Annual salmon run is coming

THE annual salmon run is on its way, with small schools of fish already making their presence known in the Cape to Cape area.

Better numbers should start showing up in the next couple of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.

Early signs point towards another bumper season with the waters having cooled off a little recently.

Larger schools have been spotted heading along the south coast, so it won’t be long now.

The fishing scene offshore has been producing the goods for many boaties.

There have been some big pinkies caught in quite shallow water and there have been plenty of average sized Dhuies and some monstrous Nannygais too.

A variety of methods have been working, bait being a reliable option, with jigs and soft plastics accounting for their fair share.

There have been good numbers of southern bluefin tuna offshore, including some around the eight to 10 kilogram mark.

Trolling around skirted lures when travelling between your demersal spots could give you the chance of getting into a few.

Reports of Spanish mackerel have slowed right down, though the odd fish has been crashing lures meant for tuna, so it could be worth running a wire trace just in case. 

There have been some kingfish turning up on reefs offshore from Prevelly.

Shore fisherman have reported catches of some nice mulloway along the coastline.

They have also been picking up some decent tailor as well and small bronze whalers have also been in the mix.

Bread and butter fishing for herring, whiting and skippy has been a reliable option.

There have been some squid caught in calmer areas during breaks in the swell. 

Those crayfishing have reported a slowdown in the numbers, however the average size has been substantial.

Divers appear to have been getting the better hauls.

The Salmon Sport Fish Weekender fishing competition at Hamelin Bay is coming up on April 7 to 8.

The weekender is organised by the Average Angler Fishing Adventures.

There is more than $6000 in prizes to be won in a number of categories.

While the competition is based at Hamelin Bay, entrants can fish anywhere between Augusta and Busselton. 

Entry is $25 for adults and $15 for under 16s.

For more information or to register visit

Until next month, happy fishing and diving!