Anglers show their passion for pinkies at Cockburn Power Boats Club night

Hundreds of keen fishers gathered at the Cockburn Power Boats Club to learn about the latest fishing techniques and science around the ever-popular Cockburn Sound pink snapper fishery.

The event, held in partnership with Anglers Fishing World, boasted knowledgeable speakers who delved into how tides and moons influence pink snapper bite times.

Ben Kelly with another nice Cockburn Sound pinkie!

Attendees were also briefed on what rigs, lures and tackle are working best when attempting to hook up with a big pinkie.

Budding fishing social media sensation Max Samson – an AFW employee – along with recfishing personality Tony Thwin provided an informative presentation on all the proven and latest tactics to target pink snapper.

Supporting a great fishery on Perth’s doorstep

Recfishwest Operations Lead Matt Gillett also spoke to the crowd about our annual Cockburn Sound pink snapper stocking program – Snapper Guardians.

This was an apt topic as the annual stocking event reflects and captures the community’s passion for Cockburn Sound and the fantastic snapper fishery it supports on Perth’s doorstep.

Matt said the information session provided many excellent tips on pink snapper fishing in and around Cockburn Sound and showed healthy state of the fishing club and the level of enthusiasm that many anglers have for the fishery including the next generation of anglers coming through.

Young fishing talent coming through

“It was great to see the healthy numbers attending the evening and the likes of Max Samson step up and speak so confidently and professionally,” he said.

Mendolia Seafoods General Manager Carlo Gosatti and Recfishwest’s Matt Gillett presenting at the snapper information night.

“These young blokes are the future of recfishing, so we’re looking forward to seeing more Maxes come through in the near future.”

Taylor Marine’s Rhyss Whittred detailed how fishers can better utilise their sounders to improve fishing, while Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development fisheries scientist Dr David Fairclough and fisheries manager Shane Walters spoke about the science used to assess the pinkie stocks and WA’s current pink snapper rules and regulations.

Dr Fairclough also outlined DPIRD’s latest demersal stock assessment, Send Us Your Skeletons, and its important role in gathering fish samples, which help fisheries scientists build up a picture of the health of a fish stock.

This in turn supports good management of fisheries which should ensure there will be abundant pinkies for the future.


Speaking at the event, Mendolia Seafoods General Manager Carlo Gosatti also unveiled innovative and ocean-friendly alternative to plastic bait bags – the Bait Box.

Read more about the Bait Box here

Check-out Mendolia Seafoods’ new bait box!