Fishing at Shelley Beach, Albany, Western Australia

The salmon run was on in Albany over Easter and beyond and what a time it was for fisherpersons.  The salmon were big and seemingly wanting to be caught.  I would say everyone pretty much got a fish or three – awesome fishing. The weather was balmy with no rain or wind.

 

We travelled from Perth to Denmark and then onto Cosy Corner with our caravan.  We stayed at a free stay overseered by a volunteer manager.  Very nice spot with a pit toilet and even a toilet dump!
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We bought some prawns as bait but did no good with them.  Fishermen were hauling in fish left, right and centre.  We got some mullies (small blue bait) and caught two fish – see above.  The fish would sort of come in waves – with nearly everyone getting fish and then it would die down for awhile and then they would come “on” again. 
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I heard a big shark was caught the previous day.  It was probably chasing the fish no doubt.  While fishing I saw two seals surfing and a big pod of dolphins passing by.  (The salmon were popular with the local sea animals as well.)
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The fish was amazing to catch and you certainly knew you had a big fish on the line.  I just used a hook and heavy sinker although some were catching them with a lure – although it was not as successful as the hook.
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We really enjoyed the experience of actually catching big fish.  We took one home and had a delicious meal of fresh salmon.  I hear if it is refrigerated it isn’t so nice. We let the second fish go as we could not eat it.  Some people were just fishing for sport and released the fish every time.

 

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