ADVERTISING FEATURE: Don’t put a dampener

The good weather looks like it’s going to come to an end this weekend.

FISH OF THE WEEK: Beau Kaminski wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this monster 42cm bream caught near Hexham last week.

FISH OF THE WEEK: Beau Kaminski wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this monster 42cm bream caught near Hexham last week.

The weather man is predicting  a months worth of rain over three days.

From a fishing point of view, only the brave will be out there.

But, according to Shannon Malone, from Fisherman’s Warehouse at Marks Point, you should still be able to catch fish.

“They’re already wet and they’ve got to feed,” he said with classic fishing logic.

“It’s won’t be windy, just torrential rain, so I’m sure the diehards will be out there and getting amongst it.”

Shannon reports there’s been a few salmon starting to arrive in Swansea channel.

“There’s lot of eager folk awaiting their arrival so they can get down there and get their arm stretched.

“There’s been  some solid bream caught too.

“We’re starting to see some big ones poke around, fish up and over the 1kg mark.”

Anglers have been getting reasonable catches of mulloway, day and night and guys have been getting great catches of tailor.

“Guys fishing under it are getting the jew and flatties," Shannon said.

“We’re seeing plenty of tailor, good solid fish 50cm plus – massive schools around the lake.

“A few kings, somne salmon and the odd bonito hanging round.”

Lake catch

Interesting report this week about a mac tuna caught in the lake.

You don’t normally see that, but as Shannon noted, it goes  with all the other things we don’t normally see in the lake.

“I know they have been getting mac tuna in the bay lately, but you don’t seem to see them that often down here.

“There’s been some reasonable cobia caught in the lake in the last couple of weeks.”

Squid cycles

There’s still the odd big squid still hanging around.

The green eyes have been common around  Moon Island and in the lake we’re seeing some solid bottles appearing as the cycle comes to an end.

“They’re good eating and make good strip baits,” Shannon said.

“There was a lot of small squid through the summer but at the end of the season you get that big run of big ones before they drop off the perch.

“They only live 300 days or so and then it’s lights out.

“My advices is if you die, don’t come back as a squid.”

Beach fires

Beaches haven’t been too bad this week.

Bream, a few whiting, and some decent tailor in amongst the choppers.

“Some fish up around 4kg,” Shannon said.

“Inshore reefs have been throwing up snapper, plenty of kings and guys have been getting trag and the odd bonito poking around.

“In the deeper reefy parts there’s plenty of longfin perch and pearl perch.

“Once you find a patch of them you don’t have any trouble getting plenty.

“They’re a really goood eating fish although they don’t look that appetising.”

Bream biology

Bream have been a really prevalent species in recent weeks.

Danny Herivel and Dylan Platford got amongst them this week  and Fish of the Week winner Beau Kaminski reckons he’d never caught a bigger one at 42cm.

“I let it go to fight another day as it’s got to be 30 years old,” he commented.

That’s an interesting comment about bream biology, according to Jim Harnwell, Recreational Fisheries Manager for NSW DPI Fisheries. 

“They are a relatively slow growing species,” he said.

“They takes about five years to get to the minimum legal length of 25cm.

“A ffish at around 40cm fish usually weight about 2kg and is potentially 20 years old.

“But they mature around 22cm.

“The thing is they breed very well and are quite a sustainable species compared to other species

“If you got a big one, it will probably be a female

“But don’t beat yourself if you take a couple for a feed because they are a very sustainable species.”

Marine biologist Dr Julian Pepperell notes there was   famous bream caught in Camden River in 1984 that  weighed 4.5kg

“Barry Henry got hold of the fish and had a cast made of it, it was huge,” Julian said.

Bream will stay in estuaries until they mature and then head out to spawn in and around the mouths of estuaries.

The larvae will then move back into estuaries where they will grow to maturity before following the same cycle.

Another interesting fact about bream is that they will change sex.

“Most of the really big bream are female,” Julian said. “Not all of them but you can find both gonads in one fish, but they’re not necessarily viable at the same time.

“It seems to change in response to a range of variables like food and location.”

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