North-south tale of two ‘salmon’

Pilbara News - - Sport - Rec­fish­west

The im­por­tance of recre­ational fish­ing to the com­mu­nity is be­ing show­cased right now at both ends of the State.

And the species which is driv­ing the surge in fish­ing in both the South-West and Kim­ber­ley is “salmon”.

How­ever, it is not the same species of fish caus­ing so much ex­cite­ment in both re­gions, but two “salmon” which are in no way re­lated and bear lit­tle re­sem­blance to each other.

And nei­ther are they re­lated to the fa­mous salmon of the north­ern hemi­sphere.

In the South West it is Aus­tralian salmon which are school­ing in huge num­bers on their an­nual spawn­ing run and caus­ing great ex­cite­ment for recre­ational fish­ers and driv­ing a surge in fish­in­gre­lated tourism. This fish­ery is a boon both eco­nom­i­cally and so­cially in the South West.

Around Broome, it is threadfin salmon which are flavour of the month. Roe­buck Bay is the epi­cen­tre of the threadie fish­ery and the qual­ity of the threadfin ac­tion has only con­tin­ued to im­prove since com­mer­cial net­ting was re­moved from the bay.

The size is also go­ing up, as ev­i­denced by the 1.38m mon­ster caught by An­thony Aris dur­ing the re­cent Threadie Shootout.

These two salmon species do have one sig­nif­i­cant thing in com­mon — they are both fan­tas­tic sport­fish­ing tar­gets much de­sired by recre­ational fish­ers for the ex­cite­ment they pro­vide on the end of the line.

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