Fishing in Esperance
Esperance has a magnificent coastline and rock fishing is a popular activity. However rock fishing poses significant dangers because of slippery rocks and rogue waves. If you intend to go rock fishing during your time in Esperance please follow these safety guidelines:
Visit a local tackle shop or the Visitor Centre and ask where is safe to fish.
Lengths of rope are available to tie onto rock bolts with. Rope is available free of charge from local tackle shops.
Tell someone where and when you are planning to fish, and try not to fish alone.
Read warning signs at your fishing location.
Familiarise yourself with your fishing spot prior to fishing. Note location of rock bolts and angel rings.
Wear a life vest, light clothing and shoes with non-slip soles.
Have rope available to tie yourself to a rock bolt.
If someone is washed into the water do not jump in. If an angel ring or other flotation device is available provide it to them and call 000 to summon help.
If you are swept into the water do not panic. Swim away from the rocks and attract attention.
Please stay safe during your visit to Esperance.
LOCAL FISHING GUIDE
ROSSITER TO STOCKYARD CREEK 4WD ONLY. Species: Salmon, skippy, herring, sand whiting, salmon trout, flathead, gummy shark.
CAPE LE GRAND, HELLFIRE BAY, THISTLE COVE, LUCKY BAY & ROSSITER Access to all areas by car. All places within the national park. Species: Salmon, skippy, herring, sand whiting, salmon trout, flathead, gummy shark, snook, gardie, groper.
DUNNS ROCK & VICTORIA HARBOUR Species: Salmon, skippy, herring, sand whiting, salmon trout, flathead, gummy shark, shark, rock varieties around headlands.
WHARTON BEACH Accessible by car. 4WD beach areas. Species: salmon, skippy, herring, salmon trout, flathead, gummy shark. Rock varieties around headlands and yellow eyed mullet in small bays.
DUKE OF ORLEANS BAY Accessible by car. Picnic area provided. Narrow strip of land leads to an island where most fishing is done. Species: herring, skippy, snook, gardie, flathead, sand whiting, groper and rock varieties.
MEMBINUP Accessible by car at most times. 4WD beach area. Species: salmon, skippy, herring, salmon trout, flathead, gummy shark. Rock varieties are found around headland.
ALEXANDER BAY Predominantly 4WD. Species: salmon, skippy, herring, salmon trout, sand whiting, king george whiting, gummy shark & rock varieties.
BLACKBOY CREEK & TAGON HARBOUR Access to Thomas River by car. To Tagon – 4WD. Species: salmon, skippy, herring, salmon trout, sand whiting, gummy shark & rock varieties.
CAPE ARID 4WD required. Species: salmon, skippy, herring, salmon trout, sand whiting, gummy shark & rock varieties.
POISON CREEK 4WD access only. Species: salmon, skippy, herring, salmon trout, gummy shark, shark, tailer, & rock varieties including groper.
POINT MALCOLM to ISRAELITE BAY 4WD access only. Species: salmon, skippy, herring, salmon trout, flathead, sand whiting and king george whiting, gummy shark, gardie, sea mullet, mulloway & rock varieties.
WEST BEACH, BLUE HAVEN, SALMON BEACH, FOURTH BEACH, OBSERVATORY POINT & NINE MILE Along the Great Ocean Drive. Access by car. Species: salmon, skippy, herring, salmon trout, sand whiting, yellow eyed mullet, gummy shark, flathead & rock varieties.
ELEVEN MILE, THIRTEEN MILE & PLUM PUDDING Accessible by car most of the year except Plum Pudding which is 4WD. Species: salmon, skippy, herring, salmon trout, tailer, gummy shark, rock varieties & flathead.
WARRINUP Access by car most of the year. Species: salmon, skippy, salmon trout, tailer, sand whiting, gummy shark, shark & rock varieties.
YOUNG RIVER Access 4WD through private property. Species: salmon, skippy, herring, salmon trout, sand whiting, gummy shark, shark, tailer. Estuary fishing includes most of the above trapped in river plus black bream.
MARGARET COVE Access by car but would recommend 4WD. Species: salmon, skippy, herring, salmon trout, gummy shark & rock varieties.
MUNGLINUP Several miles of open beach, small bays and rock headlands. Access by car. Species: salmon, skippy, herring, salmon trout, sand whiting, tailer, gummy shark, flathead & rock varieties.
TANKER JETTY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Species: herring, skippy, squid. Fishing rig: Use a light line (max 12lb breaking strain). Small hook (5/8) and light sinker, just sufficient to ensure that the wind does not blow the line out of the water. Skippy feed deeper than herring so a heavier sinker can be used for them. Bait: squid, mince or river prawns. Use berly/pollard.
Fishing charters are also available in Esperance. Please ask for brochures at the Visitor Centre:
Esperance Diving and Fishing, Duke Charters, Black Jack Charters.
Beautiful Beaches - We are still the Whitest!
National Committee on Soil and Terrain
Media Statement 22th January 2009
LUCKY BAY STILL AUSTRALIA’S WHITEST BEACH
Western Australia has repelled a challenge from Queensland to retain the title as having the nation’s whitest beach.
Lucky Bay near Esperance on Western Australia’s South Coast successfully overcame the bid from Whitehaven on Whitsunday Island in a unanimous vote from members of the National Committee on Soil and Terrain.
This committee represents all States and the Commonwealth in soil matters and organised the first scientific challenge to find Australia’s whitest beach in 2006.
Committee chairman, Noel Schoknecht, said that when samples of sand from the best candidates in each State and the Northern Territory had been compared in a nationwide challenge two years ago, Lucky Bay in WA was the unanimous choice.
“At that time, Tallebudgerra in Queensland came second but the Queenslanders reckoned they could find a whiter and stronger candidate,” Mr Schoknecht said. “They submitted a new challenge in December 2008 from Whitehaven but were unsuccessful.”
Queenslanders are understood to be disappointed but not yet ready to throw in the towel.
Whiteness of beaches depends on the composition and size of the sand particles and can relate to the presence of either coral or fine particles of quartz. Both Lucky Bay and Whitehaven have fine quartz-based sands.
“Until you see the sands side by side, it is hard to know which is whitest,” Mr Schoknecht commented. “Some suggest that on parts of Cape York beach-goers need two pairs of sunglasses to protect their eyes from the glare, so Queensland may consider another challenge.”
Samples of sand have to be collected from the top 10 centimetres in the active beach zone. Only samples from a current marine environment are considered, not sand dunes away from the beach.
Mr Schoknecht said the white beach challenge was a light-hearted out-of-hours diversion from the committee’s normally serious work on the nation’s soils.
“The samples are retained and if anyone in the country believes their beach is purer and whiter than the current champion, we would be happy to check them out,” he added.
Lucky Bay on Western Australia’s south coast still claims the title of Australia’s whitest beach
Noel Schoknecht, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia on (08) 9368 3707 or mobile 0417 954 620; firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernie Powell, Queensland committee representative on (07) 3896 9398