Friday 1st of December 2017
Good customer Brody has been checking pots daily
And knows how to find crays!
Morning after morning fishermen have been greeted by sunrise as they head out to check their pots in the hopes of a bounty within. The crays have been fishing extremely well off Mindarie and Hillarys and some fishermen have been getting their quota daily. Elsewhere it has been hit and miss but most are still doing well especially in the 10 – 15m mark. With the upcoming full moon this weekend the action should only get better making the early morning starts, stench of old bait and boat ramp ques all worth it.
With the Demersal Fishing Ban in place until the 15th December the Swan River provides a wonderful place to fish as it becomes a hive of activity this time of year.
Bony herring, mullet and grunter are in thick schools throughout the river creating a plentiful food source for the swarms of chopper tailor. The tailor fishing has been manic. Whether you’re trolling, casting lures from the shore or using a whitebait on a set of small gangs it has been hard to miss. Metal slices, small stick baits, poppers or bibbed minnows are all working. Anywhere from the Causeway down to Fremantle or the Canning to Mt Henry Bridge the fishing has been amazing. The size of these quality hard fighting fish will continue to increase over the coming months and being such an accessible, easy and safe style of fishing, it will provide lots of entertainment for not only experienced fisherman but families and kids alike.
Crabs and prawns are a very popular target now too, and rightly so as they are delicious! Wading shallows in the lower reaches of the Swan with a scoop or dab net is a fun way to target them on some of the warmer night we are having. A strong headlamp or underwater light is recommended and makes them easy to spot and catch. It can be a fun family night out with lots of spots having nice grassed picnic/bbq areas nearby.
Flathead have been thick around the Burswood stretch as staff member Troy found out this week. The fish were mostly between 40-45cm, not huge, but a good sign for a healthy flatty season ahead. All the fish were caught on 2.5” Grubz by Zman in Motor Oil and Bloodworm colours.
Staff member Troy and customer Dan found plenty of flathead
Staff member Pete also put the yards in this week and explored the Swan in search of bream. Not his usual haunts of the Canning River, however the risk payed off big time and he was rewarded with some solid bream on Zipbait hardbodies.
One of Pete’s good bream from the last week
All this activity and huge potential food source has brought mulloway into play with plenty of action around Mosman Bay, Narrows Bridge and as far up as Sandy Beach and Fish Market Reserve. The tides are lining up with the upcoming full moon so now is your chance! Whilst livies are the best option amongst the bait schools to tempt a big strike, dead baits, plastics and diving lures are all also viable options. There have also been whispers of mulloway off quite a few metro beaches lately,whilst further North around Wilbinga the reports have been good.
Customer Joe, took his 5 year old son Christian fishing off the beach at North Coogee who had a great time hooking up and landing (and releasing) a bunch of flathead. It was a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday morning and to teach Christian a few things about fishing, well done guys!
Christian’s smile says it all. Well done mate!