Snap­per thin in numbers

Albany Extra - - Fish 'N' Tips - Joachim Az­zopardi

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.

Pic­ture: Vic Veale

Den­mark’s Kalan Veale, 11, caught this dou­ble-header of pink snap­per then re­leased them off the rocks at Ocean Beach last week­end.

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