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Port Denison  Western Australia

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If you’re into fishing, then Port Denison and its big brother town of Dongara, on the banks of the Irwin River about 360km north of Perth - and 70km south of Geraldton - should definitely be on your WA itinerary.

Crayfish are in abundance in the local bays in a marine environment where reefs, the beaches, the river and estuary combine to make an anglers delight for all saltwater disciplines.

Fishing off-shore provides a great variety of fish, including tailor, mulloway, silver kingfish (best times for these is dusk or dawn), whiting, herring, skipjack, trevally, Samson fish, and dhufish ( May to August ).

Several species of shark, mostly whalers, hammerheads, shovelnoses and wobbegongs, are also quite common in reef areas, and, in the warmer months, cobbler (catfish) swim close to shore. You can spear these with gidgees, but take care as they have poisonous barbs on their head which can cause a very painful reaction if you happen to touch them.

This part of the WA coast is truly heavenly, if somewhat barren compared to the east coast, with superb beaches and stunning vantage spots the likes of Leander Point. And it’s kind of peaceful, too, especially down the Port Denison end of town.


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