from Exmouth Freight and Logistics for helping with the crane! Eddy has tagged over 1000 (1180 to Jan 1st, 2018) billfish with The Billfish Foundation and many hundreds of billfish with NSW fisheries over the few years he has been fishing in Exmouth. Eddy has had a few recaptures recently as well, (2 in one week in December) which is fantastic to see. Last week Eddy and others satellite tagged fish too. In fact, the EGFC were one of the first clubs to participate in the IGFA's Great Marlin Race, which involved tagging 10 marlin off Exmouth in 2012. All the details of where those fish went can be found on the IGFA website. Exmouth Game Fishing Club has won top tagging club in Australia more than once, which is a great effort in this remote location. From this capture, we will gain more information on these species and we believe in highlighting the positives of recreational fishing to help others learn, respect and appreciate the ocean and fish within it. This fish will be used for years to come. This particular blue marlin will be used for research and education and be available for visitors to the region to view and grasp the size of fish out there. (Especially those people who can’t go out in the ocean!) Thanks everyone for your great feedback on Facebook. We hope that those people who were not aware of the work we do for the conservation of billfish, have learnt so much more.
      7. Here is part 2 of the trip fishing Montgomery reef and other inshore reefs around the Kimberly.
      8. Fishing For Gummy Shark

        I am currently undergoing the research project in SA on gummy sharks and it would be appreciated if you could help by filling in one of my surveys. survey draft.docx
      9. Recently came back form a amazing land based trip from the mid west in WA and couldn't of asked for a much better trip having a wicked time with the boys getting to have a good crack at surf fishing for mulloway, snapper, tailor and to our surprise even bonefish wich was incredible to see. as well as getting a break from the wild weather to ballon for mackerel and get roasted by some sharks on the heavy gear. It as a hell of a trip that wont soon be forgotten! put together a video of all the highlights hope you enjoy and tight lines!
      10. Dragged In !

        Man survives six hours treading water after marlin drags him off boat Search and rescue officers say the fisherman was "extremely lucky" to be found alive in such a remote area. Image Caption:Marlin are popular game fish in tropical seas. A man has survived treading water for six hours after being dragged out of his boat by a marlin off the coast of Western Australia. The fisherman, believed to be in his 20s, was in a boat on his own when the drama began. He hooked a marlin - a game fish that can weigh up to 400kg. But the giant fish dragged him overboard and his boat drifted away. He was found hours later by a passing fishing boat. Exmouth Volunteer Marine Rescue Group Commander Rusty Ellis said the man was "extremely lucky" to be found in such a remote area. "He was just one tiny little head bobbing in the ocean," he said. Cmdr Ellis added that Tuesday's rescue highlighted the need for anglers to take proper safety precautions when fishing off Australia's west coast, with two lone fisherman killed at sea near the same area last year. http://news.sky.com/story/man-survives-six-hours-treading-water-after-marlin-drags-him-off-boat-10717426
      11. Muriwai Sports Fishing Club

        First off, I'm from Sweden so excuse my English. I came across some photos on facebook yesterday on some recent Blue marlin catches, and to my surprise it wasn't the usual by-the-boat-before-release photos. Nope, the Marlin where strung up and very dead. You can see the photos on Muriwai Sports Fishing Clubs facebook page. Now, I got pretty upset. Since Blue Marlin are currently considered a threatened species by the IUCN due to overfishing, I thought they where protected in all waters. Especially in a country like Australia. Can someone explain this to me?
      12. Back From The Kimberly

        Hi everyone, I’m back from the Kimberly adventure over west. There was so much that happen it is hard to cover it all, so I will do it parts. PART 1 This trip has been in the planning for a couple of years between a mate (Brett) and I. We have been friends for 30 years and said when we both had long service leave we would do a big trip. We started our 2,400km trek from Perth to Derby with much excitement. Besides dodging kangaroos, cattle and being passed by road trains the travel was enjoyable. 30 hours later we arrived in Derby at the caravan park and checked tides for the next day’s departure. Before leaving we logged on with the sea rescue and left all our relevant details with them and the caravan park manager. As we headed out of Kings Sound the muddy water gave way to an aqua colour before becoming the blue we were expecting. We left at 1pm catching the tide and the first day we covered 280 km’s before arriving at a remote barge to refuel. Brett had prearranged a 200 litre drum of unleaded ($650 ouch) that is hand pumped aboard. The boat was full again for the next leg and we carried on to the our first safe anchorage for night one. Our second night was a little more eventful than the first. We picked a safe anchorage in a sheltered bay, however our inexperience combined with and the massive tides made it a night to remember. Brett positioned the boat and set the anchor for night. We cooked up some dinner and planned the next day’s travel. The rain was coming down and there was a fair bit of lighting around. We dropped the rods down from the holders because having 1300 litres of fuel on board we thought it wise. Scanning the surrounding area, we could see a croc’s eyes reflecting in the spotlight, nice. We decided to get some sleep and I was lucky to get the cabin and Brett was happy to swag it on the deck. At 2.30am in the morning things changed quickly when a squall hit. Brett bangs on the cabin saying to get up quick. Bleary eyed we accessed the situation with water swishing around the deck. The call was made to put life jackets on as we started empting the kill tanks of equipment and bailing water. The wind was very strong there was lighting going off and the tide had changed. This meant the scuppers that were left open to drain the rain were now letting water in and we had the deck flooding because of the amount of weight/fuel on board. Although it is a self-draining deck the 2 massive kill tanks only drain when the boat is underway. We started bailing the kill tanks and dumping 70 litres of fresh water to lighten the load. The wind increased and the rain was horizontal when the anchor pulled and we were drifting quickly towards the rocks and croc’s. Trying to see in the driving rain was very hard but in the flood light beam I saw a bird flying frantically before dropping out of the sky and flopping into the water exhausted. Brett was letting more anchor line out via the winch while starting the motor and idling forward. With great relief the anchor took hold with the boat resting 50 meters from shore. We had dodge a bullet and stayed up the rest of the night till day break. We learnt a valuable lesson about anchoring that night. In the morning we with played with the sounder and learnt how to set the drift alarm, shallow water alarm and with the range rings, how to accurately measure the amount of anchor rope we fed out based on the stage of tide. The next priority was to get the fuel off the boat and lighten the load. The area we were going to be fishing was unsurveyed and we were warned it can be quite dangerous by the sea rescue guy. We timed the entry into the inlet with slack tide to minimize risk. Even at slack tide the water was calm but boiling with whirlpools and upwelling’s letting us know we were just visitors in this untouched land. Being slack tide we thought we would try our luck at cast netting some bait at a small creek entrance. We edged the boat towards the small trickle that had some bait fish giving their presence away with ripples. I threw the net and nearly instantly some big thumps could be felt and to our joy and surprise we caught a 74cm Barra in the net! We spotted a rock wall further down the inlet and was too excited to catch bait so we made a bee line for the wall. The third cast from Brett and he had a knock and his fourth he was onto a small barramundi. We end up with 5 hits and 3 fish with the largest going 90cm. Brett and I had a bottle of Bundy or Wild Turkey Honey on the largest Barra of the trip. I am happy to say the 90cm was not beaten. We mucked around in this system for a while before moving onto others, picking little creeks on the map and heading off. It didn’t take long to start to see more crocs the further we got from civilization. We didn’t see any massive ones but they still put the wind up you when they approached the boat. We then shot up a small system and allowed the boat to be left high and dry when the low tide arrived late that afternoon It was time to see if we could find a mud crab for dinner. Unfortunately, we did not see any muddies or get any in the hoop nets for the rest of the trip. Surprising I thought they would be everywhere. We were a little nervous while hunting the muddies always keeping an eye out for those scaly critters. I did manage to slip over in the mud and cut my wrist on and oyster cover rock, Doh! Waking up in a swag on the boat to see the sunrise each morning was amazing. Part 2 coming.
      13. Luvit's Progress.

        Wayne's wife sent me this picture to show the progress on his much anticipated 4 week long fishing trip over in WA with a mate of his. Good to see everything seems to have gone to plan so far! I wonder how the fishing is going. These are the pictures I got before they hit the water. 1350L of fuel would have made an interesting servo stop. Looks like his mates new boat is a nice setup.
      14. SHARK BULLBAR

        An old saying….. every circus needs a clown… but in this case, you can`t take the Richard out of Head January 5, 2016 A Perth motorist filmed driving with a shark strapped to their bullbar of their four-wheel-drive has been lambasted online and accused of keeping an illegal-sized catch. http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/01/05/03/38/wa-driver-straps-shark-to-bullbar-in-bizarre-bid-to-transport-catch
      15. Big Shark Bay cobia

        I wish I caught this but it's just a pic from a local forum. Shark Bay is about 900kms north of Perth, there's very little there but the fishing can be epic. This was caught from a yak too!
      16. Tough Times for Sharks

        Taken from Fishing World email newsletter 14 Jul 2014 By John Newbery IT'S been a tough few months for Australian sharks. The WA government reviewed its drum line program and has decided that, basically, it’s working and should be extended by another three years. Trouble is, it’s hard to really work out what “working†means. First, some background. The program was in response to 10 deaths as a result of shark attacks in 10 years, which led to even usually laid back WA surfers getting a bit edgy and suggesting that maybe something should be done. Despite massive criticism from the save-the-sharks lobby, the government ran a targeted drum line program over the second half of last summer off popular swimming and surfing beaches. They used big hooks and big baits to specifically target really big sharks and hopefully minimise the chance of killing unintended by-catch species, particularly whales, dolphins, seals and turtles. The catch was 172 sharks, over which 50 were three metres or longer, including a 4.5 metre tiger shark off Floreat beach. The only non-shark species hooked were seven rays and one North West blowfish. Considering the massive hooks being used, and that blowfish only get to 97cm, it must have been keen ... but what the heck, this particular blowfish species has a reputation as “a fearless predator well known for its attacks on humans.†So the program is seen to be “working.†Well, maybe. No fatal attacks during the trial, but any student of logic will tell you that “program + no attacks = success†may not necessarily constitute proof. And what shark seems to be responsible for most fatal attacks on surfers? Isn’t it the protected white shark? And how many of those got caught on the drum lines? None. Does that mean they’re smarter than tigers and whalers, or that they just weren’t in the vicinity? So you’d have to say the results aren’t exactly clear cut, but if in an extended three year drum line period there are no new fatalities, a government decision to extend won’t look too bad. If they didn’t extend, and there were new fatalities, the popular press would kill them in print. If they did extend, and there are still attacks, at least they can say “we tried.†Over in NSW we mesh our most popular surfing beaches, and shark attack rates have been historically very low since the program was introduced in the 1930s. In Queensland, meshing and drum lines are both employed. Opponents complain about by-catch, whale-tangling and killing apex predators randomly, none of which are desirable outcomes, but no government has ever seriously considered suspending these programs, despite making occasional sympathetic noises. No politician would want to tell a grieving parent that their child’s death may have been caused by something they did, so WA drum lines will probably be a reality for a good while yet if attack rates stay low. But, as they say, the only way to positively ensure you’re not attacked by a shark, is to stay out of the water.
      17. Taken from Fishing Worlds email newsletter 08 May 2014 THE West Australian Government says its controversial shark culling policy is restoring confidence among the state's beachgoers and contributing to the scientific knowledge about shark behaviour. In addition to the ongoing monitoring and researching of sharks and the continued partnership with Surf Life Saving WA for aerial and beach surveillance, Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said the added protection of drum lines had gone some way to restoring confidence among swimmers, surfers and divers using Perth and South-West beaches. Baston said this week the drumline program had proved effective in complementing the other strategies. “The drumline program is just one facet of the State Government's $22million Shark Hazard Mitigation Policy which also includes aerial and jet ski patrols, rapid response initiatives, tagging and research, the Sharksmart website and the Surf Life Saving twitter feed,†he said. Thirty drum lines were removed from Perth's main beaches on April 30 and the same number from the South-West. A total of 172 sharks were caught on the lines - 111 of them off the metropolitan coast - and 90 sharks were tagged before being released. No previously tagged sharks were caught and 90 new sharks were tagged in drumline operations. Fifty sharks larger than three metres were destroyed, including five over four metres. Another 95 caught were bigger than two metres. The largest shark was caught in February at popular Floreat Beach and measured 4.5m. “The human toll from shark attacks in recent years has been too high,†the Minister said. “Our carefully implemented policy targeted the most dangerous shark species known to be in our waters - white, tiger and bull sharks. “While of course we will never know if any of the sharks caught would have harmed a person, this Government will always place greatest value on human life and I am pleased that these measures working in tandem with our research have gone some way to restoring confidence among beachgoers. “Our beaches are some of the best in the world and I want future generations and visitors to WA to be able to enjoy them without the constant fear of shark attack.†Data from the drumline fishing can be downloaded here: http://www.fishingworld.com.au/files/dmfile/Shark%20Drum%20Line%20Catchment%2025%2001%2014-30%2004%20141.pdf and data summary here: http://www.fishingworld.com.au/files/dmfile/Data%20Summary%20of%20Shark%20Drum%20Line%20Deployment%20Western%20Australia%2025%2001%2014-30%2004%20141.pdf The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) says the data reveals the WA Government's shark cull trial policy has been a failure. AMCS Marine Campaigner Tooni Mahto said the heavy environmental toll of the policy is an embarrassment to the WA Government. "The WA Government is spinning their program as a success, but to the majority of Australians, success does not look like 68 dead sharks," Ms Mahto said. "Instead of admitting the policy hasn't worked, Premier Barnett now wants to extend the trial of the cull for a further three years. "Not a single great white shark has been caught, even thought this species was arguably the main target of the cull. Yet four protected mako sharks have been killed needlessly, along with the capture of 163 tiger sharks and seven stingrays. "Premier Barnett has not provided any evidence to show that the policy has improved public safety. Whilst the WA Government continue to claim this policy has been a success, it has been a resounding failure for the health of WA's tiger shark population," she said. The WA Government has made a proposal to the federal government to extend the shark cull by three years. Full drumline catch data is now at www.sharksmart.com.au/staying-safe/action-plan/ and the Department of Fisheries website www.fisheries.wa.gov.au.
      18. Hey would anyone out there know where i could get one or have one they would sell
      19. Blue mannas in Karratha ?

        I've been mud crabbing off a rock pool at back beach in Karratha for about two weeks now and today I saw in one of the rock pools this little crab. He was only about 10cm across but he had the most beautiful blue claws. Do we get blue mannas this far north, let alone in a rock pool next to a mangrove? Are there other crabs in the region that are blue? i wish i had my phone with me I would have gotten some snaps