Rock and Beach Fishing Species ID


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.


Tailor

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.


Mulloway

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.


Pink Snapper

Photo credit: Perth Fishing Safaris

Min size: 50cm south of Lancelin, 41cm north of Lancelin

Bag Limit: 2

Grows to: 20kg, 1.3m

Best baits: fresh whole fish or fillets, squid

Closed Seasons: 15th October - 15th December (Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds 1st Oct - 31st Jan)

About: Pink Snapper, or ‘Pinkies’ are a prized catch for land-based anglers in Western Australia. They are not so commonly caught off the beach and rocks but at the same time they are not rare. During the cooler months after big swells land-based fishos catch snapper off the rocks, rock walls and off the beach adjacent to reefy structure. Snapper are good eating and put up a mean fight. They hit hard and pull a lot of line on their first couple of runs, followed by frequent head bumps all the way to shore. The fight is similar to that of a mulloway, only more head bumps. When caught off the beach snapper are a beautiful pinkish silver colour with iridescent blue spots along the dorsal half of the body and iridescent blue pectoral fins. When caught off the rocks they are generally a darker red in colour.


Samsonfish

Photo credit: Daniel Bell

Min size: 60cm

Bag Limit: 3

Grows to: 1.7m, 55kg

Best baits: live bait, fresh whole fish or fillets

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Samsonfish or ‘Sambos’ are a hard fighting opponent and prized capture for land-based fishos. While they are very common throughout south-west waters, particularly offshore, they are less common as a land-based catch. Western Australia has one of the best offshore Samsonfish fisheries in the world. From late spring to early autumn Sambos migrate great distances to form large breeding aggregations offshore. These masses of fish have been known to exceed 30,000 individuals! During the cooler months the fish disperse. This is when they tend to show up around inshore reefs in small groups or as rogue individuals. Samsonfish are no renowned for their eating qualities, which is why most people tend to release them. The average size Sambo caught inshore is around 8-20kg. They often show up as by-catch when fishing baits for other species like Snapper and Mulloway. Sometimes they’ll take your stickbait or popper when targeting Tailor, and you’ll have your work cut out for you trying to land one on Tailor gear! Sambos respond well to lures, especially large poppers and stickbaits worked across the surface around reefy terrain. To target these brutes you need a heavy outfit, 60-100lb line (depending on where you’re fishing) and 80-100lb abrasion resistant leader.


Salmon

Photo credit: Perth Fishing Safaris

Min size: 30cm

Bag Limit: 4

Grows to: 100cm, 10kg

Best baits: mulies, scalies, live baitfish, stickbaits and metal lures

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: The Western Australian Salmon stock is different to that found on the east coast. While they look almost identical they are actually separate species. Salmon are a tough-fighting sport fish that display exciting aerobatics when hooked. They are a schooling fish that form huge schools that travel the coast at certain times of the year. The Western Australian ‘Salmon Run’ is stuff of legends. When word gets out that the salmon are running it send fishos into a frenzy, with many punters travelling hundreds of kilometers just to get in to the action. Surprisingly though, Salmon are not renowned for their eating qualities but mores so for the sport. Salmon will readily take metals, stickbaits and soft plastic lures as well as bait.


West Australian Dhufish

Photo credit: Michael Triantopoulos

Min size: 50cm

Bag Limit: 1

Grows to: 1.2m, 26kg

Best baits: fresh whole fish or fillets, squid, octopus

Closed Seasons: 15th October – 15th December

About: West Australian Dhufish, or ‘Dhuies’ are an iconic species endemic to Western Australia, meaning they are not found anywhere else in the world. Dhufish look very similar to their smaller cousins the Pearl Perch. Dhufish captures from the shore in the West Coast Bioregion are very rare and as a result they are one of the most prize captures for land-based fishos. They are a delicious table fish that put up a decent fight. At certain times of year Dhuies are occasionally caught between Dongara and Geraldton off the beach around inshore reefs. Some large specimens have also reportedly been captured off the beaches around Albany. Males can be distinguished from females by their longer, white filament at the rear of the dorsal fin.


Baldchin Groper

Photo credit: Tim Farnell

Min size: 40cm

Bag Limit: 2

Grows to: 90cm, 7kg

Best baits: crabs, octopus, squid

Closed Seasons: 15th October – 15th December

About: Baldchin Groper, or ‘Baldies’ are a species of Tuskfish endemic to Western Australia, meaning they are not found anywhere else in the world. They are a prized table fish that put up a good, hard fight with lots of head bumping. While baldies can be caught by boaties between Cape and Coral bay, they are generally caught by land-based anglers north of Geraldton. One of the unusual things about baldies is they change sex from female to male at around 40-50cm in length. Baldies are mostly caught off the rocks in deep water. When fishing for baldies in reefy terrain you need to fish a tight drag and heavy leader to stop them busting you off in the reef.


Spanish Mackerel

Photo credit: Perth Fishing Safaris

Min size: 90cm

Bag Limit: 3

Grows to: 2.4m, 70kg

Best baits: Garfish, live baitfish, blue mackerel, metal and hard body lures

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Spanish Mackerel are toothy speedsters that rank high in the list for land-based anglers in Western Australia. Found throughout the world, in WA they are common in warmers north of Perth, and from time to time appear as far south as Cape Naturalist. The best ways to target Spanish Mackerel are without a doubt ballooning and spinning. Ballooning entails rigging a whole fish, such as a Garfish, on a long wire trace and sending it out in the offshore breeze under a large helium balloon. This sure is an exciting and effecting method of catching them. You’ll know when you’ve hooked a Spanish Mackerel. Their first run is extremely fast, and it’s not uncommon for larger fish to dump several hundred meters of line. Once they’ve got the first run or two out of the way they become quite easy to fight, it then becomes a matter of working them back to shore, crossing your fingers that your fish doesn’t get eaten by a shark! Spanish Mackerel are also fantastic eating. They are full of fatty acids and high in omega 3, and therefore good for you too. The flesh is firm and white and their trunks are ideal for cutting into cutlets. If you ever get a chance to come on one of our Mid-West Safaris you’ll get a chance to target these speedsters, and hopefully find out for yourself what all the fuss is about.


Tuna (Yellowfin, Longtail and Southern Bluefin)

Photo credit: Cody Burr

Min size: No minimum size

Bag Limit: 3

Grows to: 2.5m, 260kg

Best baits: fresh garfish, live baitfish, metal and hard body lures

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: The tuna species most commonly encountered in the areas we fish is Longtail Tuna, which grow to 1.4m and 35kg. Longtails are typically caught north of Perth whereas the larger growing Southern Blues and Yellowfin Tuna (pictured) can be caught throughout most of WA. Land-based fishos will often encounter Longtails and Yellowfin Tuna when ballooning for Mackerel around Wagoe or when ballooning or spinning the rock ledges at Steep point or Quobba. Small Southern Blues are often encountered by rock fishos in the south-west, particularly around Albany. Tuna are tough-fighting opponents that never give up. They are true speedsters that can take a serious amount of line very quickly. The firm, red flesh of Tuna is good eating when fresh, with Southern Blues and Yellowfin Tuna being superior to Longtails. For best results on the table be sure to bleed Tuna immediately by inserting your knife through the lateral line about an inch back from both pectoral fins. Also remember to keep Tuna icy cold at all times to keep the flesh nice and firm.


Whaler Sharks [group includes Dusky Sharks, Bronze Whalers, Bull Sharks, Tiger Sharks and Spinner Sharks (pictured)]

Photo credit: Perth Fishing Safaris

Min size: no minimum size

Max size: 70cm interdorsal fin length (front of first dorsal fin to rear of second dorsal fin)

Bag Limit: 3

Grows to: Some whaler species can reach nearly 6m in length

Best baits: fresh whole fish, fresh fillets or strip baits

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Whaler Sharks is a broad category of shark species including those listed above. In 2009 a maximum size limit was introduced to help provide more protection for these slow-growing apex predators. Some land-based anglers see whaler sharks as a nuisance as they regularly bite off your rigs, while other fishos see them as the Holy Grail and spend their whole lives pursuing them. They are commonly caught off the beach particularly at night. Anglers require heavy gear to stop larger specimens while smaller sharks up to around 50kg can be landed most of the time using a standard mulloway outfit. The warmer months produce greater numbers of sharks along our beaches and the further north you go the more prolific they become. Sharks will often pick up your bait and swim towards you on the take, leading your line to go slack all of a sudden. When this happens wind as fast as you can and as soon as you feel tension on your line strike hard to set the hook. Depending on the size, some of the runs they do are crazy! They commonly strip a stack of line at the beginning and often get aerial, jumping and flipping through the air and thrashing on the surface. All sharks are very powerful even once landed, so extra care is required to avoid being bitten.


Gummy Shark

Photo credit: Justin Prentice

Min size: no minimum size

Bag Limit: 3

Grows to: 1.9m

Best baits: fresh fillets of fish such as mullet and tailor, scalies, sand crabs

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Gummy Sharks or ‘Gummies’ are caught infrequently along beaches in the temperate waters of Western Australia. Gummies have characteristic white spots that run along the upper surface of the body and as the name suggests Gummy Sharks lack sharp teeth. They are a welcome catch to most land-based anglers due to their good eating qualities. Gummies are sold in fish and chip shops around the country as ‘Flake’ and taste quite nice when deep-fried in batter. Like other sharks, gummies will often pick up your bait and swim towards you on the take, leading your line to go slack all of a sudden. When this happens wind as fast as you can and as soon as you feel tension on your line strike hard to set the hook. The fight of a big gummy is quite good. They don’t pull as much line as whalers but they tend to bounce around a bit more, but not to the degree of a mulloway or snapper. If you intend to keep a gummy be sure to remove the head, tail and guts straight away and place the body in an ice slurry. This will help remove the ammonia from the flesh. If your want to release a gummy, or any species of shark for that matter, do not lift it’s entire weight by the tail as this can dislocate the cartilage inevitably causing death.


Wobbygong Sharks

Photo credit: Todd Brinks

Min size: n/a

Bag Limit: 3

Grows to: 3m

Best baits: Fresh whole fish or fillets, squid, mulies, scalies

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: There are 6 species of Wobbygong Sharks ‘Wobbies’ found in Western Australia. Wobbies are a bottom-dwelling species that spend most of the time on the bottom. They are a common but infrequent by-catch for land-based fishos on the beach and off the rocks. They have a flattened body and characteristic nasal barbels that look like whiskers. They are brown to yellowish in colour with blotches and various patches covering their body. While they might not be actively targeted many land-based fishos will still keep a wobby when they catch one, as they are not bad eating. Like other shark species if you intend to keep a wobby be sure to remove the head, tail and guts straight away and place the body in an ice slurry – this will help remove the ammonia from the flesh. If your want to release it, or any species of shark for that matter, do not lift it’s entire weight by the tail as this can dislocate the cartilage inevitably causing death. When handling, try to support their body as best you can. A word of warning, wobbygong sharks are very agile and can turn quickly, in fact they are one of the few sharks that can bite their own tail, so be careful when handling them as they have a good set of backward-facing, razor sharp teeth that will do a lot of damage if bitten.


Port Jackson Shark

Photo credit: Rob Saunders

Min size: n/a

Bag Limit: 3

Grows to: 1.7m

Best baits: Will take almost any bait

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Port Jackson sharks are a docile and relatively inactive species that spend a great deal of their time resting on the sea floor under rock ledges and in caves. They are not sought after due to their poor eating qualities and boring fight. When hooked they feel mostly like a dead weight than a decent fish. About the only thing going for Port Jacksons is that they’re relatively photogenic and make for an interesting photo when captured. Port Jacksons are a brown in colour with darker patches. They have a characteristic ‘box head’ and are distinguished by the presence of a spine at the front of the first dorsal fin. They also lack sharp teeth. Their dentures have adapted to more of a crustacean-eating diet, with very small teeth at the front and grinding plates at the rear. Port Jacksons are commonly caught off the rocks and beaches adjacent to rocks.


Fiddler Rays aka Banjo Sharks

Photo credit: Luke Hewitt

Min size: n/a

Bag Limit: 3

Grows to: 1.4m

Best baits: Will take most bait

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Fiddler Rays aka Banjo Sharks are caught in temperate waters of WA. They have flattened bodies with a stingray-like front half and a shark-like tail and rough skin like a shark. Banjo Sharks spend most of the time on the seafloor mainly in sandy and gravely areas. They are light brown in colour with light and dark bands across the body. They are poor eating and not sought after as a recreational catch. The fight is similar to that of a Port Jackson Shark, slow and heavy and more of a dead weight than anything. If your want to release a Banjo Shark, or any species of shark for that matter, do not lift it’s entire weight by the tail as this can dislocate the cartilage inevitably causing death. When handling, try to support their body as best you can.


Whitespotted Guitarfish

Photo credit: Perth Fishing Safaris

Min size: n/a

Bag Limit: 3

Grows to: 3m

Best baits: Fresh whole fish or fillets, squid, mulies, scalies

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Whitespotted Guitarfish are one of our favourite target species here at Perth Fishing Safaris. They are such an awesome looking creature and fight like you wouldn’t believe! They are often confused with very similar-looking Shovelnose Rays. Whitespotted Guitarfish are distinguished from Shovelnose by their grey colouration with obvious white spots running down the sides, whereas Shovelnose on the other hand lack the white spots and are light brown to sandy in colour with a semi see-through snout. Those who have caught Guitarfish will attest to their fighting ability. They put up an excellent fight with extremely hard and fast initial runs that can drag you towards the water, as well as violent whips of the rod likely from their tail hitting their line as they speed away. They are edible and not bad eating. In saying that, they are such an awesome creature that are better off released to fight another day than taken home for the table. If your want to release a Guitarfish, or any species of shark or ray for that matter, do not lift it’s entire weight by the tail as this can dislocate the cartilage inevitably causing death. When handling, try to support their body as best you can. For large specimens too large to be lifted try dragging them by their nose instead of the tail, this is safer for the fish and easier for the person handling them.


Shovelnose Rays

Photo credit: Perth Fishing Safaris

Min size: n/a

Bag Limit: 3

Grows to: 2.7m

Best baits: Fresh fish fillets, squid, mulies, scalies

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: There are a number of species of Shovelnose in Western Australia, including the Giant Shovelnose Ray as pictured. It’s not hard to imagine how they got their name! Shovelnose are very often confused with the very similar-looking White-Spotted Guitarfish, which are more closely related to Fiddler Rays. Shovelnose are light brown to sandy colouration and semi see-through snout. Guitarfish on the other hand are grey in colour with white spots running down the sides. Large Shovelnose put up an excellent fight with hard and fast initial runs before quickly tiring and becoming more sluggish as you work them towards the shore. They are edible and I would rate them as poor to average eating. For that matter they are better off released to fight another day. If your want to release a Shovelnose, or any species of shark or ray for that matter, do not lift it’s entire weight by the tail as this can dislocate the cartilage inevitably causing death. When handling, try to support their body as best you can. For large specimens too large to be lifted try dragging them by their nose, this is safer for the fish and easier for the person handling them.


Eagle Rays

Photo credit: Perth Fishing Safaris

Min size: n/a

Bag Limit: 3

Grows to: 2.4m total length, 1.2m disc width

Best baits: Fresh whole fish or fillets, squid, mulies, scalies

Closed Seasons: Protected in Hamelin Bay

About: The Southern Eagle Ray Myliobatis tenuicaudatus is the most commonly encountered eagle ray species caught by land-based anglers in Western Australia, occurring from about Jurien Bay in the north and right the way around the southern half of the country up to southern Queensland. Eagle Rays are the best fighting of all of the rays here in WA; in fact they are quite the sports fish! They aren’t quite as good a fight as an equal-sized fish or shark but these speedsters know how to pull line! While they are fun to catch they can become a nuisance when chasing other species off the beach, mainly because they waste so much time trying to pull them in. Additionally their tails are equipped with a razor-sharp, venomous spine so caution must be taken when handling to avoid being stung. Eagle Rays can be distinguished from other rays by the presence of blue spots, blotches or bars on the upper light brown to yellowish surface. Eagle Rays are smooth to touch and slippery when handled. DO NOT drag them upside-down, as this will remove their protective slime and damage their skin. The best way to handle Rays is to drag them up the beach by the leader and once above the waterline flip them onto their back to remove the hook. Once the hook is removed, flip them back onto their stomach before dragging them by the flaps back into the water. Tip, to give you more grip on their slippery flaps grab a handful of sand before moving them, and again, avoid the venomous tail spine!


Smooth Stingray

Photo credit: Chris and Aron Dixon

Min size: Protected species, not to be taken

Bag Limit: Protected species, not to be taken

Grows to: 4.3m total length, 2.1m disc width, 350kg weight

Best baits: Will take most big baits

Closed Seasons: Infinite

About: Smooth Stingrays are absolutely enormous creatures that take some serious stopping when hooked on standard tackle. Growing to over 2m in width these giants can reach up to 350kg in weight! Often when you hook a large smooth ray there is not much you can other than bust off your line, otherwise they’ll just keep going and going, eventually spooling you. You can tell when you’ve hooked a large ray (smooth ray or black ray), they slowly move off with your bait and continue at a steady, slow pace the entire fight. They have some serious weight about them too! In terms of colour Smooth Rays are greyish-brown on top and white underneath. They have small white spots on the head running from behind the gills to the front of the wing flaps. They also have a serrated, venomous spine on their tail. The best way to handle Rays is to drag them up the beach by the leader and once above the waterline flip them onto their back to remove the hook. Once the hook is removed, flip them back onto their stomach before dragging them by the flaps back into the water. Tip, for more grip on their slippery flaps grab a handful of sand before grabbing them, and again, avoid the venomous tail spine!


Black Stingray

Photo credit: Daniel Bell

Min size: Protected species, not to be taken

Bag Limit: Protected species, not to be taken

Grows to: 4m total length, 1.8m disc width, >200kg weight

Best baits: Will take most big baits

Closed Seasons: Infinite

About: Black Stingrays are very similar in appearance and behaviour to Smooth Stingrays. Black Stingrays are distinguished from Smooth Stingrays by a lack the small white spots on the upper surface beside the head. They also have thorn-like denticles along the upper midline and have a longer tail than Smooth Stingrays. They don’t quite get as big as Smooth Stingrays but in terms of the fight and behaviour when hooked they are pretty much the same. As with other Stingrays the best way to handle them is to drag them up the beach by the leader and once above the waterline flip them onto their back to remove the hook. Once the hook is removed, flip them back onto their stomach before dragging them by the flaps back into the water. Tip, to give you more grip on their slippery flaps grab a handful of sand before moving them, and again, avoid the venomous tail spine!


Australian Herring

Photo credit: Gideon Mettam

Min size: No minimum size

Bag Limit: 12

Grows to: 41cm

Best baits: small strips of fresh fish, squid

Best Lures: small metals and hard body minnows

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Australian Herring, or ‘Herring’ are a small species of fish that put up a fun fight on light tackle. Herring are a favourite target to many West Australian anglers due to their abundance, relative ease to catch and their great, oily taste. They are distinguished by silvery body colour and black tips on their tail fins. When handled you will notice they have rough scales and sharp gill plates, which can cause small cuts on your hands if you’re not careful. When you catch 5 or 6 Herring they are worthwhile keeping for a feed. They also make great bait for larger species like mulloway. Larger adult herring over 30cm are often referred to as Bull Herring.


Silver Trevally aka ‘Skippy’

Photo credit: Brett Skip

Min size: 25cm

Bag Limit: 8

Grows to: 94cm, 10kg

Best baits: small fleshy baits like prawns, pippies, mulie pieces, etc.

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Silver Trevally or ‘Skippy’ are a pelagic fish that provide a great fight on light gear. They respond well to berley and will readily take lures or bait. Skippy are generally found in schools around reefs, piers, marinas and estuaries. They do show up from time to time along Perth’s beaches particularly when fishing near reef. They are a common catch off the rocks in WA's south-west. Skippy can reach large sizes offshore however fish caught inshore rarely exceed 1-2kg. Skippy are ok eating when fresh and they also make exceptional fillet baits for land-based fishing. Here’s a fun fact, when caught Skippy make a grunting sound, which is why anglers on the east coast often referred to them as ‘blurters’.


Flathead

Photo credit: Jacob Crispe

Min size: 30cm

Bag Limit: 8

Grows to: 90cm, 8kg

Best baits: mulies, scalies, prawns, soft plastic lures

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: There‘s a few species of Flathead we could possibly encounter on our trips, with the most common being the Southern Bluespotted Flathead. Flathead are a common but infrequent catch for WA beach fishos. They have a flat body profile with their eyes on the top of their head. They prefer sandy substrates, which is why they are commonly caught on beaches. They are delicious to eat and if you catch one we recommend taking it home for a feed, just be mindful of the pin bones in the belly section of the fillet, these can be removed with pliers. The common Southern Bluespotted Flathead are a mottled sandy brown colour that can be identified from other Flathead species by the presence of bright blue spots along their body and 3-5 black spots on the tail fin margin. When handling Flathead be careful of the sharp spines around the back of the gills


Tarwhine aka Silver Bream

Photo credit: Michelle Lee

Min size: 25cm

Bag Limit: 6

Grows to: 50cm, 4kg

Best baits: prawns, small strips of fresh fish, squid, pippies

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Tarwhine, otherwise known in WA as Silver Bream, are a popular light tackle target from the beach, rocks and estuaries. In WA they are found between Bremer Bay and Exmouth. Tarwhine are also found on the east coast of Australia. The average size Tarwhine is around 30cm in length. They like sandy areas adjacent to rocks where they can be found in small to large schools. Tarwhine are good eating.


Whiting

Photo credit: Joel Knighton

Min size: No minimum size

Bag Limit: 30 combined

Grows to: 42cm (Yellowfin Whiting)

Best baits: small strips of squid, prawns, beach worms, blood worms

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: Whiting are a popular light tackle target species for many beach fishos. They are great fun on light gear and are exceptional on the table – what the fillets lack in size they make up for in taste! There are a number of whiting species caught in the West-Coast Bioregion and, with the exclusion of King George Whiting (not so common from the shore), the largest would be Sand Whiting. Most beaches that we fish on our safaris hold good numbers of School Whiting. School Whiting are relatively small but when you catch enough of them they can provide a good feed. They also make fantastic live or fresh bait for mulloway!


Dart

Photo credit: Craig Wise

Min size: No minimum size

Bag Limit: 8

Grows to: 75cm

Best baits: prawns, small strips of fresh fish, pippies

Best Lures: Fly

Closed Seasons: n/a

About: There are three species of Dart found in Western Australia, including Common Dart (pictured), Smallspotted Dart and Snubnose Dart. Common Dart are the most common Dart species found in the West Coast Bioregion and areas we fish. Snubnose Dart are the largest growing Dart species in WA and can be caught north of Shark Bay. Dart frequent sandy beaches and are more common through the warmer months of the year. They are edible but not as favourable as other species. They are decent when used as bait for larger predators, however the skin is very tough and hard to get off the hook. This can be a good and bad thing depending on what you’re targeting. Regardless of their eating qualities, Dart are a cool-looking fish and a welcome by-catch for most.






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