Friday 19th of January 2018
A rat king that Sam landed off the FAD
Young Sam has been at it again this week and killing it on soft plastics. He spent two consecutive mornings fishing the FAD’s. Getting there very early on the first day meant the dollies were on the chew and they landed 4. They also dropped something massive which they suspect was a solid tuna. Day 2 they hooked up to and landed a couple of rat kings and another dolly. Sam reckons the light gear was awesome fun on all these fish, who could not resist ZMan 7” Jerk Shadz in Coconut Ice
The tail end of the cyclone we copped early in the week meant plenty of mulloway, tailor and small sharks have been landed from all along the northern beaches.
Mindarie customers and brothers Mick and Dan were chasing dhuies (successfully) in the 40’s and picked up a solid Spanish mac off the bottom so it won’t be long now before they will be in numbers behind and along the 3 Mile Reef. It is definitely worth trolling a lure or two when travelling between spots.
Mick’s metro mackie! Well done mate.
Mick and his dhuie!
Customer Brody went on a solo mission out of Two Rocks on Tuesday night and after landing a couple of dhus, keeping one, also landed a very respectable nannygai fishing in 30m.
Nannygai have no dramas feeding at night, just look at that eye!
It is a productive time of year to chase the elusive mulloway in the Swan River. Good reports have been coming from Claremont and Mosmans through to Ashfield and Bassendean. Early morning, prior to sunrise is seeing big runs with live bait proving too tempting for some big fish. Make sure when securing a live bait to use that you stick to legal size limits as they still apply in this situation. Also with the amount of prawns providing food for the Mulloway, the Chase Baits Flick Prawns in 95mm or 125mm size are a great soft plastic option and bring a whole new exciting dimension to fishing the Swan for big Mulloway. It is important to find not only the deeper holes but also the bait schools when picking a place to fish. This applies to land based and boat fishing. A good tip when fishing from the boat is to double anchor just off the hole to prevent the boat from swinging with the wind and current. Tides are important and it is suggested to fish an hour or two leading up to the high tide and an hour after with the slack water on the turn being the most likely period to see a hook up. Moon phases also come into the equation with the new moon and a day either side being the best phase to fish and the full moon with a day either side being second best to that!
This year is so far proving to be quite productive for whiting in the Swan but it does take time and persistence to locate the fish. Staff member Troy found them again this week and although boat traffic made it tough where he was fishing, he still landed some good fish. It would also seem from the whispers in the stores that customers are still getting into giant herring, including some very big fish, so if you are up for the challenge come in store for a run down.
Troy and a Swan river yellowfin.
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