New metro FADs are a go!

Six new FADs off the Perth metro coast have been deployed marking off a huge milestone in establishing our three-year State-wide FADs network trial.

This means the prospect of sportfishing opens up for all the sensational pelagics that can be encountered on the FADs.

So as the water begins to warm up, it’s perfect timing to put dolphinfish, tuna, wahoo and billfish on your target list.

We’ve put two additional FADs at the back of Rotto, which will complement the existing spread of six FADs out there deployed by the Perth Game Fishing Club, with whom we have been working closely with to get this great project off the ground.

In addition, in really exciting news for northern-suburbs recfishers, we’ve deployed a cluster of four FADs due west of Mindarie Marina. This means you now have access to FADs within a 40-50 km steam out from boat ramps at Hillarys, Ocean Reef, Mindarie and Two Rocks.

See the FAD deployment video below:

See below for the coordinates for both sets of FADs:

FAD #Decimal Degrees (DD)Degrees Decimal Minutes (DDM)Degrees Minutes Seconds (DMS)
RFW 1-31.617 115.133S 31° 37.02' E 115° 7.98'31° 37' 1.2" S 115° 7' 58.8" E
RFW 2-31.700 115.117S 31° 42.00' E 115° 7.02'31° 42' 03" S 115° 7' 01.2" E
RFW 3-31.700 115.175S 31° 42.00' E 115° 10.5'31° 42' S 115° 10' 30" E
RFW 4-31.733 115.175S 31° 43.98' E115° 10.5'31° 43' 58.8" S 115° 10' 30" E
RFW 5-32.114 115.116S 32° 06.84' E 115° 6.96'32° 6' 50.4" S 115° 6' 57.6" E
RFW 6-32.113 115.160S 32° 06.78' E115° 9.6'32° 6' 46.8" S 115° 9' 36" E

Or click here to see the metro FADs map.











Launching these FADs gets our toe in the water, gets the attention of Government and potential future partners and gives us the capability to learn more about when and where best to deploy the devices.

This is why we’re going for deployment in places like Albany, Cape Naturaliste and Geraldton as well to see how they might work there and closer to shore in Exmouth and Broome to see if they can open up more fishing opportunities for species like dolphinfish, billfish, wahoo and queenfish (Exmouth), Spaniards, tripletail and trevallies (Broome) further north.

Click here for more information about regional locations for FADs to be deployed in the next few weeks and months, as well as things to consider when fishing them.

When we publicly launched the FADs with the Minister for Fisheries a couple of weeks ago, we said this is exactly what RFIF money should be spent on – new innovative projects meeting a high demand from the community that can dramatically enhance recfishing opportunities.

That’s why we’ve been so keen and persistent in pursuing this project – we’ve encountered quite a few obstacles along the way – the approvals process has been particularly long and bureaucratic – but we kept our eyes on the prize – fantastic sportfishing for pelagics off the metro and regional centres for recfishers.

Now – it’s over to you – get out there, give the FADS a crack and let us know how you go – we’d love to hear from you and see some of your pics of prized catches on the new FADs.

FADs to be Deployed in Regional Fishing Hotspots

Regional fishing hotspots are set to get a boost in 2018 as fish aggregating devices (FAD’s) are deployed in WA regional centres including Exmouth, Geraldton and Albany. With funding from the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund, local communities are working with Recfishwest to deliver FADs. This will diversify fishing opportunities for locals and visiting fishers alike. FAD’s will provide fishers an opportunity to catch fast growing, highly migratory pelagic species.

Recfishwest’s Fishing Development Officer Matt Gillett with a Dolphin Fish caught off Jurien Bay.

Designed to aggregate fish such as Mahi Mahi, Tuna and Billfish, the regional FAD project will see the first FAD installed in 2018. FAD’s have been used successfully throughout Australia, including off the coast of Perth, where the Perth Game Fishing Club deploys FAD’s in November each year. These are accessed regularly by metropolitan fishers and provide high quality fishing for Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo and Marlin.

Some of these FAD’s will be in reach for regular trailer boat fishers with boats of less than 5 metres to enable them the opportunity to catch highly sought after sport fish.

Recfishwest looks forward to implementing this program and will keep subscribers up to date with progress reported through our Broad Cast and social media platforms.

This project was made possible by the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund.