Help! Fishing Hamelin Bay W.A
I have a 11 1/2 Ft dingy and I have just returned home from a Work/Christmas trip from Mandurah and Esperance with the family.
While I was in Mandurah I had a fish in the Peel Inlet where we only caught Blowies (hundreds of them). We then venture to Esperance where we fished the Bay 3 times with limited success with only catching some rock cod, a under size sweep and a couple under size herring for the whole time there.
We have 2 small children of 4 and 6 and they have run out of patience of boring fishing and no longer want to go out in the boat. I am planing on going for a fishing trip to Hamelin Bay in a week or so and will try our luck in the bay.
I would like to know what I could catch and what is the best bait to use? As we are only in the tinny I will not be venturing out very far so is there any good spots to be? I don't care if we are catching under size fish and throwing back but would love to have some catching fun and not just fishing for the kids.
I have also got a timber Cray pot(more for the big kid). Is it worth wile taking it out or have the Crays gone out already? I don't want a huge feed or go stupid but catch 1-2 for a feed for us. I have been told to use tin cat food for bait. Does this work or have I been given a bum steer?
I have spent all my time in the boat running up the Blackwood and Donnelly rivers so ocean fishing is new to me( apart from 3 trips on the bay of Isles). I have all the relevant lic, tickets, flares etc. When does Hamelin bay get nasty? I don't venture out in more than 15knot/1.5m swell but I know it can change really quickly around that area.
Any info would be appreciated. Thanks...Mark