West Australian SalmonThe West Australian Salmon are a hard fighting sport fish which are a popular target for recreational fishermen (and women!) These fish have a streamlined body with a large powerful forked tail which allows the fish to leap clear from the water making them a joy to catch. They can grow to a maximum of 10kg, but most fish are around the 4-5kg mark. Where to find Salmon in the South West: Salmon school up to make their migratory run from east of Esperance right through to the north of Perth and Rottnest. During their run, Salmon tend to hug the coast, allowing keen fisherman to catch these fish from beaches, jetties and rocky headlands. Some popular spots to catch salmon are as follows: Cape Le Grande, Esperance, Hopetoun, Bremer Bay, Cheynes Beach, Waychinicup, Albany, Denmark, Walpole, Windy Harbour, Augusta, Margaret River, Dunsborough, Busselton, Bunbury, Australind, Mandurah, Fremantle, Rottnest and North metro beaches. What to use to catch salmon in the south west: Shore based anglers will generally need longer rods to get maximum casting distance, I believe the best rod length is 8-10ft for rocky headlands and 12-14ft from the beach. Line weights can vary but the most suitable for most instances is 20lb monofilament. Anglers are also using braided lines now especially when casting lures as a longer cast is made possible. Reels should be matched to the rod, spinning reels are the most popular with Side cast Alvey reels also not uncommon especially for the longer rods off the beach. Salmon eat a wide range of bait including: Mulie, small mullet, herring, whitebait, blue bait and garfish. The most popular bait would have to be Mulie rigged on a set of gang hooks. Lures will also work extremely well on salmon, Metal casting lures are the most popular as their weight enables them to be cast long distances. Bibbed Hard body lures are another productive method if the lure can be cast into the school, being lighter in weight these lures sometimes aren't an option if the school is out of casting distance. Soft plastics are an increasingly popular choice, 5 and 7 inch plastics are the best size and being able to rig them with various weighted jig heads allows you to vary the casting weight for the fishing conditions.
There are basically 3 main types of fishing rods.
Fibre-glass is a very flexible product which is why it was the first materials to be used in the making of fishing rods. It is still used for entry level rods. Glass fibre (Fibre glass) whilst extremely hard and durable, is also one the heaviest.
Composite Graphite Rods
This is where a blend of glass fibre is mixed with graphite. The majority is fibre-glass with graphite added to help reduce the weight and stiffen the rod a little.
Solid Graphite or Carbon fibre fishing rods are lighter and stiffer than fibre glass or composite rods. This means the rod is usually slimmer and lighter, whilst retaining a lot of strength.
Tips for Rod Selection
When selecting a rod make sure to choose the correct rod for your selected reel. Generally rods come under two categories, Spinning rods, (the guides run underneath the rod) and overhead rods. (the guides run on top of the rod) Fishing rods are built on a back bone, which means each rod is designed to load (bend) a certain way. Bending a fishing rod against the backbone (the incorrect way) could cause the rod to break!Learn more