Hardy heads snare salmon
I spoke last week about the weird species we get in this location, and how lucky we are, as we get species usually found in warmer climates such as barramundi, and species usually only caught in cooler waters such as Australian salmon.
Learmonth jetty has still been producing the odd Australian salmon.
While usually an aggressive fish willing to take down most lures, they have been quite fussy as reports would suggest.
People have had the most success hooking salmon on live hardy heads that can be easily collected from around the jetty using bait jigs.
Presenting small live baits from the jetty can quite often produce a large range of species, including queenfish, trevally, mackerel and even the odd long tail tuna.
The entries for the monthly fishing competition have been coming in, with Michael Smith catching a 1m queenfish off Warroora on a 40g raider lure. The queenfish are showing up in bigger numbers along the coastal shoreline.
They respond well to fastly retrieved metals, as well as poppers and soft plastics. They usually travel in pairs or schools, which make the bite very aggressive as they compete for the food. The queenfish are not the best frozen, so we would suggest getting enough for a fresh feed and releasing others.
We also always suggest using barbless single hooks because their gills form part of the lower jaw and retrieving barbed trebles from this area can be damaging to the fish.
William Roach is an avid junior angler who recently did a TV show with Paul Worsteling’s son Jet, soon to be aired.
William has been hitting the marina at night and landed a 58cm spangled emperor on squid bait.
This is a great catch for the marina, which usually holds a lot of smaller fish.
You can get many species in the marina and it has grown over the years to be a haven for many fish, which in turn create a great playground for youngsters wetting a line.
The Masters Fishing Competition was on over the weekend, with five teams of anglers over 55 getting out to target everything from billfish to dolphin fish, wahoo and tuna.
Pussy Galore won Champion Team with three tagged billfish, and Full Circle were runners-up.
Champion Sailfish was won by Brad Speirs. Runner-up was Mort Davidson with his first sail.
Champ Marlin went to Bob Witcombe, with runner-up going to Lindy McPhee with her first tagged marlin.
Brad Speirs also won a prize for an 18.2kg yellowfin tuna.
A black marlin jumps in the air before tagging.