Fishing and Diving between the Capes | Photos

With some favourable fishing, boating and diving conditions being offered up over the past few weeks, reports have been coming in thick and fast, with plenty of variety on offer.

Firstly, a reminder to all anglers to please check all your gear is in date and in good working order before heading out.

It is essential that you have all the required equipment for a day on the water, including a release weight, as there are a lot of juvenile dhufish being caught.

Pink snapper are still about in good numbers and are being caught right along the coast, from Augusta to Busselton.

Shore-based anglers are still reporting good skippy and King George whiting catches at times – but berleying up is essential.

Great numbers of squid have been caught in the Geographe region – using S-Factor gel on your squid jig will give you a much better chance of catching these tasty species.

On Friday we received some photographs of a few blue manna crabs getting picked up, also in the Geographe region.

With the demersal ban getting closer, we suggest trying to get out on the water as much as possible between now and October 15. 

On this date however, you can think about getting your pots in for the start of the cray season.

This year in the store we have metal collapsible pots as well as the trusty jarrah with metal base. 

For those diving for crays, we are spoiled for choice this year with new cray catch-bags, cray loops, new dive torches and a huge range of masks, snorkels and fins.

Augusta locals and those lucky enough to head out in either the river or ocean have reported that king George whiting are around in good sizes, and off the marina the pink snapper are being caught more regularly in good sizes.

Don’t forget to send your photos via downsouthcamping@westnet.com.au to share in your success.

Until next month, happy fishing and diving.

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WA's recreational freshwater anglers can now fish all year, with Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly announcing a major change to the seasonal closure. 

Mr Kelly said the two-month closure on dams would be removed from 2018 to improve opportunities for licenced anglers and reduce numbers of feral redfin perch - a species known to prey on juvenile marron and native fish.