It’s all happening
  |  First Published: November 2013

November is an exciting month for many anglers across the North West coast! This is where it all starts happening again, with many of our migratory summer species beginning to show up as the water temperature increases.


On the saltwater side of things, most anglers will venture out wide on the calm days in search for decent-sized sand flathead, gummy shark and the possible idea of an early mako. These three species are great because you can organise a trip where you can chase all three and ensure yourself a top day out!

The usual trick is to start at 50m of water (approximately 10km offshore) and establish a berley trail while you begin your drift. To pass the time, set up a paternoster rig with oily baits and enjoy catching flathead and gummy shark.

If you aren’t targeting makos you can start a drift at about 30m deep. Remember that you must put up with gurnards to catch the good fish!

If the weather turns bad or there’s not much biting, the best option is to come in close to our inshore reefs or river mouths, hang a squid jig over the side and begin casting lures in search of Australian salmon. The month of November can produce massive schools of baitfish which ignite feeding frenzies of Australian salmon. Just keep your eye out for bust-ups or try trolling lures until you find the fish. You might even be lucky enough to accidently catch an early kingfish!

There are many options on the salt to choose from this month, so plan ahead and pick your weather!


For flyfishers, November produces some magnificent dry and wet fly opportunities in rivers and lakes.

We can expect everything from big caddis hatches on the streams to large mud eye migrations in the bigger bodies of water such as the Guide Reservoir. If you are spinning, be sure to check out places like the Guide Reservoir, Pet Dam and/or Lake Mikany.

With the warmer temperatures come increases in metabolic rates for trout, which can increase your opportunities as more big trout go into feeding mode. With this in mind, many anglers will focus on rivers as they can produce larger quantities of fish with an increased chance of a true trophy. Ideal spots to target would be the Emu River, Leven River, Forth River, Cam River and the Blythe River.

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