The Murchison River at Kalbarri, about six hours’ drive north of Perth, produces a variety of fish including bream to 52 cm. ‘We also catch small mulloway in the river, yellowfin whiting, blue manna and green mud crabs, the odd mangrove jack, Moses perch and giant herring,’ said local angler Dean Robbins. There are two jetties in the river, one of which is public, and as you drive upriver, you’ll find many isolated spots. Mulloway to 25 kg have been caught from the public jetty.
The main boat ramp is in town and the main fishing beaches are south of Kalbarri. Chinaman Beach at the mouth of the Murchison produces mulloway, tailor to 8 kg and sometimes snapper. On the north side of the Murchison at Oyster Reef Beach, anglers use quad bikes to drive along the beach and fish for big mulloway, tailor and snapper. Dean said the best beach fishing with easy access was Wittecarra Beach to Red Bluff, where big tailor and mulloway are caught.
Take Red Bluff Rd south from Kalbarri and you come to a spot called Blue Holes. Just north of here, anglers fish for tailor with poppers and chrome slices. At Red Bluff, anglers fish for yellowfin, longtail and mackerel tuna, mackerel and tailor. The gorges and rock ledges south of Red Bluff offer good fishing for snapper and tailor.
Offshore species include tuna, Spanish mackerel, dhufish, baldchin groper, coral trout, nor west snapper, cobia, Samson fish, yellowtail kingfish, amberjack, red throat, and spangled and red emperor.