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Rock and Beach Fishing Species ID

August 23, 2017


Below is a list of common fish species likely to be caught off the beach or rocks on our Guided Fishing Safaris in Western Australia.



Photo credit: Brenz Gow

Min size: 30cm

Bag Limit: 8

Grows to: 1.3m, 14kg

Best baits: mulies, scalies, strip baits, stickbaits

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Tailor are popular acrobatic sport fish that frequent inshore waters along Western Australia’s coast between Albany and Exmouth. Tailor are one of the most common catches for anglers fishing surf beaches and washy inshore reefs. Tailor have thin, streamline bodies and razor-sharp teeth. They are silver in appearance with a bluish green upper body. The larger they get the darker the green becomes, which is why larger specimens are often referred to as ‘Greenbacks’. Tailor will readily take lures and one of the best ways to target them from shore is with stickbaits. Often Tailor will be schooled up over shallow, washy reefs during daylight hours and the best time to target them in these areas is at high tide. When targeting Tailor be sure to use reasonably heavy leader as they can bite through monofilament quite easily. Tailor are average eating and are best eaten fresh or smoked. They have soft flesh that does not lend itself well to freezing, so only take what you need for one feed and let the rest go. Tailor are exceptional bait when live or fresh and are arguably the best bait for Mulloway. On our safaris we often catch a few Tailor in the last hour before sunset, and most of the time they are slabbed up for Mulloway bait.



 Photo credit: Perth Fishing Safaris

Min size: 50cm

Bag Limit: 2

Grows to: 2m, 70kg

Best baits: fresh tailor, mullet, trumpeter, scalies, mulies, squid

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Big Mulloway are the pinnacle of surf fishing in Australia. There’s something alluring about them that makes fishos spend hour after hour, night after night waiting on an empty beach in anticipation of a bite. Mulloway fishos refer to them by a number of names dependant on their size; juveniles up to 3-4kg are called soapies, schooling fish between 4-10kg are schoolies, and fish over 10kg are true Mulloway. Mulloway can be a very hard fish to figure out, and therefore catching them is not easy. We are lucky enough to produce Mulloway for our clients on most of our safaris. Any Mulloway is a good Mulloway and on a good night we might land half a dozen up to 1m, and every now and then larger fish >1m. The fight of a Mulloway is very distinct. The initial runs are fast and powerful but after that they tend to fight it out. The distinct headshakes of a Mulloway are unforgettable as they try their best to throw the hooks. Once landed they are pretty docile and easy to handle. Mulloway often make a croaking noise when landed and they have a characteristically strong odour. Although Mulloway are good eating we do prefer to let them go. If you intend on releasing them be sure to support their body, keep your hands out of their gills, and get them back in the water as quick as possible.


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