The drive north to Shark Bay takes about ten hours from Perth, but the fishing lure is so strong here that many an east-coast angler has driven across from Sydney or Melbourne. Most anglers head for the old pearling town of Denham, the population centre for Shark Bay.
Shark Bay was once touted as the hottest snapper fishery in Australia and anglers used to come here in droves for them. However, fishing pressure took its toll and WA Fisheries stepped in to impose strict regulations. These days to catch snapper you need to enter a lottery run by WA Fisheries to gain a couple of tags that allow you to hook two snapper, and then only one a day. Catch and release still remains an option.
But there are many other species worth chasing here. Boat anglers catch groper, cod, mackerel and coral trout.
Bluebone groper can be caught along with norwest snapper from the rocks, and shore-based anglers catch whiting and flathead from the beach where fishing is permitted.
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