One Fishing Door Closes Temporarily, a Heap of Fishing Alternatives Open!

 The West Coast demersal fishing closure begins on 15 October and ends on 15 December to give high-value species like dhuies, pinkies and baldies a break from fishing pressure to help with their ongoing recovery.

But just because you can’t target demersals in the West Coast, doesn’t mean you have to stop fishing for one minute – there are are a plethora of alternative fishing opportunities available while the closure is in effect. Some of these include; crayfish, southern bluefin tuna, squid, freshwater fishing, Samson fish, whiting, estuarine and beach species like flathead, tailor and mulloway. So whether you’re looking for your drag to sing, targeting a new species you’ve never caught before or chase a tasty feed, there’s something out there for you.

Here’s a couple of articles that should give you a few ideas and tips for having a crack at something different this spring/early summer.

https://ilovefishing.com.au/2016/10/26/metro-west-coast-demersal-closure-alternatives/

https://ilovefishing.com.au/2016/11/15/metro-west-coast-demersal-closure-alternatives-part-2/

Catch and release for demersals is not OK

While we await the Department of Regional Development and Primary Industry’s latest stock assessment for West Coast demersal scale fish, it’s important anglers continue to stick to the closure by not fishing for demersals to assist with their ongoing recovery.

This includes not targeting demersals for catch and release purposes as the survival rate for many of these species following their release is not great for a number of reasons including barotrauma, hooking injuries and being knocked off by sharks – all of which impacts on the stocks’ health.

Find out here why targeting demersals for catch and release fishing is not OK.  https://recfishwest.org.au/news/targeting-dhuies-for-catch-release-is-not-okay/

Baldchin groper Abrolhos Islands: Closed season 1 November – 31 January

Abrolhos Islands: Closed season 1 November – 31 January (inclusive).

Taking, landing or possessing baldchin groper is prohibited within the Abrolhos Islands Fish Habitat Protection Area during the closed season. Baldchin groper is a species unique to WA. These fish aggregate in shallow waters in the Abrolhos area to spawn as the water temperature rises.

Reopen – Pink Snapper Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds Closure 1 October – 31 January

Pink snapper

Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds: Closed season 1 October – 31 January (inclusive).

Cockburn Sound is the site of the largest know aggregations of pink snapper in the West Coast Bioregion and is critical for sustaining adequate breeding stocks of these long-lived and slow-growing fish.

It is illegal to be in possession of pink snapper while fishing in the waters of Cockburn and Warnbro sounds during the closed season. However, pink snapper taken outside the sounds may be transported through, and immediately landed within, the area during the closed season.