Advice needed for NOR fishing

 So, I have moved from Warnbro to Inglewood and my boat is back from repairs soon. I'm itching to get out and do some fishing. Problem is I don't know Perth metro fishing at all. 

I was launching from Safety Bay or Rockingham and going out to the reef. I am generally happy with Skippy, King George, odd Snapper, etc. I don't feel the need to go out 500 miles or catch the largest fish in the ocean. I am happy to fill up the smoker. 

Can anyone give me tips for where to go,  when and where from? 

 

Cheers

 

Tim  

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 Where are you thinking of

Mon, 2017-03-20 18:11

 Where are you thinking of launching?

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 Hillarys I guess - its the

Mon, 2017-03-20 18:27

 Hillarys I guess - its the closest

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 Just start either side of 3

Mon, 2017-03-20 19:05

 Just start either side of 3 mile reef mate depending on prevailing winds.

One thing you'll miss is the wind protection you used to get from mangles bay , shoalwater and the sound.

If you anchor so you back onto any of the reef structures you should always get some herring, maybe skippy, and occasionally some bigger demersals and pelagics.

Its pretty busy most weekend's so you may want to go a bit farther north or south from hillarys or weather permitting just bottom bounce starting at back of 3 mile and drift deeper.

One thing I'm finally learning is berley is essential.

See you out there!

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 Cool. Thanks for that. So

Mon, 2017-03-20 19:58

 Cool. Thanks for that. 

So does that mean its more fished out than Rockingham way? 

My weekend is Monday, Tuesday anyway - so I can avoid the crowds pretty easy. 

 

What's Rotto like? Still haven't taken the boat out there yet. 

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there is good fish all along the 3 mile

Mon, 2017-03-20 20:45

 but you have to put up with catching pickers to get a decent fish every now and again, and like said berley is the go. rotto is ok but like anywhere it can be hit and miss. i think it gets hammered around rotto but saying that i've caught some nice fish around it.

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Learn the reefs

Mon, 2017-03-20 20:56

 Not knowing what size boat you're using limits the advice a bit. Search some of MickC early posts from when he moved to WA. He wrote some really good info about the type of ground, depths etc to be really productive near shore and just beyond the 3 Mile as well. It details his first hand experience and results and well worth a read if new to fishing out of hillarys.

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 Hi.  I've got an old 5.5m

Tue, 2017-03-21 09:47

 Hi.  I've got an old 5.5m baron with a mercury 90hp.

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You'll be fine mate. If

Tue, 2017-03-21 11:08

You'll be fine mate. If there's no swell you can just punch straight out through the gap in the reef and there's some good lumps around there and some good whiting to be found in the 23s otherwise cruise south just passed the south cardinal marker and you've got the Scarborough reef system. It can really be hit and miss during gentleman's hours and I completely blanked out one trip when not even the wrasse were biting but we've caught KGW, sambos, black arse, dhueys etc there and be prepared for cockheads in huge boats who will drive their boats within 50m at speed if you are close to the cardinal marker. You can get squid in the weed banks between the Marina and Little Island but nothing like you'd be used to down your way and the usual skippy and herring if you berley up near structure in the shallows around Little Island.

If you head north be alert as the Wanneroo Reef can be hard to spot if it's a really flat day, high tide and there is glare off the water. If there's a bit of swell I normally drive along the shore side of Cow Rocks and Wanneroo Reef and then head out towards Little Island once I'm passed those. 

Most importantly, VJ6LQ is the call sign for Whitfords Sea rescue and they monitor VHF channel 73

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 Hey. Thanks for that -

Wed, 2017-03-22 11:44

 Hey. Thanks for that - plenty of good info - that'll keep me occupied for a while. 

 

Not exactly fishing at gentleman's hours but not going out at 3am either :-). Its no fishing when the fushing is no good :-) 

 

I will post an update when I've been out. 

 

BTW - you using bait or artificial? 

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Both bait and artificials

Wed, 2017-03-22 13:08

Both bait and artificials mate as well as a live baits and there's a shit tonne of wrasse on the 3 Mile you can use for one

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 Oh yeah almost forgot.Get

Wed, 2017-03-22 07:34

 Oh yeah almost forgot.

Get yourself the navionics app too if you dont already have comprehensive maps on your gps/ sounder.

Especially get the contours feature. Really handy!

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Snapper

Wed, 2017-03-22 16:17

I'd suggest heading out before dawn from Hillarys. Head down to the south cardinal out from trigg (all safe water to get there from the  marina). Find a spot just behind the reef. Anchor, burley and wait. Caught some thumping snapper around that area. When the sun comes up and you start catching wrasse its time to head home or chase some whiting on the sand behind 3 mile. Good luck.

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