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A good option for families –
pack a picnic and set up for
the afternoon. You’ll have
some luck with bream and
flathead under the traffic
bridges that cross the rivers,
at Mosman Bay, or in East
Perth, but be careful of
blowies before the sun sets.
Serious anglers hit the beach
in the evening, chasing
tailor and mulloway, but you
can go any time of day. Try
Pinnaroo Point or Mindarie
for whiting or herring, or take
the 4WD north and explore
Ledge Point near Lancelin
– park on the beach and set
up a shade cloth.
With 13,000km of mainland coastline and another 8000km on offshore
islands, WA provides ample opportunities for marine adventuring. Take
a trip up north or down south, or make a day of it closer to home.
For water babies, the winter
months can be cold and long.
But (provided your balance is
ok), there’s a solution: stand-up
paddleboarding, or SUPing. Rug
up and paddle out on the river this
winter – don’t say we didn’t warn
you about keeping your balance.
SoulKite | Try this casual setup if you’re not sure about SUPing
– hire a board for one or two hours, or a whole day, and
paddle around in your own time. At $20 for an hour, it’s the
cheapest in Perth. Point Walter, Bicton.
Action Sports WA | Perfect for beginners or people wanting
a little more guidance, Action Sports will teach you basic
SUPing techniques and make sure your equipment is suited to
your height and weight. You’ll walk away with great technique,
and an understanding of the physical benefits of SUPing.
Bardon Place, Maylands.
Stand Up Paddle Sports | For something different, try one of
the classes from SUP Sports – think ladies-only social paddles,
private lessons and fitness-focussed classes. Class prices
are discounted if you bring your own board. JH Abrahams
Elemental SUP | If you already feel comfortable on a SUP, try
one of Elemental’s specialised classes. Catch waves with SUP
surfing, or try something different with SUP yoga – yep, that’s
a downward dog on a board. Point Walter, Bicton.
Swan and Canning Rivers
Head to transport.wa.gov.au/imarine for maps and
boating safety information, then take off from one of
these metro launch ramps.
Bayswater Claughton Reserve, Bayswater.
Crawley Hackett Drive, Crawley.
Guildford Swan Street, Guildford.
Maylands Clarkson Road, Maylands.
Mosman Park Johnston Street, Mosman Park.
Mt Pleasant The Esplanade, Mt Pleasant.
Point Walter Honour Avenue, Bicton.
Rivervale Balbuk Way, Burswood.
South Perth Douglas Avenue, South Perth.
A good option for starting a trip to Rotto,
Mandurah also offers boating activities in its
Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary, WA’s largest inland
waterway. Popular among locals for its marine life,
the estuary is great for crabbing and fishing. It’s
shallow in the middle – 2m deep – so keep an eye
on navigational markers. Peel Inlet and Harvey
Its protected bays and
proximity to Perth make
Rotto a great option for
a visit, no matter what the
weather – just be careful
of the brisk Freo Doctor
on the way back. The Pains
Wessex Rottnest Escorted
Safety Convoys are led
by experienced mariners
who know the safe routes
to the island, so hook up
with them to make sure your
trip’s a safe one. Leave
from Fremantle, Woodman
Point, Hillarys, Rockingham
North Freo Stand Up Surf Shop | Perth’s only specialist SUP
shop also offers classes so you can put your new craft to the
test. Lessons with a qualified instructor run every weekend
or, if you prefer something more personal, you can also
make an appointment for a private lesson. Freshwater Bay,
Highly dangerous, rock
fishing is only for the
most experienced. Try
the Fremantle Moles for
consistent catches. South
Mole doesn’t fish as well
as the North, but is safer
and less crowded. Look for
herring and gardies at South
Mole, and snapper, trevally
and mulloway at the North.
You’ll need a recreational
fishing licence to go out on
a boat (apply at fish.wa.gov.
au) but then the possibilities
are endless. Exmouth,
Kalbarri, Onslow, Augusta,
Esperance, the Rowley
Shoals and Coral Bay are
popular. Respect regulations
and fish sustainably.
It’s estimated a third of WA fishes.
Join them, no matter your skill level
(or your patience) either in the city, on
the coast, or further afield. Check this
list, then visit fishwrecked.com for
updates and tips.
Fishing at Trigg
(photography Marc Russo).
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