Safety call ahead of salmon run

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Both the State Government and local fishing bodies urge people to stick to the beaches.
Camera IconBoth the State Government and local fishing bodies urge people to stick to the beaches.

The 2019 salmon run has started and recreational fishers have been encouraged to keep safety in mind by both local fishing bodies and the State Government.

“It’s not worth risking your life to catch a few salmon,” Sportsmarine owner Paul Collett said.

“You don’t have to go to extreme places to catch salmon, if they’re there, they’ll be everywhere.

“It’s a lot easier to fish along the beach.”

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Each year between March and May, schools of salmon make their way north along the coast and draw tens of thousands of eager anglers to the water’s edge with more than 34,000 followers on the Salmon School tracker Facebook page, according to Recfishwest.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly urged fishers to stay on the beach during the annual run.

“The annual salmon run sparks excitement along our coast with fishers jumping at the opportunity to reel in a big salmon, but safety must come first,” he said.

“No fish is worth your life.”

According to Whitey's Tackle and Camping owner Ben White, the hotspots around Bunbury included Buffalo and Belvidere beaches while Mr Collett recommended The Cut and Back Beach.

“It’s all pretty visual,” Mr White said.

“If you’re going to one of those beaches, just walk until you can see the schools and cast your line into them.”

Mr Kelly also extended his safety warning to other beachgoers and water users, as the salmon run has traditionally attracted big marine predators to the region including seals, sea lions and a range of shark species.

“I encourage all water users to use their sea sense before going in the water,” he said.

Recfishwest has provided free salmon beach fishing maps in various tackle shops around the South West.

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