Moore river bream report!
With the mandurah classic next weekend myself and my classic's partner Aaron decided that Moore river would be a good idea to wind down try a few new techniques and more or less have a chat about the plan of attack. What made this day interesting to me was the amount of breamers comming into the shop saying how " in the past year the bream sizes have really decreased due to dirty baito's , the river is only full of runts" . Now the last time i fished the moore properly was around a year ago but i never really remembered it to be quite like that , but none the less they still assured me i was wrong and that they were right.
So we launched the Coraline at 7 am from the town ramp (yes i know lazy :D ) and shot straight across the other side . I had all my rods pre rigged So whilst Aaron was tying on his weapons i put a cast onto the first rock and BANG the bass minnow was hit and i was on , now this fish wasnt huge but at 26 fork length it was big enough to get the confidence up. Second cast was put in to only have one twitch and i was on again , this time it was a rat.
A few more rats kept us busy then halfway along the bank (where the water is deepest ) zzzzzzzzzzzzz of goes the bass minnow again and up comes a very healthy , fat fish at 30 to the fork , by this stage i was feeling pretty good about the start to the day got a few quick snapshots of the fish and off it went.
After saying to Aaron " not sure where these plague rats are " i threw the plastic up on the same part of the bank and it was picked up straight away again by a fish that went 29 fork length.
After that fish the bream went quiet but that was only due to a few larger tailor that Aaron managed to hook and have some fun with so we decided it was off to diamond island.
Diamond island was slower than expected with the majority of the fish caught on gulp crabbys and fry but with no fish over the 26 odd cm mark we got bored rather quickly and shot back down to the dunes.
Within 3 casts ath the dunes Aaron boated a few healthy legals on Camo Crabbys (damn do these plastics get strikes ) and i was standing there wondering why the faithfull pearl water mellon minnow was swimming untouched , this is when all hell broke loose.
For all who have fished the moore you will know the snags that are sitting approx 300m down river of the dunes. One cast onto the end of the first snag and i felt TAP......TAP.........BOOOM the fish was off and after a short fight another fish of 32 to the fork was boated . I turned to Aaron and commented on how big and healthy the fish where but wasnt sure if we were going to see anything bigger for the day, I have put another cast onto the end of the snag and ass the lure hit the water it was followed by a large boil and the rod loaded up . This fish gave a better account for itself and after a few nervous moments up came a larger Moore river bream , this one went 37 to the fork and was fat as hell!
We worked those snags for a bit longer before working our way back to the mouth were we proceeded to boat another 15 odd fish between us with another 31 ,32 fork lenght bream in the mix.
By this time it was 12.30 and decided it was time for the drive back to perth .
So in conclusion to this moore river is certainly not been hit by a freak runt population of bream as 70%percent of our fish were legal wich made for an action packed morning.
Gear used were
Rods: patriarch 6"10 1-3kg
Reels : pflueger patriarch 030 , and pflueger supreme xt
Lures: gulp crabby camo , gulp fry watermellon, berkly 3" minnow pearl watermellon and pearl blue shad.