I can’t give the most up to date report for this month as I’m on holiday in Western Australia, so I thought I’d give a bit of an insight into fishing over here.
I have only spent one day fishing, which was out of Jurien Bay about three hours driving north of Perth. I was told by several west Australians that the fishing there was generally better than in Perth, so I booked a trip about Turquoise Safaris.
The boat was a fairly narrow 7.5m aluminium centre console pontoon, and it handled the big seas of the Indian Ocean very well. We had a 2.6m swell to contend with in 20knot winds. Being a centre console boat the ride was a little wet, but I’m well used to that.
Tides in our area range from 3.5 to 4.5m but in Jurien Bay the tides are much smaller and on the day we had 0.8m which is very small. Interestingly the further north you go, the bigger the tides get and in the very north of Western Australia they reach a whopping 11.0m, the second biggest tidal range in the world.
The journey out was great, big waves, a great skipper and humpback whales rising almost completely out of the water made for an entertaining journey. Once we were at the fishing grounds we drifted baits in 40 to 50m of water in the hope of catching big snapper and dhufish. I was straight into a nice fish which turned out to be a Samson fish of around 4kg to 5kg. The fight was very much like that of a Kingfish but I was told they aren’t great eating so he swam away after a short photo session. A couple of Snapper came onboard one at 41cm and another around 55cm. The skipper landed a Dhufish and that was it for the day. In WA you are allowed to keep two demersal fish (Snapper & other bottom dwellers) per person and up to 5 pelagics (Samson fish, Cobia etc). We are very fortunate with our fishing. At $220 per angler for the charter, it was a little disappointing but as with all fishing, every day is different and the skipper assured me it was one of the harder days he had experienced.
In contrast, my son Arron took the boat out the same day we were fishing and for the two of them they were disappointed with their catch of ‘only’ five gurnard and five kahawai. We really don’t know how lucky we are.
Take care, Smudge.