A saw fish landed . It's a first

 Wasn't much action out on the bank today other than a few trevally and the usual whiting until the tide started out. Got busted off by something big on 1 rod and while re rigging the other big rod went off . After a half hour fight I was stunned to see this big saw fish come to the beach . It's a first for me and not likely to get another one any time soon. It swam off strong but unfort6it had swallowed the hook along with the whole live mullet so all I could do was cut the wire trace as close as I could to its mouth. 

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Very cool

Sat, 2021-10-23 16:04

Certainly a pic to remember.

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Holy shit

Sat, 2021-10-23 16:06

 That's a catch and release of a lifetime!. 

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 Not wrong there. I was

Sat, 2021-10-23 16:31

 Not wrong there. I was surprised at how long t he saw is for the size of them. The body was around 6 foot

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Nice

Sat, 2021-10-23 17:16

 Nice one Russ, great fish. One to remember thats for sure

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Dinosaur

Sat, 2021-10-23 17:48

 That is a really cool fish. 30 years ago the saw would be on the wall of the pool room. For all the negative posts, love seeing the positives and enjoy seeing what your catching in between working in the Port. 

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Well done Russ, I’m surprised

Sat, 2021-10-23 19:57

Well done Russ, I’m surprised you haven’t tangled with one eariler, they are far more common at the spoil bank than you may think also 6 mile holds a few, pain when you get a small one in a cast net as they roll and tangle right up! 

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 Hey Russ, nice catch. If I

Sun, 2021-10-24 06:10

 Hey Russ, nice catch. If I remember correctly, fisheries gave a shout out a couple of years ago asking that any one who caught one as a by catch could fill them in on the details as they were trying to get a better understanding of ditribution etc. 

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Sawfish

Sun, 2021-10-24 08:24

 Seen them free swimming at Mialiaboolia beach inlet and in the Fascine in Carnarvon.

 

Sadly caught a large [3 metres+] one in the shark net off Cape Naturaliste and it had died, called Fisheries shark research and they sent one of their blokes down to take samples , measurements and photos etc. He told us that  it was very uncommon to be caught that far south. Very different from the sawsharks that are caught in Geographe Bay, theyare about  a metre long and have barbells off each side of their saw

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Awesome

Sun, 2021-10-24 09:17

 

Awesome catch and photo Russ

A great memory with that one.

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Amazing...

Sun, 2021-10-24 14:09

Great job Russ .. seen a few of them

up on walls as a kid . Good he swam .
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 One to remember for sure

Mon, 2021-10-25 10:46

 One to remember for sure Russ!

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 Well done that is the only

Mon, 2021-10-25 13:09

 Well done that is the only one of them I have seen other than on tv

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 Same here.was great to catch

Mon, 2021-10-25 13:18

 Same here.was great to catch it but even better seeing it swim of strong. Definitely one to remember 

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 Going by the photo it's hard

Tue, 2021-10-26 11:30

 Going by the photo it's hard to tell which species this one is . However it does look a similar to the green saw fish. 

Could anyone shed some light on exactly which one

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Fri, 2021-10-29 14:47

The increased spacing of the teeth closer to the snout, the dorsal location and the colour would suggest to me that it is indeed a Green Sawfish.  Those features don't match the other three significant species of Sawfish found in WA.

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 If it is one based on my

Fri, 2021-10-29 19:21

 If it is one based on my research they are on the endangered species list.  Even more of a significant catch.

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