North-south tale of two ‘salmon’
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.