Do You Fish for Salmon? We Want to Hear From You

Each year many fishers venture South to take part in the annual salmon season where large schools of big fish travel along the coast on their annual spawning migration. As these fish travel so close to shore, they’re incredibly accessible for all fishers.

Kids get the opportunity to catch the fish of a lifetime

Beach fishing for salmon provides a safe and enjoyable form of fishing for families, where kids have the opportunity of fighting a big fish and creating a memory that will last a lifetime.

Whether you catch and keep your fish, or release them after the fight, salmon fishing from our South Coast beaches is ingrained in West Australian culture.

Recfishwest believes the pristine white sandy beaches of the WA coast combined with the splendid sportfishing qualities of this species truly makes this the world’s best fishing on the world’s best beaches.

This survey will help us understand what YOU value most about salmon and it will also provide us with an estimate of the amount of money fishers pump into the economy every year when fishing for salmon. This value will be incredibly useful in advocating for salmon to be managed in a way that will make your fishing experiences even better.

Click here to take the survey.

The survey is open until 30th June 2019. Your participation in this survey will allow Recfishwest to continue to advocate to ensure the great fishing experiences provided by Australian salmon are forever celebrated and enhanced. Ten minutes of your time now can help ensure a life time of great fishing for all.

*This survey is conducted by the Economic Research Association.

Superb fishing for all regardless of age or ability
Salmon are an incredible sport fish

34,000 Fishers Already Eyeing for Salmon Success this Year

As the days shorten and the weather cools, tens of thousands of West Aussie fishers begin preparing their fishing gear in eager anticipation of the travelling West Australian Salmon schools. Many keen fishers spend hours researching and trawling through social media, trying to get the latest information on the whereabouts of the main body of fish in their migration west, as they approach key landmarks and major population areas.

Joachim Azzopardi with a superb salmon from the beach

This is where the advent of the Salmon School Tracker page on Facebook has come into its own. Since its inception in 2015 the page has grown immensely in popularity amongst WA’s fishers, with anglers posting pictures of their catches as salmon move along the travel route.

The page currently has over 34,000 followers and is very active in the lead up to and during the annual salmon season, with a wide range of followers from novices to the seasoned fisher, discussing tactics and the latest gear to chase these iconic sport fish. This discussion builds excitement and anticipation well before the fish arrive, as fishers eagerly track salmon schools towards their favourite fishing spots. Hilton Lyons, the mastermind behind the Salmon School Tracker page says, “there’s no guarantee of where and when they’ll turn up. Affected by water temperature and food sources on their annual spawning migration it’s entirely in the hands of nature.  However with our ears to the ground we’ll start spreading the information as soon as we know there are big schools consistently moving up the coast.”

A great catch for locals and travelling fishers
Salmon can easily be caught from the beach

Salmon underpin one of Western Australia’s most valuable fishing opportunities. Every year tens of thousands of Western Australian families eagerly await the annual run of these amazing sport fish.  These fish are readily accessible to fishers of all ability as schools of fish hug the coastline throughout the autumn migration. Each season, the lure of catching a salmon attracts new participants to the sport, with an expectation to experience an exhilarating catch; especially in the last few seasons where high abundance of salmon have provided great fishing.

Fishing for salmon is an experience in itself, whether you catch and keep your fish, or release them after the fight, just to be able to bring your fish onto the sand, and take some snaps with the kids is something that is ingrained in West Australian culture. Beach fishing provides for a safe and enjoyable form of fishing for families, where kids have the opportunity of fighting a big fish and catching their first salmon.

Salmon busting up the surface chasing lures

Recfishwest believes the pristine white sandy beaches of WA coast combined with the splendid sports fishing qualities of this species truly makes this the world’s best fishing on the world’s best beaches. So if you haven’t caught a West Australian salmon before, why not give it a go. It’s a great opportunity to explore the southern coastline of our state, experiencing amazing fishing and make lasting memories with family and friends.  Check out the Salmon Tracker page to plan your trip and keep track of the schools via our social media, website and fishing reports.

Want to learn more about salmon and fish alongside some of WA’s salmon fishing experts? Join us for the Family Friendly Great Southern Salmon Campout at Cheynes Beach in late March. Check out the video below and find out more by clicking here.

 

 

 

A superb sportfish suitable for catch and release or keeping if appropriately looked after

 

Salmonitis Epidemic On The Rise Again

Are you ready for this year’s ‘salmonitis’ epidemic to hit the metro area?

Vuthy So caught this salmon at Bunker Bay last weekend

If you thought the man flu was bad, then you better look out for this annual craze that gets the blood pumping in any seasonal fisher between Perth – Esperance.

Salmonitis begins as an increased use of social media, with your partner spending hours at a time staring at their phone, scrolling through the newsfeed and keeping an eye on the Facebook page – Salmon School Tracker 2019.

It progresses into the need to suddenly layout all their fishing gear on the garage floor, carefully reviewing line strength, reel capability and determining what lures they have (and need).

You’ll begin to notice over the next few weeks, your partner acting extremely helpful, suggesting they run to the shops on your behalf to ‘grab some milk.’ Running errands on Thursday evenings leaves you feeling suspicious but also quite grateful your partner is doing something useful and helping reduce the workload.

Esperance locals catching salmon from local beaches

It’s not too long before you’ll notice the increase in spending, the trip to the shops, become spending sprees with the bank balance slowly diminishing. If it’s not the shops they’re going to, it’s the online shopping that has suddenly taken a priority, except nothing actually arrives at your address, leaving you feeling puzzled. Instead, it’s been carefully re-directed to their work address, just to avoid the argument no one wants to have.

It isn’t until you watch your partner squirm as they tell their boss they aren’t feeling ‘too well’ over the next few days that the dots begin to line up. It’s not a coincidence that your partner’s sick days become carefully aligned with days where the weather seems just perfect, 10-15knot easterly winds, with minimum swell.

Fishers of all ages can target these fantastic fish

This is when you know they have an extreme case of salmonitis!

Salmonitis is highly contagious and once you and the kids have it, there’s no turning back! As it comes in waves, on an annual basis, it’s something you can’t shrug off and pass off for another day. It’s here; it’s right on our doorstep and its value is extremely high.

Bringing fish up onto the beach with the sand between your toes is part of our culture

With more than 40,000 people expected to flock to the pristine white sandy beaches of the South-west, along with jetties and boat ramps over the upcoming weeks for the salmon season, this epidemic is not to be missed. Targeting these sensational sport fish allow you to reap the mental, physical, social and economic benefits they provide us, our partners, our families and communities.

Each year when the migrating salmon move along the South-west coast, they attract a migration of fishers to the same area; a place they base themselves while they explore vast coastline in search of one of these salmon schools. These trips to the South-west bring family and friends who frequently explore the towns nestled along the coast buying fuel, bait, lures, fishing gear, food, drinks, accommodation, camping gear, and fishing gear and clothing.

The economic return to these coastal towns cannot be underestimated; recreational fishing was recently valued at over $2.4 billion to the economy for the whole state, though it’s unknown just how much salmon contribute to this figure. Many fishers are spending their hard earnt money to head South and try their luck at hooking into one of these fish. If you ever embark on a salmon fishing trip, you’ll easily understand why people come back year after year, showing just how much Australian salmon is valued by all members of the community and the South-west region.

Salmon schools can easily be spotted from the beach

This year’s salmon season will be no different to those of the past, with plenty of hard fighting fish on offer and great locations to explore presenting a great excuse to head South with family or friends.

Tell us about your salmon fishing!

Fishing from the beach allows you to bring your fish onto the safe and pristine white sand
Sedin’s first ever Australian salmon!

Recfishwest believes the pristine white sandy beaches of the WA coast combined with the splendid sportfishing qualities of this species truly makes this the world’s best fishing on the world’s best beaches.

Help us determine the value YOU place on salmon and the benefits they derive as well as expenditure by completing the 10 minute survey. Click here.

The survey is open until 30th June 2019. Your participation in this survey will allow Recfishwest to continue to advocate to ensure the great fishing experiences provided by Australian salmon are forever celebrated and enhanced.

Ten minutes of your time now can help ensure a life time of great fishing for all.

Christopher Hoang with this superb salmon from this years season