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Marron in the South West

The South West Marron is the largest freshwater crayfish. They are found throughout most freshwater catchments and rivers in the South West. Marron will congregate in the deeper parts of their habitat and prefer debris / logs etc to hide in and around.

How to catch Marron: The first thing you need to obtain is a freshwater Marron licence, which can be obtained from any Australia Post or your local fisheries Department. The license spells out the rules you need to follow when catching Marron. The traditional method is known as the 'Bushman's Snare Pole'. This is simply a pole with a loop tied to the end. The loop is to be self tightening only (see fisheries for further clarification). The idea is to attract the Marron to the edge of bank with your bait (laying pellets are a popular choice). Then carefully try and slip the loop in the water behind them and as the Marron walks back into the loop lift up and hopefully you will have successfully snared a tasty Marron!

The best time to Marron is at night. The Marron will come out of their hiding places and seek out food / bait. The trick then is spotting them. A light is necessary with a headlight a useful tool, as it keeps both your hands free for snaring.

Eating your catch: To eat fresh, boil a pot of water, put the Marron in (head first!). When the water has come back to the boil, set you timer for 3-4 minutes then they're ready. Remove the Marron from the boiling water and put them in iced water to stop them cooking, Then enjoy!

If you're planning to freeze your Marron, we have found the best method is to freeze them green. The first thing is to anesthetise the Marron and take their heads off, then cover in glad wrap and freeze them. When the time comes to defrost and cook the Marron, a good method is to butterfly them and grill with garlic butter.

Final word: Due to low stocks, the Marron season will usually only run for 3 to 4 weeks per year, so please make sure you don't take Marron out of season. Also, there are bag and size limits for a reason, please don't exceed them. Following the rules will ensure a healthy stock of Marron for the future. 

West Australian Salmon

The 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. 
“ When going fishing, try to target a specific specie and tailor your gear to suit. This will give you the best chance of success....”

"Fish for the future! The careful release of any unwanted fish, goes a long way to protecting fish stocks for our future generations..."

"Maintenance is the key to the life of your fishing gear. This means giving your gear a quick wash after your fishing session to remove any salt or dirt."


Fishing Rods

There are basically 3 main types of fishing rods.
Fibre-Glass 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.
Pure Graphite
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!

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