The biggest hurdle to catching a feed of fish in South West of WA is finding them. There are a range of delicious reef fish on offer, it’s just about finding the right spots to look.
With a couple of days off after Christmas, we decided to load the car with our dive gear and kayak and head down the south coast. Our destination was Hamelin Bay, just south of Margaret River. As the bay has a lot of reef to explore, we thought the kayak would be a great way to cover ground to drift and find the fishy spots. The water was pretty chilly at 17 degrees, but thankfully my 7mm dive top to keep me comfortable.
After only a short paddle from the ramp we found a couple of shallow reefs that looked nice. Straight into the water and we snooped a squid that was hanging on the weed edge. The day was off to a good start. Along the way we spotted a number of King George Whiting, but they dodged both of our spears in typical whiting fashion.
A sneaky Breasea Cod appeared who was a little too confident for its own good and ended up on the bbq that night for dinner. Breaksea Cod are one of my favourite eating fish with firm white fillets about as good as you can get.
After swimming into the shallows to have some lunch we found a few more KGW lurking in the shallows. Luckily, one of the bigger whiting hung around just long enough for me to finally land one.
We finally had enough fish for a feed, so enjoyed the rest of the morning diving with some of the friendly resident fish and swimming through the cool limestone caves in the bay.