Perth Newbie - Metro Tailor Beach Fishing

 Hi folks,

I have been in Perth about 12 months,I am from the UK originally.You locals dont know how lucky you are,miles of great coastline and good weather,with the possibility of catching a great variety of fish.

Anyway I have been hitting the metro beaches for the last 12 months with not much luck until recently(last few weeks actually).Found a good spot( will reveal sometime soon if anyone is interested) by accident and been nailing some decent Tailor (I think) I am hesitant to say decent, as I dont know what is the average that you guys catch around Perth,but I am happy and they are leagal so thats all that matters I suppose.Anything is decent when you have caught nothing but the odd small Flathead or Herring when putting in the effort and numerous hours week in week out.I suppose trial and error plus TV and Mags is the reason for my improvement.Dont laugh, you have to learn somehow,I had nobody to show me ! Dont get me wrong I have fished for years,river trout on the fly rod, and the odd bit of float fishing on a lake ,but beach casting is all new.

What is the average size Tailor around Peth out of interest?

I suppose you could say "I had all the gear and no idea" up until recently.I think I am starting to get the hang of it,but a long way to go.The next target is the might Mulloway I reckon,I have never even seen one apart from on TV or in a Mag,but I am a determined fellow, so I will keep you informed and dont rule me out just yet.These are the a few of the Tailor I have been catching recently.I caught 6 last night,but returned 3 of them as only needed enough for a feed for me and the kids today.I think the biggest was about 52cm and the others were all about 40-45cm.Not sure what the weighed I, dont have scales but they had a few decent fillets on them.

Any Mulloway advice would be helpful,Location,Rigs,Baits and tides etc !

Not teaching anyway to suck eggs I hope,but this might of helped me out a few weeks back=

For those interested these were caught on Paternoster(I think) rig I made.Weight at the bottom 100g breakaway with 2 x 5.0 Owner snelled hooks on the dropper.Half a Garfish tail end or head it doesnt seem to matter much.Cast out about 50m.The stationary take is savage, and I have also found that sometimes a slow retrieve entices hits too.I will keep you updated on my progress going forward and any help would be greatly appreciated.


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there some nice taylor there

Sat, 2011-10-08 14:20

there some nice taylor there haha just wondering were u got them havent been out fishing for taylor for the last few months, just been chasing mulloway and hav had runs but not any landed. if u want any advise the bast way to figure out how to catch mulloway is to fish and find out patterns yourself.

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130 read

Sat, 2011-10-08 15:49

Only one post to a new fisho,     Shame on you guys???????? If you got time to read you got time to put a post back


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 Mulloway as you have

Sat, 2011-10-08 16:14

 Mulloway as you have probably read about or seen on TV are veryyy timid. They'll play around with the bait and then start swimming around with it in their mouth. At this point most people go to hook them, but set the hook too soon and they'll drop the bait. Any deep gutters or holes are good places to start. Many people cast straight over the fish, as muloway are generally found close to the shore. Locations: most of your tailor spots, like swanbourne and cottesloe. Other places to try is the narrow bridge,  (your best bet locally in probably 1 month), causeway and E-shed at the moment is doing quite well.

Persistance is the key, put in the hours and you'll get the fish


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Sat, 2011-10-08 16:16

Welcome to the site mate, not bad sized fish for metro, you seem to be doing the right things to find the fish,  its just a case of learning some more spots and times to fish.

As for Mulloway , lot's of hours and fresh bait. A fillet of one of those Tailor would be my first choice. Looking forward to see your progress .

Cheers Grant..


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Nice fish!

Sat, 2011-10-08 16:39

 Nice work mate.. cracker fish.. I would love to help you out on the mulloway front.. But i've never caught one.. Or even seen one caught.. But judging by those tailor im sure you will have a mulloway on the board in no time..

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Nice fish mate, Like the

Sat, 2011-10-08 19:54

Nice fish mate,
Like the other guys have said fresh or live smaller tailor are great bait, look for the gutters as mostly they are in closer than you think.
Up around wedge island is always a good choice, good chance for an over night stay and a few drinks

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 Thanks for the positive

Sat, 2011-10-08 19:58

 Thanks for the positive feedback people,its appreciated.

I will keep going in my pursuit of the ellusive Mulloway,it might take me another 12 months of heartache I suppose,but heh there are far worse ways to spend a year I am sure you will agree.

Just for your information the last 3 weeks, 2 hours before, and 2 hours after high tide in the same spot has produced numerous tailor from 35cm - 55cm.I keep reading there has to be some wind and white water etc,but I have caught them all in various conditions.Tide and bait( garfish + scaly mackeral) seems to be the most important factor,in this location anyway.Some days flat with no wind and other days 3 foot breakers and a gale.Not sure what the place is called but it is a couple kms south of Scarborough but not quite as far as city beach.I will have a look on a map sometime for a more accurate location description.I just found it one day driving around looking for a new spot to fish.

I wont be moving from there in a hurry anyway,and I guess there is alway a chance of a Mulloway too !





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 Keep fishing that area for

Tue, 2011-10-11 09:53

 Keep fishing that area for tailor, it's only a matter of time before you'll accidentally snag a mulloway in the middle of a hot tailor bite.


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I'd be

Sat, 2011-10-08 20:07

keeping that spot quiet mate or half of Perth will be there before you know it

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Took me 3years

Sat, 2011-10-08 20:09

And then i got 3 in one night, Dry run from there on


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cant really go wrong fishing

Sat, 2011-10-08 23:12

cant really go wrong fishing for tailor any gutter, along a reef you can find them regularly is the harder part put in the hours and a mulla will pounce when you least expect it. at a guess youd be going around burns beach quinns area? that seems to be where all the poms are these days!

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yes buddy fishing here pisses

Mon, 2011-10-10 11:59

yes buddy fishing here pisses all over the uk doesnt it, beats the mackeral and pollock. lots of different techniques to learn for each fish.


Solid tailor there mate and keep your spot to your self... best way.

where you based nor or sor?