Ascot Winter Black Bream

First time fishing the Swan during the Winter months. Generally stalk the flats during summer for flatties as they're my preferred eating fish but so far we have had some decent results with bream. 31`35cm jobs but fairly fat and very tall fish. The one the girlfriend caugh was a awesome gold colour, looked absolutley fantastic.

Both were catch and release as i dont really like eating bream. good fun. What else is there to catch in winter months? Tailor and Whiting closer to freo i assume? Certainly no flatties left :(

Also the missus Samurai Reaction rod is just bloody awesome to fish with...must get one for myself.

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 Good fish! Fattening up for

Tue, 2018-08-07 09:19

 Good fish! Fattening up for their spawn. They are a little more timid on the bite but there are alot of quality fish around in winter, just too cold to leave the couch to get em.


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even the fattest black bream

Wed, 2018-08-08 06:31

even the fattest black bream isnt worth stepping outside in winter haha.

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 John tonkin reserve,east

Tue, 2018-08-07 12:49

 John tonkin reserve,east freo. Try the small rock groin north of it.

first light last light. Small squid /tailor  watch for boats cruising by you might go waterskiing.

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 thanks for the suggestion,

Wed, 2018-08-08 06:29

 thanks for the suggestion, this weekend is looking pretty good so might cast some whole bluebaits and see if any winter choppers are hanging around.


would be pretty keen to grab one mid day and take him home for lunch!

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I reckon you’re doing pretty well

Tue, 2018-08-07 18:03

 This is the first metro fishing post I have seen on this site for ages! Thanks of course to the diabolical weather experienced of late. 

I cant wait for the weather to come good later in the year, the fish must have multiplied 10 fold with the lack of anglers being able to hit the water of late. 




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 Me and GF have been hitting

Wed, 2018-08-08 06:30

 Me and GF have been hitting the river a lot recently, and i got to say its looking damn good. water i clear, the fish are in big numbers and i see schools of baitfish everywhere.

this summer is looking promising :)

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Great effort

Wed, 2018-08-08 07:52

Small helpful suggestion. By the look of it the leader on your GF rod appears heavy. If you drop that down as low as possible you will get more bream. Always appear skittish when it comes to leaders.
And yes, Samurai are fantastic rods IMO.


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 Head out to the end of the

Wed, 2018-08-08 08:10

 Head out to the end of the rockwall at the Freo Sailing Club, there's been heaps of king george and skippy caught there. I haven't missed out in 4 or 5 trips.. 


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might suss it out saturday,

Thu, 2018-08-09 08:25

might suss it out saturday, got the drop the rellies off at the airport so may as well make a trip of it at first light.

then hit the river at lunch time for the peak feeding (as per almanac)

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 Great catches mate. Had a

Wed, 2018-08-08 08:13

 Great catches mate. Had a bit of a go in the Murray and Serpentine Rivers last week but didn't have much luck, just a few tentative bites

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 Crasny1 hit the nail on the

Wed, 2018-08-08 10:02

 Crasny1 hit the nail on the head there. 4lb or 6lb max. A rod length will improve the catch rate and bite rate, the larger bream will be less timid. Nothing wrong with throwing some baits and relaxing but tie on a zman grub in bloodworm and if you find the bream you can have some good sessions in winter, ALMOST worth getting off the couch for. The lighter you fish the more enjoyable they are to catch.


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 just busting out the tough

Thu, 2018-08-09 08:18

 just busting out the tough stuff and the lazy baits while the GF is learning, 


got a whole stack of grubs and bibless minnows ready when she is ;)