Fishing Spots in Quaalup and Point Anne

Recently we took a fishing trip to Quaalup, Fitzgerald River National Park near Jerramungup – east of Albany. Salmon is the main fish we caught in Quaalup and Point Anne.

It took us about 7 hours to get down to Quaalup last Wednesday.  We stopped at Jerramungup for fuel and bait and then headed the extra 80 kms to a very remote camp at Quaalup owned by a couple who also cater for groups for dinner in the old homestead.  We set up camp (we were the only guests) and sat back to relax. We fished locally on the beach near the mouth of the Gairdner River.  I got 10 salmon in very pleasant conditions.  We came home and ate them for dinner – living off the land/sea.  (Dad got one....but he was kept busy cleaning the bigger of the fish.)  We used squid as bait and found the mullies we also bought to be too soft in the surf.

Point Anne, WA

Point Anne

The next day we set off for Point Anne as they would not let us into the Fitzgerald River mouth...all roads closed.  We fished off rocks with only a couple of fish to show for it and then went onto the beach for lots of bites/catchings with salmon being the only variety caught. We had decided beforehand to throw back any fish caught as we had had our fill of salmon.  There was a bit of weed in the surf at Point Anne but not enough to get snagged.  Conditions were extremely pleasant.  At one point a seal popped its head up out of the surf to check us out.  We both really enjoyed the pristine beaches and good fishing at Point Anne.

There is also a good fishing spot in the Fitzgerald National Park only 1.5 kilometres down the road from Quaalup Homestead Wilderness Retreat (2WD). You can bait mullet and bream in the Gairdner River and you can also try the Gordon Inlet. We tried some beach fishing as well and we caught salmon but you can get skippy and herring there too I heard from other people fishing on the day. 

Further along the coast near Bremer Bay you can fish both on and off shore for herring, skippy and salmon and if you have a boat some locals told me you can catch deep water varieties such as nannygai, snapper and groper. Fishing spots include Flat Rock (John Cove), Reef Beach and the Pallinup estuary. In the Bremer River they have a boat launch at Muirs Point and you can catch mullet and bream, plus crabs and prawns when they are in season.

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