Types of Fishing Methods in Western Australia

In this article, we will talk about the different types of fishing methods used in Australia, and what it takes to master each one. We will also cover how to choose which technique is right for you!

Rod bent while fishing at Broome

Bait Fishing

Bait fishing is a somewhat traditional method of fishing in Western Australia. A fisherman will use the scent of the bait to attract fish, then wait for the fish to swim up to it and bite the hook attached to the bait. There are heaps of different baits that can be used, however the most common type of bait used include:

  • Squid or Octopus
  • Prawns
  • Sardines (Mulies)
  • Maggots and worms
  • Garfish or Mullet (Commonly used by game fisherman)

Trolling/Lure Fishing

A popular type of fishing method is trolling
Trolling for Spanish Mackerel off Exmouth, Western Australia

Trolling or Lure fishing is another common fishing method in Western Australia. A fisherman will use a lure that is designed to mimic the fish’s natural prey, then troll or retrieve the lure through the water waiting for it to be swallowed up by the fish.

Deep Sea Fishing

Deep sea fishing can be a rewarding method of fishing and is popular with those fisherman that have access to larger sea worthy boats. A fisherman will use a boat to take them out onto deeper waters (usually continental shelves or reef drop offs) where they can then fish for all sorts of different species such as large Cod, Mackerel, Kingfish, Pink Snapper, Red Emperor, Dhufish, Baldchin groper and Salmson fish.

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is a method of fishing which involves the use of an artificial fly to entice fish. A lot of fisherman prefer this type of fishing as it’s challenging and because it requires more skill and concentration than other types, as well as being less stressful on the environment.

The purpose is for anglers to experience a feeling that they are in close contact with nature when fly fishing. Fly fishing is a technique that generally works best in protected waters, such as on lakes or rivers.

If fly fishing around the ocean (which typically occurs near shallow beaches or protected reefs), this technique usually works better nearer to the shoreline because there are stronger currents and unpredictable waves farther out.

Fly fishermen need to learn how to cast at different angles according to water conditions, which involves understanding concepts such as lift and drag that occur when casting upstream or downstream; they also need to know how much weight needs to be put onto their fly line before casting so that the fly reaches its destination accurately without sinking too deep into the riverbed or having too high an airspeed (which would scare fish away).

Drone Fishing

Video of the SwellPro Drone

Drone fishing is becoming a popular fishing technique used by anglers within Western Australia. This exciting fishing method uses a remote control drone to pick up and take the bait far out into the ocean (usually in excess of 200-300m) allowing land based fisherman to reach areas they’re unable to cast to.

Apart from taking out a line, fishermen can use drones for various purposes, including identifying where they could be finding different types of schools due to their abundance and location under water (typically when salmon fishing), identify if there are any predators lurking around by looking at underwater shadows created by them while chasing prey, spotting potential hazards that may disrupt the boat’s passage through an area like shallow reefs or submerged trees. For more information on Drone Fishing check out the Australian Drone fishing website.

Magnet Fishing

Although not used to catch fishing, Magnet Fishing is a fishing technique in which people use magnets to attract items from the bottom of lakes, waterways and ocean floors. Magnet fishing is also called “electrofishing” because the magnet attracts metallic objects like wire, nails, and fish hooks to be brought up from the deep.

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