Bumper salmon season predicted off WA beaches

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Salmon season for grey nomads in WA
Grey nomads can expect a bumper salmon season in WA.

Grey nomads who travel with fishing rod in their rig and hope in their hearts will be delighted to hear that a bumper salmon season is again being predicted for Western Australia.

According to a spokesperson for the state’s peak angling body, Recfishwest, salmon have already been spotted along the south coast near Esperance and Albany.

“We’ve seen already through social media there are some schools starting to form and move,” Tim Grose told the ABC. “Less warm water pushing down from the north and more of that cool water coming in from the south means we’re seeing fish start their run early, so the time is now for fishers to get their gear ready.”

If the season goes as expected, it would follow on from two other exceptional years, where the sheer volume of salmon saw swimmers in Perth and Rockingham ducking to avoid leaping schools of fish.

Mr Grose said the best place to catch salmon was from the beach, with Albany’s Cheynes Beach on the South Coast and Injidup Beach, Hamelin Bay and Bunker Bay in the South West great spots to throw in a line.

Oceanographers say the early salmon run is not surprising, with a change in weather systems bringing cooler ocean currents to the west coast in recent years.

UWA Professor of Coastal Oceanography Charitha Pattiaratchi said the usual summer pattern was for high pressure systems to linger in the Bight, bringing easterly winds and hot weather. However, he told the ABC that these high pressure systems have been failing to stay put, pushing southerly winds over the ocean and cooling it down.

“For the last maybe three or four years we’ve seen a similar pattern,” Mr Pattiaratchi said. “2016 was the warmest year on record globally, and during that time there were only three places in the world where it was cooler — the northern Atlantic off Greenland, in the South Atlantic and in Australia’s south west.

The southerly winds had also been pushing water offshore, bringing cold water to the surface — a process known as upwelling.

Water rising from the ocean floor contained more nutrients, which meant more food for fish, explaining an increase in numbers.

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One Response to Bumper salmon season predicted off WA beaches

  1. Looks good. But I’ll enjoy some big Barra fishing at my home NT before I hit the road again for nine months after the wet.

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