Snapper thin in numbers
Wilson Inlet opened last week and while there were a few pink snapper caught, they certainly were not picked up in the same numbers as in previous years.
The pink snapper caught in these estuarine waters each year are not great eating and many describe the taste as muddy.
Schools of salmon have been turning up within casting distance from the beach at Salmon Holes.
There have been schools regularly turning up at Shelleys and Nanarup, with both locations also producing plenty of herring.
Bornholm produced a few tailor as well as herring, while bigger skippy are worth targeting at Bluff Creek and Cheyne Beach.
Baits including river and coral prawns, yabbies and, following the influx of fresh water, worms, have been enticing black bream strikes in the King and Kalgan rivers.
Hard-bodied and vibe-style lures are also producing a few bream.
Most of the mulloway caught during the past fortnight have been small.
Reef fishing enthusiasts who took advantage of the calm conditions that presented and ventured to the 65m-80m depths did well on red, pink and queen snapper, as well as breaksea cod, dhufish and samson fish.
A couple of boats that made it as far as the shelf and beyond managed to deck hapuka and seven banded cod.
King George whiting appear to be in reasonable numbers inshore, with some boats striking their limits within a matter of minutes and others spending a good half a day to find the 35cm-45cm fish.
Nornalup Inlet has reportedly been starting to produce some nice catches of King George.
Late August and early September are not ordinarily associated with good squid fishing inshore.
However there are still quite a few about, especially in the clearer areas.
Denmark’s Kalan Veale, 11, caught this double-header of pink snapper then released them off the rocks at Ocean Beach last weekend.