Summer delights anglers on South West coast | Photos

So far this year we have seen some epic days out on the water while others have not produced the goods. Our boaties have been onto some good sized snapper and dhuies have been excellent, however no huge sizes have been reported in the last week or two. 

Young Byron George (an employee of DSC&O) went out on the boat with his Dad from Hamelin Bay during the holidays and picked himself up a stonker of a Kingy for his efforts. The new River2Sea Ultimate Squid turned out to be a winner for staff members Paul and Steele when fishing around Christmas, hooking up fish immediately – apparently didn’t even hit the bottom. Unfortunately there are currently none left in Australia. If you are interested please let us know and we will put you on the list for the next shipment. We have plenty of new jigs in store as well as soft plastics for demersals.

The shore has been busy and the kids are having a ball catching herring, skippy, whiting and the odd bream during the holidays. Nothing beats sitting on the beach early morning or late afternoon, throwing in a line and watching the kids’ faces when they catch a fish. If you would like to take the kids fishing and don’t know where to start, feel free to drop into the store and our team of experts will be happy to help.

January has seen many divers get their fill of crays as well as the odd fish. The visibility has been good along with low swells which always equates to some epic diving.

Marron season opened at midday on Monday and runs through to midday on February 5. If you get a chance to get down to one of many spots in the area, be sure that you have the legal equipment (like a marron snare from DSC&O), a gauge to measure and a licence from The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. There are areas where only snares are allowed and this information can be found in your license brochure or online.

Please note that the Margaret River within 300m upstream and 50m downstream of the town bridge and upstream from the 10 Mile Brook Junction is closed to marron fishing to protect the threatened Hairy Marron species.

We witnessed an extremely busy Gnarabup boat ramp recently and wish to remind both locals and tourists that when the ramp is busy with boats, people (especially children), cars, swimmers and SUPers, to please be patient and keep watch when loading and 

Please ensure all your safety gear (flares, EPIRBs, life jackets) are in date, in good working order and on your boat or you will risk a fine from the Department of Transport.