Fishing help

 Hi all,

lets start this off by stating I am NOT looking for peoples locations or GPS spots!!

that out of the way...

I have been fishing here here in Perth for almost 3 years out of the Cockburn sound and city side of rotto with little to no luck. 

I have done a vast amount of fishing but am struggling to find any real structure here in WA with the waters being so vast. Burley seems to just bring in sharks and same with live bait. I have tried squid soft plastics, mullies.

Am I stupidly missing something or is it all part of the chase in the vast area off the cost here  

Thanks for your help



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Sat, 2017-01-07 19:56

 Your not alone Matt, but I'm just a dinghy fisher.


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Sun, 2017-01-08 07:36

 Hey Matts. All I can suggest is to study your gps maps and concentrate on the compressed contour lines. I f you look at placed like direction bank which runs from the north end of Rotto to well past two rocks you can see areas that compress and areas that show alot of structure. Once you get to that general area its just a matter of finding the fishable lumps. If your boat is capable of getting out to direction bank that would be a good starting point.

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 Thanks Gav. You set the

Sun, 2017-01-08 14:54

 Thanks Gav. You set the light bulb off in my dark head. The GPS unit I have been running on it pretty old and maps are from 2004. To add to this they are for the east cost where I brought the boat from so the compressed contour lines are non existent. 

I have ordered a new unit now as the Navman tracker 5505 I have been using is no longer made or able to get upgrades. 

Thanks for your help. 

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Hey Matt, also consider tides

Wed, 2017-01-11 01:41

Hey Matt, also consider tides and times. Not always a win win but we've had some good results fishing first couple of hours on the rising tide. A lot of action at night aswell.


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You can study this at home

Wed, 2017-01-11 07:03

You can study this at home and start to plan trips before you get down to the ramp. It's also got a few spots on it that people have made available to the public which would likely be flogged out but it gives you an idea where to sound around for your own.


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 Thanks Teamjelly. Night

Sat, 2017-01-14 20:06

 Thanks Teamjelly. Night fishing is one that's next in the list to tick off planning on giving it a go some time soon. Hard part is finding time. 


Jackfrost - thanks. They have some good information on them. Will try get the kids off the computer and get it on a bigger screen than a phone.