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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. Dylan H.

    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. ellicat

    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
  10. Jocks

    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?
  11. samsteele115

    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.
  12. Gad

    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
  13. Ben Derecki

    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!
  14. Gad

    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.
  15. Hi Guys, I am heading to Broome for a few days in March and the missus has "approved" a half day fishing pass as long as she gets to spend the same amount of money helping support the local pearl industry. There are a few reasonable looking charters online but if anyone can recommend a company that would be great. I am open to any sort of fishing that can be squeezed into a 4 or 5 hour trip. Cheers, Rob
  16. 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.
  17. Hey would anyone out there know where i could get one or have one they would sell
  18. aussi

    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
  19. Seiran

    Ningaloo Reef, WA

    Hi guys I'm heading off tomorrow for a field trip up Exmouth way near Ningaloo Reef. Has anyone ever fished up there before? The fishing is supposed to be awesome up there so i've decided to throw a rod in with my field kit. I'll be shore based so it would be good to get some tips on where I could give it a flick. cheers Matt